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Mekong cruise by Bassac 3 days -
Destination: Ho chi minh - Caibe - Can tho
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Tour code: MCV7
 

Boat description:


The Bassac are three boats sharing the same standards and mostly differing in size. They are made of wood according to tradition while respecting the best standards, all cabins have a private bathroom, and are air-conned, sound-proofed, heat insulated, and fitted with fire detection.They are meant for discovery cruises and favor the contact with outside: they offer several different living areas each, including a common room that can be completely opened, a rear upper deck suitable for dinner and a front sundeck. There is power and hot water at all times on board, and they are quiet enough to allow the passengers to sleep while the ship is under way.

 

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.

Maximum 12 pax with 2 Double, with private access and en suite bathroom,

4 Twin, 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. Redundant propulsion and power generator; river water and waste water treatment, and a professional galley. The Bassac II is registered to navigate into Cambodia.
Maximum 24 pax with 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 Double, work deck, 50% larger, with 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.
Maximum 24 pax
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 and bar on the upper deck.  Shaded dining area on the rear upper deck. Sundeck on the front upper deck

 

Services

Heat and sound insulation in each cabin.

Air conditioning, private access.

En suite bathroom with shower and toilet

The comfortable cabins are set in the front of the Bassac II or on the upper deck and well insulated so as to provide the passengers with a good night's sleep even if under way. They are entirely fitted with wood, and equipped as rooms in a good hotel. Owing to a large heat exchanger on the main engines, the Bassac II produces enough hot water for many showers a day.

and free drinking water and Vietnamese tea and coffee

 

Restaurant and bar

The 500 square feet at the stern of the main deck accommodate the restaurant and the bar can be completely opened to outside for you to enjoy the evening.

Upper deck 1500 square feet, mostly shaded.

The front is fit for sunbathing and rest on sunbathing couches;

The bar at the back welcomes you for a drink outside as the sun sets.

 

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

 

Route: Caibe – Can tho - Caibe

 

Day 1: Ho chi minh – Caibe ( L,D )

8:00 AM you will be picked up at your hotel in Ho chi minh city by private car and driver, transfer to Caibe.

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.

 

Day 2 : Mekong cruise ( B, L,D )

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, transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier by mid-morning.

Boarding at Can Tho at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, 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 sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.

 

Day 3 : Caibe – Ho chi minh ( 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.

We desembark by mid-morning on shore at Cái Bè. Pick up and transfer back Ho chi minh city, drop off at your hotel. End of services!

 

Route: Caibe – Can tho – Thot Not - Can tho

 

Day 1: Ho chi minh – Caibe ( L,D )

8:00 AM you will be picked up at your hotel in Ho chi minh city by private car and driver, transfer to Caibe.

 

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.

 

Day 2 : Mekong cruise ( B, L,D )

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, transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier by mid-morning.

Boarding back at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink. Departure upstream of the Hau river. Lunch on board while en route.

Upon arrival at Thot Not, transfer on the longboat to take some walks at the bamboo village in Thot Not.

Boarding back at dusk, rest on the deck for the sunset while taking somes drinks at the bar.

The dinner is served on board. The Bassac takes the way back to Can Tho and casts anchor near Can Tho for the night.

 

Day 3 : Can tho – Ho chi minh ( B )

Breakfast is available from 06:30, while the ship is cruising towards Can Tho city.

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.

We desembark  by mid-morning on shore at Cần Thơ. We desembark by mid-morning on shore at Cái Bè. Pick up and transfer back Ho chi minh city, drop off at your hotel. End of services!

 

Route: Can tho – Caibe – Mang thit – Caibe

 

Day 1: Ho chi minh – Can tho ( L,D)

8:00 AM you will be picked up at your hotel in Ho chi minh city by private car and driver, transfer to Caibe.

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 sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.

 

Day 2: Mekong cruise ( B, L ,D )

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, transfer to a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft.

Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, 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. Rest around the bar or on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising back Mang Thit river.

The Bassac runs upstream Co Chien river then sets anchor for the night, not far from the large My Thuan bridge.

 

Day 3:  Caibe – Ho chi minh ( B )

06:30 Departure towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the banks.

The Bassac follows around the Binh Hoa Phuoc peninsula then reaches into the First River, then the branch to Cai Be, inbetween banks of freshwater mangrove.

Arrival in Cai Be, check-out and boarding of a local boat for a tour of Cai Be floating market and handicraft.

We desembark  by mid-morning on shore at Caibe.  Pick up and transfer back Ho chi minh city, drop off at your hotel. End of services!

Cost in USD per person based on twin/ double cabin sharing, valid until 31 Oct.2012

No of pax

2

3-4

5-6

7-8

Single Suppl.

in USD

523

470

446

432

200

 

Cost in USD per person based on twin/ double cabin sharing, valid from 1st Nov. 2012 – 31 Oct. 2013

No of pax

2

3-4

5-6

7-8

Single Suppl.

in USD

548

497

473

458

210

 

Cruise includes:

English speaking guide on boat

Round trip of private transfer from hotel in Ho chi minh

3 days cruise with stops and visits  in twin/ double cabin on Bassac boat as stated in the itinerary

Meals as indicated ( B= breakfast; L= lunch; D = diner)

Admission fees and permits where applicable

Vietnamese tea and coffee, mineral water

Gorvenment taxes & Service Charges

 

Cruise excludes:

Pre/post trip arrangement

Hotel in Ho chi minh

Travel insurance

Other personal expenses such as bar services, other extra drinks., wine and beer during meals

 

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