The Bassac Cruises
Lose yourself deep into the heart of the Mekong Delta, over one night or more, on board The Bassac - three classic wooden cruisers with all comfort on board and caring service (sharing the same standards and mostly differing in size).
Bassac I (maximum 12 passengers) actually once was a rice barge, which TransMékong bought and overhauled into the cozy cabin cruiser it is today, and although Bassac II (maximum 20 passengers) and Bassac III (maximum 24 passengers) are entirely new hull designs, more adapted to their present purpose, they were built with the same craftsmanship and according to the same tradition.
Departure at noon - Arrival by mid-morning. Anywhere in the Mekong delta as you can pick your own itinerary, to charter a boat and run along your own route, but typically either Can Tho or Cai Be.
Classic Vietnamese cuisine fresh from the galley for lunch and dinner, with an extra touch of class in the evening. And for breakfast: all manners of bread hot from the oven, as you bake afresh every day.
In the afternoon, for a change of scenery, we take you on a visit to the local countryside. Expect the genuine welcome of the Mekong Delta people in their pristine setting. You will also visit what each destination is known for, be it its market, a famous old house or the local handicraft. Part of the visits is planned, some always remains subject to tide and current, so you may have an unique experience even to other Bassac passengers.
Discover the Mekong Delta's intense life on the river while enjoying all the comfort of the last wooden boats. Contact Vietnam Travel for the best offers on The Bassac cruises and 24/7 personal assistance!
The Bassac Cruises
About This CruiseThis is the easiest itinerary that Bassac Cruises can offer to spend a night on board on the way to Ho Chi Minh City from Mekong River Delta provinces. It combines very well with a night in Can Tho before, so you have the time to take a breakfast cruise to Cai Rang Floating Market in the morning, before boarding. Vietnam Travel can arrange road transfers and best price for this Mekong river cruise.
Check-in time: 12:00 PM at Can Tho Market Hall.
Check-out time: 10:00 AM D+1 in Cai Be Boat Pier, Tien Giang Province.
Day 1: Can Tho - Mang Thit.
- Boarding at Ninh Kieu Pier in Can Tho City. Welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins. Departure downstream of the Hau River. Lunch on board while en route.
- Turning into Nicolai Canal, towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien rivers. Rest on the upper deck in a scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks.
- By mid-afternoon, The Bassac casts anchor for a visit on shore: past the first tree line, quiet discovery of the peaceful life in the delta's countryside, of rice fields, fruit trees and the welcoming inhabitants, or, at your option, short cycling tour of the surrounding area.
- Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck or around the bar enjoying the sunset.
- The crew serves dinner while The Bassac is cruising Mang Thit River towards her anchorage point for the night.
- The Bassac sets anchor for the night on Mang Thit River.
Day 2: Mang Thit - Cai Be.
- 06:00 Departure towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast at 7:00 while enjoying the scenery on the banks.
- The Bassac crosses Co Chien River then branches into Cho Lach Canal for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, in a scenery of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards.
- Arrival near Cai Be, check-out and transfer to a rowing boat for a quiet visit through a small canal if the tide allows.
- Rendezvous with a local boat, which will take you to shore for a visit of Cai Be's handicraft.
- End of services by mid-morning on shore at Cai Be boat pier.
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• Transportation on board.
• Accommodation of each passenger in a twin-share cabin, double- or twin-bedded.
• English-speaking host on board and during the visits.
• Three meals.
• Vietnamese coffee, tea; mineral water.
• Two visits on shore or on a small skiff.
• Access to all services on board.
• Access to and from the board on a longboat.
• Road, speedboat transfer, except if specifically mentioned in the booking confirmation.
• Bar services.
• Personal travel insurance.
• Tips and gratuities.