Bassac

After departing Saigon you can visit some of the Mekong’s indigenous people whist sailing toward Cai Be, in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On day two you resume cruising and visit the floating markets and gardens at Cai Rang. Upon disembarkation at Can Tho you will be driven back to Saigon.
There are actually three Bassac vessels, the latest of which was commissioned in 2007. Each boat is crafted in a traditional style and is ideally suited for this swift but none the less enchanting Mekong Cruise. On board each room is en-suite and finished in wood delivering delightful views of the passing Mekong Delta...

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Journey information
Boat size: up to 24 berth
Grading: Easy
Departs: Saigon daily
Accommodation: Overnight boat (1 nt)
Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner whilst on board, tea, coffee & drinking water, all sightseeing as specified including entrance fees, tour arrival & departure transfers.
Facilities: All cabins have air-conditioning & en-suite bathroom, sun deck, bar.

Important notes
A 3 day/2 night option is also available, which cruises back to Cai Be. Bar services and tips are not included.

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
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.
All cabins have air-conditioning, 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.
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