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Cai Be - Can Tho - Chau Doc by Bassac Cruises 3 Days

Destination: Sai gon - Cai Be - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Saigon
Starting: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Vietnam
Ending: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Vietnam
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The Bassac I is entirely built of wood, from the hull of an 80-foot-long rice barge. She can accommodate up to 12 passengers in six nicely decorated cabins, each with air-con 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 her passengers on cruises up to seven days without stopping, and offers a great flexibility in programming your journey. She also is so powerful and has such a shallow draft as to be able to cruise upstream the Mekong or bring you to your destination regardless of the season, the tide or the current. The Bassac II & III is entirely built of wood in a hull of gỗ sao, the now rare essence of wood used traditionally used for building quality ships. She can accommodate up to 24 passengers in twelve 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.

Day 1: Cai Be - Tra On

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.
Turning 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.
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.
 

Day 2: Tra On - Can Tho

Breakfast is available from 06:30, while the ship is cruising the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho.
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.
Boarding back, welcome drink and departure towards upstream river Bassac. Lunch is served on board while en route.
Upon arrival at Thot Not, transfer on the longboat for a visit of a bamboo-knitting village near the Thot Not bird park, at the time the egrets return home from a day out.
Boarding back before dusk, a welcome drink and the dinner are served on board while en route.
Rest on the deck before the night. The Bassac drops anchor upstream of Long Xuyen for the night.

Day 3: Cruissing to Chau Doc

Breakfast is served from 6:30 AM, as the Bassac is on its way upstream the river towards Chau Doc.
Upon arrival to Chau Doc, check-out and transfer onto a local boat for the visit of a village of the Muslim Cham minority, then final disembarkment.
End of services on shore in Chau Doc mid-morning
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What’s included 

  • Private transfer around Saigon
  • Transportation on board
  • Accommodation of each passenger in a twin-share cabin, double- or twin-bedded.

  • Meals served onboard

  • Vietnamese coffee, tea; mineral water

  • 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

What’s not included

  • Bar services
  • Travel insurance

  • Visas and visa fees

  • Tips and gratuities

The Bassac offer short-to-medium-range discovery cruises in charming, authentic river cabin cruisers. 

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.
 
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.
 

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

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