What you’ll get

  • Duration : 3 days 2 nights

  • Departure : Ho Chi Minh City

  • Suitable : Family, Friends, All of people

  • Type : Cruise tour

  • Product Code : T30GEK02

Overview

Did you always dream of exploring the Mekong in an individual way? The new Gecko Eyes houseboats will be perfect for you. The fleet consists of three beautiful vessels and the private houseboats are perfect for two or four people, made for tours on a high level — for couples, small families or a group of friends. On this tour, you can visit two famous floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be.

Highlights

    • Try the tropical fruits and meet friendly locals to know more about main daily work
    • Get insight of the lush rural landscape to have overview of local people in daily life
    • Take a local boat to busiest area Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market and observe skilfully handcrafted products
OPTION TYPE MAX RATES PRICE DETAIL TOTAL MAKE RESERVATION
Charter boat

Charter boat

Size : 14 m2 Max Adults: 2

Bed size: 1 double bed or 2 twin beds

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Total Option Price

  • Meals
    2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Transportation
    A/C private transfer, Cruise
  • Accommodation
    Gecko Eyes Cruise
  • Price Includes
    • 7 savoury meals
    • Private transfer from/to Saigon
    • Mineral water placed in your cabin
    • Side trips on sampans as mentioned in the itineraries
    • Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins
    Price Excludes
    • Drinks
    • Tips and personal expenses
    • All other services not mentioned above
  • Cancellation by Customer

    For almost of our tours, once tour is confirmed and fully paid but for one reason they cancel the tour, the following charges will apply in the event of cancellation prior to tour commencement:

    • More than 30 days before arrival: No charge
    • 15-30 days before arrival: 10% of total tour price.
    • 7-15 days before arrival: 50% of total tour price.
    • 4-7 days before arrival: 75% of total tour price.
    • Within 3 days before arrival: 100% tour price.

    Notes:

    • There will be no refund given for any unused or missed ground arrangements, sightseeing, meals or hotel accommodations.
    • For no show cases, there will be no refund.
    • All cancellations must be in person or in writing and received by us
  • Cancellation by Weather

    In case of an unexpected situation/ bad weather causes an effect on your trip after commencement, we serve the right to change the itinerary of your booked tour for the safety of all clients in the group. If there are more than one solution, we will ask for your permission and agreement to do the next step. In such kind of cancellation, the refund of any payment on the un-used portion of transportation service, hotel service, car rental or tours will be given.

  • Children Policy
    • Under 4 years: Free of Charge.
    • From 4 to 8 years old: 50% of adult’s fare and sharing bed with parents.
    • From 9 to 11 years old: 75% of adult’s fare and using existing bed.
    • Students with ID student card: 90% of adult’s fare and using existing bed.
    • Over 11 years old: 100% of adult’s fare and using existing bed.

Itineraries

Day 1: Panorama River Cruise

In the morning 08:00 we pick you up at your hotel in Saigon and take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board your wooden river cruise vessel around noon. After a refreshing welcome drink we show you our on-board facilities and your cosy cabin. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising. Visit the forest of Xeo Quyt. During the Vietnam war this jungle was the headquarters of the local partisans. During rainy season when the water levels are high enough you can explore the labyrinth by rowing sampan. 

In the afternoon you will visit the small and charming town of Sa Dec.
Get back on board and enjoy a drink at the bar or relax on deck as the sun sets over the magnificent water landscape of the Mekong river. The cruise boat will anchor for the night. The day ends with a delicious on-board dinner. You stay overnight on board your floating hotel in the Mekong Delta.

Meals: L, D

Accommodation: Gecko Eyes Cruise

Day 2: Life on the water and floating markets

Wake up well rested to the sound of the river and get ready for another exciting day of sightseeing in the Mekong Delta. At 6.30h the cruise vessel sets off for a sunrise cruise. Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying an early breakfast.

After breakfast, we will board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits and vegetables. We will pull up to the boats for talking and bargaining with the merchants. We will also visit some of the local candy and cake making factories or boat through the green water landscape to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards.
Later in the morning your can boat through the green water landscape on a little rowing sampan to see local houses, verdant orchards and ship-building yards. Alternatively you can discover the nearby town by foot or explore the small side canals of the Mekong river on a bicycle.

The cruise boat then resumes its journey as lunch is served. In the afternoon there will be another side trip to one of the exotic villages along the way.

Visit of the morning market in Sa Dec. If you like you can go shopping with the chef and take part in a cooking lesson on board. Once the boat resumes its journey, you travel through small channels towards Can Tho (or Cai Be). In the afternoon there is the option of a land excursion either by bicycle or on foot and visit of a small village, a stroll through orchards, or a cooking class.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Gecko Eyes Cruise

Day 3: An exotic world of its own

After breakfast and an early start through the glorious morning atmosphere on the Mekong river we will visit another floating market. Be sure not to miss the great photo opportunities for authentic snapshots of the Mekong people and their life.
Take another sampan side trip right into the lush rural landscape, the fertile fields, the exuberant green. Then it’s time to pack up and return to the pier from which we started.
The Mekong Delta cruise boat tour ends at around 11.00 — 11.30h on the pier. On even dates, you will have lunch at the Mekong Rest Stop. On odd dates, lunch is served in Vinh Long City.

Meals: B, L

Accommodation: N/A

Important Notes

    • Route and excursions may be subjects to changes without prior notice

Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Excellent

9.6

Based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    10.0
  • Organization
    9.2
  • Value for money
    9.2
  • Safety
    9.8
9.5

116mariannes

Singapore
24 Jul 2018
Very nice trip! Went to the mekong river tour and it was very well organized. Lovely staff, good tours and food during the trip. Highly recommended!
9.5

schaudernagert

Germany
25 Mar 2018
Great Experience on the Mekong We did the Three-Day-Trip on the Gecko Eyes (just the two of us). Boat: Neat and very clean. Comfortable cabin (just some more hooks for clothes etc. would be fine...). Organisation: From bookin... See more

We did the Three-Day-Trip on the Gecko Eyes (just the two of us). Boat: Neat and very clean. Comfortable cabin (just some more hooks for clothes etc. would be fine...). Organisation: From booking procedure in Germany to the drop off in Pnohm Phen perfect. Food on board: Very tasty asian food, great variety of meat, fish & vegetarian options. Prices for drinks acceptable. Crew: Polite, help- and cheerful.Full of interesting facts about the river and the people living there. Availeble at every time, but also leaving your privacy. Excursions: Nice trips (to markets and villages) and introductions in the life of Mekong people.

9.3

205amandat

United Kingdom
03 Feb 2018
Geko eyes Mekong cruise Picked up on time from our HCMC hotel, driven to Cai Be to start the cruise, welcomed onboard with a drink & smiles, less than 15 minutes to cast off & the adventure begins. Our single bedroomed bo... See more

Picked up on time from our HCMC hotel, driven to Cai Be to start the cruise, welcomed onboard with a drink & smiles, less than 15 minutes to cast off & the adventure begins. Our single bedroomed boat was clean, neat, & tidy “Geko Eyes” Lee our guide / butler explained the itinerary & off on the north river we went, now 2 nights on board with breakfasts, lunches, & evening dinners, wine & beer options (extra cost) plenty of relaxation, everything tailored to our wishes & all expectations met & more. The room with ac was not overly luxurious but very ample (it’s a smallish boat) wet / shower room all functional & clean, toiletries all good, towels etc as well. What you see, the people you meet, the food & drink you sample are all top notch, yes it’s not cheap, but a once in a life time experience, just do it, you won’t regret it, if you are an English speaker, ask for LEE brilliant guide / butler. Would we do it again. In a flash..........

9.5

bobbyg25

United States
23 Jan 2018
3 Day Mekong River Tour / Cruise My wife and I stayed on the 1 cabin boat, so just us and 4 crew members for 3 days and nights. We had an AMAZING experience! The boat itself was so much fun to stay on and be a part of whil... See more

My wife and I stayed on the 1 cabin boat, so just us and 4 crew members for 3 days and nights. We had an AMAZING experience! The boat itself was so much fun to stay on and be a part of while seeing all of the local people, sights, villages, other boats, etc. We didn't spend much time in our room but it was very nice.....the top deck of the boat is where you'll want to spend most of your time! What really made our trip so memorable was the crew - particularly our guide Lee (Trung). Lee was exceptional. Via Lee, we were able to learn so much about the local people, life on and around the river, we met and spoke with many locals, ate great meals, and in general just had wonderful conversation - THANK YOU LEE!! .... the rest of the crew was also excellent and a fun group to be around. You cannot get these memories on your own and without great people like Lee and the crew! We'd highly recommend this experience.

10.0

Cécile C

France
17 Dec 2016
Perfect cruise The cruise, the services, the guides and excursions were just perfect. The lanscape is wonderfull and relax from the stress of HCMC. The cabins were very clean and charming. The food was very good ... See more

The cruise, the services, the guides and excursions were just perfect. The lanscape is wonderfull and relax from the stress of HCMC. The cabins were very clean and charming. The food was very good and chic. We are very happy to have done it !