The Bassac is entirely built of wood, from the hull of an 80-foot-long rice barge.
She can accommodate up to 12 passengers in six nicely decorated cabins, each with air-con and a private bathroom, and features a bow lounge with music and a library, a 100 sqft restaurant that opens all around, a large galley, a small office room and 700 sqft of sundeck.
The Bassac can take her passengers on cruises up to seven days without stopping, and offers a great flexibility in programming your journey. She also is so powerful and has such a shallow draft as to be able to cruise upstream the Mekong or bring you to your destination regardless of the season, the tide or the current.
6 cabins in the front of the main deck:
4 with twin bedding, 2 with a double bed.
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 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 engine, the Bassac produces enough hot water for many showers a day.
Music, on board library, this is the perfect abode in case of bad weather, to keep to oneself with a good book or to listen to music.
Restaurant and bar
The 250 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.
700 square feet, partly shaded.
The front is fit for sunbathing and rest on sunbathing couches;
The small bar at the back welcomes you for a drink outside as the sun sets.
Nearly all of the Bassac is accessible to the public, including the galley, which is the right venue for Vietnamese cuisine workshops to take place.
Each passenger can opt to join with the group in one of the common rooms, or look for a place to stay by oneself.
Overall power production capacity: 20 kVA, and according to Vietnam's power standard 220V, 50Hz.
1 heat exchanger on the main engine for hot water.
All electrical services are available at any time, as well as hot water.
6 metric tons of fresh water on board
on board water treatment plant for river water use
on-board septic tank for environment-friendliness
The Bassac features a fresh water autonomy of about a week, with a large store and the capability to produce its own water.
Smoke detectors in all cabins, fire fighting pump, fire hose, sprinklers;
Fire extinguishers: CO2 and powder;
Safety jackets for all the board, safety buoys, longboat.
Fire-retardant walls, heat and sound insulation in the engine room.
Safety was first throughout the design and construction of the Bassac, as it comes first during your trip.
Cai Be, on day 1 at noon
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 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. Open bar and 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.
Breakfast is available from 06:30, while the ship is cruising 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, the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier.
Arrival at Ninh Kieu, Can Tho, late morning.
End of the services on shore at Can Tho late morning.
Please note you will leave the Bassac for good at the time you embark for the last visit.