Bassac 3 at dusk as a flight of cranes passes

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

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.

Excursions available every morning and afternoon.

Massage option available upon booking.

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. / 0903 033148

Leave Saigon on Friday as soon as you are free. Board the Bassac when you arrive, we shall wait for you and take care of your car for you.

Tomorrow morning, wake up in the green and feel how your pulse has slowed already: for two nights, you are away with no worries.

You will be back in Saigon with time left for the evening on Sunday.

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, you may like to transfer to a large sampan for a 2h30 sampan cruise and a visit a Khmer Theravada pagoda, which take you to the end of the morning.
  • Lunch on board before we part.
  • The Bassac gets back to shore in Cần Thơ after lunch for the final disembarkation.

The Spa Experience is available as an option upon booking.

We shall have an experienced yoga tutor on board on select departures.

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.

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.

Per passenger, over 2 nights 1 or 2 passengers; 3 pass. or more
Retreat đ12 300 000 đ11 200 000
Wellness experience đ500 000 đ500 000 in addition.
Private or chartered trips Ship rental; Service per passenger;
Over two nights đ109 000 000 đ3 980 000 supplements may us
Per additional night đ49 500 000 đ1 990 000
Price modifiers    
Single cabin suppl. +50% per single occupancy; typ. for an odd number of passengers; does not apply when chartering
Kids rebate -50% for kids under 12 years old; applies to service part when chartering

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

Our prices are net of all taxes; our Sales terms apply.

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.
bar services are extra, though
Home-made bread is available for breakfast
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