Bassac 3 at dusk as a flight of cranes passes

The days and weeks have taken their toll,
here comes the time to recharge.

It is time to leave the busy world behind
and slow down to the pace of the river.

Departure in the evening: wake up in the green.

Over two nights, with all meals on board.

Sun salutation at sunrise. Bread making at sunset.

Open art ateliers on board. Massage option.

Excursions available every morning and afternoon.

No worries, everything is included1)


The ultimate escape from Hồ Chí Minh City for a week-end.

This is a special service of the Bassac.
For the classic Bassac cruise, please see The Bassac.
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The program: a river of quiet

Quiet times on board

Welcome at any time in the evening.
We shall take care of you even if you arrive late.

Welcome on board in the evening.

  • From now on, you have time. The Bassac gets out to the main river after dark and you are already away from the city.
  • Dinner is served.
  • When everybody is on board, the Bassac sets sail, and will anchor for the night away from the trading routes

Join any scheduled activities as you wish. You are also welcome to lean back, relax and simply enjoy the cruise.

Second day, the wilderness

  • Wake at your leisure. We have yoga mats for the early risers to do a sweet Sun Salutation on the deck before breakfast.2)
  • Take the time to discover the boat. Or, if you care for it, you are invited to join an early visit in the green: walking or cycling
  • The Bassac departs and soon turns into a century-old canal towards the greener reaches and meanders of Mang Thít. Lunch is served while under way.
  • As the heat of the afternoon begins to wane, you may like to go for a visit on shore.
  • As the Bassac lits up for the evening, join us if you like to make bread off the Bassac's strand of sourdough –make the dough, shape it, and the baker on board will bake it for Sunday's breakfast.
  • Dinner is served on the deck as the Bassac strolls to its anchoring point for the night.


Third day we still have some time together

  • Wake at your leisure. Breakfast will be served on the aft deck at your pace.
  • The Bassac sets sail upstream towards Cần Thơ, while the ateliers are available, for you to put the final touches on your production if needed.
  • You may like to transfer to a large sampan for a 2h30 sampan cruise and a visit a Khmer Theravada pagoda.3)
  • The Bassac takes you to Cần Thơ do disembark by late morning for our parting lunch on shore at the Lighthouse.

The Spa Experience is available as an option upon booking.

We shall have an experienced yoga tutor on board on select departures, and a meditation guide on most.

Beginning of our services on shore in the Cần Thơ market hall from 17:30.
End of our services on shore in Cần Thơ by the early afternoon, 13:30 on the day after next.

Open ateliers on board

Clay modeling and painting on board

Ateliers on board are open all along a Retreat.

Free your talent and your sense of touch. Express yourself.

The day begins with an opportunity for some yoga and meditation.

Throughout the day, you are invited to take a brush and colors and sit at an easel, or some clay to model into an object of your own.

In the evening, we shall share, prepare and knead sourdough from the board.

Seize the occasion to feel the connection with nature and with your inner self.

Plein air painting atelier

Spa Experience

Head massage

A sweet addition to the Retreat: indulge in a head and foot massage on board.

Bring your mind to quiet and your body to peace while the Mekong scenery flows beside you.

Relieve stress and expand your connection to the natural surroundings for 45 minutes with a foot massage then a head and shoulders massage. The massage is performed on the deck, with refined essential oils.

We have limited availability –be sure to book ahead.

Your boat: Bassac II

The Bassac II at anchor on Măng Thít river

Bassac II is a classic boat entirely built of wood from the region according to the Mekong delta's traditions, with amendments where safety standards require.

With two wide covered decks, a lounge and wide gangways, Bassac II offers numerous places to make your own, and provides everyone with some level of intimacy.

Your cabin offers the comfort you should expect of a hotel room in a small, cozy wooden cabin. En suite and air-con are de rigueur, and access to outside is immediate. Through your window: the Mekong.

The galley on board is fit to cater to the tastes of all, and allowing us to offer freshly cooked and baked meals all the time –try our bread and croissants in the morning.

Aft upper deck on Bassac II

Prices and conditions

the Bassac in the evening

The whole Retreat is included, save for the bar services.

You can book ahead for our wellness experience head and foot massages at select times on board.

Think of chartering if you wish to be just among friends you already know.

Tell us of your arrangements, we can help.

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 road transfer, we can help.

The Retreat includes:

  • Transportation on board;
  • Accommodation full board of each passenger in a twin-share cabin, double- or twin-bedded;
  • English-speaking host on board and during the visits;
  • Vietnamese coffee, tea; mineral water;
  • One visit on shore or on a small skiff per half-day;
  • Access to and from the board on a longboat;

The Wellness Experience includes:

  • foot massage
  • head and shoulder massage

Are excluded:

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

Our Sales terms apply.

Rates offered until Oct 31. 2023

The following is in Việt Nam đồng, including all taxes.

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

Joining in on a Retreat   1 or 2 passengers;   3 to 12 passengers;   13 pass. or more
Per passenger for 2 nights đ11 340 000 đ10 330 000 đ9 770 000
Private Retreat   Ship rental   + service per passenger    
Over 2 nights đ100 800 000 + đ4 080 000 per pass. Rate for 2 nights contact us

Massage: foot, head and shoulders: đ500 000 per participant.

Price modifiers    
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

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

bar services are extra, though
Home-made bread is available for breakfast
be ready and packed by 9:30 anyway, as the crew shall need access to the cabins
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