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"Pickup service was good. Services on board was great, the village sightseeing was god, and guide spoke good English. If I could wish for two things; taking drink orders at the tables on top deck during nighttime and a stop or two at the floating market, not just driving by. Information and payment was good. Would recommend to friends. Thank you for a good trip, and experience. "
Mr. Henrik Sørensen Hoff & his wife on Mekong Eyes 2 days Cantho - Phu Quoc on March 26-27, 2013
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The Bassac I was retrofitted from the hull of a genuine 80-foot-long rice barge and converted into a comfortable cabin cruiser entirely made of wood.
She can accommodate up to 12 passengers in six nicely decorated cabins, each with air-con and a private bathroom, and features a 100 sqft restaurant that opens all around, a large galley, a small office room and 700 sqft of sundeck.

The Bassac I 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
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The Bassac II is entirely made of wood in a hull built of gỗ sao, the typical Vietnamese essence used for quality ships --now a rare deed. It accommodates 24 passengers in 12 cabins with en-suite bathroom and has a very wide upper deck, covered with a wood and bamboo thatch roof to host your larger dinners and lunches. She thus can combine with the other Bassac cruisers for overnight trips with groups of up to 60 passengers. It is possible to accommodate a kid's bedding inbetween twin beds on the Bassac II, just make sure you mention this upon booking.

All the cabins are insulated against noise, and their windows are fitted with double glazing. Environment-wise, the Bassac II is equipped with an automat for hot water, that ensures constant pressure and temperature, and four septic tanks. She brings along city water in sufficient quantities for long-haul cruises. Fire prevention and safety were also major features in the design of the ship, which is fitted with fire detection and lance monitors.

The Bassac II was entirely designed in-house and built to meet our demanding operating conditions. The Bassac II has an even shallower draft than the original Bassac, owing to her broad beam of nearly 8 meters, and is powered by two Cummins engines, a large power plant offering resilience to failure. The Bassac II easily takes the same routes as the Bassac I.

The Bassac III is the sister ship of the Bassac II, with some minor ameliorations, such as all 12 cabins on the main and upper deck, a real bar on the rear upper deck, the lounge at the wheelhouse and a real professional galley.


Facts
Flag: Vietnam
Class: VR-SI, river cruiser
Displacement: 107 metric tons
Length: 80'/ 24.40m
Beam" 18'/ 5.50m
Draft: 4'10"/ 1.50m half-loaded
Propulsion: Caterpillar 14,6 liters, 400 BHP, built to run 5000 hours per year
Navigation: Can operate by night and in bad weather
Autonomy: 7 days cruise

Cabins (10 m2 with twin and double beds)
Bassac I: 6 cabins in the front of the main deck: 4 with twin bedding, 2 with a double bed.

Bassac II
: 12 nicely decorated cabins, each with air-con and a private bathroom, and features a 500 sqft restaurant that opens all around, a large galley, a small office room and 1500 sqft of upper deck, mostly covered.

Bassac III
: 12 nicely decorated cabins, each with air-con and a private bathroom, and features a 500 sqft restaurant that opens all around, a large galley, a small office room and 1500 sqft of upper deck, mostly covered.
 
The comfortable cabins are set in the front of the Bassac I 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.
 
Restaurant & 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.
 
Upper Deck
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 I 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.

Kayaking
Exploring the Mekong Delta with kayak along the small canal and arrayos.
 
Utilities
Energy
Overall power production capacity: 2x35 kVA, and according to Vietnam's power standard 220V, 50Hz.
A large isobaric water heater. All electrical services are available at any time, as well as hot water.

Water
10 metric tons of fresh water on board
On board water treatment plant for river water use
On-board septic tanks for environment-friendliness The Bassac  II features a fresh water autonomy of about a week, with a large store and the capability to produce its own water.

Safety

Smoke detectors in all cabins, redundant fire fighting pumps, three monitors with fire hoses;
Fire extinguishers: CO2 and powder;
Emergency lighting and alarm on a separate source of power
Safety jackets for all the board, safety buoys, rafts, longboat.

Route map details
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Additional Information:
• Private car services: Daily departure from Ho Chi Minh City, pick up at your hotel to Can Tho (or Cai Be) Pier.
• Check in time: At noon
• Check out time: At noon
• Guide on board: English speaking
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