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.

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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.

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When relaxing, the best way to see Vietnam's Mekong delta region is to take to the water.

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Pandaw Boats

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