Explore the magic water world of the Mekong Delta on our new flagship cruiser
Mekong Eyes Explorer
The most beautiful option to travel from Cambodia to Southern Vietnam — or vice versa — is to take the various waterways and therefore the traditional transport routes, where travelers can watch the hustle and bustle on the rivers and canals. The new Mekong Eyes Explorer is perfect for your individual river cruise (from 1 to 3 nights) on the northern route of the Mekong connecting Southern Vietnam with Phnom Penh.
Our new boutique cruiser is designed to roam through the narrow and winding rivers and canals of the river system that cannot be accessed by the larger cruise boats. That way we can show you the hidden gems of the northern Mekong Delta.
A modern boutique cruiser with traditional materials
The cruise ship has 12 superior cabins that are all designed as outside cabins, slightly larger than the ones on the Mekong Eyes Classic. In addition to the deluxe cabins the cruiser has 4 suites, which are located on the upper deck and equipped with a private balcony. The interior design is using a lot of local materials and design patterns and is hand-crafted by local craft masters.
- 4 upper deck suites with private balcony and panorama day-bed
- 12 Superior cabins
- Panoramic window with river view
- Bathrobe and slippers
- Spa-branded amenities
- Daily free mineral water
- Unlimited tea and coffee available
- Safe in room
- Convertible bed configuration twin or double
- Hair dryer
With its huge panorama windows that can be opened to enjoy the afternoon breeze, the restaurant of Mekong Eyes Explorer is a real highlight. Our local chefs pamper you with international dishes and local specialities.
Bar, Lounge and Restaurant
Recall your personal impressions of the day and meet fellow travelers to share your experiences while having some cool drinks at our bar — the perfect place to round off the day! Enjoy a cup of tea or a sundowner in the outdoor lounge, our bar area above the bridge, and enjoy the spectacular views over the mighty Mekong.
On the sun deck you can relax on cosy lounge chairs and sun beds to enjoy the sun and a fabulous view over the river scenery.
Additional recreational amenities facilities:
- Board games
- Board library
- Selection of movies
New routing to connect Saigon with Phnom Penh
Apart from classic destinations such as Can Tho, Cai Be and Chau Doc there are also spectacular and less frequented places located along the route: the idyllic colonial town Sa Dec (known from the novel L’Amant), the bird paradise Tram Chim National Park of Cao Lanh; (close to Cao Lanh is the legendary secret command center of Xeo Quyt — a small Cu Chi in the middle of the Mekong Delta which can be explored with small boats and is reminiscent of the movie Apocalypse Now). An insiders’ tip is Cu Lao Gieng, a Mekong island with a powerful old colonial monastery complex surrounded by orchards and chili fields. Our tour ends in Tan Chau, which is the place where our speedboats are stationed for the transfer to Phnom Penh and which is famous for its traditional silk production.
New comfortable speedboat connection between Phnom Penh and Tan Chau
For the transfer between Chau Doc and Phnom Penh, we will use comfortable speedboats. Thus it will be possible to book the tour from Saigon to Phnom Penh for two or three nights — depending on the boarding station — on the Mekong Eyes Explorer. The transfer to and from Saigon will take place by bus or car; the transfer between Tan Chau / Chau Doc and Phnom Penh will be with speedboats.
Our new cruises will commute on a weekly basis between Can Tho / Cai Be and Phnom Penh: every Friday we will start in Cai Be and arrive on Sunday in Phnom Penh. Guests can start their tour in Can Tho (Thursdays), Cai Be (Fridays and Tuesdays), Cao Lanh (Saturdays and Mondays) and Chau Doc / Tan Chau (Sundays).
- Year built: 2016
- Vessel registration: Can Tho
- Length overall: 55m
- Beam: 9m
- Draft: 1.4m
- Cruising speed: 12 knots
- On-board electricity: 220 V; 3 generators
- 2 Main engines (Yanmar, 250 HP)
- Water treatment reverse osmosis and UV
- On-board sewage treatment plant
Safety & security
- In-room life jackets
- Regular safety trainings and safety drills for our onboard crew
- Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
- Firefighting system in all ship areas
- 24 hour watch on duty
- Modern navigation technologies
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 service 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.
Tours and Services
On the Mekong Eyes vessel you can book the following Mekong tours in a twin or a double cabin.
Additional services (on request only):
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.
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.