RV Pandaw Cruise

Grade: RV Pandaw Cruise
Duration: 8 days / 7 night From Price: $0
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Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey in its entirety surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles
Overview
In 2003, with the Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey in its entirety surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles. In 2004 we brought the former Pandaw III now renamed the Tonle Pandaw over from Myanmar to join the Mekong Pandaw. The two Pandaws explore two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by one great river. This is the only luxury cruises vacation on the Mekong River. A shipping link between Saigon and Angkor is immensely practical for the traveller...

No. of Cabins : 24 cabin(s)
Good for : Those who want to experience Legendary Mekong Delta in luxurious cruise.

Highlight of RV Pandaw Cruise
Sailing on a Pandaw is essentially an outdoor experience. Whilst the staterooms are very comfortable and roomy, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike other cruise ships

The restaurant
For breakfast and lunch, you will have dining time in the open-air space. The restaurant provides mainly traditional dishes and exotic foods made of local products, besides European cuisine is also available. Our skilled chef will satisfy all requires in the case that you go on special diet such as vegetarian diet or you don’t like hot and spicy foods.

The Pandaw spa
Upon your request when booking, Pandaw Cruise provides spa services including head massage, foot massage and body massage. Magical treatments at the Pandaw spa surely make you feel unwind and refreshing after an active day full of fun activities discovering Mekong Delta.

Activities
Involved in Pandaw Cruise’s itinerary, there are many fun activities for tourists to discover natural and cultural features of Mekong Delta. You will have a trek through the villages and jungles of Cambodia. During the excursions, you can explore local markets with our chef and enjoy a barbeque party on the sandbank. For your entertainment, some cooking and fruit carving demonstrations are arranged on board.
Cabins & Facilities

pandawcruise, Upper Deck Premium
Number of Cabins : 8 cabins
Bed Type : Double or Twin Beds
Locate : Upper Deck
Features : Fruit and flowers on arrival, Kimonos and slippers, Spa-branded amenities, Unlimited mineral water, Free use of mini DVD player on request and selection of DVDs from our library (subject to availability)
Facilities : On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas
pandaw12, Upper Deck
Number of Cabins : 10 cabins
Bed Type : Double or Twin Beds
Area : 15.6 M2
Locate : Upper Deck
Features : Fruit and flowers on arrival, Kimonos and slippers, Spa-branded amenities, Unlimited mineral water, Free use of mini DVD player on request and selection of DVDs from our library (subject to availability)
Facilities : On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.

pandaw13 Main Deck
Number of Cabins : 6 cabins
Bed Type : Double or Twin Beds
Area : 15.6 M2
Locate : Main deck
Features : Fruit and flowers on arrival, Kimonos and slippers, Spa-branded amenities, Unlimited mineral water, Free use of mini DVD player on request and selection of DVDs from our library (subject to availability)
Facilities : On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.

Saigon - Siem reap 8days 7night
RV Pandaw Cruise: Upstream Cruising Saigon - Siem Reap
Cruise length : 8 Days
Cruise Ports : Saigon-> My Tho-> Cai Be-> Vinh Long Province-> Sa Dec-> Chau Doc-> Phnom Penh-> The Royal Palace-> The Silver Pagoda-> National Museum in Phnom Penh-> Kampong Chhnang-> Kampong Cham-> Wat Hanchey-> Siem Reap
Good for : Those who want to experience Legendary Mekong Delta in luxurious crusie.

Highlight
  • There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong.
  • Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia.
  • We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, through the vast Delta so rich in human life and endeavor, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia.

DAY 1 : Saigon – My Tho
Saigon City Activities : Visit Cai Be and explore evergreen islands and at the former Imperial residence, the An Kiet House
Meal : Lunch, Dinner
Registration is at 08.30 at your hotel and transfer at 09.00 to the Delta Port of My Tho by coach arriving at 1100 for check in followed by port and immigration formalities. My Tho is the hub of the Delta, but not of great cultural interest, so once on board we set sail at 1300 and have lunch. In the afternoon we moor near Cai Be and make a fascinating trip by traditional junk to explore evergreen islands and at the former Imperial residence, the An Kiet House. Surviving members of the Kiet family will welcome us with tea and we can wander in the fruit orchards around the house. Overnight moor mid-stream Cai Be.

DAY 2 : Cai Be – Vinh Long – Sadec – Chau Doc

Activities :
Excursion to Sad Dec via Vinh Long, floating market, local factories, visit a Mandarins house, explore the rural life and the daily activities of the delta inhabitants, cruise up the Tien River to Sa Dec

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Half day cruise excursion on board traditional sampan boats to Sad Dec via Vinh Long, along small canals and back waters. We begin by visiting Cai Be and its colorful floating market which takes place daily in front of the catholic church. A further stop on the river bank then allows us to see local factories where rice pasta, coconut candies and other specialities are traditionally made. Also visit a Mandarins house dating from late 19th century. Cruise further by Sampan to Dong Hoa Hiep islet to explore the rural life and the daily activities of the delta inhabitants seeing palm tree leave weaving, traditional wooden boat factories and fruit orchard plantations. Back on board your sampan, we will cruise up the Tien River where we see water hyacinths, an important Mekong delta product used for furniture and baskets and then visit a traditional brick and tile factory.
Sa Dec will then appear like a little “Venice” with its numerous narrow canals and various kinds of traditional activities on the banks. You will disembark at the local market for a visit, then proceed to the splendid ancient house of Mr. Huyn Thuy Le, the “lover” of Marguerite Duras, famous French novelist and inspiration for the film L'Amant-The Lover directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud .

DAY 3 : Chau Doc - Border Crossing

Activities :
Visit a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm, take a trishaw ride round, through the Cambodian border, overnight in Phnom Penh.

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From the main Mekong channel we travel down to Chau Doc jetty where we transfer to small boats to visit a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm. We take a trishaw ride round this fascinating town of fine French-colonial buildings and see its bustling market. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities. Evening cruise up the broad Mekong channel, which is an international shipping route. Moor overnight just downstream from Phnom Penh.

DAY 4 : Phnom Penh
Activities : Explore the capital of Cambodia

Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The capital of Cambodia retains its French charm. The city has several impressive wats, including Wat Ounalom, Wat Phnom and the newly-painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the Royal Palace and to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. For the morning excursion we are delighted to have teamed up with The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh to offer an alternative to a conventional coach tour. The Cyclo Centre is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers, many of whom are very poor (www.cyclo.org.uk). They will provide us with trained drivers with basic English and a good knowledge of the key sights. You decide where you want to go and what you want to see and off you go on your private cyclo for the morning. (For groups if a conventional guide and coach are required we are happy to supply). In the afternoon an optional excursion (by coach) is arranged to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre situated in the suburbs of the city then shopping at the Russian market or Central market. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking in the Booking Comments box or at the latest on board the first day of the cruise. More happily, Phnom Penh has a lively night life, and some passengers choose to dine ashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes; a favorites being the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.

DAY 5 : Phnom Penh to Tonle River
Activities : Journey to Tonle River, Kampong Chhnang, explore Cambodian rural life, excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river

Meal :
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early morning sail the Tonle River which connects Tonle Lake with the Mekong and Bassac Rivers that merge at Phnom Penh. The river journey to Kampong Chhnang is one of the highlight of the trip. Temples abound along the river banks at Kampong Chhnang, and we see the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, we make a truly wonderful motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen and of considerable interest are the great fish traps. We make a late afternoon departure from Kompong Chhnang heading for Phnom Penh. Moor overnight midriver.

DAY 6 : Kompong Cham (Mekong River)

Activities
: Visit Chong Koh silk weaving village, Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or monastery and school

Meal
: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We glance by the capital Phnom Penh in the early morning to change pilots, and then stop at the little-known Chong Koh silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities. In the afternoon we stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or monastery and school. Passengers are at leisure to explore this peaceful and friendly community. In the wat the splendid village racing boats are stored.

DAY 7 : Kompong Cham Area

Activities
: Journey to Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey, continue to the eco village of Cheungkok

Meal :
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Morning journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating to the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of Angkor. Sail back downstream over lunch for an exploration of the Kompong Cham Area. We travel by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. This colorful temple is unique in Cambodia, as a modern Wat is set within the ruins of an ancient temple. We continue to the eco village of Cheungkok supported by the French-Cambodian NGO AMICA and the Kampong Cham orphanage, supported by the Pandaw ProBono programme.

DAY 8 : Kompong Cham to Siem Reap

Activities
: Coach transfer to Siem Reap

Meal
: Breakfast, Lunch
Coach transfer at 0800 to the Raffles hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap stopping at Kampong Thom. Packed lunch and refreshments provided. Arrive at Siem Reap by 12:00.

What's included
  • Entrance fees, guide services (English language),
  • gratuities to crew, main meals,
  • locally made soft and alcoholic beverages, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
  • Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage (In Saigon: Renaissance Riverside Hotel / In Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa).

What's not included
  • International flights, airport transfers, port dues, laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions),
  • imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.
SiemReap - Saigon 8Ds
RV Pandaw Cruise: Downstream Cruising Siem Reap - Sai Gon
Cruise length : 8 Days
Cruise Ports : Siem Reap-> Tonle Sap-> Kampong Chhnang-> Kampong Cham-> Wat Hanchey-> Phnom Penh-> The Royal Palace-> The Silver Pagoda-> National Museum in Phnom Penh-> Tan Chau-> Chau Doc-> My Tho-> Cai Be-> Saigon
Good for : Those who want to experience Legendary Mekong Delta in luxurious crusie.

Highlights
  • There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong.
  • Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia.
  • A shipping link between Saigon and Angkor is immensely practical for the traveler as it makes it possible to connect three important destinations on one trip with easy plane connections at either end: Saigon the former capital of South Vietnam, Phnom Penh, the quaint Cambodian capital, & the stupendous World Heritage monuments at Angkor: no longer need one check in and out of hotels and endure bumpy roads.
  • The secret of the Pandaw success is that, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate.
DAY 1 : Siem Reap - Tonle Sap
Activities : Transfer to the ship at Siem Reap Port.
Meal : None
The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 Km in length. Here bird life is profuse, and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores. There is a great stillness and tranquility as we pass floating fishing villages. Because of seasonal high winds and varying water levels, we will start our journey one of the following ways:
1. High water, approximately August to November.
At 11:00 o’clock register at Koulen II restaurant in Siem Reap (1 Street Sivatha Svay Dangkum Commune) to transfer to the ship at Siem Reap Port. Passengers staying at the Victoria Resort and Spa will be collected at 1115 from the hotel. On the way to the ship excursion by motor boat to the floating villages of Tonle Sap. Embark the ship at 1300 and lunch onboard. Cross the great lake in the afternoon and drop the anchor after sunset. Moor overnight at the edge of the Tonle Lake.

2. Low water, approximately November to August.

At 1200 Register at Koulen II Restaurant in Siem Reap (1 Street Sivatha Svay Dangkum Commune) to transfer by coach to Prek Dom on the Tonle River, enjoying a snacks and cold drinks on the way with a stop at Kampong Thom. Passengers staying at our partner hotel Victoria Resort and Spa will be collected from the hotel at 1215. Arrive by 1700 and cruise to Kampong Chhnang for overnight mooring.

DAY 2 : Kampong Chhnang
Kampong Chhnang Activities : Cruise all day passing Phnom Penh to enter the Mekong River.
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

High Water: Early morning sailing with a brief stop at Kampong Chhnang after breakfast. Cruise all day passing Phnom Penh to enter the Mekong River. Proceed upstream and stop for an afternoon walk at a rural village.

Low Water: Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, we make a truly wonderful motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen, and of considerable interest are the great fish traps. We touch the capital Phnom Penh in the afternoon to change pilots and enter the Upper Mekong bound for Kampong Cham and stop for an afternoon walk at a rural village.

DAY 3 : Kampong Cham
Activities : Sail back downstream over lunch for an exploration of the Kampong Cham Area.
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Morning journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of Angkor. Sail back downstream over lunch for an exploration of the Kampong Cham Area. We travel by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. We continue to the eco village of Cheungkok supported by the French-Cambodian NGO AMICA and the Kampong Cham orphanage, supported by the Pandaw ProBono programme. We make a late afternoon departure from Kampong Cham heading for Phnom Penh. Overnight mid-stream.

DAY 4 : Phnom Penh
Activities : The National Museum is another highlight
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The capital of Cambodia retains its French charm. The city has several impressive wats, including Wat Ounalom, Wat Phnom and the newly-painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the Royal Palace and to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. An afternoon excursion is arranged to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre situated in the suburbs of the city then shopping at the Russian market or Central market.
More happily, Phnom Penh has a lively night life, and some passengers choose to dine ashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes; a favorites being the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.

DAY 5 : Cruising the Mekong / Border Crossing
Activities : Visit fruit orchards
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We cast off for a day cruising in the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. Today we stop at Prek Touch, a jungle village, to visit fruit orchards, and then set off for the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities.

DAY 6 : Chau Doc
Activities : Visit a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We travel from the main Mekong channel at Tan Chau down the canals and backwaters by local ferry boat. At Chau Doc we visit a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm. We make a trishaw ride round this fascinating town of fine French-colonial buildings and bustling market. We return to the ship for lunch and cast off for Cai Be.

DAY 7 : Cai Be
Activities : Visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area
Meal : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We take a morning junk trip to Dong Hoa Hiep Island to Cai Be to see a floating market, and go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, with its colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens and local rice paper manufacturers. We explore evergreen islands and visit the former Imperial residence the An Kiet House. In the afternoon we continue our sightseeing by boat to Vinh Long to visit the Bonsai Gardens and see brick works.

DAY 8 : My Tho - Saigon
Activities : Sail from Cai Be for My Tho
Meal : Breakfast
Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where we disembark at 08:30 for coach transfer to Renaissance Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (8-15 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1) arriving approximately at 11:00.

What's included
  • The cruise price includes
  • Entrance fees, gratuities for crew, guide services (English language), port dues, main meals, locally made soft and alcoholic beverages, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water, Cambodia port taxes (65$ each).
  • Transfers to and from the ship at the start and end of a voyage are included.
What's not included
  • International flights, laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions),
  • imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.
  • What to bring:Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses & hat, sun-block, insect repel, flashlights, good shoes, cable locks

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