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Bassac Cruise Mekong Delta
USD 182
ATA-MDC-BS 2 days

The Bassac take you into the greener areas of the Mekong delta, overnight on the river and into the middle of the life about the river. They are entirely built of wood in the Mekong delta and according to the local marine traditions, and adapted for discovery cruises, open to outside and offering an immediate contact with the green surrounding of the ship

Introduction

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 TransMékong 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

We have air-conditioning in all the cabins, 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.

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

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.

The handrails all around the ship are sturdy and a mesh of rope prevents any kids from falling.

Upon boarding, the passengers are informed of the areas that are open or off-limits to them, and instructed about emergency situations, how to give the alarm and where to meet

Itinerary

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT: CAN THO - CAI BE

DayActivitiesLocation
1

Can Tho, on the first day at noon (L,D)

Boarding at Can Tho 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.

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.
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 river Mang Thit.

Can Tho
2

Cai Be, End Tour (B)

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 near Cai Be, check-out and transfer to a rowing boat for a quiet visit through a small canal.

Rendez-vous 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 Cái Bè.

Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit, typically about 8:30.

The details of the program and the visits may vary depending on logistics or technical constraints.

Cai Be

2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT: CAI BE - CAN THO

DayActivitiesLocation
1

Cai Be, 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 en route. Rest on the deck.

The Bassac slips into the Chợ Lách 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.

Cai Be
2

Can Tho, end tour (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, then a noodle factory and return to the Ninh Kieu pier.

End of services by mid-morning on shore at Cần Thơ.

Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit, typically about 8:30.
The details of the program and the visits may vary depending on logistics or technical constraints.

Can Tho

Tour details

PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON (USD)

Number of passenger 1 – 2 pax 3 – 12 pax 13 pax & above
Rate/personUSD 205USD 192USD 182
Single supplement+50%

Note:

– Rates apply from Oct 1st, 2016 – Dec 30st, 2017
– Child policy: Children under 2 years old are FOC, sharing room with parents. Children from 2 to 12 years old are charged 50%, sharing room with parents.  Age of children based on year of birth.

TRIP INCLUDED

  • Accommodation of each passenger in a twin-share cabin, double- or twin-bedded except where other accommodation arrangements are mentioned in the booking slip
  • 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
  • All taxes are included

TRIP EXCLUDED

  • Land transportation from Ho Chi Minh City and back (please contact us for book private transportation)
  • Bar services
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and visa fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Bank transfer fees & credit card service fees
  • Other not mentioned above

ATTENTION

What to bring: Original passport, sun glasses, some cash in Vietnamese Dong / USD for personal expenses

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