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Mekong cruise with Siem Reap & Ho Chi Minh

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Mekong cruise with Siem Reap & Ho Chi Minh

From £3,599 pp

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.

What’s Included:

  • 3 nights 5* hotel in Siem Reap on b&b basis
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom on a Pandaw Mekong cruise ship
  • 2 nights in a 5* hotel on b&b basis in Ho Chi Minh
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Onboard dining
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge on your river cruise
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances whilst on your Mekong cruise
  • All shore excursions, crew gratuities, meals and selected drinks included whilst on the Mekong cruise
  • On board gratuities
Skull Pagoda at The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek - Phnom-Penh, - Cambodia
Buddhist Monks - Phnom Penh
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Day 1 - UK to Siem Reap

Depart London for Siem Reap.

Day 2 - Siem Reap

Our guide will pick you up at Siem Reap International airport or local Hotel in Siem Reap and transfer you to Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa for lunch and hotel check in.

The beautiful Victoria is inspired by the 1930’s colonial architecture. Located in the city center, in front of the “Royal Park” and completely immerged into its natural environment, the resort is few minutes away from the Old Market, 7km from the Siem Reap International Airport and 6km from the Angkor Temples.

Free time this afternoon

 

 

Day 2 - Siem Reap

Lunch

Day 3 - Angkor

Visit the famous temple of Cambodia, Angkor Wat.

It is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. Its massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level.

This temple is the centerpiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor and Pimean Akas.

Take in the romantic view at sun set from Bakheng Hill.

Day 3 - Angkor

Breakfast

Day 4 - Angkor Thom

Breakfast in hotel. With airconditioned car and guide visit South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphoun, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King and Preah Khan, NeakPean.

After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Thommanon, Chau Say Teveda, Ta Keo, Ta Promh, BanteayKdei and SrasSrang & East Meborn. In the evening experience a highlight and meet talented young performers in a breathtaking, entertaining and original Cambodian show at PharePonleuSelpak’s Circus.

Pandaw guests receive a special VIP treatment.

Day 4 - Angkor Thom

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5 - Siem Reap and transfer by road to Pandaw cruise ship

Embark your Pandaw river cruise ship at Kampong Cham following a road transfer from Siem Reap (Angkor).

The vessel will proceed upstream to moor midstream for cocktails and to meet key crew.

Day 5 - Siem Reap and transfer by road to Pandaw cruise ship

Dinner

Day 6 - Wat Hanchey

Sunrise cruise to Wat Hanchey an important centre of worship during the Chenla period located on top of a hill above the mighty Mekong River with some of the best Mekong views in Cambodia. Visit 8th century structures some destroyed by American bombings during the Vietnam War. Well noted for its bizarre Fruit and Animal statues.

We cruise back downstream to Kampong Cham where after lunch we travel by Bus to the local OBT Chiro Village where the education of local children is high on the agenda. Pre-Hospitality training courses, plastic recycling, bee keeping, farming and handicraft skill projects are set up to improve the skill set of local children.

We then travel to the Wat Nokor Bachey dating back to the Jayarvaman VII period. Built completely from Black Sandstone which makes it standout from other temples built during this period. Many legends surround this complex one being it was built by a king who accidently killed his father then married his mother as per Greek legend. This temple was built in penance fir his crime.

Day 6 - Wat Hanchey

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Silk Island

Sail down the Mekong/Tonle River convergence to visit Koh Okhna Tey, or ‘silk island’ to study the entire silk making process from worms to weavers.

There will be a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of Bokator.

Return to ship and cruise downstream towards Phnom Penh.

Evening lecture on Angkor and Khmer culture.

Day 7 - Silk Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Phnom Penh

Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvellous collection of Angkorian statuary.

Afternoon optional visit to the Killing Fields and Genocide museum or take a tuk-tuk to explore the riverfront and finish with High Tea at Raffles Hotel.

Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.

Day 8 - Phnom Penh

Breakfast.Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 - Vietnam Border

Early sailing to the Vietnam border for formalities and during this stationary period there is an optional tour of the working ship and fruit carving classes on deck.

Afternoon, explore the labyrinthine canal system around Tan Chau to visit a Taoist temple where the monks will read fortunes. Continue through local villages by Xi Loi stopping off to help locals tend their fields before stopping off to visit a fish farm and earn merit by releasing fish back into the Mekong.

Day 9 - Vietnam Border

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Con Phuoc Island

In the morning sail up a small canal to moor off Con Phuoc Island and go ashore to explore the island by tuk-tuk seeing basket production and visiting a 100-year old Catholic Church and local woodworking artisans.

After a short cruise downstream in the afternoon we take a short coach trip where we visit Gao Giong ‘green oasis’ with its bird sanctuary.

Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets that gather in the tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’.

Rowing boats traverse the canals to take us to see the principal nesting areas.

Day 10 - Con Phuoc Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Ben Tre

After breakfast the ship moors off Cho Lach island for pot making and further glimpses of Delta life, agriculture and local Viet hospitality including a culinary lesson in making traditional Banh Xeo.

Upon return to the boat we take a cruise downstream to Ben Tre. Where we travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo groves to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre.

In these local artisans are at work and are invite visitors into their homes for tea, fruit and honey products made from their own honey.

This is an area rich in bird life and on our return journey we travel by horse cart through the lush countryside.

Day 11 - Ben Tre

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - My Tho to Ho Chi Minh City

Moor at My Tho for road transfer to Saigon hotel. Free time in Ho Chi Minh City.

Stay at 5* Saigon Intercontiental Asiana.

This hotel boasts 305 elegantly appointed rooms, bespoke treatments at Spa InterContinental and three international restaurants. This 5-star luxury Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the city centre, just a short stroll to famous landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Opera House. The Tan Son Nhat International Airport is 7 km away.

Day 12 - My Tho to Ho Chi Minh City

Breakfast

Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh

In the morning, drive to the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels, about 65 Km (1.5 hours drive) from Sai Gon. The complicated system of underground network was built by the Viet Cong guerillas. En route, you have chance to see rural people live and work.

View occupations such as cashew nut farming, duck breeding, rice farming and production of rice paper, a key ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine.

Around 11.30am return to Sai Gon for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Reunification Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, General Post Office, Former US Embassy, City Hall and War Museum of Remnants.

End the day with shopping at Ben Thanh market.

Day 13 - Ho Chi Minh

Breakfast

Day 14 - Ho Chi Minh City

Free time until departure back to London

Breakfast

Day 15 - Arrive UK

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.

RV Mekong Pandaw

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 18 Upper Deck & 6 Main deck staterooms 170ft²in size and finished in Teak and Brass
  • Wireless internet in all public areas
  • Shop, supporting fair trade products
  • Lecture & Meeting rooms
  • Art Gallery
  • Library with contemporary and classic literature
  • 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 local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Complimentary evening canapés
  • 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
  • 24hr hospitality Bar

Accommodation & Amenities

The 18 Upper deck and 6 main deck staterooms, air-conditioning 170 square feet, finished in teak and brass with panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space. New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings, Kimonos and slippers and Spa-branded amenities. Unlimited mineral water in your cabin

Upper Deck

170 ft² – Upper Deck

  • 170ft Stateroom
  • Panoramic French windows with personal deck space
  • Central AC with individual control
  • New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings
  • Kimonos and slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Gowns and slippers
  • Electric mini Safe
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, Premium mattresses,Convertible bed configuration
  • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
  • Hair Dryer
RV Mekong Pandaw - Cabin Windows
RV Mekong Pandaw - Twin Cabin and Bathroom

Main Deck

170 ft² – Main Deck

  • 170ft Stateroom
  • Panoramic French windows with personal deck space
  • Central AC with individual control
  • New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings
  • Kimonos and slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Gowns and slippers
  • Electric mini Safe
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, Premium mattresses,Convertible bed configuration
  • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
  • Hair Dryer
RV Mekong Pandaw - Deck Plan

Modeled on Pandaw II and originally called Pandaw III, the Tonle saw a year’s service in Burma in 2002/3 before being sent under tug-tow to the Mekong where she has done continuous service between Saigon and Kampong Cham ever since.

With her gorgeous upper deck saloon, observation decks and formal dining room this ship is an old favourite and has a rich ambience. In 2013 she was fully refitted and the number of cabins reduced to just twenty-eight in order to create a professional spa and library on the lower deck.

She is not a small ship but despite her size she has a shallow draft and can usually get up river into low water areas when other vessels are stuck well below.

The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

RV Tonle Pandaw

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 18 Upper Deck & 10 Main deck staterooms 170ft²in size and finished in Teak and Brass
  • Wireless internet in all public areas
  • Shop, supporting fair trade products
  • Lecture & Meeting rooms
  • Art Gallery
  • Library with contemporary and classic literature
  • 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 local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • 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 hr hospitality Bar

Accommodation & Amenities

The 18 Upper deck and 10 main deck staterooms, air-conditioning 170 square feet, finished in teak and brass with panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space. New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings, Kimonos and slippers and Spa-branded amenities. Unlimited mineral water in your cabin

Upper Deck

170 ft² – Upper Deck

  • 170ft Stateroom
  • French Balcony with personal deck space
  • Central AC with individual control
  • New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings
  • Kimonos and slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Gowns and slippers
  • Electric mini Safe
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, Premium mattresses,Convertible bed configuration
  • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
  • Hair Dryer
RV Tonle Pandaw - Twin Cabin
RV Tonle Pandaw - Cabin Window

Main Deck

170 ft² – Main Deck

  • 170ft Stateroom
  • French Balcony with personal deck space
  • Central AC with individual control
  • New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings
  • Kimonos and slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Gowns and slippers
  • Electric mini Safe
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows, Premium mattresses,Convertible bed configuration
  • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
  • Hair Dryer
RV Tonle Pandaw - Deck Plan

Dates throughout Jan-April 2020 are available, please call for details.

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Feb 26Mekong PandawSiem Reap£3599Cabin Upgrades
Main DeckTwin/Double170 ft², French Windows£3599  
Upper DeckTwin/Double170 ft², French Windows£4099  
Main DeckSingle170 ft², French Windows£4199  
Upper DeckSingle170 ft², French Windows£4769  

Cruise & Stay Price Includes: International flights from the UK, entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes. Transfers between the airport and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.

Cruise Price Excludes:  port fees ($65 will be added to your invoice), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.


Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

Why Choose This Cruise?

The Pandaw experience is all about exploring remote and often hard to navigate rivers and coasts in specially designed luxury small ships. each ship, hand crafted in brass and teak, is an object of beauty in itself. A Pandaw adventure is very different from that offered on an ocean cruise. The ships are small in scale, and the atmosphere is informal and very friendly. Make you trip a memorable one and talk to us about the add on available to your cruise, we can book your flights, transfers, hotels and pre and post cruise stays with included excursions for you. 0800 471 4754

Pre and post cruise extensions

Stay longer and see more that Vietnam & Cambodia has to offer. 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City (Saignon), stay at the luxury 5* Intercontinental Asiana.  Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels built by the Viet Cong, before spending the afternoon evening exploring the city. 5 Nights in Hue and Hoi An for a 2 night stay before you stay in Ho Chi Minh City for 3 nights 2 nights, to explore Angkor, visit the famous Angkor Wat temple, Angkor Thom whilst staying in luxury at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa or Jaya House Riverpark. Please call us on 0800 471 4754 for further information, these pre and post stays are flexible and can be arranged to suit your requirements.

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