Unprecedented promotion until 30 September 2020

  • -40% on overnight suites at the Nam Bộ and the Lighthouse, and chartering a Bassac cruise

  • -20% on all tours and cruises.

  • The listed prices do not include the promotion yet. Hit Enquire Now on any service pages for an offer. These promotions are not cumulative.


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Cruise on board the Bassac

The Bassac are three classic wooden cruisers with all comfort on board and caring service. As our flagship, they have been anchoring our activities deep in the delta since 2003.

[image] Bassac II on a grey morning

Departure at noon - Arrival by mid-morning. Typically either Cần Thơ or Cái Bè.

The Bassac take you into the greener areas of the Mekong delta, overnight on the river and into the middle of the life about the river.

First day
- Boarding at noon, introduction to the ship and crew, checking into the cabins.
- Lunch is served as the Bassac sets sail.
- By mid-afternoon, the Bassac drops anchor for a visit.
- Dinner is served as the Bassac sails to her anchoring point for the night.
Day 2
- Breakfast is available from 6:30 on, with croissants, tea, coffee, a selection of fruit juices.
- The Bassac sets sail towards the destination.
- Check out of the cabins upon arrival at the destination and boarding of a local boat for a morning visit.
- The visit takes you back to shore at the destination by mid-morning.

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Itineraries

An invitation to travel

COVID19: We are operating fewer routes during this period of pandemic, and until the situation is back to normal, we are running all our scheduled departures from Cần Thơ, all the way to Măng Thít, and back to Cần Thơ overnight.

Overnight, daily departures

Join in on one of our short trips, along Cần Thơ - Cái Bè and Cái Bè - Cần Thơ any day.

Our loops from Cần Thơ and back to Cần Thơ go all the way to Măng Thít, Vĩnh Long, for the visits.

Longer trips

Make the best of the smaller waterways and take a trip over 2 nights or more across the delta. There is always something on the way back that you did not see on the way to.

Chartering a Bassac

Make the Bassac your own boat over one night or more, and go wherever you like. We even make connections with speedboats to Cambodia. Chartering is affordable as soon as your party is more than 10, and often less costly than renting the boat cabin by cabin.

Build your own itinerary and get its program. (click “pick your own itinerary” on the destination page).

Availability

Today, we have 12 cabins available along cantho-cantho.
For tomorrow, we have 12 cabins available along cantho-cantho.

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All journey programs link to transmekong.com, our original page for the Bassac.

Prices & Terms

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Rates offered until Oct 31. 2022

These rates are subject to change depending on the cost of fuel.

The following is displayed in Việt Nam đồngs.

All the following rates are net of all taxes and per night on board.

Joining in along programmed journeys

Number of passengers 1 or 2 passengers; 3 to 12 passengers; 13 pass. or more
Per night and per passenger đ6 150 000 đ5 600 000 đ5 300 000

Private or chartered trips

Ship Ship rental; Service per passenger; All rates are per night
Bassac I, 12 pax Charters:
Over one night đ41 290 000 đ1 990 000 logistics supplements
Longer trips đ38 070 000 đ1 990 000 may apply.1
Bassac II, 20 pax contact us
Over one night đ59 420 000 đ1 990 000
Longer trips đ54 630 000 đ1 990 000
Bassac III, 24 pax
Over one night đ59 420 000 đ1 990 000
Longer trips đ54 630 000 đ1 990 000

Other terms

Price modifiers    
Special SARS-CoV2 -20% joining in on a scheduled departure 2
-40% chartering 2
Single cabin suppl. +50% per single occupancy; typ. for an odd number of passengers
Kids rebate -50% for kids under 12 years old
Infants -100% Free of charge for kids under 2 years old
Late Booking rebate -20% for departure within 48 hours of booking 3 4

We can arrange road and speedboat transfers through third parties at the prices current at the time of booking.


  1. The price of a chartered trip is built as follows:
    Ship rental is just like for a simple private trip on the scheduled route.
    Accommodation and services to the passengers are just like for a private trip on the scheduled route.
    Empty ship transfer: If you decide to depart from another port than the regularly scheduled one, or arrive at another port than the departure port of the regularly scheduled trip on the day of your arrival, we would ask you to take charge of the expenses incurred.
    As of Jun 09. 2020, the expenses amount to đ3 587 100 per hour of scheduled transfer. 

  2. Open to Vietnamese citizens and residents in Vietnam, for departures until 30 Sep 2020 along [Cần Thơ - Cần Thơ]. 

  3. We do not guarantee availability or departure for late bookings. 

  4. This rebate is cumulative with other modifiers. 

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Inclusions, exclusions

As a rule of thumb, we take care of you from boarding to disembarkation. You may also ask us to provide you with other services, like land transfer or speedboat connection to or from Cambodia.

The services of the Bassac include per night on board:

  • Transportation on board;
  • Accommodation of each passenger in a twin-share cabin, double- or twin-bedded;
  • English-speaking host on board and during the visits;
  • 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;

Are excluded:

  • Road, speedboat transfer, except if specifically mentioned in the booking confirmation;
  • Bar services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Tips and gratuities.

The Bassac boats

A cabin on board

The Bassac are among the last classic wooden river cruisers in Vietnam: three elegant ships sharing one standard and differing mostly by their 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 TransMékong 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.

Bathroom on board the Bassac

The cabins are scented by Laurent Séverac, perfumer in Hanoi.

We have air-conditioning in all the cabins, with split systems to allow for a quiet night --even 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 fire fighting. 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 under way.

Safety

Bassac III exit routes

Safety comes first in the design and operation of the ships. Flotation devices are available for all on board and more, redundant alarm and fire detection as well as redundant fire fighting 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 I

The Bassac I en route near Cù Lao Mây

The original Bassac, built in the hull of a rice transporting barge, is a snug 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

Ship Bassac I
Flag Việt Nam
Class VR-SI river cruiser
Displacement 115 metric tons
Length overall 80' / 24m
Beam 18' / 5.50m
Draft 5'4" / 1.80m at half-load
Propulsion Caterpillar 6L, 14.6l, 400BHP
Navigation Can operate by night and in bad weather
Autonomy 7 days cruise
 
Power
Power production 2 x 20kVA
Standard 220V, 50Hz
Availability 24 hours a day
Alternate power Heat exchanger on the engine for hot water
 
Water
Availability 24 hours a day
Stored water 6 metric tons
Source City water
  Automatic decantation and filtration system with UV lamp
 
Safety
Fire detection Smoke detectors in all cabins
Fire fighting Sprinklers in all cabins
  Redundant pumping system, w/wo electrical power
  Fire hydrants, hoses and lances
  Fire extinguishers, ABC powder and CO2
Floatation devices Longboat, life vests, buoys w/wo lifeline

Bassac II

The Bassac II at anchor on Măng Thít river

The Bassac II was designed in-house by TransMékong 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 20 passengers
4 Twin, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
4 Double, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
2 Double, upper deck, with en suite bathroom

32m long, all wood, two 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

Ship Bassac II
Flag Việt Nam
Class VR-SII river cruiser
Displacement 230 metric tons
Registered tonnage 237 GRT
Length overall 105' / 32m
Beam 25' / 7.80m
Draft 4'2" / 1.30m at half-load
Propulsion 2 x Cummins 6L, 12l atmospheric engines, 290BHP, 5000 hours per year
Navigation Can operate by night and in bad weather
Autonomy 7 days cruise
 
Power
Power production 2 x 35kVA
Standard 220V, 50Hz
Availability 24 hours a day
 
Water
Availability 24 hours a day
Stored water 12 metric tons
Source Automatic decantation and filtration system with UV lamp
  City water
 
Safety
Fire detection Smoke detectors in all cabins
Fire fighting Redundant pumping system, w/wo electrical power
  Fire hydrants, hoses and lances
  Fire extinguishers, ABC powder and CO2
Floatation devices Longboat, life vests, buoys w/wo lifeline

Bassac III

 Bassac III on Măng Thít river

The Bassac III was designed in-house by TransMékong 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

Ship Bassac III
Flag Việt Nam
Class VR-SI river cruiser
Displacement 230 metric tons
Length overall 108' / 33m
Beam 25' / 7.80m
Draft 4'2" / 1.20m at full load
Propulsion 2 x Cummins 6L, 12l turbocharged engines, 290BHP, 5000 hours per year
Navigation Can operate by night and in bad weather
Autonomy 7 days cruise
 
Power
Power production 2 x 40kVA
Standard 220V, 50Hz
Availability 24 hours a day
 
Water
Availability 24 hours a day
Stored water 12 metric tons
Source Automatic decantation and filtration system with UV lamp
  City water
 
Safety
Fire detection Smoke detectors in all cabins
Fire fighting Redundant pumping system, w/wo electrical power
  Fire hydrants, hoses and lances
  Fire extinguishers, ABC powder and CO2
Floatation devices Longboat, life vests, buoys w/wo lifeline

Please see TransMékong for the full details:

You may book your journey at bassac@transmekong.com, we are the same team.

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