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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 Phnom Penh with its temples, palaces, museums and buzzing night life not to mention shopping.

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

Saigon - Siem Reap

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7 nights

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River Cruise itinerary for Classic Mekong
River Cruise itinerary for Halong Bay and Red River

Halong Bay and Red River

Halong Bay - Viet Tri

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10 nights

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River Cruise itinerary for Halong Bay and Red River

Short Cruises

River Cruise itinerary for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

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

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River Cruise itinerary for Saigon and Phnom Penh Short Cruise

Combination Cruises

River Cruise itinerary for Halong Bay, Red River & Laos Mekong

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21 nights

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River Cruise itinerary for Halong Bay, Red River & Laos Mekong

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Birdlife on the Mekong River

Cruising on the mighty Mekong River , one experience out of the many that you can look forward to is bird- watching. World Wildlife Fund has d....

River Cruise Stops


Bat Trang

(literally: ‘bat’ means ‘bowl’ and ‘trang’ means ‘workshop’). Bat Trang is a seven century-old pottery village, located in an area rich in clay.....


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.....


Duong Lam

Two of Vietnam’s kings were born in Duong Lam, giving the village its prestige. Most of the buildings are made of laterite and mud and are over ....


Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is in Chiang Rai Province, in the far north of Thailand. The English name comes from the meeting of Laos, Myanmar and Thaila....


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....



When you stop off at Hanoi during your Halong Bay & Red River Cruises, there are plenty of things waiting for you to see and do. It is one of th....


Kuang Si Waterfalls

Also known as the Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls and Kuang Xi, Kuang Si Falls is a breathtaking three-tier waterfall that is adored by every tourist th....


Lan Ha Bay

When you take your Halong Bay and Red River cruise, you will get the chance to enjoy a stop-off at Lan Ha Bay. The bay is situated in between a ....


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....


Pak Beng

Sitting midway between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai lays Pakbeng on the Mekong. The river used to be the one major route for transport in the coun....


Pak Lai

Our Mekong River Cruises can take you to many magical destinations, one of the most stunning of those is Pak Lai. Pak Lai is a stunning administ....


Phnom Penh

One thing that so many people love about going on a river cruise is that they get the opportunity to explore places they otherwise wouldn’t. Thi....



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....


Thanh Ha and Water Puppets

The Water Puppets are a tradition which dates back as far as the 11th century, originating in the villages of the Red River Delta. The stories t....


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 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.....

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 Champa Pandaw river cruise ship

The Champa Pandaw, sister ship of the Laos Pandaw, began cruises on the Upper Mekong from September 2016. The ship has quality mountain bikes fo....

RV Indochina Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Orient and Bassac, the IP was built in Vietnam in 2009 and transferred over to Burma in 2011. The ship has quality mountain bikes ....

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 Sabaidee Pandaw river cruise ship

The RV Sabaidee is our seventeenth ship to the Pandaw Flotilla which was constructed to meet demand on our very popular Laos to China route acro....

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....


Halong Bay & The Red River

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


Tonle River

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 ....


Vietnam & Cambodia Climate

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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 (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 ....

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 Hill Tribes of North Thailand

Travel off the beaten track with your English speaking guide and discover the hilltribes, beautiful scenery and history of the land of opium, in....

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, 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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