Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho – Chau Doc – Phnom Penh or vice versa (3 days/2 nights)
Our boat tours go from Can Tho to Phnom Penh via Cai Be (on odd dates, e. g. Sept 1, 3, 5, 7 etc.) or from Cai Be to Phnom Penh via Can Tho (on even dates, e. g. Sept. 2, 4, 6, 8 etc.).
If you are staying in Saigon, we will pick you up at your hotel in Saigon and take you to the pier.
The road trip from Saigon to Can Tho takes approx. 4 hours, to Cai Be approx. 2 hours. This is why on odd dates we have to leave Saigon earlier than on even dates
In the morning we pick you up at your hotel in Saigon and take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board the Mekong Eyes around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through the village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape. The boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner.
Life on the water and floating markets
Wake up well rested to the sound of the River and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing. At 6.30h the Mekong Eyes sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.
After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted 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 or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
The boat will stop at the pier at around 11.00 / 11.30 for the other passengers’ disembarkment and boarding. During that time you are welcome to just stay on board or discover the town, either by bicycle or on foot.
The Mekong Eyes now resumes its journey as lunch is served. In the afternoon there will be another side trip to one of the exotic villages along the way
Ride a taxi to the pier where you embark on the speed boat for an exciting ride to Phnom Penh, your starting point for discovering Cambodia and the famed temples of Angkor.
The trip ends here. Please contact us if we can help you organise your tour to Angkor or any further trips. Of course we will also be happy to arrange your transfer back to Saigon
Our tours include
Road transfer from Saigon
Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins
Guided walk and side trip on sampan as mentioned in the itinerary
English speaking guide on the Mekong Eyes
Private transportation (car with driver) from Can Tho / Cai Be to Chau Doc
Superior Room in VictoriaHotel in Chau Doc
Public speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
Transfer from the hotel in Chau Doc to the jetty for the public speed boat.
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Mineral water placed in your cabin on the Mekong Eyes and in hotel room
Visa fee for Cambodia (you can get a visa for Cambodia at the border crossing where the speed boat stops for immigration; for this you need to bring 20 USD and a passport photograph)
Drinks (except for breakfast and the mineral water in your cabin/hotel room)