Mekong Delta Tour on Le Bassac Cruise


Explore the bustling floating markets of Cai Rang and Cat Be and enjoy the hospitality of a local villages on route. Rest on the upper deck of the "Bassac" your floating hotel and enjoy a landscape of rice fields, sugar cane, forest and local life.   

The Bassac I

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

The Bassac II 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. 
The Bassac II 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 III

The Bassac 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 front lounge and 1500 sqft of upper deck, mostly covered. 
The Bassac III 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.

 

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ITINERARY 1: Mekong River Cruise - Le Bassac Cruise - 2Days/1Night
(Mon/Wed/Sat: Can Tho – Cai Be)


Day 1: Can Tho  (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.
Branching into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien rivers. 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 her anchorage point for the night. The Bassac sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.
 
Day 2: Cai Be (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 in Cai Be, check-out and boarding of a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft.End of the services on shore at Cái Bè late morning.



ITINERARY 2: Mekong River Cruise - Le Bassac Cruise - 2Days/1Night

(Tue/Thu/Sun: CaiBe – CanTho)


Day 1: Cai Be (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 on route. Rest on the deck, or enjoy the open bar. Branching 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. Open bar and 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: Can Tho  (B,L,D)
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, 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. Arrival at Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, late morning.
End of the services on shore at Can Tho late morning.


 

ITINERARY 3: Mekong River Cruise - Le Bassac Cruise - 2Days/1Night

( Fri: CanTho – MangThit – CanTho)

 

Day 1: Can Tho  (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. 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 her anchorage point for the night.
The Bassac sets anchor for the night near Tra On.

Day 2: Man Thit - Can Tho(B,L,D)
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, 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. Arrival at Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, late morning. End of the services on shore at CanTho late morning.


 

--- 2009 RATES ---

Size of group

1 pax

2 pax

3 pax

4 pax

5 pax

6 pax

7 pax

Tour cost (US$)

360

225

198

190

185

185

185

Total (US$)

360

450

594

760

910

1110

1295

 

As indicated: (A/C= Air-conditioning, O/N= Overnight, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

 

Tariff for this trip: The tariff may differentiate according to number of participants and the high or low seasons in Vietnam. Please contact our travel consultant for the price of this trip.

 

Note:
- Valid till Oct.31, 2009
- Single cabin supplement: only applies upon request and if there is an odd number of passengers.
- Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the smaller boat for the last visit. 
+ Departure days in italics may be cancelled if there is a chartered trip scheduled on the same day.
Inclusive:
- Transportation on board
- Land transportation
- Accommodation of each passenger in a twin –share cabin, double –or twin bedded. 
- Three meals (1 Lunch –1 Dinner –1 Breakfast) 
- 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
Exclusive:
- Bar services
- Tips and gratuities 
- Single Supplement: USD91/person.

 
























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