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Travel Can Tho - Cai Be with Bassac Cruise 3 Days/2 Nights

$470 - $575
Saigon - Can Tho - Thot Not - Tra On - Mang Thit - Cai Be - Saigon

Cruise along one of the world's mightiest rivers - the Mekong and enjoy a tapestry of sights and sounds. Rest on the upper deck of the "Bassac" your floating hotel and enjoy a landscape of rice fields, sugar cane, forest and local life.

Day 1: Saigon - My Tho - Can Tho

This morning you will be met at 08.00am by your driver to begin your journey south into the heart of the Mekong Delta. En route, pass farmers tending their fields and drying their produce on the sides of the road. On arrival at Can Tho (approximately a 4 hour drive) check into your beautiful French colonial style hotel situated on the banks of the Mekong River. This afternoon meet your local guide and explore the Mekong Delta with a visit to a local village that specializes in making bamboo baskets. You will have a unique opportunity to discover a side of Delta life where few tourists venture. Continue on to a nearby Stork Sanctuary where you can see thousands of storks nesting in a beautiful natural environment. Overnight at Victoria Cantho

Day 2: Can Tho - Tra On - Mang Thit (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Morning at leisure. Board our Bassac cruise 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. Branching into Mang Thit river towards Co Chien river.Rest on the upper deck or enjoy the open bar 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. Open bar and rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river towards the anchorage point for the night. The Bassac sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.
 

Day 3: Cai Be - saigon (Breakfast)

06: 30 Bassac cruise sets sail again through the labyrinth of creek and canals towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the river banks.The Bassac crosses Co Chien river then branches into Cho Lach canal for 30 minutes through bobbling commotion of laden boats 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. Pick up at Caibe and drive back to Ho Chi Minh city. End of services.
Prices quoted in US$ nett per person 
Cabin 
Joining boat
Single supplement
2 persons
3 - 4 persons
5 - 6 persons
7 - 8 persons
Double/ Twin
575
522
485
470
230
 

  

Included

¤ English or French speaking guide
¤ Land transfers by A.C vehicle with driver
¤ All accommodation at Victoria on single or double share basis with breakfast
¤ Accommodation for one adult passenger in a twin-bed or double-bed cabin on the main deck, with all amenities and a bathroom, on a twin-share basis.
¤ Lunch and Dinner with a soft drink, and breakfast on board.
¤ Admission fees and permits where applicable

Exclude

¤ Pre/post trip arrangement
¤ Beverages
¤ Travel insurance
¤ Other personal expenses

The Bassac

The Bassac II on Măng Thít early morning

The Bassac are three elegant rides sharing the same standards and mostly differing in size.
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

 A cabin on board

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

Bathroom on board the Bassac

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.

Bassac III exit routes

 

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 Bassac I en route on Cổ Chiên river

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 dec

 

Bassac II

The Bassac II at anchor on Măng Thít river

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 on a test run prior to commissioning

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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