The Bassac Cruise - Mekong River
The Bassac I, II and III are entirely built of wood, from the hull of an 80-foot-long rice barge, the now rare essence of wood used traditionally for building quality ships
The Bassac I can accommodate up to 12 passengers in six nicely decorated cabins, 24 passengers do The Bassac II and III, each with air-conditioning and a private bathroom, and features a 100 sqft restaurant that opens all around, a large galley, a small office room and 700 sqft of sundeck.
The Bassac I can take its passengers on cruises up to seven days without stopping and offers a great flexibility in programming your journey. It also is so powerful and has such a shallow draft as to be able to cruise upstream the Mekong River or bring you to your destination regardless of the season, the tide or the current.
Cruising the Bassac: Can Tho - Cai Be 2 days 1night
Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho (L, D)
Pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to Can Tho, boarding the Bassac at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins. 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 the river Mang Thit.
Day 2: Cai Be - Ho Chi Minh City
06:30 Departure towards Cai Be. Passengers have 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.
- Transfer Ho Chi Minh city- Cai Be, Can Tho- Ho Chi Minh city or vs.
- 2D/1N Bassac package (joint basis).
- Accommodation on boat with meals as program.
- Entrance fees.
- Service charge, room tax and handling fee
Trip Exclusions: Accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City. International airfare to/from Vietnam. Personal insurance. Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry & etc.
- Chartered journeys: please contact us for a tailor-made journeys
- Single cabin Suppl.: 50% the adult rate, only applies upon your request and if there is an odd number of passengers
- Kids rebate: kids under 2 are FOC. Kids under 12 pay 50% (sharing with 2 adults).
- Bassac operates the route between Can Tho & Cai Be everyday, each way, as seat in coach.
- On Fridays, we offer a two-night Cai Be- Can Tho- Chau Doc trip, which can be combined with a speed-boat connection to Cambodia, or even back to Cai Be. So, Fridays in Cai Be; Saturdays in Can Tho, Sundays in Chau Doc; Mondays in Cai Be.
More information on The Bassac cruise
Class: VR-SI, river cruiser
Displacement: 107 metric tons
Length: 80' / 24.40m
Beam: 18' / 5.50m
Draft: 4'10" / 1.50m half-loaded
Propulsion: Caterpillar 14, 6 liters, 400 BHP, built to run 5000 hours per year
Navigation: Can operate by night and in bad weather
Autonomy: 7 days cruise
Bassac I: 6 cabins in the front of the main deck: 4 with twin bedding, 2 with a double bed.
Bassac II: 12 nicely decorated cabins, each with air-con and a private bathroom, and features a 500 sqft restaurant that opens all around, a large galley, a small office room and 1500 sqft of upper deck, mostly covered.
Bassac III: 12 nicely decorated cabins, each with air-con and a private bathroom, and features a 500 sqft restaurant that opens all around, a large galley, a small office room and 1500 sqft of upper deck, mostly covered. The comfortable cabins are set in the front of the Bassac I and well insulated so as to provide the passengers with a good night's sleep even if under way. They are entirely fitted with wood, and equipped as rooms in a good hotel.
Restaurant & Bar
The 250 square feet at the stern of the main deck accommodate the restaurant and the bar can be completely opened to outside for you to enjoy the evening.
700 square feet, partly shaded. The front is fit for sunbathing and rest on sunbathing couches; The small bar at the back welcomes you for a drink outside as the sun sets. Nearly all of the Bassac I is accessible to the public, including the galley, which is the right venue for Vietnamese cuisine workshops to take place. Each passenger can opt to join with the group in one of the common rooms, or look for a place to stay by oneself.
Exploring the Mekong Delta with kayak along the small canal and arrayos.
Overall power production capacity: 2x35 kVA, and according to Vietnam's power standard 220V, 50Hz.
A large isobaric water heater.All electrical services are available at any time, as well as hot water.
10 metric tons of fresh water on board
on board water treatment plant for river water use
on-board septic tanks for environment-friendlinessThe Bassac II features a fresh water autonomy of about a week, with a large store and the capability to produce its own water.
Smoke detectors in all cabins, redundant fire fighting pumps, three monitors with fire hoses;
Fire extinguishers: CO2 and powder;
emergency lighting and alarm on a separate source of power
Safety jackets for all the board, safety buoys, rafts, longboat.