Le Cochinchine Cruises (by Mien Tay-Le Cochinchine)

Le Cochinchine Cruises
From~US$ 158
No. of cabin: 12      
Route: Classic Route
Highlights: On board Le Cochinchine’s luxurious fleet, discover authentic Mekong Delta and enjoy meeting local inhabitants, understanding their specific way of living, while discovering at a walk’s or bicycle’s slow speed a natural charm. Starts in / Finishes in: Ho Chi Minh City/ Ho Chi Minh City

Overview

A few main towns offer provincial charm with some tracks of the French colonial heritage: Can Tho is the region’s capital, Chau Doc is border town with Cambodia, while Sa Dec, Binh Long, Long Xuyen, My Tho and Cai Be are possible touristic destinations, a few hours away from Ho Chi Minh City only.

The ships

Founded in 2006, Le Cochinchine boasts a fleet of 4 similar oak wood vessels: each is 33-meters long and 7 meters wide, with high-standard accommodation from 7 to 14 double cabins, to take guests for some luxury-style cruises.

Each boat is equipped with state-of-the-art security devices, fine restaurant on board and a sundeck too; and carries bicycles with for the guests, enabling utmost flexibility for particular discovery wishes.

Le Cochinchine Facts

Boats: 03 (7, 12, 14 cabins)
Built: 2006, 2007 & 2008
Length: 30m
Width: 7m
Decks: 3
Restaurants: 2 (with bar)
Electricity: 220 volt
Comfort: high standard
For travelers: adventure + comfort


Fleet’s Safety Policy

For safety and comfort, Le Cochinchine operates a strictly non-smoking policy indoor. Smoking is allowed for the outside areas only. Safety instructions are located in public access. In case of emergency, each passenger is requested to follow crew’s instructions.

Services on board

Our crew is trained to make your stay on board as pleasant as you wish. Besides a bar with a wine and spirits list and a choice of refreshments and beers, we offer you a quality food on board: continental breakfast; and local cuisine at each of your lunches and dinners.
Safety instructions are located in every cabin and public access. In case of emergency, each passenger is requested to follow crew’s instructions.

Authentic luxurious Cruises at Mekong Delta’s very heart
Throughout the recent years’ Tourism industry development, Mekong Delta has become a popular destination either for 1-day excursions departing from Ho Chi Minh City or for 2- or 3-nights cruises. While one might decide to book mass trips as proposed by most of the agents and queue up for fruits tasting at special spots devoted to mass tourism, Le Cochinchine leads you to Mekong Delta’s very heart and roots, far from the mainstream.
Le Cochinchine offers travelers an exciting experience of the Mekong Delta, off the beaten tracks. Far from the tourism mainstream, Le Cochinchine’s management and staff do know where and when discover remote places and meet authentic local people to understand their specific way of living. With a range of bicycles carried on board, stopovers can easily be made in the remotest parts of the channels to discover tropical islets amidst the rivers and the channels to discover tropical fruits’ orchards such as: coconuts, bananas, papayas, mangos, rambutans, longans, guavas and much more.

Our Team
Our crew on board and guide staff are Mekong Delta’s native and true specialists of the region. They will take you to secondary channels and come alongside in remote places to let you experience the place at bicycle or walking slow speed: villages and markets, traditional temples, orchards and paddy fields, rice processing or brickworks, craftsmen; and face direct contact with rural authentic farmers and fishermen.
Everywhere in the whole Mekong Delta region, our passion is to bring our guests an authentic experience at its very heart, far from the mass tourism mainstream. On board Le Cochinchine: The Mekong Delta at its best!

Le Cochinchine 02, 07 Cabins
In a classy wooden setting, it accommodates on 3 decks 14 passengers in 7 cabins: (4 double and 3 twin beds).
It has 2 restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a mix of Western and Vietnamese fine cooking, and a wide upper sundeck to contemplate sunset while sipping an aperitif. Its cozy settings is yours for the whole length of your stay on board, and our friendly crew will answer each of your request to make your stay on board a warm experience.

Equipment

Private bathroom with hot water, hair-dryer
Air-conditioning
Mosquito net
Complimentary drinking water
Technics:
Isuzu (450 HP) engines
Generator ISUZU 55KVA (220V-50HZ)
 
Le Cochinchine 03, 12 Cabins
In a classy wooden setting, it accommodates on 3 decks 24 passengers in 12 cabins (2 double and 8 twin beds, 2 family cabins).
It has 2 restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a mix of Western and Vietnamese fine cooking, and a wide upper sundeck to contemplate sunset while sipping an aperitif. Its cozy settings is yours for the whole length of your stay on board, and our friendly crew will answer each of your request to make your stay on board a warm experience.

Equipment:
Private bathroom with hot water, hair-dryer
Air-conditioning
Mosquito net
Complimentary drinking water

Technics:
Isuzu (450 HP) engines
Generator ISUZU 55KVA (220V-50HZ)

Le Cochinchine 04, 14 Cabins
In a classy wooden setting, it accommodates on 3 decks 28 passengers in 14 cabins (4 double and 8 twin beds, 2 family cabins). It has 2 restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a mix of Western and Vietnamese fine cooking, and a wide upper sundeck to contemplate sunset while sipping an aperitif. Its cozy settings is yours for the whole length of your stay on board, and our friendly crew will answer each of your request to make your stay on board a warm experience.

Equipment:
Private bathroom with hot water, hair-dryer
Air-conditioning
Mosquito net
Complimentary drinking water

Technics:
Isuzu (450 HP) engines
Generator ISUZU 55KVA (220V-50HZ)

Additional Information
Shuttle Bus service: Daily pickup from your hotel in HCMC from 07:30- 08:00
Check-in: ~11.30 (timing might vary depending on itineraries)
Check-out: 11.00 (timing might vary depending on itineraries)
Guide on board: English Speaking
• Check in/ out point: Caibe/ Can Tho Pier 

2-day Trip

Route: Saigon - Cai Be - Can Tho All rates are quoted per person for join in boat. All prices are valid till Dec 31, 2014
Day 1: Cai Be – Tra On
12h00pm boarding Le Cochinchine boat, up for cruise to continue to Can Tho via Cho Lach and Tra On.

Up to river tide, disembark and make a pleasant walking or biking on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities, especially somes orchards (orange grove) with its famer.

Cruise to continue to Tra On. Enjoy the magnificent sunset on the river. Leisurely cruise up the Mekong River while enyoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs, sunset cruise.

A wonderful day with picturesque ferry crossings over Mekong River branches. Dinner and nite on board in Tra On.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner  
Day 2: Tra On – Can Tho
The noise of the floating market wake you up early in the morning. After breakfast, the cruise to continue to Can Tho. Enjoy the magnificent sunrise on the river. Leisurely cruise up the BASSAC river while enyoying the beautiful scenery.

Arrive Can Tho, a small boat will take you explore the Cai Rang market one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong Delta with hundreds of small boats barging and jostling for space as owners attempt to sell their goods. And through the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards.

10h00 disembark then return HCMC or another destination by car. Tour ends.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices Include:
• Boat cruising as program
• All meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast is mentioned in program)
• Accommodation on board
• All entrance fees (mentioned in program)
• English or French speaking guide
• Boat trip to visit of day 2
Prices Exclude:
Boat trip to visit of day 1
• Route transfers from/to Saigon
 • Beverages/drinks
• Tourist insurance
• Tips are welcome
• Other services not mentioned in the Inclusion.

Supplement for transportation services
• Supplement for round trip transfers by shuttle bus Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho (Cai Be): VND903,000 (US$43)/ person;
• For private round trip transfers Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be and Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City: VND3,150,000 (US$150)/ 4seat car, VND 3,324,000 (US$158)/7 seater car, VND3,552,000 (US$169)/16 seater minibus.

Special Offers for Children
• Children under 6 years old: free.
• Children 07-11 years old: 75% of adult.

3-day Trip

Route: Saigon - Cai Be - Can Tho All rates are quoted per person for join in boat. All prices are valid till Dec 31, 2014
 Day 1: Cai Be - My Thuan - Sa Dec
11.00-11h30 boarding LE COCHINCHINE boat. Enjoy welcome drink. LeCochinchine continues sets sails to Cai Thia while lunch is served on boat.

Embark on  a lovely cycling excursion on the bank of the peninsula browsing several verdant villages. Visit of the gardens and orchards, local houses and ample opportunity meet with people and get insight into Delta life. Visit Cao Dai temple on the way to My Thuan. Continue our cruise toward Sa Dec, a nice and quiet town overlooking Mekong river. Visit the lively Sa Dec food market and primary school headed by Magueritte Duras.

Walks along the village path and get yourself acquaintance with rural activities as farmers farm their fields: rice fields, and vegetable farms, fish farms. Back to our boat for a cruise down stream. Relax on boat while sipping an aperitif. Dinner and overnight on board.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Cai Thia - Vinh Long - Tra On
Breakfast on board on the Mekong.

Visit Binh Hoa Phuoc island and go for walk through the islets, sampling native fruits viewing local handicraft production and meet the local people.
Transfer to a local boat for an extensive visit of Cai Be: the floating market, the mazes of waterway, local pop-rice and sweets production.

Visit of old houses, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper manufacturers.

Le Cochinchine continues its cruise to Co Chien. Lunch served on board

Embark on a pleasant walk on the footpaths of the countryside to discover tropical fruit orchards and the local people's activities. Visit a cottage industry, a local farm  and sample seasonal fruits.

Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Open bar and rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Le Cochinchine is cruising Mang Thit river. Dinner and night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tra On - Can Tho Departure
Breakfast on board. The morning bobbling commotion of Mekong river life comes to life for another lovely day our boat set sails to Can Tho through tributary and canals.
Transfer to Cai Rang: one of the most bustling floating markets in Mekong. We go for a walk along the canals and the palm-shaded creek to see local houses and green orchards, ship building yards, rural and water activities in full swing.

Boarding back at noon, with a welcome-back drink. 11h00 Disembark in Can Tho. The cruise concludes. 

Meals: Breakfast

Prices Include:
• 3 days cruise with stops and visits as stated  with English /French-speaking escort.
• 2 nights accommodation on board.
• Meal  as mentioned during the cruise (  B=Breakfast, L = Lunch,  D=Dinner)
• Admission fee at visiting points as mentioned in the program.
• Biking, sampan boat ride,
• Services of crews during the cruise.
• Apperitif
• Complimentary foot massage
• Group insurance
Prices Exclude:
• Visa approval and fees for Vietnam
• Ground transfer from hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to pier in Mekong or v.v.
• Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.,

Transportation services
Supplement for round trip transfers by shuttle bus Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho/ Can Tho: VND903,000 (US$43)/ person;
For private round trip transfers Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho & Can Tho- Ho Chi Minh: VND4,074,000 (US$194)/ 4seater car, VND4,296,000 (US$205)/7 seater car, VND4,584,000 (US$218/16 seater mini bus.


Special Conditions for Children

• Children under 6 years old: free.
• Children 06-11 years old: 75% of adult.

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