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#1 2010-12-04 06:17:56

Benoit
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Programs and annual holiday for Tet.

Tet this year falls on February 3rd. Like every year, after two weeks of flower market, the lunar new year festival will start a marked slowdown in social activity for a few days.

The floating markets will be poor and little visited if at all for the few days following Tềt. We thus offer to amend the programs and add a presentation of the traditional dance of the licorns: the house spirit, ông Táo goes back to the sky to submit his yearly report on the activities of the family, and upon his return, leads the dragons who come and bring happiness to the household.

The office will also be closed from the 2nd to the 7th of February (from 30 tết to mùng 5 tết)

Bassac Tết programs for 2011

Program Cái Bè - Cần Thơ
Departing from the 2nd to the 7th of February 2011

Cái Bè, on day 1 at noon
• Boarding at Cai Be at noon. Welcome drink, Introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins.
• Departure towards Cho Lach on the Tien Giang river.
• Lunch while on route. Rest on the deck.
• The Bassac slips into the Chợ Lách canal, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the river traffic, between markets and churches, a unique opportunity for a glimpse of the very varied life on the banks as well as on the water.
• Visit of a village on the banks of river Mang Thit, an opportunity to appreciate the way of life and hospitality of the local inhabitants. Visit of the orchard or rice fields nearby.
• Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck enjoying the sunset. The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river.
• The Bassac sets anchor just downstream from the little Tra On floating market, for the night.

Day 2
• You may get up for breakfast as early as 06:30, as the ship is resuming its cruise the Tra On floating market. The ship then departs towards Can Tho.
• Arrival in Cai Rang floating market, check out and transfer onto a local boat to visit the nearby arroyos and gardens and return to the Ninh Kieu pier to enjoy the dragon dance performance.

End of services by mid-morning on shore at Cần Thơ. Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit, typically by 8:30.

Program Cần Thơ - Cái Bè
Departing from the 2nd to the 7th of February 2011

Cần Thơ, on day 1 at noon
• Boarding at Can Tho at Ninh Kieu pier. Welcome drink, introduction to the ship and crew, check into the cabins. Departure downstream of the Hau river. Lunch on board while en route.
• Tour near Tra On floating market.
• Turning into Nicolai canal, towards the Mang Thit and Co Chien rivers. Rest on the upper deck in a scenery of rice fields, sugar cane, woods on the near banks.
• By mid-afternoon, the Bassac casts anchor for a visit on shore: past the first tree line, quiet discovery of the peaceful life in the delta's countryside, of rice fields, fruit trees and the welcoming inhabitants.
• Boarding back, complimentary drink as a welcome back on board. Rest on the deck or around the bar enjoying the sunset.
• The crew will serve dinner while the Bassac is cruising Mang Thit river towards her anchorage point for the night.
• The Bassac sets anchor for the night on river Mang Thit.

Day 2
• 06:30 Departure towards Cai Be. The passengers take their breakfast while enjoying the scenery on the banks.
• The Bassac crosses Co Chien river then branches into Cho Lach canal for 30 minutes through the traffic of sand and rice barges, in a scenery of fruit drying facilities and wooden ship building yards.
• Arrival in Cai Be, check-out and boarding of a local boat to visit an ancient house where local people do Banh Tét the traditional Lunar new year cake, then transfer to the disembarkation place to enjoy the dragon dance performance.

End of services by mid-morning on shore at Cái Bè. Please note you will leave the Bassac for good upon boarding the small boat for the last visit, typically by 8:30.

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