Mekong Waterways Saigon to Phnom Penh
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Immerse yourself into the daily life of Mekong delta, making the most of your journey from Saigon to Phnom Penh.  

On the first day, we propose a deep immersion into different facets of the region. We will journey through the less travelled paths of Cai Be, bringing you a high diversity of activities, and keeping you totally off the regular tourist attraction. The trip also includes a visit to the most amazing market of the Mekong delta, the Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of boats of all sizes fill the river trading in agricultural goods of all kinds.



  • Travelling from the South of Vietnam to the Cambodian capital while making the most of the journey.
  • Cruise along the rivers maze of canals for a taste of the lush and lively culture.
  • Visit the less travelled spots of the rural gem Cai Thia.
  • Spend time gently cruising through one of the Mekong’s huge floating markets.
  • Explore the border town of Chau Doc and surrounding areas before entering Cambodia.
Ho Chi Minh city - Cai Be - Can Tho

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh city - Cai Be - Can Tho

Meals: lunch | Accommodation: Superior room, Hau Giang Hotel (or similar), Can Tho

Around 8:00 am we will leave the city centre for an approximate 2.5 hour drive to our exploration area. We will let the touristy spots behind and travel beyond, where very few other visitors have the chance to go.

We will arrive at Cai Thia pier at about 10:30 am, when we will board our boat and start hitting the waterways till the village of Hoa Loc. We will cycle through different villages on the winding countryside and visit local houses en-route, with opportunities to learn about local handicrafts or be invited for a cup of tea with some local snack.

Later we will meet our boat again and ride further to a less busy area of the Mekong, where our bamboo sampan (rowing boat) will be waiting to take us deeper into the countryside of the Delta through its networks of small canals.

In the afternoon, we will cruise towards Vinh Long with some more stops at local workshops. Around 16:00h, a quick transfer will bring us from Vinh Long pier to Can Tho, where we will check-in at our hotel and enjoy the night in this “mega city” of the Mekong Delta. 

Can Tho - Tra Su - Chau Doc

Day 2 Can Tho - Tra Su - Chau Doc

Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: Deluxe room, Hung Cuong hotel (or similar), Chau Doc

An early start will be necessary (around 6:00 am!), since we have thought that you would like to see the Cai Rang floating market at its fullest. While our boat will glide slowly through the market mayhem, please feel free to take photographs, talk or bargain with local vendors. There are fantastic photo opportunities amidst the variety of agricultural bounty on sale here.  We will be back to hotel for breakfast, and then check-out at 8:00 am to continue with our journey to Chau Doc.

Around noon, we will arrive at Tra Su National Park, an ecosystem of cajuput trees. A short walk from the parking area will take us to the small pier where a boat will await to take us deeper into the mangrove forest. We will soon find ourselves zipping through a living carpet of water lettuce, passing birds of all shapes and colours. We will enjoy a simple lunch at a local restaurant in the heart of the forest before making our way back and settling down at our hotel in Chau Doc  around 17:00.

Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Day 3 Chau Doc - Phnom Penh

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: not included

Early in the morning (around 6:45), we will be picked up from our hotel to the boat pier where we will embark on a speed boat for a 4-hours – 5,5 hours (depending on traffic and visa arrangements) ride to Phnom Penh, where our trip will end. 
This will be our starting point for discovering Cambodia and the celebrated temples of Angkor.

We remain at your disposal if you would like us to help to organize your Cambodian adventure as well. Our local team will be glad to receive you upon your arrival in Cambodia.
Of course a transfer back to Saigon can also be arranged if you wish.

Please note: 

Cambodia visa is required for most nationalities. It is easy to obtain in advance at overseas Cambodian embassies; or through the online e-Visa (; it’s also available upon arrival at international border crossing checkpoints in Phnom Penh (airport and boat pier) and Siem Reap. Please let you Handspan travel consultant know in case you want us to proceed with your visa arrangements.

Price per person based on a group tour

Group size 2 pax Single supplement
Price per person USD 304 
[vnd 7 056 000]
USD 31
[vnd 720 000]


* Fixed prices in USD. Prices in VND are subject to currency fluctuations upon making the trip reservation.

* Single supplement: to be applied for those who travel with others but require a single room for her/himself.

* Prices valid till 31 December 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our production team and that includes the best of the destination (highlights and some lesser known assets as well!). Our travel consultants will also be glad to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and travel-style. 

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation, length of the trip or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just forward us your comments at

* Special prices for groups of more than 2 people, children and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us. 



  • Accommodation based on twin-shared room as mentioned on the program.
    • Upgrades available under request.
  • Transfer Saigon Delta in air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver.
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking guide.
  • Meals as specified.
  • All entrance fees, visits and activities mentioned on the program (Mekong cruise, traditional sampan rides, bike promenades...) 
  • Speedboat ticket Chau Doc – Phnom Penh.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Not included

  • Accommodation in Saigon nor Phnom Penh.
  • Flight tickets or visas.
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Supplements on peak season.

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