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UPPER & LOWER MEKONG

THE FULL MEKONG, FOUR COUNTRY 21 NIGHT COMBO CRUISE

21 NIGHTS FROM US$10,075.60

For the first time, join Pandaw on an in-depth exploration of the Mekong River from South to North. Combining our two 10 night Mekong expeditions through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in this special four country expedition. Sailing all of the navigable stretches of this mighty river, you will learn about how one river can support a vast and diverse group of peoples and cultures, all from the comfort of our locally crafted Pandaw vessels.

This combo cruise includes flight from Saigon to Vientiane and one night accommodation in Vientiane between cruises within the price of your ticket.

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PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Exploring Angkor (Jaya House Riverpark) Pre Tour

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Exploring Angkor (FCC Angkor) Pre Tour

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

The Rachamankha Hotel, Chiang Mai Post Tour

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The Hill Tribes of North Thailand Post Tour

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OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADDONS

Private Dining

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Free Flow Drinks

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Free Flow Drinks & Wine Package

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 SIEM REAP - KAMPONG CHAM AND WAT HANCHEAY

Transfer from hotels in Siem Reap to Kampong Cham with a refreshment stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Board ship in the afternoon and cruise upstream on the Mekong. Late afternoon go ashore to see Wat Hanchey an important centre of worship on top of a hill above the Mekong with good river panoramas. Of great interest are the Chenla Period temples dating from the 8th century, some destroyed by American bombing during the Vietnam War. Overnight Wat Hancheay.

Siem Reap - Kampong Cham and Wat Hancheay
Siem Reap - Kampong Cham and Wat Hancheay

DAY 2 CHHALONG - KOH TRONG ISLAND

Morning walk to explore this former French provincial centre with its many splendid belle epoch mansions and lively market. Overnight on the delightful Koh Trong island where passengers can plant their own trees. Sandbank dinner.

DAY 3 KRATIE AND THE DOLPHINS (SUBJECT TO SEASONAL WATER LEVELS)

From Kratie travel further upstream by a rustic bus to view the dolphin grounds from local boats in a national park protected area.

Kratie and the dolphins (subject to seasonal water levels)
Kratie and the dolphins (subject to seasonal water levels)

DAY 4 KAMPONG CHAM - ANGKOR BAN

Downstream to Kampong Cham and travel by bus to Chiro Village with an extensive education centre offering vocational training. Other activities here include plastic recycling, bee keeping, farming and handicraft making projects. On to the Wat Nokor Bachey dating back to the Jayarvaman VII period. Built completely from a black sandstone unlike other temples of this period. Evening walk at Angkor Ban a typical Khmer village with a library donated by Pandaw passengers.

DAY 5 PHNOM PENH

All passengers will be provided with their own private cyclo. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh, which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon we visit the Killing Fields and Genocide museum to learn more about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.

Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh

DAY 6 OUDONG - KAMPONG CHHANANG

After a short morning cruise along the Tonle River disembark at Prek Kdam and travel by coach to a former capital, Oudong. On the way visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre for a morning of relaxation & meditation before taking a drive around the old capital. Continue up the Tonle river to Kampong Chhanang where the river is at its most beautiful and heaving with life. Then explore the wetlands around the lake’s mouth rich in birdlife.

DAY 7 CAMBODIA/VIETNAM BORDER - CHAU DOC

After crossing the border into Vietnam in the morning. Visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a catfish farm in Chau Doc with a guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore the local market or visit the splendid Catholic Church.

Cambodia/Vietnam Border - Chau Doc
Cambodia/Vietnam Border - Chau Doc

DAY 8 TAN CHAU

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 9 GAO GIONG

After a short sail downstream, travel a short distance by coach to the 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 visit the principal nesting areas. In the afternoon visit Con Phuoc Island and go ashore to explore by tuk-tuk to see basket production and visit a 100-year old Catholic Church and local carpentry shops.

Gao Giong
Gao Giong

DAY 10 SA DEC - BEN TRE

Sail early to Sa Dec which has an interesting market and the traditional Vietnamese house of Mr Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was immortalised in the film L’Indochine. There is a fine catholic church here too. Afternoon sampan exploration of the Delta’s backwaters and labyrinthine canal system.

DAY 11 MY THO - SAIGON

Early morning sail to My Tho Port and disembark after breakfast for your transfer to Saigon. Head to the airport for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival our guide will be waiting to take you to your hotel for the evening.

My Tho - Saigon
My Tho - Saigon

DAY 12 VIENTIANE

Pick up from your hotel in Vientiane at 08.00am, followed by a local long-tail boat expedition to your Pandaw vessel upstream. Lunch and drinks will be provided on the local boat by your Pandaw chef and bar staff. Embark your Pandaw in the afternoon for a welcome briefing and welcome drinks. We moor overnight at Pak Lay.

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DAY 13 CRUISING THE MEKONG

Cruise upstream on the Mekong, passing lush jungle scenery and tiny riverside villages. Morning presentation on the Lao language after a short walk at Pha Laeb village. If time permits, we will also enjoy an afternoon walk at Ban Khok Fark.

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Cruising The Mekong
Cruising The Mekong

DAY 14 XAYABOURI DAM

Morning walk at Ban Pak Bor Khummu village before passing through Xayabouri Hydroelectric Dam, taking an inside look of the workings of this somewhat controversial attraction as we navigate the locks. Afternoon visit to Ban Na San village, a Hmong minority village.

DAY 15 KUANG SI WATERFALLS

In the morning we moor at the village of Ban Mouang Khai and visit the dramatic Kaung Si waterfall. On the way back to the ship, we stop at the Laos Buffalo Farm, a social enterprise utilizing the abundant buffalo in Laos. Arrive in the heart of the temple city of Luang Prabang mid-afternoon where there is a buzzing night market and many great cafes and local restaurants. Traditional Laos Bacci ceremony and dancing on the upper deck during happy hour. Moor overnight in central Luang Prabang.

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Kuang Si Waterfalls
Kuang Si Waterfalls

DAY 16 LUANG PRABANG CRAFTS & CULTURE

Today we explore the various handicrafts of Laos in more detail. We start with Ock Pop Tok, a social enterprise providing sustainable employment and training for the women of local weaving villages. We then head to TAEC (Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre) to understand more about Laos musical instruments. After lunch aboard the ship, we sail toward Ban Chan and take part in a pottery demonstration at the local pottery workshop. We finish the day with a sunset cruise on the Mekong alongside Luang Prabang, returning to moor overnight in the centre of town.

DAY 17 LUANG PRABANG

Early morning walking tour to observe the alms offerings to the hundreds of monks who walk around the city every morning. We continue after breakfast to the morning market before taking tuktuks for a city tour of this well preserved and unique world heritage site with its many Buddhist temples, libraries and royal palace. The afternoon is free to explore the beauty and unique atmosphere of Luang Prabang.

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Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang

DAY 18 PAK OU CAVES

Morning at leisure in Luang Prabang before setting sail at midday upstream. Afternoon sightseeing by local boat exploring the unique Pak Ou Caves, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliff faces. See the production of local Laos whisky at the Whisky village and shop for locally produced handicrafts.

More about Pak Ou Caves and Nam Ou River

DAY 19 BAN TON AND SANDBANK BBQ

Day of sailing upstream along the Mekong with morning walk through Ban Ton village. In the evening, we moor alongside a sandbank for a special riverside barbecue and cocktail party. Light paper lanterns with the crew and enjoy a dance in remote Laos.

Ban Ton And Sandbank BBQ
Ban Ton And Sandbank BBQ

DAY 20 PAK BENG ELEPHANT SANCTUARY

Laos is known as ‘The land of a million elephants’ and today we will visit a rescue sanctuary that is helping to preserve the elephants of Laos and provide sustainable alternative employment for Mahouts who once trained and rode these beautiful creatures. Afternoon walk at Ban Pak Sith Khummu village.

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DAY 21 PAK SITH - CHIANG KHONG

Today we sail the final leg of our journey upstream toward Huayxay. Cross over into Thailand via the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge before rejoining your ship in Chiang Khong. Enjoy a ship tour of your Pandaw vessel and fruit carving demonstration from your Pandaw Chef. Farewell cocktails and Thai traditional dance on board for your last evening.

Pak Sith - Chiang Khong
Pak Sith - Chiang Khong

DAY 22 CHIANG KHONG

Disembark by 8.30 in Chiang Khong and group transfer to hotel/airport. En route, explore the Golden Triangle including a visit to the opium museum. Continue to airports or city hotels in Chiang Rai (2 hours) and Chiang Mai (6 hours).

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: One overnight hotel in Vientiane, one flight between ships, entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes. Transfers between ports of embarkation and international airport or hotel at the start and end of the 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 SIEM REAP - KAMPONG CHAM AND WAT HANCHEAY

Registration Details
FCC Angkor by Avani
Registration is at 09.00.
Pokambor Ave (next to Royal residence),
Siem Reap,
Kingdom of Cambodia.
Tel: +855 63 760 280

Morning transfer by coach from the FCC Angkor by Avani hotel to your Pandaw moored at Kampong Cham. Transfer will depart 10:00. and takes approx. 4 hours.

DAY 22 CHIANG KHONG

Disembark by 8.30 in Chiang Khong and group transfer to hotel/airport. En route, we will visit the Halls of Opium and the Golden Triangle before we transfers you to Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai hotel or airport. You will reach Chiang Rai at 15.30 and Chiang Mai at 17.30.

Private transfers will need to be arranged at an extra cost. We suggest to book a hotel in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai after your cruise.

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