Song Xanh Sampan

Location: Saigon & Mekong Delta | Vietnam

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Take a private tour in a traditional Sampan boat down the Mekong River, offering fascinating insight into the lives of the local villagers, who depend on this important river system for their livelihoods. You’ll be waited on hand and foot as you drift downstream in a converted rice barge, and with just two cabins on board and four crew members, you’re promised a wonderfully intimate and unforgettable journey through quintessential Vietnam.
Perfect forA short escape from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh.
In the know
  • Two or three day private tours along the Mekong
  • Travel in a traditional Sampan river barge
  • Four cruising itineraries to choose from

Recommended for...

  • Cruise
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Honeymoon
  • Off the Beaten Track

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

The bucolic Mekong Delta exudes peace and tranquility; tiny villages pepper its leafy banks and day-to-day life floats by in a charmingly laid back fashion.

Rooms on board the Song Xanh Sampan

You’ll enjoy private occupancy on board the Song Xanh Sampan, allowing a truly personal and tailored experience. The two cabins showcase rustic bamboo and rattan furniture, en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. 

Food and drink

Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while a la carte dining is on offer during the evening. The chef prepares fresh Vietnam and Western fusion cuisine, to be paired with a wine from the well-stocked bar on board. Enjoy your meals on the sundeck as you watch the world float by.


A staff of four people will take care of you while on board – one captain, two stewards and a guide. Relax in a deck chair on the sun deck with a cold beer in hand, or, on the cooler evenings, retreat to the salon to watch a film or read a book in the cosy arm chairs. The Sampan also carries fishing rods, bicycles and a small rowing boat for excursions out into the depths of the canal.

Activities on board the Song Xanh Sampan

During your trip you’ll tread off the beaten path on thrilling daytime excursions into this fascinating environment. Stop off at local villages and learn about the importance of the river ecosystem to the communities, go for walks through the rice paddies and taste some of the delicious fruits growing overhead as you pass through. Depending on which itinerary you choose, you might also get to visit the Cai Be floating markets or see the colourful Cao Dai Temple.

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Hotel location

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to Cai Be, where all cruises depart.

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