The Bassac are THREE elegant rides sharing the same standards and mostly differing in size.

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.


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.
The cabins are scented by Laurent Séverac, perfumer in Hanoi.
We have to air-condition in all the cabins, 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.

Utilities and services on board:

The Bassac all offer 24-hour power and air-conditioning in cabins fitted with fire detection and firefighting. A bathroom en-suite with every cabin offers hot and cold water all the time.
The galley is suitable to serve refined meals and uphold the best sanitary standards, even for groups of up to twice the bedding capacity of the ship.

Layout principles:

The passengers can enjoy privacy on board, as the layout allows the crew to be discreet and offers several living areas so that different groups may make the journey their own.
Wide access to outside while still retaining the capability to serve even in bad weather guarantee a good experience of the Mekong Delta.
Their layout and structure make the Bassac quiet enough to allow the passengers to sleep while the ship is underway.


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 firefighting 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.


Bassac cruise 2 day Can Tho – Cai Be

Day 1: 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: Cai Be Floating Market

  • 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 services by mid-morning on shore at Cái Bè.

Bassac cruise 2 days Cai Be – Can Tho

Day 1: 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   Tra On, Cai Rang Floating market

  • 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, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the floating market and return to the Ninh Kieu pier.

End of services by mid-morning on shore at Can Tho.

Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit, typically about 8:30.


Along programmed journeys: per passenger per night
Number of passengers 1  or 2 pax 3 to 12 pax 13 or more
Until 31 October 2018 $215 $199 $188

Single use cabin: +50%



  • Accommodation of each passenger in a twin-share cabin, double- or twin-bedded except where other accommodation arrangements are mentioned in the booking slip
  • Three meals
  • 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
  • All taxes are included


  • Land transportation from Ho Chi Minh City and back
  • Bar services
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and visa fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Bank transfer fees & credit card service fees
  • Other not mentioned above

Bassac Cruise

$ 188
Can Tho → Cai Be
2 days /1 night
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