My father was a sailor and we lived in a sampan , a house boat.
On day 12, they will go to My Tho in the Mekong Delta to visit a military snake farm before boarding the private sampan for a river cruise.
You'd think that a Royal Navy man would know that a sampan is not a sailing ship; it is a small boat usually propelled by two oars.
He had to keep his eye on tankers, cargo vessels and little sampans while keeping in mind he had just four meters of water, about 13 feet, between ship bottom and riverbed.
Graceful sampans , piled high with meticulous arrangements of fruit and vegetables, tables, urns and clay pots, float leisurely as they plied their merchandise.
The hotel bar has incredible views over the harbour, past the flotilla of sampans , junks and cargo ships, to the jumble of skyscrapers which make up the Central district of Hong Kong island.
Both forces prompted the Communists to divert their sampans and other supply craft to smaller rivers and canals.
However, the thriving of the foreign shipping companies greatly harmed the business of sampans , and many locals suffered bankruptcy.
The alternative is a ride on one of the local speedboats - usually sampans with two motors to be chartered for Rp 3 million for up to six people.
Fishermen now use deep-sea trawlers and sophisticated fishing equipment, while sampans (small boats) ferry people between various points on the coastline along Victoria Harbour.