Bassac Cruise

Our Cruise start from Saigon to Vinh Long. Arrival there, You can visit some of the Mekong’s indigenous people whist sailing toward Cai Be, in the heart of the Mekong Delta.

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  • Journey information
    Boat size: up to 24 berth
    Grading: Easy
    Departs: Saigon daily
    Accommodation: Overnight boat (1 nt)
    Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner whilst on board, tea, coffee & drinking water, all sightseeing as specified including entrance fees, tour arrival & departure transfers.
    Facilities: All cabins have air-conditioning & en-suite bathroom, sun deck, bar.

    Important notes
    A 3 day/2 night option is also available, which cruises back to Cai Be. Bar services and tips are not included.

    Traditional ship construction:
    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.
    Cabins
    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.
    All 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 original Bassac, built in the hull of a rice transporting barge, is a cozy ship sized right for a family excursion or a group of friends, who will love to appropriate it for the duration of their journey.
    Bassac I is a green ship. It treats its waste water and recycles the waste heat from the engine. It is qualified as a first-class river vessel VR-SI.
    Maximum 12 passengers
    4 Twin, with private access and en suite bathroom 2 Double, slightly smaller, with private access and en suite bathroom
    24m long, all wood, two passenger decks
    Dining room and bar on the main deck
    Sundeck at the front upper deck
    Dining area at the rear upper deck
    BASSAC II
    The Bassac II was designed in-house to meet the demands of river discovery cruises. It harbors redundant propulsion and power generator; river water and waste water treatment, and a professional galley. The Bassac II is registered to navigate into Cambodia.
    With a large covered upper deck, a lounge and wide gangways, it is comfortable and can host a meal for the passengers of two ships. Access on board is broad and steady, and elderly or partly disabled passengers are safe.
    Maximum 24 passengers
    6 Twin, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
    2 Double, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
    2 Double, upper deck, with en suite bathroom
    2 marine cabins: half again as largeas other cabins, on the marine deck, with a double bed and en suite bathroom
    32m long, all wood, three passenger decks
    Dining room and bar on the main deck
    Lounge cum dining room on the upper deck
    Shaded dining area on the rear upper deck
    Sundeck on the front upper deck
    BASSAC III
    The Bassac III was designed in-house and built very similar to the Bassac II, with its lot of small improvements, of which a bar in the rear upper deck.
    With a large covered upper deck, a panoramic lounge and wide gangways, it is comfortable and can host a meal for the passengers of two ships. Access on board is broad and steady, and elderly or partly disabled passengers are safe.
    Maximum 24 passengers
    6 Twin, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
    2 Double, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
    4 Double, upper deck, with en suite bathroom
    32.6m long, all wood, two passenger decks
    Dining room and bar on the main deck
    Lounge cum dining room on the upper deck
    bar on the upper deck
    Shaded dining area on the rear upper deck
    Sundeck on the front upper deck

  • DAY 1 – CAI BE & CHO LACH
    Depart Cai Be, where you will have lunch on board, you leave the hustle and bustle of Saigon and take in the scenery, cruising toward Cho Lach. In the afternoon, take in the real Mekong lifestyle entering river traffic amongst floating markets whilst getting your first real glimpse of what life on the river is like. A village visit to see the rice fields and fruit orchards is the last stop of the day before a cool sunset drink and dinner as the boat anchors for the evening.

    DAY 2 – CAN THO & CAI RANG
    This morning you will cruise on to Can Tho. At Cai Rang you will board smaller boats for a closer look at the floating markets and a chance to walk around town before reboarding the boat to continue your journey. After lunch you can take a tour of Can Tho one of the Mekong’s busiest ports and a thriving centre of colorful river trade, before returning by road to Saigon.

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