Experience the beauty and grandeur of the Mekong on a leisurely cruise through Vietnam into Cambodia. Sail sampans into floating markets and villages, and top and tail your tour with hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh and near the ancient city of Angkor Thom.
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart on your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
On arrival transfer to the locally rated 5-star Hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh CIty
Start your holiday with a tour of Vietnam’s largest city – formerly known as Saigon. See key sights such as the elegant French-colonial buildings, traditional temples and pagodas, the fallen 1960s Reunification Palace, and a museum of your choice. Lunch and dine wherever you please.
Day 4 - Ho Chi Minh City
Spend this morning at leisure. After lunch set off on a scenic drive to the port of My Tho to embark the RV Mekong Pandaw for your seven-night cruise.
Day 5 - Ben Tre - Banh Xeo
Embark on a ride by Sampan, travelling through mangroves and bamboo groves to the province of Ben Tre, known for its fruit orchards. Look forward to meeting local artisans and honey producers from the area before continuing to Cho Lach Island, concluding your day with a cookery lesson, making ‘Banh Xeo’ – a popular local pancake-style dish.
Day 6 - Gao Giong and Con Phuoc Island
Discover the canal system of Tan Chau together with local villages as you explore by Xi Loi. Perhaps treat yourself to an optional tour of the ship and a fruit carving class.
Day 7 - Tan Chau
Discover the canal system of Tan Chau together with local villages as you explore by Xi Loi. Perhaps treat yourself to an optional tour of the ship and a fruit carving class
Day 8 - Phnom Penh
This morning enjoy a city tour by bicycle carriage, or ‘cyclo’, visiting the Royal Palace complex, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. This afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion and learn about the consequences of the Khmer Rouge’s brutal regime under Pol Pot on a visit to the Choeung Ek killing fields. Conclude your day with High Tea at the famous Raffles Hotel.
Day 9 - Tonle Sap Cruise
Cruise up the narrow, winding Tonle Sap river for glimpses of rural village life, visiting the silk island of Koh Okhna Tey before cruising back along the river.
Day 10 - Koh Trong - Kratie
Explore the sandbar island of Koh Trong by bicycle or Ox Cart, with its charming scenery, temples and distant floating village. Afterwards, continue to Kratie, where you can watch for Irrawaddy Dolphins, now under threat with only around 92 individuals left in existence.
Day 11- Kampong Cham - Siem Reap
Disembark the ship and transfer to the 4* Royal Ankor Resort for a three night stay near the ancient city of Angkor Thom.
Day 12 - Siem Reap
Visit Angkor Thom and see the 12th century Bayon Temple and the exquisite Angkor Wat.
Day 13 - Siem Reap
Day at leisure, optional excursion to Angkor Silk farm.
Day 14 - Siem Reap - UK
Depart Siem Reap for your return overnight flight.
Day 15 - UK
Arrive back in the UK for your included door to door transfer service.
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.
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
This tour is necessarily flexible because of changing water levels on the Mekong. A certain level of mobility is required as excursions from the ship are via sampan. Tourist visas for Cambodia will be organised on board ship, the cost is covered by Saga.