Day Cruises

From a simple meal on the way to a destination near Cần Thơ
To a full day of discovery deeper into the delta's countryside

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Daily departure times [up]

Daily departures on our overnight Bassac cruises

For imminent departures, we offer a 20% late booking rebate.1 Call 0292 382 9540 or enquire.

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[image] Welcome on board your sampan

Day cruises

Our day cruise services range from breakfast to the floating market to a discovery of a Khmer sanctuary with lunch on board, to sunset cruises, grand days out to the green area, or even dinner on board.

Our large sampans accommodate 24 passengers, seated at the carré or at their tables with service at the table, or with a buffet for larger groups. They can host breakfasts as well as lunches and dinners. They are able to run the medium-range cruise through the maze of canals and tributaries of the Mekong, and can navigate by night in comfort. They are built so as to allow you a level access to the action at the floating market, and offer the perfect platform to carry a party of cyclists out to the green.

We offer 20% rebate for every booking within 48 hours of the beginning of the services.

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Time table

We offer fixed departures every day, which you may join, other departures meant for small parties, and the possibility to charter a boat to go wherever you want.

Morning10:30 11:30 Noon15:00 16:00 Sunset18:00 19:00 Evening
Sunset cruise (join-in)
Dinner cruise (join-in)
Lunch cruise to a Khmer pagoda with a cycling extension

See the details and conditions.

We also offer many possible extensions to our day cruises and overnight cruises: cycling, kayaking and cooking classes.

Programs

For imminent departures, we offer you a 20% late booking rebate.1 Call 0292 382 9540 or enquire.

Breakfast cruise to Cái Răng floating market

[image] breakfast on a Mystic sampan

Departure: 07:00 AM at the Cần Thơ market hall - Duration: 3 hours

Board a Mystic sampan at the Cần Thơ old market and take a breakfast of Vietnamese and Western dishes while watching the scenery of daily local life on the banks. After the breakfast the Mystic sampan cruises right into the Cái Răng floating market, in between the traders' boats. Leaving the floating market, the sampan takes you to a visit on shore before returning to Cần Thơ.

The excursion includes Extras & Options
breakfast on board a Mystic sampan local English-speaking guide on board
selection of drinks on board
visit of Cái Răng floating market
visit on shore
Possible extensions
cycling excursion in Ba Láng
kayaking

Breakfast cruise to Phong Điền floating market

[image] Mystic breakfast cruise to Phong Điền floating market

Departure: 07:00 AM near Phong Điền - duration: 3 hours

Board a Mystic sampan near Phong Điền. Take a breakfast of Vietnamese as well as Western dishes as the sampan reaches Phong Điền floating market. Here, few larger collector's boats and fewer propellers, most of the trade skiffs are rowed. The sampan resumes the cruise and takes you to a visit on shore, then enters the larger Cái Răng floating market against the current for a glimpse of wholesale trade taking place: here sellers dispatch fruit and vegetable produce to be sold on smaller markets, afloat or on shore.

The excursion includes Extras & Options
breakfast on board a Mystic sampan Road transfer to the boarding point
selection of drinks on board local English-speaking guide
visit to Phong Điền floating market
visit of Cái Răng floating market
visit to shore on the way
Possible extensions
local cycling tour

Breakfast cruise to a Khmer pagoda

[image] The entrance to the pagoda, hidden in the green

Departure: 07:00 AM from the Cần Thơ market hall - Duration: 3.5 hours

A Mystic sampan takes you on a breakfast cruise all the way to a Khmer pagoda hidden in the countryside on the other side of the Mekong. An opportunity to visit a small local market, then for a promenade to the Phù Ly Khmer sanctuary with its theravada pagoda and large lying Buddha before turning back.

The excursion includes Extras & Options
breakfast cruise on a Mystic sampan
local English-speaking guide
visit to a Khmer sanctuary
visit on shore on the way
Possible extensions
cycling excursion

Lunch cruise to a Khmer pagoda

[image] Lunch on board

Departure: 11:30 AM at the Cần Thơ market hall - Duration: 3 hours

An appealing alternative to having lunch on shore: the Mystic sampan takes you to lunch on the way to a Khmer pagoda hidden in the countryside on the other side of the Mekong. The menu is typically Vietnamese, but given advance notice we can prepare the menu of your choice.

Ideal if you are about to get away from Cần Thơ, as you can rendez-vous with your vehicle and shorten your road.

The excursion includes Extras & Options
cruise on a Mystic sampan a selection of drinks
Vietnamese meal your own choice of dishes
local English-speaking guide
visit to a Khmer sanctuary
Possible extensions
cycling excursion

Sunset cruise on a sampan

[image] Sunset snack

Departure 16:00 at the Cần Thơ market hall - Duration: 2 hours

Take a snack and a drink while cruising on a Mystic sampan about the river through the photographer's golden hour. A stop in a shaded arroyo for a stroll gives you a unique opportunity to come near the rural life of the Cần Thơ area. You can choose your drink in a selection of home drinks: punch and juices. Additional drinks, wine, soda and beer are also available at a premium. Water is available at your discretion.

The services include Extras & Options
cruise on a Mystic sampan additional drinks, wine, soda and beer
snacks local English-speaking guide on board
one drink, water
Possible extensions
local cycling tour before departure
further your excursion with a dinner on board

Dinner cruise on a sampan

[image] Dinner on board with extras

Departure: 19:00 at the Cần Thơ market hall - Duration: 2.5 hours

The Mystic sampan welcomes you for dinner on a round trip to outside the city of Cần Thơ. It takes you around an island to see the night lights of the Cần Thơ bridge then to skirt the city by night. Dinner is prepared at the premises of the Sao Hôm restaurant, just at the boarding point, and makes the best of the professional kitchen and bakery. The menu is typically Vietnamese, but given advance notice we can prepare the menu of your choice.

The excursion includes Extras & Options
cruise on a Mystic sampan selection of drinks
Vietnamese dinner set menu your own choice of dishes
Cần Thơ and the bridge by night local English-speaking guide
Possible extensions
aperitive on board before dinner
cycling excursion before departure

Day out - Gold and Green

[image] Golden pagoda

Departure: 07:00 AM, at the Cần Thơ market hall - End: 17:00

Board a Mystic sampan with a full breakfast to start a cruise across the wide Mekong and slither into a green river; stop at a local market for a stroll, then further on at a Khmer sanctuary with its guarded surrounding walls, its golden pagoda and a large lying Buddha. Downstream, leave the sampan and start riding a bicycle through the countryside on the way to a small typical farm. Meet its inhabitants, give a hand in the kitchen or follow the ducks in the garden. After a good meal with the farmers and a little nap, take a stroll in the orchard. A short stroll across a ferry takes you to a rendez-vous with a car that will take you back to town.

This excursion includes Extras & Options
Mystic cruise with breakfast on board additional drinks on board
visit to Phù Ly Khmer pagoda drinks and beers are available at the local house
bicycle tour --an easy 5-15 km
visit of an orchard and some local activities
meal at a small farm and with the farmers
local English-speaking guide
road transfer back to Cần Thơ

Extensions

Golden hour cycling tour

[image] cycle at sunset

Departure: 15:00 at 9Dragons - End: 18:00 (~20km cycling)

An easy 20km tour departing from the center of Cần Thơ and taking you past a ferry and into the greener outskirts of the city, contrasting the ways of life and taking you through the photographer's golden hour. You may chance upon water buffaloes.

The excursion includes
Ferry crossing
Local English-speaking guide
Bicycle
A bottle of water
Kid seat upon request (< 20kg)

Ba Láng cycling tour

[image] Ba Láng cycling tour

Start: flexible time, at Ba Láng - Cycling distance: 6 to 14km

Cycle in Ba Láng countryside, near Cái Răng floating market. Take a ferry to reach a peaceful village. Ride along the river and take time to observe the typical Mekong delta scenery. Stop in a garden, in a rice field on the way. Cross a bridge and continue riding on the path leading back to the ferry station.

The activity includes Option
bicycle and bottle of water kid seat (< 20 kg) upon request
local English-speaking guide
ferry crossing
Possible extensions
road transfer to/from town
kayaking

Kayaking

[image] Kayaking the Mekong

Start: flexible time at Ba Láng - Duration: 2 hours - 2 to 5 participants

Explore the river in the countryside of Cần Thơ, 10km away from the city centre. Slide on the water at your rhythm and have a look at the life on the banks, or just enjoy the fun of kayaking.

This activity includes Extensions
One kayak and life jacket per participant
Local English-speaking guide
Possible extensions
Ba Láng cycling tour
Road transfer to/from town

Cooking class

[image] cooking class

Start: 09:00 AM at the Cần Thơ market hall - End: 13:00 at l'Escale - 2 to 10 participants

Meet your guide at the old Cần Thơ market hall. Choose the dishes you will cook, then go to the market for fresh ingredients. A small walk along the riverbanks takes you to l'Escale. There, after a fresh fruit cocktail, you carry out the cooking of a 3-course meal with the help of l'Escale chef, by which time you should be ravenous.

Time to sit and taste your dishes. Bon appétit!

The activity includes
3 recipes out of a possible 11
purchase at local market with a guide
recipes booklet
individual preparation
fruit cocktail

Fruit and vegetable carving

[image] vegetable carving

Start: 09:00 AM - Duration: 2 hours - 2 to 10 participants

This tuition introduces you to the art of fruit and vegetable carving. It takes place at Sao Hôm restaurant and entails a demonstration followed by a practical exercise during which you develop your skills and your creativity under the guidance of our expert.

The activity includes
Welcome fruit cocktail
Demonstration
Individual set up

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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 0292 382 9540 or get a quote