Gecko Eyes Cruise (by Mekong Eyes Cruises)

Gecko Eyes Cruise
From~US$ 310
No. of cabin: 01      
Route: Classic Route
Highlights: The new Gecko Eyes houseboats will be perfect for you, the first of the houseboats is under construction and launched in April 2012. The Gecko Eyes are private houseboats for two or four people, made for tours on a high level - for couples, small families or a group of friends. Starts in / Finishes in: Ho Chi Minh City/ Ho Chi Minh City

Overview

Gecko Eyes Cruise - "Cruise the Mekong in style and luxury”

Did you always dream of exploring the Mekong in an individual way? The new Gecko Eyes houseboats will be perfect for you, the first of the houseboats is under construction and launched in April 2012.

The Gecko Eyes are private houseboats for two or four people, made for tours on a high level - for couples, small families or a group of friends.

Technical specification Gecko Eyes
Lenght: 19,8 m
Width: 4,3 m
Sun deck, bar, dining room
Crew: 5 (Captain, sailor, chef, service staff, guide and cruise director)
1 electric generator which provides 220V
Modern on-board waste-water treatment and solar hot water boilers
Modern safety equipment, heat, smoke detectors and fire fighting system

Cabin (01 cabin)
Cabin size: 40 m2 with French balcony, panorama lounge (convertable to a second bedroom)|

The houseboat
Based on the traditional An-Giang fishing boats we are currently building our new luxurious houseboats for private and exclusive tours through the Mekong delta. The vessels, built by local craftsmen, are made of local woods decorated with elegant carvings for a special touch.

To provide your safety and well-being, our staff on board (captain, sailor, chef, tour guide) is at your constant disposition.

The guest area (40 sqm) has a luxurious cabin (double or twin occupancy) with a French balcony, air-con, a private bathroom, a panoramic lounge with French balconies and a sun deck at the bow. On request, the salon can be changed into an additional bedroom with two beds.

The staff area, with a well equipped kitchen, is at the back of the ship. This area is completely separated from the guest area by a lockable door to ensure your privacy.

Visit the famous floating markets with the Gecko Eyes, travel through small canals along orchards and floating villages up to the boarder to Cambodia or down to the port cities of Ha Tien or Rach Gia.

Due to its shallow draft, the Gecko Eyes is able to glide through small tributaries and canals of the Mekong delta. The sailing area is from My Tho and Cai Be, near Saigon, through the lovely colonial town of Sa Dec, along Can Tho with its famous floating markets to Long Xuyen an Chau Doc near the Cambodian border. Basically the Gecko Eyes has the whole Mekong delta region at its disposal, as the ships are self-sufficient for several days.

There are always bikes on board for spontaneous trips on the river islands along the small canals.

For your safety and your well-being.
An electrical generator provides an on-board electricity supply of 220V and a battery pack ensures a quite night. Modern on-board waste-water treatment and solar hot water boilers reduce the environmental impact of our boats.

Modern safety equipment (heat and smoke detectors and fire fighting system) a total of six separate compartments and a regular emergency training of the staff ensures the safety of the guests.

Additional services (on request)
Sampan rides
During your Mekong Delta river cruise, you can do side trips with our sampan to explore the small side canals — a unique perspective on life on the water and the scenery.

Cooking classes on board the cruise vessel
To learn the secrets of real Vietnamese cuisine, we give you the possibility to take cooking classes from our chef. You will also have the option to buy the fresh ingredients for your own meal direclty at the local floating markets.

Tai Chi, Yoga and Massage services

Those services are available upon request — please enquire before your Mekong tour to ensure that they are available.

Additional Information

Shuttle Bus service: Pick up at 09.00 AM from your hotel in Saigon
Check-in: ~12.00 (timing might vary depending on itineraries)
Check-out: ~12.00
(timing might vary depending on itineraries)
Guide on board: English Speaking

3-day Trip

Route: Saigon - Cai Be - Cho Moi - Chau Doc All rates are quoted per person for private boat.

The itinerary below is for the tour which starts from Cai Be. For those starting from Can Tho, the tour program does not include the visit to Sa Dec.
Day 1: Cai Be - Sa Dec   
09.00  Pick-up at the hotel in Saigon (only included for those pax using the shuttle service)
11.30  Boarding of the cruise vessel and check-in
12.00  Panorama cruise towards Xeo Quyt and lunch on board
14.00  Board a sampan for Xeo Quyt, the former Viet Cong base in a forest during the Vietnam war (rowing sampan and a walk)
17.00  Return to the boat for refreshment and to enjoy the sunset on the top deck. Late afternoon visit to Sa Dec
19.00  Dinner on board, night on board near Sa Dec

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Sa Dec – Cho Moi   
08.00  Walk through morning market of Sa Dec for the ingredients for cooking class then a visit to a nearby Cao Dai pagoda
11.00  Return to the boat and cruise toward Cho Moi
13.00  Afternoon bicycling/walk on Cu Lao Gieng island with an old colonial time monastery inmidst fruit orchards
19.00  Dinner on board, night on board near Cho Moi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Chau Doc   
08.00  Cruise towards Chau Doc with lunch on board
11.00  Side trip (optional) to Tra Su or floating fish farm/Cham village. Trip ends

• For side trip to Tra Su, a sur-charge of $80 for the car is applied

Meals: Breakfast

Option 1: return by rental car with driver to Saigon
Option 2: overnight at a hotel in Chau Doc (Free afternoon and evening in Chau Doc)
Option 3: 7h30 next day take speed boat to Phnom Penh
Prices Include:
• Trip itinerary and routing as described in the itinerary
• English speaking tour guide
• Guided walk and side trips as mentioned in the itinerary
• Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Mineral water placed in your cabin on board
• Entry fees, tax and service charge
Prices Exclude:
• Beauty services and massage
• Beverages
• Tips and personal expenses
• All other services not mentioned above

Transportation services
• Supplement for round trip transfers by shuttle bus Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be: VND869,000 (US$41)/ person;
• For private round trip transfers Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho (Cai Be): VND3,150,000 (US$150)/ 4 seater car; VND3,324,000 (US$158)/ 7 seater car, VND3,552,000 (US$169)/ 16 seater car.  

Special Conditions for Children
• One Child under 6 years old sharing a cabin with two adults is FOC; or
• One child from 6 to 12 years sharing a cabin with two adults receives a 50 % discount.

2-day Trip

Route: Saigon - Cai Be - Can Tho All rates are quoted per person for private boat.

The itinerary below is for the tour which starts from Cai Be. For those starting from Can Tho, the tour program does not include the visit to Sa Dec.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Can Tho
09.00  Pick-up at the hotel in Saigon
11.30  Boarding of the cruise vessel and check-in
12.00  Panorama cruise towards Sa Dec and lunch on board
14.30  Visit a brick kiln then onto Sa Dec, visit of ancient traders’ villa and pagoda
17.30  Return to the boat for refreshment and cruise towards Can Tho
19.00  Dinner on board, night on board

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
06.30  Morning cruise and morning tea break served until 08.30
08.30  Excursion on a long sampan to Cai Rang floating market

For tours starting in Cai Be (only included for those pax using the shuttle service):
11.00  Return to the boat for the brunch
12.00  Leave for Ho Chi Minh City
~ 16.00  Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City

For tours starting in Can Tho (only included for those pax using the shuttle service):
10.00  Bicycle ride on backroads or walk in a small village along the Mekong Canals, or sampan rowing in small canals
12.00  Lunch in the Ancient Anh Kiet House
13.30  Leave for Ho Chi Minh City
~ 16.00  Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Prices Include:
• Trip itinerary and routing as described in the itinerary
• English speaking tour guide
• Guided walk and side trips as mentioned in the itinerary
• Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Mineral water placed in your cabin on board
• Entry fees, tax and service charge
Prices Exclude:
• Beauty services and massage
• Beverages
• Tips and personal expenses
• All other services not mentioned above

Transportation services
• Supplement for round trip transfers by shuttle bus Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be: VND869,000 (US$41)/ person;
• For private round trip transfers Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho (Cai Be): VND3,150,000 (US$150)/ 4 seater car; VND3,324,000 (US$158)/ 7 seater car, VND3,552,000 (US$169)/ 16 seater car.  

Special Conditions for Children
• One Child under 6 years old sharing a cabin with two adults is FOC; or
• One child from 6 to 12 years sharing a cabin with two adults receives a 50 % discount.
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