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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

4 Rivers Floating Resort Tatai 2 nights Pre Tour

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Phnom Penh Pre Tour 1 night - Amanjaya Pancam Hotel

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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

Passengers can embark the ship after 12:30. 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 CAMBODIA/VIETNAM BORDER - CHAU DOC - SAM MOUNTAIN

We up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Cambodia/Vietnam Border to undergo Immigration Formalities. After lunch 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. In the evening feel free to wander along the Chau Doc Riverside.

DAY 3 CAO LANH

Early morning, we leave Chau Doc and travel through the canals of the delta as locals awake to a hive of activity. After lunch, we drop anchor upstream of Cao Lanh and take 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 4 BEN TRE

A morning of sailing passing towns such as Sadec & Cai Be provides an insight into life along this mighty waterway whilst our crew arrange onboard activities. 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 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.”

DAY 5 MY THO - SAIGON

We disembark our Pandaw Boat and travel by coach from My Tho City through the countryside to your hotel in 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

Passengers can check-in at the ship any time from 12.30. The ship will be moored at the International Passenger Pier at Sisowath Quay, next to Titanic Restaurant.

Please note: You can arrive earlier and leave your luggage and passports however no services are available before check in time. If cabins are not ready you can use the Saloon Bar & Sundeck until your cabin is available.

DAY 5 MY THO - SAIGON

Early morning coach transfer to Hotel in Saigon or airport, arriving around 10.30.

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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