The Bassac Cruise – Truly experience the unique culture of Mekong Delta.
Based on the classic appearance of traditional rice barges, Bassac Cruise was built and designed to be an elegant Mekong delta, which can efficiently accommodate up to 24 passengers. The Bassac mostly offers tour on Mang Thit, one of the most popular and crowed areas on Mekong River. The cruise will bring you to visit and enjoy the scene, sound and scent of the most typical floating market on Mang Thit: Cai Be market. This is one great opportunity to truly experience the unique culture of Mekong civilization with all of your senses.
Transfer from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh to Cai Be (NOT INCLUDED in cabin price).
Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, Introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins.
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 Mang Thit River, 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.
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 Cai Rang Floating Market.
Turning into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit River 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.
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 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 Cái Bè.
Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit, typically about 8:30.