Mekong Eyes Cruises (by Mekong Eyes Cruises)

Mekong Eyes Cruises
From~US$ 153
No. of cabin: 15      
Route: Classic Route
Highlights: The Mekong Eyes combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts to become the perfect holiday vessel to cruise the Mekong in style. At 39 m long and 8.5 m wide, the Mekong Eyes river cruiser was built out of an old, traditional rice barge with the finest quality wood, and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta.
Starts in / Finishes in: Ho Chi Minh City/Ho Chi Minh City

Overview

Technical specifications Mekong Eyes
• Class: River Cruiser
• Max. length 39 m (125 ft.)
• Max. beam: 8.5 m (27 ft.)
• Draft: 1.8 m
• Load: 400 tpns
• 1 air-conditioned indoor restaurant with bar
• 1 indoor panorama lounge with air-condition
• 1 outside sitting area
• 1 sun deck
• Main engine: Cummins 450 hp
• 2 electrical generators: Yanmar 100 kVA, 24h hour electricity supply
• Toshiba central-controlled air-conditioning and ventilation
• Heat and smoke detectors
• Fire fighting system

Cabins: 15
9 Twin cabins  with private bathrooms
6 Double cabins  with private bathrooms

Cruise boat design
The Mekong Eyes combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts to become the perfect holiday vessel to cruise the Mekong Delta in style. At 39 m long and 8.5 m wide, the Mekong Eyes river cruiser was built out of an old, traditional rice barge with the finest quality wood, and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta.

Why Mekong Eyes? – One of the traditional ceremonies performed on a newly constructed Mekong boat is the “eye opening”. The eyes are painted on the bow for good luck, a wide-awake crew and fast and safe journeys.

The river cruise boat can comfortably accommodate up to 30 passengers on a large area of approx. 250 m2, it’s like a floating hotel.

There are 15 lavishly furnished twin and double rooms, each with a private bathroom with shower and hot water, wardrobe, air-conditioning and fan. The rooms are well insulated against climate and sound, and all offer a fantastic panoramic view of the Mekong river.

There is a large dining room in the lower deck, where you can enjoy culinary specialities of Vietnam or a sundowner in the cosy bar.

A stylish upper-deck inside panorma lounge invites you to sit back and take in the impressions of the fantastic scenery and the busy every day life on the river.

On the top deck you will find an open sitting area and sun deck with breathtaking views. While you are basking on the sun deck our friendly staff will pamper you with cool drinks and freshly cooked delicacies.

The crew will do their utmost to provide you with all the services and comfort you need during your Mekong Delta cruise. The captain and his deck hand as well as the engineer are in charge of the technical details and the routing. An experienced chef and sevice staff will take you on a culinary journey through Vietnam. A local guide will explain the life and culture of the Mekong Delta to you and answer any questions you might have. Our staff also get regular safety trainings.

Additional services (on request only)
Bicycle tours
This is a great way to discover the fascinating Mekong Delta life off the beaten track. You can stop on the way to explore the small paths along the canals or the river islands. Our sampan will pick you up at the end of the tour to bring you back to the Mekong Eyes. This is a perfect combination: a relaxing river cruise as well as active exploring of the Mekong Delta by bike.

Sampan rides
During your Mekong Delta river cruise, you can do side trips with our sampan to explore the small Mekong 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 08.00 AM from your hotel in Saigon to Can Tho ( OR Cai Be) Pier.
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

2-day Trip

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

Tours start in Cai Be on even dates and in Can Tho on odd dates

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be- Can Tho
08.00  Pick-up at the hotel in Saigon (For tour that starts from Cai Be on even date, pickup time in Saigon is at 9am for those who use the shuttle service)
11.30  Boarding of the cruise vessel and check-in
12.00  Panorama cruise and lunch on board
16.00  Guided land excursionwalk in orchards and small villages
17.00  Return to the boat for refreshment and to enjoy the sunset on the top deck
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 or Cai Be floating market
10.30 Arrive at Ninh Kieu Pier for transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City if you use private tranfer

For tours starting in Cai Be (only included for those pax using the shuttle service):
10.30  Return to the boat for the brunch
11.45  Departure to Saigon
~ 16.30  Arrival in Saigon

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch
  
• For tours starting in Can Tho (only included for those pax using the shuttle service):
11.00  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  Departure to Saigon
~ 16.00  Arrival in Saigon

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 – Cai Be: VND1,680,000 (US$80)

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.

3-day Trip

Route: Saigon - Can Tho - Phu Quoc All rates are quoted per person for join in boat.

Departures only available on odd dates
Route from Phu Quoc to Saigon can be organized, best to start from Phu Quoc on an odd date – on even dates a night in Can Tho is necessary.
Day 1: Panorama Cruise
08.00  Pick-up at the hotel in Saigon
11.30  Boarding of the cruise vessel and check-in
12.00  Panorama cruise and lunch on board
16.00  Guided land excursionwalk in orchards and small villages
17.00  Return to the boat for refreshment and to enjoy the sunset on the top deck
19.00  Dinner on board, night on board

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Cai Be – Can Tho   
06.30  Morning cruise and morning tea break served until 08.30
08.30  Excursion on a long sampan to Cai Be floating market, explore the surroundings of Cai Be by bicycle or foot
12.00  Panorama cruise and lunch on board
16.00  Guided land excursion
19.00  Dinner on board, night on board

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Can Tho – Rach Gia – Phu Quoc  
06.30  Morning cruise and morning tea break served until 08.30
08.30  Excursion on a long sampan to Cai Rang floating market
10.00  Drive to Rach Gia, lunch box
13.00  Departure of ferry to Phu Quoc in Rach Gia
15.30  Arrival at Phu Quoc Duong Dong Pier

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Alternative for Day 3: Transfer by plane to Phu Quoc (same price)  
06.30  Morning cruise and morning tea break served until 08.30
08.30  Excursion on a long sampan to Cai Rang or Cai Be floating market
10.00  Brunch on board
11.30  Transfer to Can Tho airport
13.05  Departure to Phu Quoc
13.50  Arrival at Phu Quoc airport

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Prices Include:
Road transfer from Ho Chi Minh City
• Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins
• Guided walk and side trip on sampan as mentioned in the itinerary
• English speaking guide on board
• Private transportation (car with driver) from Can Tho / Cai Be to Rach Gia and public speed boat from Rach Gia to Phu Quoc, or
• Alternatively, transfer to airport Can Tho and air tickets Can Tho to Phu Quoc
• Meals as mentioned 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
• For private round trip transfers Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be: VND1,680,000 (US$80)

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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