The Bassac Cruise
2 days/1 night cruise on the Mekong River
The Bassac Cruise 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 gallery, a small office room and 700 square feet of sundeck. The Bassac Cruise can take her passengers on cruises up to seven days without stopping, and offers a great flexibility in programming your journey.
Route 1: Cai Be - Can Tho: Start on even dates such as: 2,4,6 ...ect
Day 1: Cai Be - Cho Lach - Tra On (L,D)8:00 AM Pick up from your hotel in Saigon and depart travel by car/van to Cai Be – 11: 30 am, half hour your wait boat and rest.
12:00 PM Boarding at Cai Be. 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 Cho Lach 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 Cruise sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night.
Day 2: Tra On - Can Tho - Drive back to Saigon (B,L)You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30 am, 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, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier.
Transfer back to Saigon.
Route 2: Can Tho - Cai Be: Start on odd dates such as: 1,3,5 ...ect
Day 1: Can Tho - Tra On - Mang Thit river (L,D)7:00 AM Pick up from your hotel in Saigon and depart travel by CAR/VAN to Can Tho – 11: 30 am, half hour your wait boat and rest.
12:00 PM 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 will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river towards her anchorage point for the night.
The Bassac Cruise sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.
Day 2: Co Chien - Cho Lach - Cai Be - Drive back to Saigon (B,L)06:30 AM 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 in Cai Be, check-out and boarding of a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft.
End of services by mid-morning on shore at Cai Be.
Transfer back to Saigon.
Includes :- Shuttle bus: Saigon - Cai Be/Can Tho - Saigon
- English speaking tour guide
- Guided walk and side trips on sampan as mentioned in the itinerary
- Accommodation in double or twin bedded cabins
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Mineral water placed in your cabin on board
- Tax and service charge
Excludes :- Beverages
- Tips and personal expenses
- All other services not mentioned above
Price: 385 USD/pax
Single Supplement: 185 USD
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