7 night Classic Mekong Cruise on-board RV Mekong Pandaw

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7 night Classic Mekong Cruise on-board RV Mekong Pandaw

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating & varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta & the tranquillity of Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta so rich in human life & endeavour, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. With a full day in charming Phnom Penh we then explore remoter waterways as we progress to the great monuments of Angkor.
Cruise Operator: Development Promotions

FROM:R24 770

Package Information
Starting fromR24 770
Package ValiditySet departure date: 22 SEP 2018.
Duration8 days
DestinationVietnam & Cambodia
Starts inSiem Reap
Ends inSaigon


- Return transfers between the meeting point & the ship
- 7 nights cruise on-board the RV Orient Mekong on the Main Deck
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily with a selection of locally made soft drink, local beer & local spirits, jugged coffee & selection of teas, tisanes & mineral water on-board
- Welcome cocktail party
- Signature hors d’oeuvres at cocktails each evening
- Afternoon tea with cakes or cookies when cruising
- Cookery demonstrations and classes using local produce
- All scheduled excursions
- At least two cultural performances per cruise
- Tour of the engine rooms, galley and working parts of the ship
- Film presentations on local culture and history
- Entrance fees
- Assistance of a guide services
- Gratuities for the crew
- Port charges

** Upgrade to the Upper Deck starting from an additional R2460 per person


Day 1

Siem Reap

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

Morning transfer to your Pandaw moored at Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Once on board we will set sail upstream to moor overnight at Cchlong.

Your guide or purser will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

Day 2

Kratie & the Dolphon Grounds

Sail through the morning to reach Kratie, a charming French colonial river port, and after lunch visit the dolphin grounds travelling further upstream by local bus.

Day 3

Angkor Ban

Sailing down river we stop at the very curious Monkey Temple, Wat Hanchey and Angkor Ban.

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Whilst in Phnom Penh you will be provided with their own private cyclo. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre.

Day 5

Tonle River

Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village Preak Kdam, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.

Day 6

Vietnam Border

Sail for the border and formalities and then continue to Tan Chau for the evening.

Please note border crossing will take place on Day 5 during low water (for visa purposes).

Day 7

Chau Doc

Morning either visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore the local market and the Catholic Church. Afternoon excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long to see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine. We continue along canals and backwaters to Cai Be for the floating market and overnight.

Day 8

My Tho to Saigon

Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Saigon. Arrive late morning at around 10.30am.


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