Mekong River Cruise

Private Song Xanh Sampan Cruise: 4 Days Saigon to Phnom Penh

Number of days: 4

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Tour type: private sampan cruise / daily departure
Start from: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) or from Phu Quoc Island
Highlights:  CaiBe, VinhLong, CanTho, Chau Doc, Phnom Penh

Explore the hidden paths of the Mekong delta onboard unique charming river sampans. Fully private overnight cruises experiences along exclusive itineraries, "where past and present stream together"... 

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  • - "Song Xanh I": 15m long x 3,5m wide (1 living convertible into 1 bed room at night; 1 bathroom equipped with shower, WC and handwasher) / max. capacity 2 adults (used now only for day cruises)

    - "Song Xanh II & III: 18m long x 3,5m wide (1 spacious bed room of 16m2 + 1 living room convertible into 1 more bed room at night; 1 bathroom equipped with shower, WC and handwasher; 1 sundeck at the back where meals or drinks can be served)  / max. capacity 4 adults or less with children's

    - "Song Xanh IV": 23m long x 4m wide (2 spacious bed rooms of 16m2 + 1 living room transformable into 1 more bed room at night; 1 bathroom equipped with shower, WC and handwasher; 1 sundeck at the back where meals or drinks can be served) / max. capacity 6 adults or less with children.

    3 or 4 crew members + 1 English or French guide, wearing traditional uniforms.

    * Facilities and furniture on board:
    - Salon: Rattan furniture's (1 sofa + 2 arm chairs with pillows + 1 table + 1 standing lamp); cotton door curtains and windows curtains; portable fan; books;
    - Per Bedroom: 1 rattan sofa with pillows, 1 king size bed or 2 single beds; Cotton bed cover with silk bed runner and pillows; antique wall fans, mosquito net, 2 rattan bed drawers with silk lamps, 1 rattan chest drawer; water jacinth floor mattresses and slippers; cotton door curtains and windows curtains.
    - Bathroom: wall fan, WC, handwasher, shower, bath kit (shower cap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton buds, comb, liquid hands and bath soap); deluxe cotton bathrobes, cotton towels.
    - 200/400 liters water tanks, life jackets, buoys, alarm, lightning system for night cruising

    Pictures of the sampan



    Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be - Sa Dec (L,D)
    Morning pick up you at 7:30am from your hotel in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and transfer to Cai Be. Your cruise starts from Phu An Jetty at 10h00am. Start with a bicycle ride around this remote area, ending up at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river. After lunch, start your leisurely cruise on the busy waterways, with stops along the way for glimpses of local cottage industries that provide a living for the river people. Before arriving at Sa Dec, stop to visit a traditional pottery factory where everything is made by hand. Dinner is served on board. Enjoy your first night on board Song Xanh on the Mekong River.

    Day 2: Sac De - Long Xuyen – Phu Tan (B,L,D)

    After breakfast served on board step ashore and take a stroll to the outdoor market.Visit the historic house of the real-life character in the novel and film The Lover by Marguerite Duras. Back on board cruise up towards Long Xuyen along a narrow canal, passing several monkey bridges. Lunch is served on board. Upon arrival in Long Xuyen, visit Tiger Island. Dinner is served at a local house. The owner welcomes you and a candlelit dinner is served in this authentic environment. After dinner, return on board and resume your cruise towards Chau Doc. Your boat sails until around 10:00 pm before anchoring for the night. Overnight on board.

    Day 3: Tan Phu - Chau Doc (B)

    Breakfast is served on board while your sampan cruises towards Chau Doc. Close to the border with Cambodia, Chau Doc is the gateway to Phnom Penh. Known throughout Vietnam for its pagodas and temples it is also famous for Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, a superb eucalyptus mangrove. Disembark at Victoria Chau Doc private pier around 10h00 am. Chau Doc. The town is famous for its floating fish farming villages, floating markets and Cham villages, an ancient Muslim ethnic population with their kingdom covering Cambodia and south Vietnam during the 10th century. Located on the upper Mekong Delta, Chau Doc town is 280 km (174 miles) south-west of Ho Chi Minh City close to the Cambodian border. With such proximity to Cambodia, the local population is an eclectic mix of Cham, Khmer, Chinese and Vietnamese, sharing different cultures and historical richness. Overnight in hotel in Chau Doc.

    Day 4: Chau Doc - Phnom Penh (B)

    After breakfast, we transfer to boat pier for departure to Phnom Penh by speed boat (leave 7.30 am, arrive Phnom Penh ~ 12.30). End of tour.

    Note: Cambodia visa can be obtained at the border at 30 US$/Person and 2 passport size pictures needed as well. 


    • Transfers by private car
    • 2 nights onboard, 1 night in hotel in Chau Doc
    • Speed boat transfer from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh
    • Government tax & service charge
    • A private 3-day cruise with overnight aboard Song Xanh Sampan
    • 2 lunches and 1 dinner on board
    • 1 candlelit dinner including a bottle of wine for 2 persons at a local house
    • 1 Breakfast in hotel
    • Sightseeing fees included in above itinerary
    • English-speaking tour guide 
    • Bicycles and local “xuong” rowboat rides
    • Crew assistance
    • Cold towels, seasonal fruit and hot tea


    • Individual travel insurance
    • Personal expenses during the trip
    • Beverages not specified in above program
    • Tips for the crew and the tour guide
    • Any expense not clearly indicated in above program

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