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Home | Saigon - Siem Reap by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap by RV Pandaw Cruise

Pandaw Destination Destinations Saigon - My Tho - Cu Lao Gien - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Tonle River - Siem Reap or vv
Pandaw Departure Departure on fixed schedule/contact us for departures
Pandaw Cruise Duration Duration 8 day tour
Pandaw Tour type Tour Type Luxury/sharing/30 cabins
By 2014, RV Pandaw Cruise has 12 beautifully crafted ships in operation. Each RV Pandaw Cruise, hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen are in themselves objects of great beauty. The secret of RV Pandaw Cruises' success is that on the ships, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate...

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  • Vietnam at a Glance Tour
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  • Vietnam at a Glance Tour details
  • Vietnam at a Glance Tour
  • Vietnam at a Glance Tour

Pandaw Cruise Rates

Month

July - 3 Oct (LS) 4 - 17 Oct (SS) 18 Oct - Dec
Single Double Single Double Single Double
Main Deck 1765 3530 2868 3924 2993 4660
Upper Deck 1909 3862 3308 4292 4456 7074
Note*: Rate would varies depending on departure dates and no of booking cabin. Please book the tour or contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for best rates.

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RV Pandaw Cruise passes 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.

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 will also spend a full day in charming Phnom Penh and explore remoter waterways as we progress to the great monuments of Angkor.


Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Itinerary Registration is at 10.30am Purple Jade Bar (Level One) 39 Le Duan, Ben Nghe Saigon Vietnam Registration is at 1030 at the INTERCONTINENTAL ASIANA SAIGON HOTEL (39 Le Duan, Ben Nghe - Saigon) and transfer at 11:00 to the Delta Port of My Tho by coach arriving at 13:00 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. We board the Pandaw Cruise. 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.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 1 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Image
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 specialties 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 with Pandaw to 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 .
After lunch on board the Pandaw, cast off for Chau Doc. En route visit Cu Lao Gien island and a Catholic monastery called “La Providence” built in 1875 by the French nuns of “Saint Paul de Chartres”. Cu Lao Gien became an important Catholic centre with mission, an orphanage, school, hospice and leprosy centre that can treat 1,000 people. During the Japanese invasion the monastery was abandoned; operations were resumed after 1945 until 1977. Nowadays Cu Lao Gian serves as a retreat for 180 retired nuns taken care of by novices.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 2 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise


Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise ItineraryFrom 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 Pandaw Cruise 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.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

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Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Image 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. 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.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 4 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise


Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Image Early morning sail the Tonle River which connects Tonle Lake with the Mekong and Bassac Rivers that merge at Phnom Penh.
1. Low water, approximately November to July
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.
2. High water, approximately July to November
Stop at Preak Dom Bridge. Proceed by coach to Kampong Chhnang where we can see the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. 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. Back to the ship at lunch time. We make a late afternoon departure from Kampong Cham heading for Phnom Penh.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 5 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise ImageWe stop at the little-known Chong Koh silk-weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. In the afternoon we stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or monastery and school. In the wat the splendid village racing boats are stored.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 6 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Details Passengers visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey in the morning. In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit the Twin Holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man and Woman Hill). Continuation to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok supported by the Frech-Cambodian NGO Amican
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 7 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise


Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise DetailsEarly morning coach transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid afternoon.
* Transfer by coach from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap takes approx 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Details

Passengers will transfer by coach from the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa to Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way.
Meals:
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 1 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Details and Itinerary
Kampong Cham is an important provincial capital with French colonial buildings, busting markets and an attractive setting overlooking the Mekong.
Passengers will visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey in the morning. In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit the Twin Holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man and Woman Hill). Continuation to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok supported by the Frech-Cambodian NGO Amica.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 2 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise


Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Details and Itinerary
The Tonle River connects the Mekong main channel at Phnom Penh with the great Tonle Sap or lake. This section is the prettiest part of your river journey as the river narrows between Phnom Penh and Kampong Channang and one passes through villages, woodland and hills.
Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang by either coach or the ship depending on water levels. Beyond Kampong Chhnang travel by the Pandaw Explorer to discover the vast wetlands around the mouth of the river. Here many fishtraps may be seen.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 3 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Details and Itinerary
Sailing into Phnom Penh past the Royal Palace and bustling corniche is highlight to any Mekong voyage. We moor right in the city centre and you can walk virtually anywhere.
Passengers will visit Phnom Penh and 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.
In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 4 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Details and Itinerary
We spend the day cruising in the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route for the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. The RV Pandaw Cruise ankors midstream overnight in Tan Chau.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 5 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Details and ItineraryThe main jetty is in the town center next to the Victoria Hotel. A sampan trip to visit the Cham villages is a must to view the cat fish farms contained in great bamboo vats suspended beneath the floors of the Cham houseboats.
The town itself retains a 'French' style charm with many old colonial buildings now housing offices of the Vietnam Communist Party and its many branches.
We visit a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 6 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Details and Itinerary
Sa Dec is said to be yet another 'little Venice of Asia' and it does live up to this name with countless canals bustling with water borne craft of every size and description. The market is great - a typical hive of Vietnamese bustle and enterprise. Near the market you will find the house of Mr Huyn Thuy Le, remembered as the lover of the French author Marguerite Duras in her classic book L'Amant.
In the morning passengers will take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long along canals and backwaters. Passengers will visit Sa Dec and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist.
At Cai Be, we will cruise through its colourful floating market which takes place daily in front of the catholic church.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

End day 7 of Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise

Saigon - Siem Reap or vv by RV Pandaw Cruise Details and Itinerary
My Tho is the hub of the Delta. This is a busy commercial port and currently our ships are wedged between the Foster's Brewery and a timber yard - certainly giving an industrial flavour to this economically active area. In central My Tho there is a fine temple and bustling market area adjacent to the tourist port.
Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel. Arrive at the hotel late morning.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A


RV Pandaw Cruise Rates and Departures

Note*: please contact book the tour or us @ info@indochinatreks.com for updated departures and rates.

Departures

Month

July

(LS)

Aug

(LS)

Sep

(LS)

Oct

(SS)

Nov

(HS)

Dec

(HS)

SG - REP 8 8 5 3, 17, 31 14, 28 12, 26
REP - SG 21 15 12 10, 24 21 5, 19

Note*: REP - Siem Reap; SG - Saigon; PNH: Phnom Penh; LS - Low Season, SS - Shoulder Season; HS: High Season.

Rates (US$/cabin)

Month

July - 3 Oct (LS) 4 - 17 Oct (SS) 18 Oct - Dec
Single Double Single Double Single Double
Main Deck 1765 3530 2868 3924 2993 4660
Upper Deck 1909 3862 3308 4292 4456 7074

Note*:


1. Rate would varies depending on departure dates and no of booking cabin. Please book the tour or contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for best rates.
2. US$65/person is added for port tax.

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