A Sampan is a 3.5 - 4.5 meter long flat-bottomed boat. It is of Chinese origin, and is used by many traditional and rural South-East Asian populations as a fishing and transport vessel. During the Vietnam War, these vessels were used as makeshift transports for troops and supplies, as American forces would often overlook Sampans navigating through the waterways, as the entirety of the Vietnamese populace used them extensively.
The Sampan is the only naval vessel available to NVA and Viet Cong forces. It can seat 5 players; 1 driver and 4 passengers. The driver can only navigate the boat and is relatively vulnerable to enemy fire. The passengers are crouched into the front and have their infantry weapons available to them. The Sampan is relatively ineffective as players rarely collaborate to use it for attacks, instead using it for transport. It is faster than tanks and has the same speed as the PBR, but is poorly armored and can be destroyed easily. However, if a player manages to avoid enemies, it can be an effective way of getting through waterways.
A common trick is to fill the passenger slots with RPDs or Type-53s. This gives the boat heavy firepower, while reducing the machine gun's kick therefore increasing accuracy.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
Sampan is the first water transport vehicle used by the player in the level Heart of Darkness, which player must board and lead the squad through the dense jungle river. At some point, the Sampan hits ground and Bravo Two must continue on foot. It can be seen later in the level Upriver, just near the first camp, under the covering canvas, though it's unusable. It is used only once in the campaign.