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THE ORIGINAL AND BEST CRUISE ON THE MEKONG

CLASSIC MEKONG
7 NIGHTS FROM US$2,596.50 - MEMBERS FROM US$2,308
SAVE UP TO 10% AND NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECTED DATES

New and exclusive upgraded itinerary - now visiting 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. 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.

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PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Saigon & Surroundings (InterContinental Asiana)

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Vietnam's Heritage Road, Hue - Hoi An - Saigon 5 nights Pre Tour

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Exploring Angkor (Victoria Resort)

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Exploring Angkor (Jaya House Riverpark)

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OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADDONS

Private Dining

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Language Guides (Cruise portion only)

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Pre-Bookable House Wine Package

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Free Flow Drinks

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Free Flow Drinks & Wine Package

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ITINERARY

Upstream      Downstream

DAY 1 SAIGON TO MY THO

Transfer from the meeting point in Saigon to My Tho Port. After boarding your Pandaw we sail downstream to Ben Tre and anchor midstream. In the afternoon, there is a lecture on Vietnamese life on the Mekong Delta. During cocktail hour passengers are entertained by an indigenous dance group and meet your key crew.

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DAY 2 BEN TRE

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. After lunch, 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.

DAY 3 CON PHUOC ISLAND

After breakfast, there is a short coach journey to the Gao Giong ‘green oasis’ with its bird sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water 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. After returning to the boat we cruise upstream to Con Phuoc Island. We Moor in a small canal off Con Phuoc Island and go ashore to explore the island by Xi Loi seeing basket production and visiting a 100-year old Catholic Church as well as local woodworking artisans.

DAY 4 CAMBODIA BORDER

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. Border crossing formalities take up much of the afternoon and during this stationary period there is an optional tour of the working ship and fruit carving classes on deck.

DAY 5 PHNOM PENH

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

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DAY 6 SILK ISLAND

Sail up the Tonle River to board our expedition vessel, the Pandaw Explorer, 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 return down the Tonle River to turn up the Mekong at the confluence. Evening lecture on Angkor and Khmer culture.

DAY 7 KRATIE AND THE DOLPHIN GROUNDS

Morning visit to Koh Trong Island a small Mekong River hamlet which can be explored by bicycle or ox cart with a real immersion into Khmer rural life visiting local schools and English classes then visiting a reforestation site where you can leave your mark by planting your own tree. Passengers should feel free to donate items for use in the schools such as books & pens etc. After lunch, moor off Kratie and continue to the dolphin grounds by local boat where we will observe the elusive Irrawaddy Dolphins.

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DAY 8 SIEM REAP

Sail downstream to moor at Kampong Cham for disembarkation and road transfer to Siem Reap.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes. Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), 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.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 SAIGON TO MY THO

Transfer from the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel in Saigon to the port of My Tho by coach to embark cruise.

Registration Details
INTERCONTINENTAL ASIANA SAIGON HOTEL
Registration is at 10.00
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
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Morning transfer from the Inter Continental Asiana Saigon Hotel to the port of My Tho by coach to embark on the Pandaw vessel.

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

Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

DAY 8 SIEM REAP

Early morning coach transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap, arriving mid-afternoon (approx. 13.30).

Transfer by coach from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap takes approx 5 hours.

VISA INFORMATION

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TESTIMONIALS

We spent an amazing week on the Mekong Pandaw. The crew were all amazing, well trained, polite, helpful, efficient - posted by Julie Evans

The cruise had just the right amount of excursions with enough time to meet fellow travellers and relax. It exceeded our expectations - posted by Brian Costello and Fiona Jackson

All I can do is rave! This was possibly the best holiday we’ve ever had as a family - posted by Sophie Ray

The 7 day Mekong cruise on the Pandaw was the highlight of our 3 week trip - posted by Linda Lee

We will take another river cruise on Pandaw! - posted by Joan Stockbridge

We can’t speak too highly of the entire experience - posted by Anne and George McKay

The whole cruise was excellent and beyond my expectations - posted by Ron Chisholm

The experience was beyond all our expectations and dreams - posted by Chris and John Speight

Such an enjoyable experience for us with the usual friendly, professional, conscientious thoughtful attention to the needs of guests - posted by Margaret Sewell and Wendy Purba

We particularly liked that Pandaw shares the tourism wealth with these small communities - posted by Margaret Kay and Michael Smart

Just wanted to let you know that once again I had an excellent cruise with Pandaw - posted by Diana Welsby

The service we received was far and above what we expected - posted by Bill and Jean Adam

Any suggestions for improvement? Not really. Why go with Pandaw twice? Why not go three times? - posted by Malcolm and Cath Lister

With Pandaw you not only get what you pay for but you get memories like never before - posted by Mr Rodney and Valerie Nash

What a wonderful experience! From start to finish this was a first-class trip in every way - posted by Susan Donaldson and David Perry

I can only say that it was a fantastic, informative, memorable and enjoyable adventure - posted by Susan and David Burgess

We had the most amazing time and have returned with lovely memories that we will cherish forever - posted by Barry and April Palmer

What is there to say, except that it was probably our best trip for many years! - posted by Pierre and Patricia Laederich

The ship was first class and all your crew were a credit to you - posted by Valerie John

Thanks to all the crew for making our cruise truly memorable. It has now left us with a problem. Which Pandaw cruise shall we go on next? - posted by Gordon and Christine Halliday

The Pandaw Mekong cruise provides a fantastic moving picture of village life along the river - posted by Trevor and Sandy Johns

The service and friendliness of the staff was sensational - posted by Andrew Wannan

As you can see I loved every minute and wish more people knew about it - posted by Betty Geldard

I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the cruise, the food, the cocktails and the company of our fellow travellers and the staff - posted by Vivienne Bourke

The journey itself was magical, experiencing the local villages and being amongst the locals was very special - posted by Camilla Gomes

Well done Pandaw - we would highly recommend this voyage to any traveller as the best river cruise - posted by Neville & Jill Pinkham

What a wonderful experience we had on the RV Mekong Pandaw - posted by Bob & Barbara Hackman

We fully intend to book another cruise with Pandaw - posted by Bill & Michelle Hammons

The friendliness of the crew made the whole trip such a delight - posted by Lorna & David Williams

Thank you for the very special memories I now hold - posted by Laura Kelly

Read article on Roamarroo.com - posted by Collette & Scott Stohler

I don’t know of any other company/staff that would do this for their guests - posted by Vivienne Zaarour

Thank You again for this wonderful experience, all 7 of us had a fantastic time - posted by Linda Elliott

The cruise was fabulous - posted by Ed Barry

All passengers in our group thought this cruise to be the best part of our holiday - posted by Wendy Urquhart

Many thanks and congratulations on creating something terrific - posted by Paul & Emily Christensen

A holiday of a lifetime - up their with going on a safari in Kenya - posted by The Classic Mekong, Apr 2015

My wonderful trip on the Angkor Pandaw cruising up the Mekong River - posted by Jeff Carrier

Stephen Read's blog about the RV Mekong Pandaw - posted by Stephen Read

A cruise on the Mekong is a must whether take a long cruise like this or a short one - posted by The Classic Mekong, Feb 2015

The ship, built in Scotland and modeled on the old steam-ships was fabulous - posted by The Classic Mekong, Oct 2014

Please relay our gratitude again to all the crew - posted by Michael & Anna Cox

You can be very proud of your boat and staff - posted by David & Pamela Bainbridge

We were very delighted at all the Pandaw experience - posted by Philip Johnston

Once again we had a fabulous time on board the RV Pandaw Mekong - posted by Mrs Wade

TRAVEL BLOGS

Vietnam and Cambodia by Pandaw

Camilla Gomes, UK, blog and video of her experience in Vietnam and Cambodia with Pandaw Cruises. This was my first time at that part of Asia .... read more

 

Dolphin delight: New opportunities to see the Mekong's favourite inhabitants

We have exciting news: Pandaw's special relationship with the Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) is about to get a great deal closer on t.... read more

 

Happy ending - how a veteran Vietnam War protestor found peace with Pandaw

We're delighted to share this fabulous online album of a Pandaw Indochina adventure, compiled by Lynn Bains , who joined our Classic Mekong c.... read more

 

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