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Mekong Eyes Cruise Tour to Cai Be, Can Tho 2 Days

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Saigon - Cai Be - Tra On - Can Tho - Cai Rang Floating Market - Saigon

Tour code: VBT-MCT43
The Mekong Eyes combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts to become the perfect holiday vessel to cruise the Mekong in style. At 39 m long and 8.5 m wide, the Mekong Eyes river cruiser was built out of an old, traditional rice barge with the finest quality wood, and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta
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Itinerary
Route 1: Can Tho - Cai Be. 100 km, 9 hours cruising. Departure: on odd days

Day 1: Panorama cruise

At 7:00 we’ll pick you up in Saigon and take you to Can Tho. Board the Mekong Eyes at 12.30 at our private pier. We will show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising downstream on the Hau river. Sit back and watch the daily life of the Mekong people. The boat heads to Tra On floating market, then up the Nikolai canal to Cai Nhum, a little town on the banks of the river Mang Thit. Disembark for a leisurely stroll through the village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals. Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on the deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape. The boat will anchor for the night, about 2 hours away from Cai Be. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.

Day 2: Life on the water in Cai Be floating market

Wake up to the sound of the River and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing. At 06.30 we set off for a sunrise cruise through Cho Lach canal, teeming with sand and rice barges. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards. After breakfast, we will have a sampan boat tour of Cai Be floating market, one of the region’s busiest markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handicrafted regional products. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories. The boat trip ends at around 11.00 - 11.30 on the pier in Cai Be. We’ll take you back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Route 2: Cai Be - Can Tho. 100 km, 9 hours cruising. Departure: on even days

Day 1: Panorama cruise

We’ll pick you up at 8:00 in Ho Chi Minh City and take you to Cai Be. Board the Mekong Eyes at 12.30. Enjoy a welcome drink and get comfortable in your cabin with a great view through the panoramic windows. As lunch is served the Mekong Eyes starts cruising towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river. Watch the flow of daily life on the Mekong, the sand and rice barges, the locals building boats on the wooden yards and drying tropical fruits. The boat heads to Cai Nhum, a little town on the banks of the river Mang Thit. Disembark for a pleasant walk through the village life and the surrounding fruit orchards and rice fields. Back on board, enjoy a drink at the bar or take a rest on the deck as the sun sets over the vast water landscape of the Delta. We continue to Tra On where the boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.

Day 2: Life on the water in Cai Be floating market

Wake up well rested for another wonderful day of sightseeing. At 06.30 we set off for a sunrise cruise and an early breakfast. After breakfast we will board sampan boats to visit Cai Rang floating market, one of the most lively floating markets of the Delta, with wonderful photo opportunities. Witness the fascinating scenes, the hustle and bustle of vendors and small boats laden with fruits. We will pull up to the merchants for talking and bargaining. Boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards. The boat trip ends at around 11.00 - 11.30 at our private pier in Can Tho. We’ll take you back to Saigon.
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Trip Included

  • English speaking guide on board
  • Round trip of private transfer from Saigon
  • 1 night in twin/ double cabin - Mekong Eyes Cruise
  • Meals as indicated (B= breakfast; L= lunch; D = diner)
  • Admission fees and permits where applicable

Trip Excluded

  • Airfares & airport taxes
  • Pre/post trip arrangement
  • Visa and visa arrangement
  • Travel insurance.
Cruise Information
The Mekong Eyes combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts to become the perfect holiday vessel to cruise the Mekong in style. At 39 m long and 8.5 m wide, the Mekong Eyes river cruiser was built out of an old, traditional rice barge with the finest quality wood, and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta.

Why Mekong Eyes? – One of the traditional ceremonies performed on a newly constructed Mekong boat is the “eye opening”. The eyes are painted on the bow for good luck, a wide-awake crew and fast and safe journeys.

The boat can comfortably accommodate up to 30 passengers on a large area of approx. 250 m2:

There are 15 lavishly furnished twin and double rooms, each with a private bathroom with shower and hot water, wardrobe, air-conditioning and fan. The rooms are well insulated against climate and sound, and all offer a fantastic panoramic view of the river.
 
There is a large dining room in the lower deck, where you can enjoy culinary specialities of Vietnam or a sundowner in the cosy bar.

A stylish upper-deck inside panorma lounge invites you to sit back and take in the impressions of the fantastic scenery and the busy every day life on the river.

On the top deck you will find an open sitting area and sun deck with breathtaking views. While you are basking on the sun deck our friendly staff will pamper you with cool drinks and freshly cooked delicacies.
 
Our crew will do their utmost to provide you with all the services and comfort you need. The captain and his deck hand as well as the engineer are in charge of the technical details and the routing. An experienced chef and sevice staff will take you on a culinary journey through Vietnam. A local guide will explain the life and culture of the Mekong Delta to you and answer any questions you might have. Our staff also get regular safety trainings.
 

Technical specifications

  • strong>Class: River cruiser
  • Max length: 39m (125 ft.)
  • Max beam: 8.5m (27 ft.)
  • Draft: 1.8m
  • Load: 400 tons
  • Number of rooms: 15 (9 twins and 6 doubles). All are deluxe standard with hot shower bathrooms attached.
  • 1 dining room, 1 lounge/bar, outside sitting area and 1 sun deck.
  • Engine: Cummins 450hp.
  • 2 Electric generators: Yanmar 100kVA. 24 hour electricity supply.
  • Toshiba central-controlled air-conditioning and air ventilation.
  • Heat and smoke detectors, Fire fighting system, Fire alarm system (Networks Inc., USA)
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