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Home of the Bassac cruises and Mystic sampans.

Discover the Mekong delta's intense life and spend the night on the river
while enjoying all the comfort of elegant wooden boats.

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[picture] Two Bassac boats at sunset on one of the Mekong's tributaries

The Bassac take you into the greener areas of the Mekong delta, overnight on the river and into the middle of the life about the river. They are entirely built of wood in the Mekong delta and according to the local marine traditions, and adapted for discovery cruises, open to outside and offering an immediate contact with the green surrounding of the ship.

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    In a few moments, our availabilities for tomorrow and the day after.

For the imminent departures, we offer you a 20% late booking rebate.1 Call 0710 382 9540 or inquire.

If you already know your dates, see the availabilities: .

the Mystic sampans | Mystic | gallery |

[picture] Mystic sampan departing to one of the Mekong's floating markets with a breakfast buffet

The Mystic Sampans take you to the floating market with a breakfast, or to a daytime excursion with a meal. They are designed for the floating markets, but can even run the medium-range route and navigate and serve by night, with some lighting on board.

Floating marketsfilm

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A call in Cần Thơ

Should you wish to stay in Cần Thơ, we can recommend restaurants and a hotel. All are right on the pier, and you will find there the same attention as on board the Bassac and Mystic sampans. Read more

Let us take care of you when you are in Cần Thơ: here are some of the better ports of call for the discerning traveler.

from restaurants...

With our double culture, we are happy to be able to offer Vietnamese, but also European quality meals.

the Nam Bộ restaurant

Nam Bộ restaurant

The oldest family restaurant, established in 1998. Vietnamese classic and Mekong delta cuisine, and for the travelers weary of Vietnamese food, western cuisine and espresso.

1 Ngô Quyền, Cần Thơ
restaurant@nambocantho.com
0710 382 3908

the Sao Hôm, in the old market hall

Sao Hôm

Right in the middle of the old market hall, facing the river, the Sao Hôm: classic Vietnamese cuisine and Mekong specialties, and also western cuisine and pizza, a must if you have kids.

Nhà lòng chợ cổ, bến Ninh Kiều, Cần Thơ
saohom@transmekong.com
0710 381 5616

Salad with a view from l'Escale

l'Escale

l'Escale, the port of call, our gourmet restaurant on the terrace of the Nam Bộ hotel. Breakfast, coffee, jazz bar, and a breathtaking view.

1 Ngô Quyền, Cần Thơ
lescale@nambocantho.com
0710 381 9139, ask for l'Escale

the new Nam Bộ in the morning light

...to the Nam Bộ Boutique Hôtel

The family's latest venture, the Nam Bộ Boutique Hotel is a tiny 7-suite hotel, focusing on caring hospitality.

1 Ngô Quyền, Cần Thơ
reception@nambocantho.com
0710 381 9139

Cuisine [up]

[picture] A table is set with Mekong fresh-water prawns on board Bassac II during a cruise

Be it in our restaurants, Sao Hôm and Nam Bộ in Cần Thơ, on the Mystic sampans or on board the Bassac, cuisine is one of our better assets, as we offer meals cooked and baked afresh including the bread and pastry for breakfast. As the Bassac have their own galley, they are very reactive to meet the needs and tastes of your passengers, even in case a surprise cake would be de rigueur.

Rice specialities: nem rế: from rice flour to dishfilm

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BBC chef Rick Stein made the Bassac one of the first stops of his culinary series Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey, broadcast in 2009.

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[picture] Ánh and Rick Stein on a longboat, towards fish pens on the Northern Mekong delta

We are very proud to announce that the BBC just broadcast the first few episodes of Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey, where he goes from Cambodia into Vietnam and the Mekong delta on board the Bassac II. If you are in the UK, you may see episode 1 and episode 2 on the BBC iPlayer. He took TransMékong's Nguyệt Ánh as his personal guide into the markets and into the Mekong delta's specialities.

[picture] Rick Stein eating phở on board the Bassac during the filming of his Far Eastern Odyssey

Several dishes presented in his book, Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey, he discovered on board the Bassac II, where he himself cooked a phở for the TV series. Among the delicacies he wrote about is the shrimp cooked with mango, Ánh's own creation that makes the reputation of our restaurant Sao Hôm in Cần Thơ.

[picture] Denham's TV made breathtaking images of the Bassac

Rick Stein's series are one of the very top cuisine programs in Europe, and we are very proud he chose us among all for his introduction to Vietnamese cuisine.

The film was made at Tết 2008, when Rick and his 7-strong Denham production team boarded the Bassac II towards Vietnam. Episode 1, in Cambodia, ends with the Bassac as a hint of what is coming next, whereas episode 2, in Vietnam, gets into the heart of the Mekong delta on board, with cooking sessions, market visits and the exploration of fisheries.

Who we are [up]

[picture] Thanh, our French-speaking cruise director, and the shipowners on board a Bassac on a Mekong cruise

TransMékong is a family company established in 2003 in Cần Thơ, in the heart of the Mekong delta, by a franco-vietnamese couple. We both had a few years' prior experience managing projects and SMEs and the urge to escape from it all.

Our team is locally recruited and trained, and we learn from the newcomers as much as from the experience we build together. We foster personal development in a happy team, and many on board took part themselves in the construction of the boats.

We are independant and work very well with all the best receptives and agencies in Vietnam.

We originally bought the hull of an existing rice barge, stripped it bare and built Bassac I, with which we learned much about what building and running a cruise boat entails. Since then we designed ourselves and built Bassac II and III and the Mystic sampans according to the same tradition.

The Bassac pioneered cruises in comfort in the Mekong delta, and we strive to deserve remaining the reference in the region.

Thalassa, France's most renowned Magazine of the Seas, set up with us to host a program about the delta.

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[image] Interview set with Thalassa on board the Bassac. In the reflection, the stage, with Laurent Bignolas and Benoit; through the window, Ánh, Capt' Quyền and Lise Blanchet, who all act in the shade to make this happen.

We are very proud that Thalassa, the French TV Magazine of the Seas, invited us to stage to host a program about the Mekong delta in the end of 2012.

Lise Blanchet's team, with Laurent Bignolas, came on a visit late October, first on a small shipyard to talk about wooden boat building, then on the fish market of Cần Thơ, with its live fish carrying boats. We shared some of the shipowners' good humour.

Next morning, we were very early with Ánh, Laurent and Benoit on the floating market in Trà Ôn to share a soup. The boat owners live right there and smaller sampans bring all it takes for breakfast. That was an opportunity for a bowl of hủ tiếu and a good chat.

Picture credit: Linh, from Club House, the fixer in Saigon. This is the interview set with Thalassa on board the Bassac. In the reflection, the stage, with Laurent Bignolas and Benoit; through the window, Ánh, Capt' Quyền and Lise Blanchet, who all act in the shade to make this happen.

Contact us [up]

TransMékong
144 Hai Bà Trưng
P. Tân An, Q. Ninh Kiều
TP. CẦN THƠ, VIỆT NAM

Phone: +84 (0) 710 382 9540
Fax: +84 (0) 710 382 9541
e-mail: bassac@transmekong.com

Administrative address

Cty TNHH Xuyên Mékong
144 Hai Bà Trưng
P. Tân An, Q. Ninh Kiều
TP. Cần Thơ

MST / Tax code 1800503195

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  1. We guarantee departure for all bookings except for late booking. We offer a 20% late booking rebate for all bookings within 48 hours of departure, but cannot guarantee availability or departure in case the ship would not have enough passengers. Call 0710 382 9540 or get a quote