Pandaw Cruises HCMC & Siem Reap 8 days

RIVER CRUISES

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TRIP'S BEST TIME

LOW WATER: JAN - APR
HIGH WATER: MAY - DEC

CRUISES

UPSTREAM: HCMC - SIEM REAP
DOWNSTREAM: SIEM REAP - HCMC

Classic Mekong
Pandaw Cruise HCMC & Siem Reap 8 days
New and exclusive upgraded itinerary – now visiting Kratie and the Mekong dolphins. No other river cruise operators goes there!

  • Destinations: Vietnam – Cambodia
  • Trip type: RV Mekong Pandaw Cruises & RV Tonle Pandaw
  • Duration: 8 days 7 nights
  • Sightseeings: HCMC-Cai Be-Chau Doc-Tonle river-Kam Pong Cham-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap
  • Upstream: HCMC to Siem Reap
  • Downstream: Siem Reap to HCMC

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavour, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. With a full day in charming Phnom Penh we then explore remoter waterways as we progress to the great monuments of Angkor.

Upstream departure: 12-Aug-17 | 09-Sep-17 | 10-Sep-17 | 07-Oct-17 | 21-Oct-17 | 04-Nov-17 | 05-Nov-17 | 18-Nov-17 | 19-Nov-17 | 02-Dec-17 | 16-Dec-17 | 17-Dec-17 | 30-Dec-17 | 31-Dec-17 | 13-Jan-18 | 14-Jan-18 | 27-Jan-18 | 28-Jan-18 | 10-Feb-18 | 11-Feb-18 | 24-Feb-18 | 25-Feb-18 | 10-Mar-18 | 11-Mar-18 | 24-Mar-18 | 25-Mar-18
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Downstream departure: 05-Aug-17: 02-Sep-17 | 03-Sep-17 | 30-Sep-17 | 14-Oct-17 | 28-Oct-17 | 29-Oct-17 | 11-Nov-17 | 12-Nov-17 | 25-Nov-17 | 26-Nov-17 | 09-Dec-17 | 23-Dec-17 | 24-Dec-17 | 06-Jan-18 | 07-Jan-18 | 20-Jan-18 | 03-Feb-18 | 17-Feb-18 | 03-Mar-18 | 04-Mar-18 | 17-Mar-18 | 18-Mar-18

2,015 USD per person

Based on Twin cabin
Request your date for 10% discount
Singles Welcome ! No Single Supplements on selected date

2,215 USD per person

Based on Twin cabin
Request your date for 10% discount
Singles Welcome ! No Single Supplements on selected date

Day 1: My Tho Embarkation | Meal: L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Morning transfer to the port, embarking the RV Mekong Pandaw in time for welcome drinks, a briefing and lunch. Sail across the vast Mekong Delta. Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

Please note: Between mid of February and end of March we are expecting low water levels. Alternate itinerary and excursions will apply should we not be able to reach Kratie and the river dolphins.

Registration Details
Please arrive at meeting point no later than 10.00am. Transfer will depart 10.30am.

INTERCONTINENTAL ASIANA SAIGON HOTEL
Registration is at 10.00am
THE LIBRARY Bar, ground floor next to the hotel’s reception,
39 Le Duan, Ben Nghe,
Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam
Tel: (+84) 8 3520 9999

Day 2: Sadec | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

In the morning we will visit Cai Be floating market along canals and backwaters and then continue to Sa Dec via Vinh Long Province. Sa Dec has an interesting local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the ‘lover’ of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine.

Day 3: Chau Doc | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore teh local market or the Catholic Church. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.

Day 4: Phnom Penh | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Whilst in Phnom Penh you will be provided with their own private cyclo. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre.

Day 5: Tonle river | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.

Day 6: Kratie | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Morning walk at Angkor Ban and after an all day sail through delightful Cambodian countryside we reach charming French colonial town of Kratie in the evening. No other river ships get this high but thanks to the Mekong Pandaw’s shallow draft we can attempt it.

Day 7: The Dolphin Grounds | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

From Kratie we go further upstream using a local bus to view the dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. In the afternoon on our return downstream we stop at a curious shrine known as the Monkey Temple on the way to moor overnight near Kampong Cham.

Day 8: Disembarkation - Siem Reap | Meal: B

Early morning coach transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid-afternoon ( approx. 13.30pm).

Day 1: Siem Reap Embarkation | Meal: L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Morning transfer to your Pandaw moored at Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Once on board we will set sail upstream to moor overnight at Cchlong. Your guide or purser will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

PLEASE NOTE: We may experience low water levels between January and April. If we are unable to reach Kratie to see the river dolphins a revised itinerary will be offered with an exciting variety of excursions.

REGISTRATION DETAILS
Please arrive at meeting point no later than 11.00 AM. Transfer will depart 11.30  AM

VICTORIA ANGKOR RESORT & SPA
Registration is at 11.00am
Central Park,
Siem Reap Town, Kingdom of Cambodia.
Tel: +855 63 760 428

Day 2: Kratie & The Dolphin Grounds | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Sail through the morning to reach Kratie, a charming French colonial river port, and after lunch visit the dolphin grounds travelling further upstream by local bus.

Day 3: Prek Kdam | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Sailing down river we stop at the very curious Monkey Temple, Wat Hanchey and Angkor Ban.

Day 4: Phnom Penh | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Whilst in Phnom Penh you will be provided with their own private cyclo. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre.

Day 5: Tonle river | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.

Day 6: Vietnam Border | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Sail for the border and formalities and then continue to Tan Chau for the evening. Please note border crossing will take place on Day 5 during low water (for visa purposes).

Day 7: Chau Doc | Meal: B - L - D | Overnight: Pandaw Cruise

Morning either visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore the local market and the Catholic Church. Afternoon excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long to see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the ‘lover’ of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine. We continue along canals and backwaters to Cai Be for the floating market and overnight.

Day 8: My Tho Disembarkation - HCMC | Meal: B

Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Saigon. Arrive late morning at around 10.30am.

RV MEKONG PANDAW

Built in Rangoon in 2002 she was sailed round to Saigon under her own power and many a drama described in Paul Strachan’s Pandaw Story. This ship was designed specially for the Mekong and unlike our other P class ships does not have a flying bridge. The reason was so she could get under a road bridge. She did actually scrape under on her maiden but it was so scary that Paul Strachan, then standing on the bridge, never dared attempt it again. As a result, we ended up with this incredible 750 square meter teak deck that even has a full size billiard table.

The MP as she is affectionately known is our most spacious ship with wider promenades, a larger dining hall and more public space per passenger than any known ship afloat. Seriously!

In 2012 she was refitted and lower deck cabins removed in favour of a professional spa, gym, library lounge and office. She is quite justifiably the most splendid ship on the Mekong and the envy of anything that floats by. The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

  • Build 2003 in Yangon, refit 2013
  • Length: 200ft / 60m
  • Beam: 36ft / 11m
  • Draft: 4ft / 1.5m
  • Berths: 48 pax

ACCOMMODATION

  • 18 upper deck, 6 main deck staterooms
  • 170 square feet, finished in teak and brass
  • Panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space
  • New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings
  • Kimonos and slippers
  • Spa-branded amenities
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Electric mini safe
  • Central AC with individual control
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
  • Premium mattresses
  • Convertible bed configuration
  • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
  • Mirror
  • Multi-configuration plugs
  • Generous closet space and under-bed storage
  • Hair dryer
  • Daily nightly turndown service
  • 24h laundry service
  • Complimentary evening canapés

WINING & DINING

  • Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team
  • Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners
  • Daily lean & light menu options
  • Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices
  • Extensive wine list with premium wines
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Farewell reception
  • Theme- and gala dinners
  • Spacious, air-conditioned saloon bar with nightly entertainment
  • Sundeck bar with complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset
  • Pool table on sundeck
  • 24 hrs hospitality bar
  • Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls

SAFETY & SECURITY

  • All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards (VIRES)
  • Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
  • Fire fighting system in all ship areas
  • Expert marine superintendant
  • 24 hrs watch on duty
  • Certified hygiene standards for all areas (Johnson & Diversey)
  • Entrance fees
  • Port tax if any
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
  • Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

``Now back in the midst of a Sydney winter, I'm reminiscing fondly about my cruising days, and planning my next Pandaw itinerary. This time though, I won't get away without my husband, now that he's seen the photos and heard the stories!``

Lex Lees | Australia | Oct 2016

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