Our 1 Day private cruise excursion starts from Cai Be, departing from Cai Be town pier at 10.30am the latest. Upon embarkation, clients are welcomed with fresh rolled cotton towels.
The program will start with the visit of Cai Be colorful floating market cruising among local barges full of fruits and vegetables. Further, a visit will be done at an ancient Mandarin house dating from the 19th century where you will be greeted by the family. We will proceed to Phu An, an untouched remote area reflecting some of the best sights the Mekong Delta can offer. On the way, an optional stop can be made at local home factories where you can see how rice paste and rice popcorn are made.A delicious lunch will be served at Le Longanier, a superb Indochinese villa located in a lush tropical plantation, by the river.
(*) Set menu lunch:
Vegetable Soup, Le Longanier Fried Spring rolls, Fried Mekong Elephant Ear Fish, Fried Mixed Vegetables with Pork, Caramelized Pork in Clay Pot, Seasonal Fresh Fruits. (For other menus, please contact us.)
After lunch, your sampan will cruise deeper into the country sideon smaller canals and arroyos passing under several small traditional bridges made by wood and bamboos. Stops can be made during the cruise to visit some fruit markets and plantations on the banks (bananas, water melon, and longans), an opportunity to make contacts with local inhabitants. Along the river, local houses are still traditionally made of wood and palm tree leaves. On the river banks, you will observe some very large rice fields while cruising between numerous suspended fishing nets, an ancestral way of fishing in the Mekong Delta.
The cruise will end at around 3pm at Phu Nhuan Bridge near Cai Lay.
(*) An optional bicycle tour can be arranged on the banks, through the country side.
1 Day cruise on Cai Be Princess junk on private chartered basis, Complimentary fresh cotton towels, fresh fruits, hot green tea, mineral water during cruise, 1 Lunch at Le Longanier (as per menu described), Visits mentioned, Crew assistance (3), VAT and service charge, 1 FOC/16 Paying (maxi 1/boat).
Road transfers to / from Cai Be, Bicycle (+ 05 USD/P), Drinks during lunch. Tips / service.
Mekong Delta travel infomation
The Mekong River is the heart and soul of mainland Southeast Asia. The 12th longest river in the world, the Mekong runs 4,800 kilometers from its headwaters on the Tibetan Plateau through Yunnan Province of China, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam.
Over 60 million people depend on the Mekong and its tributaries for food, water, transport and many other aspects of their daily lives. Its annual flood drought cycles are essential for the sustainable production of rice and vegetables on the floodplains and along the riverbanks during the dry season. Known as the Mother of waters, the river supports one of the world’s most diverse fisheries, second only to the Amazon.
This vital ecosystem and lifeblood of the region is currently under threat. Over the past ten years, more than 100 large dams have been proposed for the Mekong basin by institutions like the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Mekong River Commission. Some of these projects have already been built. The sun set of Ben Tre
One of the greatest threats is China s plans to construct eight dams on the Upper Mekong / Lancang. Two of these dams have already been completed, and construction on the third project, Xiaowan, began in January 2002. These dams will have widespread impacts on the livelihoods of Mekong communities and on the natural ecology of the river system.