Welcome to Sa Dec


Sa Dec was immortalised in the film The Lover by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on French writer Marguerite Duras' bestselling semi-autobiographical novel, which depicted her love affair with Huynh Thuy Le, the 27-year-old son of a rich Chinese family, when she was only 15.

The town's biggest attraction (though it'll only take up about 20 minutes of your time) is the Huynh Thuy Le Old House, his family's fascinating 1895 riverfront residence of Sino-French design. Other locations seen in the film include Le's grave and pagoda, and the school where Duras' mother taught.


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$438 Tours & Sightseeing

5-day Meandering Mekong Delta

Day 1 – Saigon - Can ThoThe ride today offers peaceful country lanes and quiet roads that pass through local villages and along canals. Stop at Cai Be where you will have lunch in a French colonial styled villa then continue the cycle journey toward Vinh Long.Cycling distance: Approx. 40 kmMeals: Lunch Day 2 – Can Tho -  Soc Trang                                   Take a morning boat ride to explore the bustling Cai Rang floating market. Stop at a local orchard to taste juicy tropical fruit, then pedal along the river bank. On the ride to Soc Trang, the centre of the Khmer religion, you will see many Khmer pagodas along the way. Cycling distance: Approx. 60 kmMeals: Breakfast, LunchDay 3 – Soc Trang – Sa DecTransfer to the Can Tho ferry, pick up your cycles and enjoy riding along the bank of the Hau River to Sa Dec. Cycle through country lanes, paddy fields and bamboo villages. In Sa Dec visit the riverside market, old houses, the French villas of colonial times and historic temples and pagodas. Cycling distance: Approx. 60 kmMeals: Breakfast, Lunch Day 4 – Sa Dec - Cao Lanh  Start riding on small riverside routes dotted with old houses, temples, pagodas and churches, to a flower village. Once in Xeo Quyt, a small boat will take you into the forest where vestiges of an army base can still be seen. Overnight in Cao Lanh.Cycling distance: Approx. 60 km Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Day 5 – Saigon On your final cycling day, ride on a country lane to Gao Giong Eco-Tourism Park, a vast green oasis of water flowers. Take a boat ride to visit the Gao Giong bird sanctuary before returning to Saigon by bus. Farewell dinner at local restaurant.Cycling distance: Approx. 30 km Meals: Breakfast & Lunch, Dinner

$300 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Song Xanh Sampan Mekong Cruise 2 Days 1 Night

CAI BE - SA DEC - CAN THO Begin your cruise from Phu An Jetty at 10:00 am. On the sampan, while being served with tea and seasonal fruit, you will leisurely get a sense of the local lifestyle as it plays out on shore, which people are in a rush of their daily activities with the background of picturesque landscapes.Before arrival in Sa Dec, stop at some spots along the river for getting some understanding of the local cottage industry, consisting of a brick factory where everything is made by hand. En route, cross monkey bridges and small villages to visit a Cao Dai temple. After arriving in Sa Dec, go for a stroll towards the outdoor market.Pay a visit to one of the highlights of the charming town; it is the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, who was a real-life character in the renowned novel and film “The Lover” by Marguerite Duras. Savor your lunch on board while cruising down to Can Tho along a narrow canal teeming with natural charm. Get on the local rowboats to see how truly wonderful the countryside surroundings are. The last stopover before sunset is at an ancient house, dating back to the 19th century. You will be welcomed and served with a candlelit dinner in the authentic countryside setting. After your dinner, return to the Song Xanh sampan to continue your cruise towards the Hau River. Stay overnight on board. Day 2 CAN THO Wake up at 6:00 to make a visit to the famous Cai Rang Floating Market which daily opens from 5:00 am. You will leisurely savor your breakfast on board while the Song Xanh sampan directs you towards the market among local barges full of fruits and vegetables from the Delta, perfect for some stunning photos.Keep your cruise towards Victoria Can Tho for disembarkation at the hotel’s private jetty.

$540 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Song Xanh Sampan Mekong Delta Cruise 3 Days 2 Nights

ItineraryDay 1: Cai Be - Sa DecStop At: Cai Be Floating Market, Cai Be, Tien Giang Province, Mekong DeltaDepart from Phu An Jetty at 10:00AM. Ride around the remote countryside area by bicycle, and end up at Le Longanier Restaurant.Have lunch at the exquisite colonial-style villa positioned in a lush tropical garden by the river. After lunch, begin your leisurely cruise on the Delta’s beautiful waterways. Along the way, make stops to discover local cottage industries for which the river local people have done to earn their living. Before arriving at Sa Dec, pay a visit to a traditional brick mill where everything is made by hand. When getting in Sa Dec, step ashore and go for a stroll towards the outdoor market. Enter the historic house of the real-life character appearing in the reputable novel and film “The Lover” by Marguerite Duras.A candlelit dinner has been prepared at this dramatic house. Enjoy your first night on the Mekong River.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Sa Dec - Long Xuyen - Phu Tan Stop At: Mekong River, Long Xuyen, An Giang ProvinceHave a nice leisurely breakfast on board while you are taken towards Long Xuyen along a narrow canal, and interestingly pass several scenic monkey bridges. After lunch on board, get in Long Xuyen to visit Tiger Island, known as the birthplace of Vietnam’s second president.Continue boarding the sampan for dinner and resume your cruise towards Chau Doc. The sampan will sail until approximately 10:00PM, and then the pilot anchors for the night. Stay overnight on board.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Phu Tan - Chau Doc Stop At: Chau Doc Floating Market, Chau Doc, An Giang ProvinceEnjoy breakfast on board while you cruise towards Chau Doc. Located close to the border with Cambodia, Chau Doc is the ideal gateway to Phnom Penh. Not only renowned for its pagodas and temples, but Chau Doc is also where you can find the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, a superb eucalyptus mangrove. Disembark at Victoria Chau Doc private pier at approximately 10:00AM.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$502 Cultural & Theme Tours

MEKONG CROSSROADS (3D2N Cruise) CAI BE VINH LONG SA DEC CAN THO

Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be - Sa DecAt 08:00, we will be met at the lobby of our hotel in Saigon. We transfer to Cai Be (transportation is NOT INCLUDED in the cabin price).Your cruise starts from PhuAn Jetty at 10h00am. Start with a bicycle ride around this remote area, ending up at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river.After lunch, start your leisurely cruise on the busy waterways, with stops along the way for glimpses of local cottage industries that provide a living for the river people.Before arriving at Sa Dec, stop to visit a traditional pottery factory where everything is made by hand.Dinner is served on board. Enjoy your first night on board Song Xanh on the Mekong River.Meals: Lunch, DinnerDay 2: Sa Dec - Can ThoAfter breakfast served on board step ashore and take a stroll to the outdoor market.Visit the historic house of the real-lifecharacter in the novel and film The Lover by Marguerite Duras. Back on board cruise down towards Can Tho along a narrowcanal, passing several monkey bridges. Lunch is served on board, before getting ashore for a visit to a Cao Dai Temple. Takea trip on small rowing sampan to explore the small armlets. Your last stopover before sunset is at an ancient house, a “Nha Co” dating back to the 19th Century where a candlelit dinner willbe served.After dinner return on board while your Song Xanh continues its cruise towards Can Tho. Overnight on board.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerDay 3: Cai Rang - Can Tho - Ho Chi MinhAt around 06:00, your sampan will slowly start cruising. Your breakfast will be served on board at 07:00 while approaching Cai Rang Floating Market actually still the largest in the whole Mekong delta.Breakfast is served on board while the Song Xanh navigates towards the market among local barges laden with fruit and vegetables. Be sure to have your camera ready! Later on, cruise towards Victoria Can Tho and disembark at the hotel’s private jetty around 10h00 am.Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City.

$469 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Day Mekong River Song Xanh Serenity Cruise

Day 1: HO CHI MINH CITY - SA DEC  You are picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. This morning, be picked up at 8:00am and transfer about 2 hours from Saigon to Phu An jetty. Begin your Mekong journey with a bicycle ride around the remote countryside, ending up at Le Longanier Restaurant. Lunch is served in this exquisite colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river. After lunch, start your leisurely cruise on the Delta’s beautiful waterways, with stops along the way to explore local cottage industries that provide a living for the river people. Before arriving at Sa Dec, visit a traditional brick factory where everything is made by hand. Arriving at Sa Dec, step ashore and stroll to the outdoor market. Visit the historic house of the real-life character of the acclaimed novel and film “The Lover” by Marguerite Duras. A candlelit dinner awaits at this dramatic house. Head back to the water to enjoy your first night on board the Song Xanh on the Mekong River. Meals: Lunch / Dinner Overnight: Song Xanh Serenity overnight cruise Day 2: SA DEC - CHO MOI Breakfast is served on board while you cruise towards Long Xuyen along a narrow canal, passing several scenic monkey bridges. After enjoying lunch on board, arrive in Long Xuyen to visit Tiger Island, the birthplace of Vietnam’s second president. Return to the sampan for dinner and resume your cruise towards Chau Doc. Your boat sails until the late evening before anchoring for the night. Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner Overnight: Song Xanh Serenity overnight cruise Day 3: CHO MOI - HO CHI MINH CITY Breakfast is served on board while your sampan finishes the journey towards Chau Doc. Close to the border with Cambodia, Chau Doc is the gateway to Phnom Penh. Known throughout Vietnam for its pagodas and temples, Chau Doc is also famous for the Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, a superb eucalyptus mangrove. Disembark at Victoria Chau Doc private pier in the late morning for your onward journey (around 10:00 AM). Get on your awaiting vehicle for a 7-hour drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Meals: Breakfast

$75 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be Market Private Day Tour, Boat, Bike

Leave your hotel in Saigon early in the morning, arrive at Cai Be pier and start boarding the Mekong Queen.Sightsee the Cai Be floating market. Disembark and walk to visit the old church and crafting factories. Board the cruise and head upstream toward Sadec town. Stop en route to visit a local brick factory. Continue your cruising to the famous ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, the main male character in “L’amant” of Marguerite Duras. Disembark at Sa Dec central market and walk to the ancient house. Enjoy lunch then stretch your legs and hop on a bicycle for a short ride to visit a local flower growing village. Arrive and take photos. Possible opportunities to interact with the local farmers. Cycle back to the main road. Say goodbye to the boat crew for a 3.5 hour drive back to Saigon.

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