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SAIGON AND PHNOM PENH SHORT CRUISE

3 OR 4 NIGHTS FROM US$1,125.00
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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
upto October 2019

Pre Phnom Penh 1 night - Raffles Le Royal Hotel

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upto October 2019

Pre Phnom Penh 1 night - Amanjaya Pancam Hotel

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4 Rivers Floating Resort Tatai 2 nights Pre Tour

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October 2019 onward

Phnom Penh Pre Tour 1 night - Amanjaya Pancam Hotel

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October 2019 onward

Phnom Penh Pre Tour 1 night - Raffles Hotel Le Royal

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Saigon & Surroundings (InterContinental Asiana)

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

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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 PHNOM PENH

Embark the ship no later than 13.30, as we need your passport to process the immigration formalities for the border crossing. Rest of day at leisure.

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

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DAY 2 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 3 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 4 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 local transport through the lush countryside.

DAY 5 MY THO TO SAIGON

Moor at My Tho for road transfer to Saigon.

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DAY 1 PHNOM PENH

Embark the ship between 14.30 and no later than 15.00, as we need your passport to process the immigration formalities for the border crossing. Cruise toward the Vietnam border.

Spend the night at the border on the Cambodian side.

More about Phnom Penh

DAY 2 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.

In the 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 Xe 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 3 GAO GIONG BIRD SANCTUARY

In the morning we visit the Island of 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. We also visit a local nursery school so feel free to bring any educational items if you wish to donate to the children.

After a short cruise downstream, 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 4 MY THO - SAIGON

In the morning 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.


Afternoon moor at My Tho for road transfer to Saigon.

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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 PHNOM PENH

Registration Details

The check-in time should be no later than 13.30, as we need your passport to process the immigration formalities for the border crossing. Please hand out your passports to our crew at embarkation.

The ship is moored at the Cargo jetty 649 Preah Sisowath Street, Sangkat Sras Chork, Khan Daun Penh next to the tourist jetty.

DAY 5 MY THO TO SAIGON

Disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel, arriving late morning at around 09.30 - 10.00.

DAY 1 PHNOM PENH

Registration Details

The check-in time should be no later than 15.00, as we need your passport to process the immigration formalities for the border crossing. Please hand out your passports to our crew at embarkation.

The ship is moored at the Cargo jetty 649 Preah Sisowath Street, Sangkat Sras Chork, Khan Daun Penh next to the tourist jetty.

DAY 4 MY THO - SAIGON

Disembark in the early afternoon at 14:00 for a coach transfer to the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel, arriving late afternoon at around 16.00.

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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