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Pandaw Mekong Cruise

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Pandaw Mekong Cruise

Cruise the mighty Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia

The River Mekong is fascinating, rich in history, and flows through intriguing countries, presenting you with the opportunity to observe the distinctive and relatively unchanged villages on its banks. Complete with a full programme of sightseeing and excursions to historic and beautiful areas, this itinerary ensures your holiday is unforgettable. The cruise will be aboard either the RV Mekong Pandaw or the RV Tonle Pandaw river expedition vessels, offering an excellent level of comfort, service and cuisine.

Irrawaddy Dolphins jump Mekong
Angkor Wat Siem Reap Cambodia
City Hall Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Locations you will be visiting

  • spring ho chi minh city vietnam

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    A vibrant city with a fascinating history and food culture

    2 Days

  • Mekong River Daily Life vietnam

    Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    The Mekong Delta’s main attraction is its colorful river life

    Cruise

  • Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    The capital city known for its Royal Palace, National Museum and killing fields.

    1 Day

  • monk by temple siem reap cambodia

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Siem Reap is home to the Temples of Angkor

    2 Days

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

Pandaw Mekong Cruise

13 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Ho Chi Minh City

Take a scheduled flight from the UK to Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Ho Chi Minh City

Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 3 Ho Chi Minh City Tour and Cu Chi

In the morning, drive to the extraordinary Cu Chi tunnels. En route, you have chance to see traditional occupations such as cashew nut farming and the production of rice paper. Return to the city for lunch and city tour. End the day with shopping at Ben Thanh Market.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 Embarkation

Transfer to My Tho Port, board your Pandaw vessel and sail downstream to Ben Tre. Later there will be a talk on Vietnamese life on the Mekong Delta, and a traditional dance performance during cocktail hour.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 5 Ben Tre

Travel by sampans through mangroves to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre, where local artisans will invite you into their homes for tea, fruit, and delicacies made from their own honey. Journey back through lush countryside to the ship by horse and cart. After lunch, the ship moors off Cho Lach Island for pot making and a Banh Xeo cooking lesson.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 6 Con Phuoc Island

After breakfast, visit the bird sanctuary at the Gao Giong, where a vast variety of water birds gather in their thousands. After returning to the boat, cruise upstream to Con Phuoc Island, to explore the island by Xi Loi, seeing basket production as well as local
woodworking artisans.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 7 Cambodian Border

Afternoon, explore the labyrinthine canal system around Tan Chau to visit a Taoist temple. Continue through local villages by Xi Loi, stopping off to visit a fish farm and release fish back into the Mekong. During border crossing formalities there is an optional tour of the working ship and fruit carving classes on deck.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 8 Phnom Penh

Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, followed by the National Museum with its marvellous collection of Angkorian statues. Afternoon optional visit to the Killing Fields and Genocide Museum, or take a tuk-tuk to explore the riverfront, and finish with High Tea at Raffles Hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 9 Silk Island

Sail up the Tonle River, board our expedition vessel, and visit Koh Okhna Tey, to witness the silk making process. There will be a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of Bokator, and in the evening a talk on Angkor and Khmer culture.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 10 Kratie and the Dolphin Grounds

Morning visit to Koh Trong Island, a small Mekong River hamlet best explored by bicycle or ox cart, visiting local schools where you can donate items for use, such as books, pens etc, and a reforestation site where you can plant your own tree. After lunch, moor off Kratie and continue to the dolphin grounds by local boat, for the elusive Irrawaddy Dolphins.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise

 

PLEASE NOTE: Low water levels may be experienced between January and April. If we are unable to reach Kratie to see the river dolphins a revised itinerary will be offered with a variety of excursions.

DAY 11 Siem Reap

Sail downstream, moor at Kampong Cham, disembark and transfer to Siem Reap for a
two-night stay and an afternoon visit to breathtaking Angkor Wat. Followed by the chance to admire the romantic sunset from Bakheng Hill.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 12 Angkor

Spend an incredible day touring the ancient temples of Angkor, starting with the South Gate of Angkor Thom and continuing to the Bayon. After lunch, visit Thommanon, Chau Say Teveda, Ta Keo, the atmospheric tree-covered Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei and Sras Srang. In the evening, have fun at an entertaining Cambodian show at Phare Ponleu Selpak’s Circus.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 13 Flight to UK

After breakfast visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, and East Meborn. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

  • Hoi An Central Market vietnam
    Vietnam

    Vietnam & Cambodia: Cookery Demonstrations and Classes

    Cooking classes can be arranged in both Vietnam and Cambodia.

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  • Helicopter over Angkor Wat Cambodia
    Cambodia

    Cambodia: Helicopter Ride Over Angkor Wat

    Ride on a helicopter to enjoy the view of Angkor Wat form the air.

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Sample Accommodation

RV Mekong Pandaw, Mekong

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RV Tonle Pandaw, Mekong

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Your holiday details
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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class
  • 4★ & 5★ accommodation on twin share basis
  • Main deck cabin on cruise
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Tours as stated
  • Meals as specified
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance

Price from £4,299
Single room supplement £999
Land only from £3,499

(excluding international flights)
Upgrade to Upper Deck from £299

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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