- 7 nights on-board a river cruiser
- Visit the spectacular ‘green oasis’
- Have your fortune told by a Taoist monk
- Explore Phnom Penh’s history, culture and nightlife
- Learn about the art of silk making
- Enjoy an authentic Khmer experience
- Observe Irrawaddy dolphins in their natural environment
- Enjoy indigenous entertainment and demonstrations
Day 1: Saigon to My Tho
Your exciting upstream exploration of the beautiful trans-boundary Mekong River begins the moment that you transfer from the meeting point in Saigon to the port in My Tho. Board our river cruiser, and make yourself comfortable as we set sail towards the charming coastal province of Ben Tre. In the afternoon, sit back, relax and enjoy a lecture on authentic Vietnamese life, and learn about the Mekong Delta. In the evening, you are invited to attend a welcome cocktail reception, with live entertainment provided by a colourful indigenous dance group.
Join your fellow guests at the Welcome party and meet the crew. You have free time to explore your floating retreat, to relax and unwind in the public lounge and bar areas, and to make itinerary plans for your exciting optional excursions.
Day 2: Ben Tre
Transfer to a traditional sampan to travel through the lush mangroves and bamboo groves, en route to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. On arrival, observe the local artisans at work and accept their generous, friendly invitation into their homes for tea. Sample a variety of delicious ripe fruits and homemade honey products. On our return, we travel by horse cart through the breathtaking countryside, admiring the exotic bird life and native flora. After lunch, learn about pot making on Cho Lach Island, and enjoy a cookery lesson making Banh Xeo (savoury fried pancakes).
Day 3: Gao Giong
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before coach transfer to Gao Giong. The spectacular ‘green oasis’ boasts a bird sanctuary and a diverse selection of water birds and white egrets. The expansive eco-tourism site is a stunning natural landscape that is divided into four zones. Explore the canals that lead you to the primary nesting areas. In the afternoon, we continue upstream to the secret paradise island of Con Phuoc Island. Observe the local artisans woodworking and weaving products to sell. End the exploration with a visit to the charming 100-year old Catholic Church.
Day 4: Cambodia Border
An exploration of the labyrinthine canal system that winds around the vibrant urban town of Tan Chau awaits you in the afternoon. Visit a traditional Taoist temple and witness the monks reading fortunes. In the nearby villages you can observe the locals tending to their fields of crops. We also visit a fish farm and learn about the importance of releasing fish back into the Mekong River. Whilst awaiting the necessary border crossing formalities, you can join our optional tour of the ship or learn the impressive skill of fruit carving.
Day 5: Phnom Penh
Board a cyclo (bicycle taxi) for a morning orientation of Cambodia’s bustling capital Phnom Penh. Visit the majestic Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and admire the lavish display of priceless artefacts in the National Museum. In the afternoon, join our optional guided tour of the Killing Fields and the Genocide museum. Alternatively, you can take a tuk-tuk to the riverfront and enjoy a traditional high tea at the iconic Raffles Hotel. In the evening, you have free time to explore Phnom Penh’s colourful city port area and its lively nightlife.
Day 6: Koh Okhna Tey
We continue our breathtaking voyage of discovery by sailing up the Tonle River to Koh Okhna Tey. Locally known as ‘silk island’, Koh Okhna Tey is home to expert craftspeople who will teach you all about the fine art of the silk making process. Enjoy a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of Bokator before returning to the ship. Relax on board and admire the stunning natural scenery as we cruise the Tonle River to meet the Mekong River. Learn about the Angkor and Khmer culture at our evening lecture.
Day 7: Kratie and the Dolphin Grounds
On arrival at Koh Trong Island, explore the charming hamlet via bicycle. For an authentic Khmer experience, ride the ox cart through the local countryside and villages, and stop off to visit local schools where excited children are eager to meet you. On a visit to a reforestation site you can leave your mark by planting a tree. After lunch, we moor close to the enchanting town of Kratie and take a short boat ride to the dolphin grounds. Observe the magical sight of the elusive Irrawaddy dolphins at play.
Day 8: Siem Reap
Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast as we sail downstream towards Kampong Cham. After mooring, it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and to disembark. Private road transfer to Siem Reap followed by transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
RV Mekong Pandaw
Specially designed and built to sail the calm waters of the scenic river, the RV Mekong Pandaw flaunts many features that enhance your small ship cruise experience. Refitted in 2012, the cruiser boasts a professional spa and gym.
RV Tonle Pandaw
Built in 2002, the luxury handcrafted RV Tonle Pandaw is modelled on the vintage Pandaw II. The river cruiser was fully refitted in 2013 and now offers 28 air-conditioned cabins and a well stocked library and professional spa.
- Full board with buffet breakfast as well as lunch and dinner
- Beverages (non-alcoholic, select premium wines, sparkling wine and national beer)
- Private transfers
- Excursion entrance fees and English language guide services
- Gratuities to crew
What’s Not Included
- International flights
- Visa costs
- Fuel surcharges
- Imported beverages
- Tips to local guides, drivers and boat operators
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- March 8
- April 4
- July 12
- August 8, 23
- September 5
- October 3, 18
- November 14, 29
- December 27
- January 9, 23
- February 7
- March 6, 21
- April 17