Glide down the waters of the Mekong River as you explore centuries-old markets, floating villages, and jungle-hemmed shores in a traditional sampan cruise. Along the way, visit with artisans who dabble in coconut creations and enjoy a romantic sunset dinner in a charming 19th-century riverside house.
Get picked up from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and cruise to the banks of the Mekong. Step aboard your vessel, a long and narrow sampan-style boat of the type used by locals on the river for hundreds of years. Find a comfortable seat as you drift away from the shore and down the river, making your first stop at the Cai Be floating market. Spend some time admiring the bright colors of flower-packed boats and chat with vocal vendors selling everything from produce to housewares.
Continue on to Sa Dec's winding maze of canals, where you can catch glimpses of famed French author Marguerite Duras' former abode and weave between the sticks of rustic river crossing spans known as "monkey bridges." As night falls, make your way to Nha Co for a tasty dinner in a 19th-century house, and then turn in for night back on the boat.
Wake up and grab a hearty breakfast to fuel you up for a day exploring the stalls of the massive floating market at Cai Rang. Take the afternoon to snap photos of boats packed with goods for sale, look for unique souvenirs, and then drift back to your starting point, where convenient transportation is waiting to return you to your hotel.