CLASSIC MEKONG - 8 Days

CLASSIC MEKONG CRUISE

New and exclusive upgraded itinerary – Our Mekong Cruise now visits Kratie and the Mekong dolphins. No other river cruise operators go there!

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. Our Mekong Cruise passes from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavor, 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.

Please take a moment to read our detailed itinerary. Our Mekong river cruises can easily be combines with one of our local hotels should you wish.  Also it can be combined with any number of our other tours. Should you require any additional services the please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Prices Starting From $2265 Per Person*

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DAY 1 ~ MY THO

DAY 2 ~ SA DEC

DAY 3 ~ CHAU DOC

DAY 4 ~ PHNOM PENH

DAY 5 ~ TONLE RIVER

DAY 6 ~ KRATIE

DAY 7 ~ THE DOLPHIN GROUNDS

DAY 8 ~ SIEM REAP

DAY 1: MY THO

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.

Morning transfer to the port, embarking your Pandaw vessel 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.

DAY 2: SA DEC

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

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

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

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

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

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: SIEM REAP

Early morning coach transfer to Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid-afternoon.

DAY 1: SIEM REAP

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.

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.

DAY 2: KRATIE AND THE DOLPHIN GROUNDS

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: ANGKOR BAN

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

DAY 4: PHNOM PENH

Whilst in Phnom Penh you will be provided with their own private cyclo. The Cyclo Center 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

Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village Preak Kdam, 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

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

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 TO SAIGON

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.

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
  • 24hrs hospitality bar
  • Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls

ON EXCURSIONS

  • Admissions
  • Shoe cleaning after excursions
  • Bottled drinking water
  • We give away aluminium water bottles
  • Cold towel service after excursions
  • Refreshing drink following excursions
  • Full-size motor coach on all excursions
  • Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee
  • Comfortable “Pandaw Explorer” excursion boat
  • 1st aid trained assistant guide to follow all tours and excursions

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)

ONBOARD STAFF

  • Captain
  • First Officer
  • Chief Engineer
  • 1st Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Bosun & nautical crew
  • Ship manager
  • Housekeeping
  • Dining
  • Bar keeper
  • Chefs
  • Spa therapist
  • Local tour guides

PUBLIC SPACES

  • Guest relation desk
  • Largest public space to passenger ratio of any cruise ship in the world
  • Shop, supporting fair trade
  • Lecture and meeting room with over-sized flat screen TV, LSD projector and sound system
  • Art gallery featuring local art and artists
  • Library with contemporary and classic literature
  • Wireless internet in all public areas

DECK PLAN

Inclusions

  • Entrance fees
  • guide services (English language)
  • gratuities to crew
  • main meals
  • locally made soft drinks
  • local beer and local spirits
  • jugged coffee and selection of teas
  • mineral water
  • Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • laundry
  • all visa costs
  • 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.
Price From USD 2,529 USD $ 2,265/person
2265
Total $ 2,265 USD

Trip Facts

  • Vietnam: Saigon. Cambodia: Phnom Penh
  • 8 Days
  • As Per The Itinerary
  • Main or Upper Deck Options
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