Day 1 title: Phnom Penh
Day 1 meals:
Day 1 overnight: RV Mekong Pandaw - Stateroom
Day 1 description:
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, through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavour, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. Your journey will end in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.
In 2003, with the RV Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey, surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles. We now have four ships plying this amazing waterway.
The check-in time should be no later than 12.00 noon, as we need your passport to process the immigration formalities for the border crossing. Please hand out your passports to our crew at embarkation.
The ship is moored at the tourist jetty at Sisowath Quay, walking distance from the Royal Palace.
Embark the ship by lunchtime. Afternoon and evening at leisure to discover the city on your own.
Day 2 title: Tonle River
Day 2 meals:
Day 2 overnight: RV Mekong Pandaw - Stateroom
Day 2 description: Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, 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 3 title: Vietnam Border
Day 3 meals:
Day 3 overnight: RV Mekong Pandaw - Stateroom
Day 3 description: Sail for the border and formalities and then continue to Tan Chau for the evening.
Day 4 title: Chau Doc
Day 4 meals:
Day 4 overnight: RV Mekong Pandaw - Stateroom
Day 4 description: 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 5 title: My Tho to Saigon
Day 5 meals:
Day 5 overnight: None of accommodation
Day 5 description: Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Saigon, to the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel, arriving late morning at around 10.30am.
The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature of our ships.
Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are very spacious at 168 square feet (15.6 sqm). Much loved by all our passengers we have ensured that with each ship we build the stateroom remains the same. Our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV’s, internet or phones. Pandaw passengers usually want to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Where we go and what we see is intrepid in extreme. What you come back to is a floating base of discreet comfort, caring service and all the good things one looks for in life. All our cabins have the same size and Pandaw signature amenities. Choose from Main Deck, Upper Deck or Premium Upper Deck (Mekong only).
Special to Your Stateroom:
+ Fruit and flowers on arrival
+ Kimonos and slippers
+ Spa-branded amenities
+ Unlimited mineral water