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The Tonle River is the Mekong's main tributary that flows down from the Tonle Sap or "Great Lake" in central Cambodia. That giant body of water is 100km from end to end and in the rains it quadruples in size flooding much of the surrounding floodplain. The Tonle river changes direction twice a year: when the monsoon arrives, the flow from the Mekong backs up to the central plain and when the rains end, the river reverses direction and empties the flood back out into the Mekong.

Passengers of our famous Tonle River Cruises get the chance to experience the magical capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. This vibrant city sits astride the confluence of the Tonle and Mekong rivers and is our home port on the Lower Mekong.

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River Cruise itinerary for Classic Mekong

Classic Mekong

Saigon - Siem Reap

Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates

7 nights

from US$2,596.50
members from US$2,308

River Cruise itinerary for Classic Mekong

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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 ....

River Cruise Stops


Chau Doc

The main jetty is in the town center next to the Victoria Hotel. A sampan trip to visit the Cham villages is a must to view the cat fish farms c....


Kampong Trolach

Cast off to Preak Kdam, en route you will experience an ox cart ride to the village of Kampong Trolach. In the afternoon we will visit the Sil....


My Tho

My Tho is the hub of the Delta. This is a busy commercial port and currently our ships are wedged between the Foster's Brewery and a timber yard....


Sa Dec

Sa Dec is said to be yet another 'little Venice of Asia' and it does live up to this name with countless canals bustling with water borne craft ....



Saigon or Ho Chi Minh is the capital of southern Vietnam and after Hanoi the country's second city. Remarkably despite the boom of the past ten ....


Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the town around which the Angkor monuments are situated. Modern Siem Reap is about 45minutes from the Tonle Sap and the port facili....

River Cruise Ships

RV Bassac Pandaw river cruise ship

The third of these rather grand Vietnamese sisters, along with the Orient and Indochina, and the only sister remaining on the Mekong. She is a g....

RV Mekong Pandaw river cruise ship

Built in Rangoon in 2002 she was sailed round to Saigon under her own power and many a drama described in Paul Strachan’s Pandaw Story. This shi....

RV Tonle Pandaw river cruise ship

Modelled on Pandaw II and originally called Pandaw III, the Tonle saw a year’s service in Burma in 2002/3 before being sent under tug-tow to the....

Tonle River Climate

Tonle River climate chart

Optional Extensions

Exploring Angkor (Jaya House Riverpark)

Jaya House Riverpark This is a private tour.....

Exploring Angkor (Victoria Resort)

Victoria Resort. This is a private tour.....

Saigon & Surroundings (InterContinental Asiana)

This hotel boasts 305 elegantly appointed rooms, bespoke treatments at Spa InterContinental and three international restaurants. This 5-star lux....

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

Hue and Hoi An are two of Vietnam’s scenic and historic highlights and a ‘must seex’ on most people’s visit to this most wonderful country. Our ....

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

Start this extension after your cruise at Saigon with a two-night stay and full day tour of the city. Hue and Hoi An are two of Vietnam’s scenic....

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