Mekong Eyes

 

Explore the beautiful countryside of the Mekong Delta and relax on our boat while you can see the colorful floating markets and taste some local fruits at a floating house. Our fleet of luxurious river cruisers consists currently of three types of boats to cater your needs — the spacious and comfortable Mekong Eyes with 15 cabins, our fleet of Dragon Eyes, luxurious 2-cabin cruisers for a more private Mekong Delta river cruise and the private Gecko Eyes house boats with only one cabin each.


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Explore the vastness of the Mekong Delta on board the comfortable Mekong Eyes vessel!Mekong Eyes cruise - Overview

  • 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 14 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.Mekong Eyes cruise  - Sundeck
  • 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.
  • Our 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:Mekong Eyes cruise  - Boat trip

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.Mekong Eyes cruise  - Dinning room

+ Tai Chi, Yoga and Massage services:

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

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
  • Number of cabins: 15 (9 twins and 6 doubles). All are deluxe standard with private bathroomsMekong Eyes cruise - Floating market
  • 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
  • 2-day Mekong Delta River Cruise to the Floating Markets of Cai Be and Cai Rang.Mekong Eyes cruise - Overview
  • This tour is available with the wooden cruise vessels Mekong Eyes (14 cabins), the exclusive Dragon Eyes (2 cabins) or the private house boat Gecko Eyes.
  • Our cruise boat tours leave from Can Tho to Cai Be (on odd dates, e. g. Sept 1, 3, 5, 7 etc.) or from Cai Be to Can Tho (on even dates, e. g. Sept. 2, 4, 6, 8 etc.). Daily departures. The Gecko Eyes has no set departures.
  • If you are staying in Saigon, we will pick you up at your hotel (district 1 and parts of district 3) and will take you back there after the end of the Mekong Delta cruise tour. The drive to / from Cai Be takes about 2 hours, to / from Can Tho approx. 4 hours.

Day 1: Panorama River Cruise

  • In the morning we take you to Can Tho or Cai Be. You board your comfortable 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. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.Mekong Eyes cruise - The room
  • In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
  • 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

Day 2: Cai Rang / Cai Be Floating Market

  • 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.Mekong Eyes cruise  - Biking
  • 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, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. 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.
  • N. B.: The floating markets in the Mekong Delta are no tourist markets but wholesale markets where produce of the Mekong Delta like fruits and vegetables are traded. For this reason the number of boats on the market fluctuates depending on harvesting seasons and market demand. Furthermore, modern wholesale markets are becoming more popular in Vietnam. This can result in decreasing numbers of boats being present on the markets.
  • 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

Mekong Eyes cruise - Sampan tours

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins
  • 4 savoury meals
  • Mineral water placed in your cabin
  • Side trips on sampans as mentioned in the itineraries.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Drinks are not included in the price (except the mineral water in your cabin).
  • Road transfer from / to Saigon (private transfer with Gecko Eyes)
  • 3-day Mekong Delta River Cruise to the Floating Markets of Cai Rang and Cai BeMekong Eyes cruise - Overview
  • On this tour you have more time to discover the sights of the Mekong Delta and enjoy the river life. You can visit two famous floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be. On several land excursions you have the chance to see local handicraft production, colorful brick kilns, opulent orchards and peaceful villages. Take an excursion with a small rowing Sampan or a short bike trip to explore the small side canals of the mighty Mekong river.
  • This Mekong Delta river cruise is available with the wooden cruise vessels Mekong Eyes (14 cabins), the exclusive Dragon Eyes (2 cabins) and the private house boat Gecko Eyes.
  • Our 3-day tours leave from Can Tho to Cai Be and back (on odd dates, e. g. Sept 1, 3, 5, 7 etc.) or from Cai Be to Can Tho and back (on even dates, e. g. Sept. 2, 4, 6, 8 etc.). If you are staying in Saigon, we will pick you up at your hotel (district 1 and parts of district 3) and take you back there after the end of the Mekong Delta cruise tour. The drive to / from Cai Be takes about 2 hours, to / from Can Tho approx. 4 hours. Daily departures. There are no set departures for the Gecko Eyes.Mekong Eyes cruise  - The dining rôm

Day 1: Panorama River Cruise

  • In the morning 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.  Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people.
  • In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. Meet the friendly locals and taste the local produce and fruits.
  • 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.Mekong Eyes cruise - Floating market
  • If you book this tour on our Gecko Eyes house boat, you will visit the forest of Xeo Quyt on the first day. 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.

Meals: L, D

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.Mekong Eyes cruise  - Sundeck
  • 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.
  • Gecko Eyes: 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.Mekong Eyes cruise - Tai Chi

Meals: B, L, D

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

Mekong Eyes cruise  - The room

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Road transfer from / to Saigon (private transfer with Gecko Eyes)
  • Accommodation in cosy double or twin bedded cabins
  • 7 savoury meals
  • Mineral water placed in your cabin
  • Side trips on sampans as mentioned in the itineraries.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Drinks are not included in the price (except the mineral water in your cabin).
  • Road transfer from / to Saigon (private transfer with Gecko Eyes)

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