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The Mekong river flows through six countries and Pandaw are proud to now offer river cruises through all of these, though sadly not joined up due to the natural barrier of a waterfall on the Laos Cambodia border.

Our most popular route remains from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia. With this you see the best of Indochina, from the French colonial cities of Saigon and Phnom Penh to the World Heritage Site of Angkor with its amazing Khmer temples.

We pass through a richly varying riverscape from the vast Mekong Delta with floating markets, bustling trading towns and vibrant river life to the silence of the Cambodian Mekong river with its delightful rural life.

We explore the Tonle River to the edge of the Tonle Lake and spend a couple of days tinkering in Phnom Penh, with its temples, palaces, museums and buzzing night life not to mention shopping.

Perhaps the most exciting moment of this voyage is a visit to the Dolphin grounds at Stuc Treng. Only we can go there because of the special shallow draft design of our river cruise ships.

Also in Vietnam we ply the Red River system that flows down from Tonkinese Alps to Hanoi and on to Halong Bay. This small ship river cruise provides an illuminative insight into North Vietnamese life and culture.

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River Cruise itinerary for Classic Mekong

Classic Mekong

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Halong Bay and Red River

Halong Bay - Viet Tri

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River Cruise itinerary for Saigon and Phnom Penh
River Cruise itinerary for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

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Remembering Hoa Binh - Heaven and hell in a Vietnamese river town

Pandaw’s highly popular 10-day Halong Bay and Red River expedition is not specifically designed for the Vietnam War buff, who will find ple....

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....

 

Chiang Saen

According to an ancient chronicle the original city of Chiang Saen (Chiang: "offshoot", saen: "100, 000") was built in 545 CE in an area called ....

 

Cruising The Mekong

Continue up the Mekong with Burma on our left and Laos on our right.....

 

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin within Quang Ninh Province, most of which is uninhabited. It was added in 1994 to the UNESCO World H....

 

Hanoi

Hanoi’s prison Hao Lo was used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U. S. prisoners of war....

 

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....

 

Kratie

Kratié is the capital of Kratié Province in eastern Cambodia. The small town has a population of about 13, 000 and lies on the banks of the Meko....

 

Lan Ha Bay

Residents of the Gulf mostly live on boats and floating rafts with 2-3 generations. The Quang Ninh provincial government is planning to resettle....

 

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, or Louangphrabang, is a city located in north central Laos, at the confluence of the Nam Khan river and Mekong River about 300 km....

 

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....

 

Pak Beng

The small village of Pak Beng lies half-way between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, perched high on the banks of the Mekong river. You will likely b....

 

Pak Lai

A French administrative town with many colonial buildings and a bustling local market. This town boasts the largest elephant festival in South E....

 

Phnom Penh

Sailing into Phnom Penh past the Royal Palace and bustling corniche is highlight to any Mekong voyage. We moor right in the city centre and you ....

 

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

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....

 

Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas

Of particular interest are the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly-known yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and hom....

 

Vientiane

Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, situated on the Mekong near the border with Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 du....

 

Viet Tri

Viet Tri is the capital city of Phú Th? Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam.....

 

Vinh Long

Vinh Long is a city and the capital of Vinh Long Province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.....

River Cruise Ships

RV Angkor Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Katha and from the same yard delivered in 2013, the only difference with the Katha is an enclosed air conditioned dining room insi....

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 Laos Pandaw river cruise ship

Seeing the quality of this ship it is hard to believe it was built in a hurry. There are no proper ship yards above the Khone Falls and we could....

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....

Rivers in Vietnam & Cambodia

Mekong River

The Mekong River is the 12th largest river in the world flowing 4, 350km from SW China to discharge into the sea through a vast delta in Vietnam....

 

Tonle River

The Mekong’s main tributary is the Tonle River that flows down from the Tonle Sap or “Great Lake” in central Cambodia. That giant body of water ....

 

Halong Bay & The Red River

The Song Hong or Red River rises deep in Yunnan mountains of south-west China to flow 714 miles (1, 149km) across Northern Vietnam to discharge ....

 

Vietnam & Cambodia Climate

Vietnam & Cambodia climate chart

Optional Extensions

4 Rivers Floating Resort Tatai 2 nights

Koh Kong is one of Cambodia’s most forested provinces which offers some exceptional experiences. A maze of rivers flow into the Gulf of Thailand....

Exploring Angkor (Jaya House Riverpark)

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

Exploring Angkor (Victoria Resort)

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

Hanoi 1 Night

Savour a 5-star hotel experience with the best views in the city. Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi enjoys a spectacular location rising up between the wa....

Hue & Hoi An 4 Nights

This is a Pandaw group tour. Hue and Hoi An are two of Vietnam’s scenic and historic highlights and a ‘must see;’ on most people’s visit to this....

Phnom Penh 1 night - Amanjaya Pancam Hotel

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French ....

Phnom Penh 1 night - Raffles Le Royal Hotel

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French ....

Saigon & Surroundings (InterContinental Asiana)

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

Sapa & Hanoi 4 Nights

The four star Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa, the only luxury hotel in the region, was built as a traditional chalet with accented wooden décor, the....

The Rachamankha Hotel, Chiang Mai

Enjoy the comfort and charm of the deluxe Rachamankha Hotel and explore Chiang Mai on our included full day excursion.....

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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