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Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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With only from 200USD for two days of traveling around Mekong River Delta in Vietnam, tourists can have a chance to catch a glimpse of the immense river. Enjoying on Bassac Cruise will bring unforgettable memories in your vacation in Vietnam.

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Bassac Cruise is one of the best deluxe cruises in Mekong River. The fleet of Bassac Cruise has three boats. Bassac Cruise I and II were launched in 2009, while the Bassac III was operated in 2010. Cruises of Bassac have a length of over 24m, a width of more than 5.5m. All of these boats are outfitted with spacious dining rooms, airy sundecks, and comfortable cabins, which will bring the best convenience and comfort to passengers during the voyage. The Bassac I has 6 cabins (4 Twins and 2 Doubles), while the Bassac II has 10 cabins in each (4 Twins and 4 Doubles on the main deck, and 2 Doubles on the upper deck), and the Bassic III has 12 cabins (6 Twins and 2 Doubles on the main deck, and 4 Doubles on the upper deck). All of the cabins are equipped with private access and en-suit bathroom. The deluxe cruise is one of the best choices for globetrotters to explore the magnificent view of Mekong River Delta in Vietnam.

The deluxe Mekong River cruise is totally constructed by natural wood in elegant design. Each cabin is furnished with modern amenities as air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom. Bassac Cruise features a 100-square-feet restaurant opening all around with a large galley. The cruise also has a small office room and 700-square-feet of sundeck. On the sundeck, passengers can freely unwind by soaking in the beautiful sunlight, sipping some favorite drinks, and contemplate stunning scenes of the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam. The Bassac can take passengers on cruises up to seven days without stopping, and offers a great flexibility in programming your journey.

As being one of the best Mekong River deluxe cruises, Bassac offers passengers a wide range of services. The cruise provides you with full meals in a day on the way and one at the destination. You are free drinking water and Vietnamese tea and coffee. At the dining area, passengers have chances to enjoy traditional Vietnamese cuisine and other specialties of each part you arrive. Moreover, the cruise offers cruise tours with many interesting activities along Mekong River in Vietnam. Cruises of Bassac are perfectly adapted platforms for your corporate or board meetings in small committees. Also, they offer an ideal platform for your smaller incentive groups or for team building through shared activities. By providing the capacity to bring your group to the heart of the Mekong River Delta, a varied cuisine and solid logistics, the Bassac allows your animators to freely express themselves. Passengers also can join some activities as riding bicycles and even kayaking to meet your discovery or adventure desire or simply for relaxing and improving health.

Bassac Cruise is really an ideal choice for couples, families and groups of friends who adore exploring the life of people in Mekong River Delta.

 

Bassac Mekong Cruise has three graceful ships sharing the same standards but different in sizes and number of cabins. All three cruises are constructed by wood in a traditional design of the rice barge in Mekong River Delta with high safety standards. Currently, all three cruises in Mekong River are renovated with cozy cabin, hull designs and adapting many purposes. The cabins are designed with soundproofed and double glazing to protect passengers' sleep from noises. These cabins are also heat insulated and meant to slow fire in case of an emergency. Passengers can exit immediately in emergencies. All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning and other modern amenities.

 

AMENITIES IN CABINS

 

Bathrobe

En-suite Bathroom

Complimentary Drinking Water

En-suite Bathroom

Flower & fruit basket

Hair-dryer

Hot water

Mini bar

Individual controller air-conditioning

Shower

Slippers

Safety Equipment and Life Vests

Toilet

Wardrobe

 

 

BASSAC I

Bassac I is the original boat of Bassac Cruise. It was built in the framework of a rice transporting barge. The Bassac I is a “green ship” with good waste water retreatment and engine’s heat recycle. The cruise is qualified as a first-class river vessel VR-SI. Six deluxe cabins of the cruise can occupy 12 passengers in maximum. There are four Deluxe Twin cabins (10 square meters of each), and two Deluxe Double cabins, slightly smaller with private access and en-suit bathroom. These cabins are located on the main deck and upper deck. There are contemporary amenities in each cabin. From the window of each cabin, passengers can easily contemplate the stunning view of the river and landscapes along the river bank.

 

 

BASSAC II

All 12 cabins of Bassac II are designed in-house to meet the demand of passengers in Mekong River cruises. 4 Deluxe Twin cabins and 4 Deluxe Double cabins located on the main deck are wonderful accommodations for passengers to admire the beautiful view of the river and daily life of the local people along the river. Meanwhile, two Deluxe Double in the upper deck are great places to enjoy the panoramic view of the biggest rice field in Vietnam. Each cabin of the traditional style cruise is furnished with deluxe-standard amenities to better passengers needs during their voyage. Staying in one of these cabins, passengers will definitely feel relaxed and comfortable.

 

BASSAC III

The Bassac Cruise III is constructed similarly to the Bassac Cruise II with more improvement of a bar in the rear upper deck. There are 12 cabins in this ship. These 12 cabins are categorized in to Deluxe Twin cabins and Deluxe Double cabins. There are 6 Deluxe Twin and 2 Deluxe Double cabins on the main deck, and 4 Deluxe Double cabins on the upper deck. They have private access and en-suite bathroom. With big windows, passengers can contemplate the striking scenes of the river from their cabins. These cabins are decorated by polished wooden walls, deluxe blue bedding, modern bathroom, and spacious atmosphere.

 

SERVICES

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. As being one of the best deluxe cruises in Mekong River, Bassac Cruise is always willing to provide passengers with all the best services. The cruise owns a local executive chef with an experienced international culinary team. You will have many outstanding choices of semi-buffet breakfasts, semi-buffet lunches, and seated theme dinners. The cruise offers complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water. Also, there is an extensive wine list with premium wines and liquors for you to enjoy during the voyage.

24-hour Security

Doctor on call

Tender for sightseeing

Reception

Rowing boat

Newspapers and magazines

Baby cot

Fresh flower

Safety box at reception

Bar

Laundry service

Restaurant

 

 

ACTIVITIES & RECREATION

Apart from enjoying comfort in deluxe cabins and on spacious sundeck, you will have great moment of relaxing with a wide range of activities and recreation on board. The entertaining service onboard will help you to release all stress and tiredness. You absolutely can revitalize or reenergize. Otherwise, you can refresh by soaking the sunlight on the sundeck and contemplating the majestic views of the Mekong Delta. Moreover, you will be fascinated by many intriguing and insightful lectures, educational talks, cooking classes, and tours of ships to famous destinations.

 

Cooking class

Board games

Kayaking

 

 

Bassac Cruise 2 Days 1 Night

 

In this cruise, passengers will have a chance to explore the canal network of Mekong Delta. Also, you will enjoy the senses of the bustling Cai Rang Floating Market, have experience the culture, and taste typical and special dishes of local cuisine. This tour is an ideal choice for any individual, couples or groups of friends, families to explore Mekong River Delta at a glance. The tour has rate from 204 USD/pax. Yet, the rate can be changed seasonally. Thus, you should contact the booking staff for more updated information. Follows are the referenced rates:

 

Group

1 person

2 persons

3 - 4 persons

5 - 6 persons

7 -9 persons

Single Supp.

01 Jan 2014 - 31 Oct 2015

USD/ Person

542

271

224

218

205

+50 rate

 

 

Day 1 – Saigon – Can Tho

In the morning, you will be picked up from you hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, and then transfer to Can Tho. At noon, you will getting on board at Ninh Kieu Pier in Can Tho. The Bassac Cruise will welcome you with contemporary drink and have lunch after checking your cabin. The cruise will sail along Hau River and tour near Tra On Floating Market. In the afternoon, the cruise will turning into Nicolai Canal towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien River. During the time, you will relax on the sundeck, enjoy drink and contemplate the beautiful view of the river, the rice fields, sugar cane and woods on the banks.

When the ship reaches a village on the banks of Mang Thit River, you will have a chance to explore the local life and communicate with hospitable local inhabitants. Also, you will pop in large orchards nearby. In the late afternoon, you come back to the cruise, have some favorite drink, and unwind on the sundeck with marvelous sunset. Dinner is served while the ship cruises along Mang Thit River and anchor for overnight.

 

Day 2 – Cai Be – Saigon

In the early morning, the ship departs for Cai Be. You will have breakfast on board and enjoy beautiful sunlight of Mekong River morning. The Mekong cruise crosses Co Chien River then turns to Cho Lach Canal for half an hour. Here, passengers will have a chance to admire the bustling of sand and rice barges, fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards. At noon, you will arrive near Cai Be. It is time for you to check out and transfer to a rowing boat for a serene tour to a small canal. Later, you will visit Cai Be’s handicraft area. Then, you are transferred to Saigon. Your tour ends.

 

Bassac Cruise 3 Days 2 Nights

 

The 3-day-2-night cruise tour will take you from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be, Can Tho and Chau Doc. You will have a chance to explore many striking scenes from canal network of Mekong River Delta, bustling Cai Rang Floating Market, and experience the culture and taste of traditional local dishes and many unique specialties. This tour is suitable for individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends who are interested in discovering the Mekong River Delta briefly. The tour prices from 404 USD/pax. The rate will be changed according to extra services. You should contact the booking staff for more information to get the best incentives.

 

Day 1 – Saigon – Cai Be

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to depart for the heart of Mekong River Delta. On the way, you will catch many exclusive images about Vietnamese life in the southern part from farmers tending their fields to those drying their produces on the sides of the road. At noon, you will reach Cai Be. Here, after getting on board, you will embark the Bassac Cruise then enjoy welcome drink and check in your cabin. While enjoying drink, you will be introduced about the ship and crew. Later, the ship sets sail to Cho Lach on Tien Giang River while lunch is served.

In the afternoon, you will relax on board, soaking in the elegant sunlight and contemplate the stunning view of Mekong River Delta. When the cruise turns to Cho Lach Canal for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, you will have an opportunity to see a scenery of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards. When the ship reaches a village on the banks of Mang Thit River, you will have a chance to explore the local life and communicate with hospitable local inhabitants. Also, you will pop in large orchards nearby. In the late afternoon, you come back to the cruise, have some favorite drink, and unwind on the sundeck with marvelous sunset. The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On Floating Market, for the night.

 

Day 2 – Cai Be – Can Tho

After having breakfast, you will be taken to Tra On Floating Market then travel to Can Tho. When reaching Cai Rang Floating Market, you will transfer onto a local boat to visit the market, nearby arroyos gardens and come back to Ninh Kieu Pier. At the time, you will enjoy welcome drink and depart for upstream river. At noon, you will have lunch on board while en route. In the afternoon, when the cruise reaches Thot Not, you will transfer on a long boat for visiting a bamboo-knitting village near Thot Not Park. In the late afternoon, you will come back to the ship and have dinner. The Bassac anchors near Long Xuyen for overnight.

 

Day 3 – Can Tho Chau Doc

After having breakfast, you will depart for Chau Doc. When reaching here, you will check out and transfer into a local boat for visiting a village of the Muslim Cham minority. Then, you will disembark and return to Saigon. Your tour ends.

 

The prices of two cruise tours mentioned above are included and excluded with following things:

Included

- The English/French speaking guide on board
- 01 night on Bassac Cruise (based on 2 persons/cabin)
- Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Welcome drink
- Admission fees and permits where applicable
- Government taxes & services charges

Excluded

- Transportation
- Airfares & airport taxes
- Pre/post trip arrangement
- Visa to Vietnam
- Personal travel insurance
- Bank fee relating to payment
- Tips and other personal expenses as drink, laundry, phone…
- Other services not mentioned in the “Inclusion”

 

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT

 

Check-in

At noon

Check-out

At noon

 

 

CANCELLATION

In case you want to cancel the cruise for certain days/hours before check-in, you will have to pay cancellation charge (calculated as percentage of price of cancelled cabins). The cancellation time is the time the cruise receives your notice. Yet, the fee can be changed seasonally. You should contact the booking staff before booking.

Sharing cruise

Cancellation time before check in

Cancellation charge

More than 21 days

No charge

6 to 21 days

25%

Less than 6 days

100%

 

Private charter cruise

Cancellation time before check in

Cancellation charge

More than 45 days

No charge

6 to 45 days

25%

Less than 6 days

100%

 

CHILDREN AND EXTRA BEDS

- Infants below the age of 2 years may sleep in their parent's cabin at no extra charge but the cruise cannot guarantee the availability of a cot and parents are to provide their own baby food.
- Children under 12 have to pay 50% of rate.

Note: the children policy may be changed seasonally. You should contact the booking staff for more information.

 

CARDS ACCEPTED

Represent MasterCard to provide online payment solution to the enterprises in Vietnam, OnePAY payment portal meets standards of international financial system such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Your card information will be processed by advanced security system and not stored at the cruise’s database (merchant).

 

CRUISE IN DETAILS

 

Specifications

Bassac I

Bassac II

Bassac III

Operated since

2009

2009

2010

Length

24m

32 m

33 m

Width

5.5 m

7.8 m

7.8 m

Height

n/a

n/a

n/a

Depth

0.9 m

1.3 m at half load

1.2 m at full load

Dining Room

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bar/ Sundeck

Yes

Yes

Yes

Massage cabin

n/a

n/a

n/a

Capacity

Maximum 12 passengers

Maximum 24 passengers

Maximum 24 passengers

Cabin

4 Twin, with private access and en suite bathroom. 2 Double, slightly smaller, with private access and en suite bathroom

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

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

 

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 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 emergencies, how to give the alarm and where to meet.

 

WHEN TO VISIT MEKONG RIVER DELTA

- The most popular time of year to visit the region is between November and April.
- The hot season, from March to May is very dry, but in some places. During this time, some rivers are harder to navigate, and boat journeys in remote places may not be possible.
- The rainy season, generally from June to September is for many people the best time to travel - despite the fact that it rains, it never gets that cold, and nearly all hotels and guesthouses have rooms available - often a lot cheaper than during the high season

 

WHAT TO BRING

- Light clothing: made from natural fibres is the best clothing for the region.
- Warm clothing (for month from December to January)
- Footwear: bring sandals or slip ons to take off easily when entering temples. Flip flops can be bought very cheaply just about anywhere.
- A small collapsible umbrella is sensible for the rainy season.
- A flashlight is a good idea, in case of power cuts.

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