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SAIGON AND PHNOM PENH SHORT CRUISE

3 OR 4 NIGHTS FROM US$830.40 - MEMBERS FROM US$664.32

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the Mekong River. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam Delta and the tranquility of Cambodia. This three night 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. Your journey will end in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

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EXTENSIONS

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

4 Rivers Floating Resort Tatai 2 nights Post Tour

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Phnom Penh Post Tour 1 night - Amanjaya Pancam Hotel

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Phnom Penh Post Tour 1 night - Raffles Hotel Le Royal

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OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADDONS

Private Dining

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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 - MY THO - BEN TRE

Pick up from your city hotel or airport for the road trip from Saigon to My Tho City on the mighty Mekong River to embark your Pandaw Vessel and the commencement of your adventure. After lunch, we travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a local rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in coconut candy & rice wine. Here you can view the process of manufacturing these specialities and try them for yourself including the local "Moonshine." In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese Cultural Group highlighting “Life on the Mekong Delta”.

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DAY 2 GAO GIONG

A morning of sailing through the delta provides an insight into life along this mighty waterway. After lunch, a short coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’, a 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest and listed wildlife sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets gather in their tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowboats traverse the canals to take us to view the principal nesting areas where photo opportunities abound.

DAY 3 CHAU DOC - SAM MOUNTAIN - VIETNAM/CAMBODIA BORDER

Our boat docks alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the famous floating markets & fish farms by Sampan. We make a stop at a local Chham Village and observe the lives of these local Vietnamese Muslims before boarding minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda, proclaimed an 'official historic monument' on 10th July 1980 by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam. Upon return to our boat, we cruise the local canals before dropping anchor on the Vietnam/Cambodia Border to undergo Immigration Formalities.

DAY 4 PHNOM PENH

After breakfast, disembark your Pandaw Expedition in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh.

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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 from meeting point in Saigon to ship or v.v.

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. No transfers in Phnom Penh, ship docks in city center at Sisowath Quay.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 SAIGON - MY THO - BEN TRE

Transfer from airport or hotel in Saigon on the day of embarkation will be provided to arrive at My Tho International Port at 11.30am. Pickup time is between 09.30 and 10.00.

Please provide details of your flight or hotel at least 61 days prior to departure for transfer arrangements.

Please note: We are not able to accept early arrivals before 11.00am.

DAY 4 PHNOM PENH

Disembark after breakfast in Phnom Penh at the International Passenger Pier at Sisowath Quay, next to Titanic Restaurant.

VISA INFORMATION

Please note Vietnam e-visas are not accepted at the river border when travelling downstream from Cambodia to Vietnam. Click here for further visa information.

Please also visit cibtvisas.co.uk for VISA information.

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MEDIA MENTIONS

Pandaw Announces new shorter Mekong Cruises

01 Jan 2013 - article by Rod Eime

 

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