Saigon – Cai Be – Can Tho – Phu Quoc - or vice versa
Our boat tours go from Can Tho to Phu Quoc via Cai Be (on odd dates, e. g. Sept 1, 3, 5, 7 etc.) or from Cai Be to Phu Quoc 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.
The same tour can also be booked in the reverse direction, starting with the flight from Saigon to Phu Quoc where you can stay and enjoy the island for as long as you like, and then take the boat trip through the Mekong Delta back to Saigon.
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.
Towards Phu Quoc
This day takes you to the pier in Rach Gia where you embark on the ferry for an exciting ride to Phu Quoc, your holiday paradise for a wonderfully relaxed vacation.
The tour ends here. Of course we will be happy to arrange your accommodation in Phu Quoc and transfer back to Saigon.
Our tours include
Road transfer from / to Saigon
Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins (in Mekong Eyes vessel only)
Mineral water placed in your cabin
Guided walk and side trip on sampan as mentioned in the itinerary
English speaking guide on the Mekong Eyes
Private transportation (car with driver) to Rach Gia
Ferry from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Drinks (except for breakfast and the mineral water in your cabin)
Dinner on the second evening in Rach Gia / Can Tho. You can eat at the hotel or we can provide a list of our recommended restaurants.
Transfer from the hotel in Rach Gia to the jetty for the ferry. The taxi ride is not expensive. The hotel staff will happily assist you in finding a taxi. We provide written instructions where you need to go in English as well as instructions in Vietnamese for the taxi driver.