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The traditional, wooden-built river cruisers Bassac I or Bassac II depart from Can Tho or Cai Be for overnight cruises, navigating some of the many river channels and canals that bisect the delta.
Bassac I is an 80ft boat, based on a rice barge, and sleeps up to 12 passengers in six comfortable cabins, each with air-con and a private bathroom. She has an open-air restaurant area, a galley that provides good Vietnamese food, a bar and a partly shaded upper deck for sunbathing or watching the scenery drift by.
Bassac II is a larger version, sleeping a maximum of 24.
Both vessels have a very shallow draft, which enables them to go through all the main waterways regardless of the season, the tide or the current.
When relaxing, the best way to see Vietnam's Mekong delta region is to take to the water.
Holly, Original Traveller