At Phnompenh, the Mekong splits into two main branches: the HauGiang (Tonle Bassac) which flows via ChauDoc, LongXuyen and CanTho to the sea; and the TienGiang (Tonle Mekong) which splits into several branches at VinhLong and empties into the sea at six points. The Mekong river cruise from Phnompenh to ChauDoc, Cantho and onto Saigon will be a good choice to explore the delta region.
Tour Code: SBL18B
We reserved the boat ticket for you from Phnompenh to ChauDoc. You should transfer from Phnompenh city to boat landing “International floating port – 103 Sisowath Quay” before noon time. Boarding on HangChau speed boat at 12:00 for a 4 hours cruise down the Mekong river, crossing the border Kamsamnor to Vinh Xuong -Vietnam. Then a little more cruise to Chau Doc. Our guide will pick you up at Con Tien boat pier and transfer to hotel for check in. We stay tonight in Chau Doc.
Up early for a boat through the amazing riverside market with all its bustling activity and smorgasbord of sounds, colors and smells. Then we cruise through the fish-farm village producing tons and tons of fish beneath hundreds of floating homes. Discover the ethnic Cham village with its famous Etsan Mosque and observe local women at their traditional weaving.
We transfer to Tra Su cajeput nature reserve in Tinh Bien district. TraSu cajeput forest is home of 140 species of plants and 70 of birds.
Video of TraSu below.
In the afternoon, we will leave for Can Tho, the largest city in the Mekong Delta. Before checking in the hotel, we visit Binh Thuy ancient house, built in 1870 with French style architecture but still remained traditional features of Southern style. Overnight in Can Tho.
Day 3: Can Tho to Sai Gon (Breakfast, lunch)
An early start for a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale market in the Mekong Delta. It starts at 5:00am and runs until midday. Of course now this market is not crowded and busy as it was before, but still interesting experience for people who do not live in Mekong delta area. Then we have a long distance cruise to Phong Dien in winding natural waterways. Our guide will stop in between for you to walk on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent scenery, see several kinds of fruit tree and get close to the locals as they go about their daily routine.
Our van pick us up and head back to My Tho to visit Vinh Trang Pagoda, located in a large garden in My Phong commune. Here, you can also visit a village making vermicelli (noodle). There is also a DongTam snake farm in the suburb, please let our guide knows if you are interested in it.
On the way from MyTho to Long An, we will stop by a sedge hat workshop (if it is available) and dragon fruit garden, learn more about this fruit tree. We keep on driving through the rice fields in Ben Luc to return to Saigon. If the sunset light is still on the field, and you are interested in rice growing technique? Our guide will show you different ways of rice planting and you may have a chat with locals all about the rice.Tour ends around 6:00pm.
Note : For those who have to catch the flight in Saigon at the end of the tour, the short tour in My Tho will be skipped.
Let us know if you would like a local homestay in the garden outside CanTho city.
Standard hotel: Fortuneland/West ***, HanhPhat/ChauPho***.
- 14,320,000 vnd (US$ 620) / solo person
- 8,430,000 vnd (US$ 365) / person (group of 2 people)
- 6,580,000 vnd (US$ 285) / person (group of 3 people)
- 6,000,000 vnd (US$ 260) / person (group of 4 to 8 people)
Single supplement: 1,040,000 vnd (US$ 45)
Deluxe hotel: Victoria ****
- 20,550,000 vnd (US$ 890) / solo person
- 11,200,000 vnd (US$ 485) / person (group of 2 people)
- 9,820,000 vnd (US$ 425) / person (group of 3 people)
- 8,660,000 vnd (US$ 375) / person (group of 4 to 8 people)
Single supplement: 3,920,000 vnd (US$ 170)
All boat trips and entrance fees.
Transport : A/c bus with cold drinking water.
Guide: Experienced tour guide.
2 nights hotel: Fortuneland/West hotel *** in Can Tho, HanhPhat/ChauPho *** in Chau Doc.
Breakfast and lunch as mention above.
Speed boat ~5 hrs down the mekong river from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc
Not including: insurance, dinner, personal expenses.
Photos and video of Mekong river cruise Phnompenh ChauDoc CanTho Saigon 3 days: