Cruise the Mekong delta [up]
The Mekong delta - a world of rivers
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.
Life on board
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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.
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.
With our double culture, we are happy to be able to offer Vietnamese, but also European quality meals.
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
0710 382 3908
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
0710 381 5616
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
0710 381 9139, ask for l'Escale
...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
0710 381 9139
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 dish
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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TP. Cần Thơ
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