Saigon - Siem Reap by RV Pandaw Cruise

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Saigon - Siem Reap by RV Pandaw Cruise

Detailed Itinerary

  • Saigon - Siem Reap
  • Siem Reap - Saigon

DAY 1: SAIGON - MY THO - CAI BE

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 RV 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: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

DAY 2: CAI BE – SA DEC – CHAU DOC

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

DAY 3: CHAU DOC – BORDER CROSSING – PHNOM PENH

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 RV 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

DAY 4: PHNOM PENH

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

DAY 5: PHNOM PENH - TONLE RIVER

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

DAY 6: KAMGPONG CHAM

We 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

DAY 7: KAMGPONG CHAM - KANGPONG CHHNANG

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

DAY 8: TONLE - SIEM REAP

Early 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

DAY 1: SIEM REAP - KAMPONG CHHNANG

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: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Pandaw Cruise

DAY 2: KAMPONG CHHNANG

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

DAY 3: KAMPONG CHHNANG - TONLE RIVER

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

DAY 4: PHNOM PENH

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

DAY 5: PHNOM PENH BORDER CROSSING

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

DAY 6: CHAU DOC

The 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

DAY 7: CHAU DOC - SADEC

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

DAY 8: SADEC - MY THO - SAIGON

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

*NOTE: Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed proposal, we will do our utmost to stick to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. It may be necessary to make some changes as a result of climatic conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.

Cabin & Rates

Note*: room image would be not the same all the Pandaw Cruises.

Roomtypes

Rates (US$/person)

Maindeck Stateroom

Pandaw Cruise Bedroom

16m2/main deck
Double/twin bed
n/a
max 2 persons

Contact us for price

Upperdeck Stateroom

dELUXE cABIN Pandaw Cruise

16sqm/upper deck
Double/twin bed
n/a
max 2 persons

Tour Price/person

The tour price of this itinerary would vary depending on date of departure and number of participants. Please book this tour or contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for free quote and consultancy by local experts.

Important information

What's included ?

Price Includes

  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • Mekong 8 days package by RV Pandaw Cruise
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Port tax and services charge

Price Excludes

  • Vietnam and Cambodia Visa stamping fee
  • Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services

Children Rates

Children from 5 years up to 18 years old get:
  • Please contact us for the rate of children
  • 1 adult and 1 child – 1 cabin – child receives 50% reduction from adult price.
  • 2 adults and 1 child – 2 cabins – 1 cabin with no single supplement and 50% reduction for the child.
  • 2 adults and 2 children – 2 cabins – 50% reduction for both children.
  • Please note our cruises are not suitable for young or small children as the ships have railings but no netting.
Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults

Terms and Conditions

Payment Terms

  • A 20% deposit of your total booking value with Pandaw is required upon confirmation and is non refundable.
  • Final balance must be paid 65 days before departure or the booking will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited.

Cancellation Terms

For cancellations of bookings, the following charges will apply
  • From time of booking until 65 day prior to departure non-refundable deposit
  • From 64 days and less till departure, no show, late arrival or early return 100% cancellation fee

Pandaw Cruise Departures

Pandaw Cruise Departures for 2019

Itineraries

2019
Mar April/May July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Saigon and Siem Reap, Mekong Classic 8 days
Upstream 3,9,17,23 6,20 13 10,24 7,22 5,19 2,3,16,30 28,29
Downstream 2,10,16,30 13 6,20 3,17,31 14 12,26 9,10,23 7,21
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap , 4 and 5 days
Upstream 7,13,21,27 10,24 17, 28, 11, 9,23 6,20 4
Downstream 2,10,16,30 13 6,20 3,17,31 14 12,26 9,23 7,21
Saigon and Phnom Penh, 4 and 5 days
Upstream 3,9,17,23 20 6,10,24 7 5,19 2,16,30 28
Downstream 5,13,19,27 2,6,16 9,23 20, 3,17 15,29 12,26 10,24

Pandaw Cruise Departures for 2020

Itineraries

2020
Jan Feb Mar April/May July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Saigon and Siem Reap, Mekong Classic 8 days
Upstream 11,12,25,26 8,9,22 7,8,21 4,5,18 11,12,25,26 8,9,22,23 5,6,19,20 3,4,17,18,31 1,14,15,28,29 26,27
Downstream 4,5,18,19 1,2,15,16,29 1,14,15,29 11,12 4,18,19 1,2,15,16,29,30 12,13,26,27 10,11,24,25 7,8,21,22,19,20
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap , 4 and 5 days
Upstream 1,15,20 12 26,11,25 8,22 15 12,26 9,23 7,21 4,18 2,30
Downstream 4,18,1 15 29,14,28 11 4,18 1,15,29 12,26 10,24 7,21 19
Saigon and Phnom Penh, 4 and 5 days
Upstream 11,25 8,22 7,21 4,18 11,25 8,22 5,19 3,17,31 14,28 26
Downstream 7,21 4,18,3 17,31 14 7,21 4,18 1,15,29 13,27 10,24 22

Rates/Departures

The rates of this tour would vary depending on date of departure and number of participants. Please book this tour or contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for free quote and consultancy by local experts.

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