Cruise in Vietnam

Bassac in "Bassac Cruise (3 Days)" are built of wood according to the tradition of the rice barges of the Mekong delta, with amendments where safety standards require. Bassac I actually once was a rice barge, which we bought and overhauled into the cozy cabin cruiser it's today, and although Bassac II and III are new designs, more adapted to their present purpose, they were built with the same craftsmanship and according to the same tradition.

The cabins feature soundproofed partitions and double glazing to protect the passengers' sleep from the noises of the river. These partitions are also heat insulated and meant to slow fire in case of an emergency. The access to outside is immediate.
The cabins are scented by Laurent Séverac, perfumer in Hanoi. All the cabins have air-conditioning; with split systems to allow for a quiet night --indeed the boat's equipment themselves are quiet even though some must run all night long.

Bassac I
The Bassac 1 can fit in maximum 12 passengers. It has 6 rooms: 2 Double, with private access and en suite bathroom, 4 Twin, slightly smaller, with private access and en suite bathroom

Bassac II
The Bassac II fits Maximum 24 passengers. It has 12 rooms in which: 6 twins, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom, 2 doubles, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom, 2 doubles, upper deck, with en suite bathroom, 2 Doubles, work deck, 50% larger, with en suite bathroom

Bassac III
The Bassac III Maximum can fit 24 passengers. It has 11 rooms in which: 6 twins, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom, 2 doubles, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom, 4 doubles, upper deck, with en suite bathroom

Utilities and services on board
The Bassac all offer 24-hour power and air-conditioning in cabins fitted with fire detection and fire fighting. A bathroom en suite with every cabin offers hot and cold water all the time.
The galley is suitable to serve refined meals and uphold the best sanitary standards, even for groups of up to twice the bedding capacity of the ship.

Layout principles
The passengers can enjoy privacy on board, as the layout allows the crew to be discreet and offers several living areas so that different groups may make the journey their own.
Wide access to outside while still retaining the capability to serve even in bad weather guarantee a good experience of the Mekong delta.
Their layout and structure make the Bassac quiet enough to allow the passengers to sleep while the ship is under way.

Safety comes first in the design and operation of the ships. Floatation devices are available for all on board and more, redundant alarm and fire detection as well as redundant fire fighting means are present on all the Bassac.

Tour Duration: 3 Days/ 2 Nights
Starts/Ends: Ho Chi Minh/ Ho Chi Minh
Tour Level: Easy
Group size: Share transfer and share cruise
Departure: Friday only

This trip is started from Ho Chi Minh City and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
In the morning you will be picked up at the hotel by a private car and we depart Saigon at 7.00am to be on time for boarding our cruise package with Bassac Cruises.

Boarding at Can Tho at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins. Departure upstream of the Hau river. Lunch on board while en route.

Upon arrival at Thot Not, transfer on the longboat to take some walks at the bamboo village in Thot Not. Boarding back at dusk, rest on the deck for the sunset while taking somes drinks at the bar. The dinner is served on board. The Bassac takes the way back to Can Tho and casts anchor near Can Tho for the night.

Breakfast is available from 06:30, while the ship is cruising towards Can Tho city. Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier. Arrival at Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, late morning. Boarding at Can Tho at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, departure downstream of the Hau river. Lunch on board while en route.

Tour near Tra On floating market. 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. Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.

Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck or around the bar enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river towards her anchorage point for the night. The Bassac sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.

06:30 Departure towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast 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 in Cai Be, check-out and boarding of a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft. Once here, our vehicle is waiting for picking up and transferring back to Saigon and drop at your hotel in quite late afternoon. Ends of "Bassac Cruise (3 Days)".

: You will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit.



Trip Price Included
Private transfer from / back Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Bassac Cruising Package
One night on Bassac (twin sharing)
English (or French) Speaking Guide for the cruise package 3 days
All permits and entrance fees
Meals as indicated in itinerary
Complementary drinks
VAT and service charge

Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

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