Cruising in the Mekong Delta on The Bassac

The Mekong Delta, or the ‘Nine Dragon River Delta’, is a vast region in Southeast Vietnam. On this two night tour, take a night’s cruise aboard ‘The Bassac’ for a wonderful and leisurely exploration of the Mekong Delta. Following your journey, spend a night at the charming Victoria Hotel Can Tho which is situated on the banks of the Mekong River.

Best time for a Mekong River Cruise is during the winter from November through February when the weather is cooler.

Cruising in the Mekong Delta on The Bassac at a glance
  • Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be
  • Day 2: Cai Be - Can Tho
  • Day 3: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City - Cai Be

This morning, leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind as the scenery is gradually replaced with rice paddies and rural villages on your drive to Cai Be. As you board ‘The Bassac’ and depart towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang River, enjoy a delectable lunch on the boat’s upper deck. Along the way, visit a local village, fruit orchard, and rice field where you can learn more about the way of life here in the Delta. As the sun sets, sit back, watch the scenery, and enjoy a cocktail before dinner. Overnight aboard the Bassac.

Overnight aboard the Bassac.

Distance and journey time: 100 km, 2 hours 

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Day 2: Cai Be - Can Tho

An early breakfast will be served while the boat cruises the Tra On floating market on the way to Can Tho. Here, you will disembark and travel by a small local boat to explore the Cai Rang floating market. The waterway becomes a maze of hundreds of boats packed with mango, bananas, papaya, pineapple, and even floating pho vendors. A short drive will then transfer you to the Victoria Can Tho Hotel, and the rest of your day is at your leisure to explore or take advantage of the hotel’s recommended spa.

Overnight at Victoria Can Tho.

Distance and journey time: 75 km, 1.5 hours)

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Day 3: Can Tho - Ho Chi Minh City

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, the morning is yours to explore the city of Can Tho. The name of the town comes from Cam Thi Giang - River of poems, and it’s the largest town in the Delta. Depart Can Tho in the early afternoon for the drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.

Distance and journey time: 180 km, 4 hours

Highlights

Can Tho: Mekong Delta

A vibrant city of a million souls, Can Tho lies at the confluence of 2 rivers in the Mekong delta.

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Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is Vietnam’s largest city by population, and the country’s commercial centre

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Mekong Delta

The mighty Mekong River flows down through South East Asia, dividing into the countless tributaries and waterways of ‘The Rice Bowl of Vietnam’, the rice fields of the Mekong Delta

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Accommodation

Mekong Delta, Boat
Bassac Boat

Cruising the Mekong Delta, the 3 vessels of the Bassac fleet are based on traditional rice transporting barges typical of the region.

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Mekong Delta, Deluxe Class
Victoria Can Tho Resort

The four star Victoria Can Tho Resort blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river

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