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The Bassac (I, II, III)

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The Bassac offer short-to-medium-range discovery cruises in charming, authentic river cabin cruisers.

All three Bassac are built of wood according to the tradition of the rice barges of the Mekong delta, with amendments where safety standards require.

Bassac I actually once was a rice barge, which we bought and overhauled into the cozy cabin cruiser it is today, and although Bassac II and III are entirely new hull designs, more adapted to their present purpose, they were built with the same craftsmanship and according to the same tradition.
 

Cabins

The cabins feature soundproofed partitions and double glazing to protect the passengers' sleep from the noises of the river. These partitions are also heat insulated and meant to slow fire in case of an emergency. The access to outside is immediate.
We have air-conditioning in all the cabins, with split systems to allow for a quiet night --indeed the boat's equipment themselves are quiet even though some must run all night long.
 

Utilities and services on board.

The Bassac all offer 24-hour power and air-conditioning in cabins fitted with fire detection and fire fighting. A bathroom en suite with every cabin offers hot and cold water all the time.

The galley is suitable to serve refined meals and uphold the best sanitary standards, even for groups of up to twice the bedding capacity of the ship.
 

Layout principles

The passengers can enjoy privacy on board, as the layout allows the crew to be discreet and offers several living areas so that different groups may make the journey their own.

Wide access to outside while still retaining the capability to serve even in bad weather guarantee a good experience of the Mekong delta.

Their layout and structure make the Bassac quiet enough to allow the passengers to sleep while the ship is under way.
 

Safety

Safety comes first in the design and operation of the ships. Floatation devices are available for all on board and more, redundant alarm and fire detection as well as redundant fire fighting means are present on all the Bassac.

The handrails all around the ship are sturdy and a mesh of rope prevents any kids from falling.
Upon boarding, the passengers are informed of the areas that are open or off-limits to them, and instructed about emergency situations, how to give the alarm and where to meet.
 

Bassac I

The original Bassac, built in the hull of a rice transporting barge, is a cozy ship sized right for a family excursion or a group of friends, who will love to appropriate it for the duration of their journey.
Bassac I is a green ship. It treats its waste water and recycles the waste heat from the engine. It is qualified as a first-class river vessel VR-SI.

Maximum 12 passengers
  • 4 Twin, with private access and en suite bathroom 2 Double, slightly smaller, with private access and en suite bathroom
  • 24m long, all wood, two passenger decks
  • Dining room and bar on the main deck
  • Sundeck at the front upper deck
  • Dining area at the rear upper deck
 

Bassac II

The Bassac II was designed in-house to meet the demands of river discovery cruises. It harbors redundant propulsion and power generator; river water and waste water treatment, and a professional galley. The Bassac II is registered to navigate into Cambodia.
With a large covered upper deck, a lounge and wide gangways, it is comfortable and can host a meal for the passengers of two ships. Access on board is broad and steady, and elderly or partly disabled passengers are safe.

Maximum 24 passengers
  • 6 Twin, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
  • 2 Double, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
  • 2 Double, upper deck, with en suite bathroom
  • 2 marine cabins: half again as largeas other cabins, on the marine deck, with a double bed and en suite bathroom
  • 32m long, all wood, three passenger decks
  • Dining room and bar on the main deck
  • Lounge cum dining room on the upper deck
  • Shaded dining area on the rear upper deck
  • Sundeck on the front upper deck
 

Bassac III

The Bassac III was designed in-house and built very similar to the Bassac II, with its lot of small improvements, of which a bar in the rear upper deck.
With a large covered upper deck, a panoramic lounge and wide gangways, it is comfortable and can host a meal for the passengers of two ships. Access on board is broad and steady, and elderly or partly disabled passengers are safe.

Maximum 24 passengers
  • 6 Twin, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
  • 2 Double, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
  • 4 Double, upper deck, with en suite bathroom
  • 32.6m long, all wood, two passenger decks
  • Dining room and bar on the main deck
  • Lounge cum dining room on the upper deck 
  • Bar on the upper deck
  • Shaded dining area on the rear upper deck
  • Sundeck on the front upper deck

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