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BA-01: Bassac Cruises in Mekong Delta

2 Days / 1 Nights
On your request!
Transportation on board, visits on shore, accommodation, entrance fees, meals, English speaking on board.
Mekong River Cruise: Cai Be – Can Tho

The Bassac are three elegant rides sharing the same standards and mostly differing in size. All three Bassac 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 is today, and although Bassac II and III are entirely new hull designs, more adapted to their present purpose, they were built with the same craftsmanship and according to the same tradition.

The Bassac offer short-to-medium-range discovery cruises in charming, authentic river cabin cruisers. Each journey leg includes three meals (L, D, B), one visit on the way and one at the destination, full-board accommodation as twin-share and free drinking water and Vietnamese tea and coffee.

Our daily journeys are now the reference for overnight discovery cruises on the Mekong delta. As all our overnight trips, they depart at noon and end by mid-morning on the next day.

Our trips open for daily departure are classic overnight trips across the Delta over one night, which takes you to visit a village and rice fields, and fruit sampling in the afternoon, and to a floating market or handicraft village in the morning. The itinerary is very green and varied and offers a good insight of life along the Mekong.

Joining in on a cruise is the simple and cost-effective way to enjoy some time on board and discover the delta for the smaller groups, actually even for single passengers.

Day 1: Cái Bè, on the first day at noon (L, D)
  • Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, Introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins.
  • Departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river.
  • Lunch while on route. Rest on the deck.
  • The Bassac slips into the Cho Lach canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
  • 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 enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river.
  • The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night.
  • Overnight on board.
Day 2: Disembark at Can Tho (B)
  • You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho. 
  • Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier.

End of services by mid-morning on shore at C
n Thơ. Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit.

Note: The cruise program can be reversed starting from Can Tho ending in Cai Be.

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