Mien Tay Boat (by Mien Tay Travel)

Mien Tay Boat
From~US$ 144
No. of cabin: 16 (Berths)      
Route: Lower Mekong Delta
Highlights: Mientay Cruise offers travelers an exciting experience of the Mekong Delta, off the beaten tracks. Far from the tourism mainstream, Mientay Cruise’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. Starts in / Finishes in: Ho Chi Minh City/ Ho Chi Minh City

Overview

Founded in 2002, Mientay Boat Cruise boasts a fleet of 2 similar oak wood vessels: each is 22-meters long and 4.5 meters wide, with accommodation for up to 16 guests in a common dormitory for some comfortable 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.

Mien Tay Boat Facts
Boats: 02
Built: 2002
Length: 22m
Width: 4.5m
Decks: 2
Restaurants: yes
Electricity: 220 volt
Comfort: basic
For travelers: adventure (charter)


Mientay Boat information
In a classy wooden setting, the sampan accommodates on 2 decks up to 16 passengers in a well ventilated compartment made of 5 twin cabins with couchettes that can be used as a diner room as well. It has 3 restrooms with showers, one terrace on the deck to contemplate sunset while sipping an aperitif. Its restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a mix of Western and Vietnamese fine cooking. Its cozy settings is yours for the whole length of your stay on board, and our friendly 5-staff crew (the captain, one mechanic, the chief cook, one sailor and one guide) will answer each of your request to make your stay on board a warm experience.

Equipment
• Shared bathroom with hot water
• Mosquito net
• Complimentary drinking wate

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!

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.

Fleet’s Safety Policy
For safety and comfort, Mientay Boat Cruise 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.

2-day Trip

Route: Saigon - Cai Be - My Tho All rates are quoted per private boat/ group . Prices are valid from 1st Dec, 2012 to 31st Dec, 2014.
Day 1: Embark Cai Be - My Tho
07h30am: pick up at hotel in Saigon then route for Cai Be (120km).
10h00am: arrive Cai Be, small motor boat trip to explore the lively Cai Be floating market in the morning.
Walking for visit a handicraft village of the local people then sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits.
Continue boat trip to Mekong Lodge – an eco-resort Mekong Lodge includes 29 private pretty bungalows and River View Restaurant, stretched in an area of more than 10.000 m2 lays just beside the Tien River.
Visit Mekong Lodge and walking around this area to see local people who are doing daily activities and preparing lunch for their families.
Embark Mien Tay sampan, welcome drink and check in Mien Tay sampan.
Lunch served on board.

After lunch, cruise depart from Cai Be to My Tho via Ngu Hiep island.
02h30pm: arrive Ngu Hiep island. Disembark and leisure biking or walking tour on this island seeing daily life and local people’s activities. Leisurely cruise down the Mekong River while enyoying the beautiful scenery and enjoy the magnificent sunset on the Tien river.
Dinner and overnight on board between Ngu Hiep island and My Tho.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: My Tho - Disembark
In the morning, the noise of the boats wake you up, watch the daily life of the local people who live on both sides of the Mekong river, breakfast on board.
Continue cruising to My Tho.

After breakfast, check out luggages to small motor boat to explore one of the islands in My Tho.

The guests can walk throught the island, trying native fruits viewing local handicraft production and meeting the local people. Then take a brief sampan ride through palm-shaded creeks.

Disembark in My Tho and return to the vehicle. Drive to a restaurant in My Tho.

Lunch at restaurant.

After lunch, visit Vinh Trang Pagoda - the pagoda is a beautiful and well-maintained sanctuary. The charitable monks here provide a home to orphans, disabled and other needy children. The pagoda is about 1km from the city center. The Vinh Trang pagoda is the largest in Tien Giang province. Built in the 19th century, the pagoda is a harmonious mix of colonial French, Chinese, Vietnamese and Khmer architectural styles. There are many precious statues made of wood inside the pagoda.

Leave My Tho and route for Saigon. Transfer to hotel. (16h30).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Prices Include:
• Route transfers (with driver only)
• English or French speaking guide on board
• Boat cruising featured in the program in details
• All meals as mentionned (lunch, dinner and breakfast)
• Overnight on board 1 night
• All entrance fees
• Walking or biking tour (up to health’s situation of clients)
Prices Exclude:
• Beverages/ drinks
• Tourist insurances
• Tips are welcome
• Personal expenses
• Any service not mentioned in the Inclusion.

Supplement for transportation services
• For private round trip transfers Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be and My Tho - Ho Chi Minh City: VND2,514,000 (US$120)/ 4seater car, VND2,652,000 (US$126)/7 seater car, VND2,832,000 (US$135)/ 16 seater minibus.

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

3-day Trip

Route: Saigon - My Tho - Long Xuyen All rates are quoted per private boat/ group. Prices are valid from 1st Dec, 2012 to 31st Dec, 2014.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Embark My Tho - Cai Be
08h00am: pick up at hotel in Saigon then route for My Tho (70km).
10h00am: boarding on Mien Tay sampan in My Tho, welcome drink and check in Mien Tay sampan.
The guests can walk through the island, trying native fruits viewing local handicraft production and meeting the local people. Then take a brief sampan ride through palm-shaded creeks.
Back to Mien Tay sampan. Lunch served on board. Then cruise for Cai Be via Ngu Hiep.

Arrive Ngu Hiep island. Disembark and leisure biking or walking tour on this island seeing daily life and local people’s activities.
Then boat depart for Cai Be, leisurely cruise up the Mekong River while enyoying the beautiful scenery and enjoy the magnificent sunset on the Tien river.
Dinner and overnight on board in Cai Be.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner  

Day 2: Cai Be - Sa Dec - Long Xuyen
After breakfast, explore the lively Cai Be floating market in early morning.
Walking for visit the handicraft village of the local people.
Sightseeing the old house and sample various tropical fruits.
Continue boat trip to Mekong Lodge – an eco-resort Mekong Lodge includes 29 private pretty bungalows and River View Restaurant, stretched in an area of more than 10000 m2 lays just beside the Tien River. Lunch on board. Boat flowing to LONG XUYEN via SADEC, walking for visit Sadec town where Margueritte Duras's famous novel Lover was set and made famous by the film L’Amant, the Marguerite Duras story and explore this town. Visit a bonsai garden and the local market. Cruise continue to Long Xuyen. Leisurely cruise up the Mekong River while enyoying the beautiful scenery and the aperitifs and sunset cruise. Dinner  and nite on board in LONGXUYEN.

Meals: Breakfast
, Lunch, Dinner  

Day 3: Long Xuyen - Ho Chi Minh City
In the morning, the noise of the floating market wake you up, visit the daily life of the local people who live on both sides of the Mekong river breakfast on board, then our small boat take you to visit of  CULAO Ong Ho (museum of the 02nd President of the Vietnam) and the small arroyos on the island and a biggest crocodile farm in Mekong.
Check out, disembark and return to vehicle at Long Xuyen pier. Having lunch (up to river tide and according to the availibility of Mien Tay boat, clients will have lunch at restaurant or on board). After lunch, drive back to HCMC and arrive HCMC about 18h00.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices Include:
• Route transfers (with driver only)
• English or French speaking guide on board
• Boat cruising featured in the program in details
• All meals as mentionned (lunch, dinner and breakfast)
• Overnight on board 2 night
• All entrance fees
• Walking or biking tour (up to health’s situation of clients)

Prices Exclude:
• Beverages/drinks
• Tourist insurances
• Tips are welcome
• Personal expenses
• Any service not mentioned in the Inclusion.

Supplement for transportation services

• For private round trip transfers Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho and Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City: VND5,028,000 (US$239)/ 4seater car, VND5,304,000 (US$253)/7 seater car, VND5,664,000 (US$270)/ 16 seater minibus.

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