Cruise boat design
The two sister boats Dragon Eyes I and Dragon Eyes II were built in the traditional style of the Mekong Delta river boats of An Giang Province. Their elegant, slender and shallow hulls enable the Dragon Eyes to cruise also the secondary side canals of the Mekong river which are too small for the larger cruisers to explore. There we find serene river front life that makes the Mekong Delta so unique.
At the same time the river cruise boats are big enough to provide you with ample space for relaxation and privacy. Each of the Dragon Eyes provides around 100 m2 for its guests. It’s like a floating hotel:
Two spacy private cabins (14 - 16 m2), providing a nicely designed bath room, a French balcony, sitting area, individual air conditioning, fans and fantastic Mekong river views through the panorama windows.
In the indoor panorama lounge you can watch the hustle and bustle of the Mekong Delta sitting in the cool and cosy front salon with air condition and large panorama windows and 270° views on the river.
On the sun deck on the top deck you can enjoy a sun bath while watching the scenery passing by. Indulge in the culinary specialities of Vietnam in the roofed outdoor restaurant or enjoy a sun-downer in your private bar on the top deck - all with fantastic river views.
Our crew of five will do their utmost to provide you with all the services and comfort you need during your Mekong Delta river cruise. Your captain and his deck hand are in charge of the technical details and the routing. An experienced chef and the service staff will take you on a culinary journey through Vietnam. Your personal guide and cruise director show you all the sights you need to see and will explain life and culture of the Mekong Delta. Our staff get regular safety trainings. They will do their best to fulfill the special requests of our customers to make their luxurious cruise unique.
The boats were built by local ship builders from following traditional designs. The cabins and the interior were build by Vietnamese master craftsmen. Most interiors and furnitures are built from exclusive tropical woods, where available with certification for sustainable forest plantation. All critical technical equipment like engine, navigation, rudder, air-conditioning, water purification or fire protection system are imported from Japan or Europe.
The Dragon Eyes carry bicycles for our customers on board. You can stop on the way to explore small paths along the canals or on the river islands of the Mekong. A great way to discover the fascinating Mekong Delta life far away from the tourism track. Our sampan will pick you up at the end of the tour to bring you back to the Dragon Eyes. This is a perfect combination: a relaxing river cruise as well as active exploring of the Mekong Delta by bike.
During your Mekong Delta river cruise, you can do side trips with our sampan to explore the small 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.
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 Dragon Eyes:
Lenght: 25 m
Max beam: 4.5 m
Two cabins (14 - 16 m2), 1 indoor-lounge, sun deck, roofed outdoor restaurant and bar
Guest area: around 100 m2
Crew: 5 (Captain, sailor, chef, service staff, guide and cruise director)
2 electric generators
Modern safety equipment, heat and smoke detectors
Saigon – Cai Be – Sa Dec – Saigon (2 days / 1 night)
Itinerary Daily departures
08.00 Pick-up at the hotel in Saigon
10.00 Bicycle tour on back roads around Cai Be or walk in a small village along the Mekong canals, or sampan rowing in small canals around Cai Be (only included for those pax using the shuttle service)
11.30Boarding of the cruise vessel and check-in
12.00Panorama cruise and lunch on board
16.00Visit Sa Dec, the flower market or brick kilns (time permitting)
17.30Return to the boat for refreshment and to enjoy the sunset on the top deck
19.00Dinner on board, night on board
06.30Morning cruise and morning tea break served until 08.30
08.30Sampan excursion to the floating market in Cai Be, followed by a short walk or biking around the area
11.00Lunch at Anh Kiet ancient house in Cai Be (only included for those pax using the shuttle service)
13.30Departure to Saigon (only included for those pax using the shuttle service)
16.00 Arrival in Saigon