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Cruise Siem Reap to Saigon with RV Pandaw Cruise 11 Days/10 Nights

Day 1: Siem Reap - Kampong Cham

Passengers will transfer by coach from the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor to Kampong Cham, stopping at Kampong Thom along the way. Passengers will visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey in the afternoon.

Day 2: Chhlong

Spend the morning cruising. In the afternoon, passengers will visit the somewhat dilapidated French colonial town of Chhlong, once the centre of the coffee and tea trade. The town boasts a pleasant hotel called 'Relais de Chhlong' where we can have afternoon tea. This is a great little place to just potter around and enjoy some of the amazing colonial houses.


Day 3: Kratie and the Doplhin Sanctuary

Travel by our expediton boat to the WWF protected area where we hope to see the rare river dolphins. The river here is rocky and not navigable by larger vessels. In the afternoon, there will be some free time to explore the town of Kratie, another remnant of French colonialism.


Day 4: Sam Bor

Morning excursion by local bus to visit these important pre-Angkorian temples situated about 40km north of Kratie. Afternoon cruising downstream.


Day 5: Kampong Cham Area

In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit a 12th century Angkorian temple called Wat Nokor, the eco village of Chenungkok and the Pandaw supported Kampong Cham orphanage.
 

Day 6: Tonle River / Kampong Chhnang

Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang by either coach or the ship depending on water levels. In Kampong Chhnang passengers will take a wonderful motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife and many fishtraps may be seen.


Day 7: Phnom Penh

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 in the comments box.


Day 8: Cruising the Mekong - Border Crossing

We spend the day cruising in the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. We stop at Prek Touch, a jungle village, to visit fruit orchards, and then set off for the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities.


Day 9: Chau Doc - Cu Lao Gien

Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. In the afternoon, visit Cu Lao Gien island and a Catholic monastery called “La Providence” built in 1875 by the French nuns of “Saint Paul de Chartres”.
 

Day 10: Sa Dec - Cai Be

In the morning passengers will take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Cai Be 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 colorful floating market which takes place daily in front of the catholic church.


Day 11: My Tho - Saigon

Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Hotel Sofitel Plaza Saigon. Arrive at the hotel late morning.

Inclusive:
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gatuities to crew, main meals ocally made soft and alcoholic beverages, ugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
  • Transfer to the meeting point in Saigon from the ship at the end of a voyage
Exclusive:
  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Imported beverages such as wines
  • Premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.
In 2003, with the Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey in its entirety surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles. In 2004 we brought the former Pandaw III now renamed the Tonle Pandaw over from Myanmar to join the Mekong Pandaw. The two Pandaws explore two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by one great river. This is the only luxury cruises vacation on the Mekong River. A shipping link between Saigon and Angkor is immensely practical for the traveller as it makes it possible to connect three important destinations on one trip with easy plane connections at either end: Saigon the exotic Frenchified former capital of South Vietnam, Phnom Penh, the quaint Cambodian capital, and the stupendous World Heritage monuments at Angkor. One need no longer check in and out of hotels and endure bumpy roads to visit these magnificent places.
 
Sailing on a Pandaw is essentially an outdoor experience. Whilst the staterooms are very comfortable and roomy, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike other cruise ships every window (except port holes on lower deck) can open. When sailing our passengers sit on deck and become absorbed by great panoramas as they unfold about them. Spellbound, one cannot help but to meditate upon the unceasing human and wildlife activity of these teaming water worlds.
 

The Fleet

RV Indochina Pandaw

Specification:
  • Length: 180ft / 55m; Beam: 34ft / 10m; Draught: 3ft / 90cm; Berths: 60 pax on Main and Upper Decks; Decks: 4: Lower,  Main, Upper, Bridge; Engines: 2 x 400bhp Cummins inboard propulsion; Built: 2008 in Saigon
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: VIRES (Vietnam)
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.

RV Pandaw II:

Specification
  • Length: 180ft / 55m; Beam: 34ft / 10m; Draught: 3ft / 90cm; Berths: 48 pax; Decks: 3: Main, Upper, Sun; Engines: 2 x 350 bhp Catepillar; Propulsion: Schotel outboard; Built: 2001
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers

RV Mekong Pandaw

Specification
  • Length: 200ft / 60m; Beam: 36ft / 11m; Draught: 4ft / 1.5m; Berths: 64 pax; Decks: 4: Lower, Main, Upper, Sun; Engines: 2 x 550bhp Isuzu; Propulsion: Inboard system; Built: 2003
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.

RV Tonle Pandaw

Specification
  • Length: 180ft / 55m; Beam: 34ft / 10m; Draught: 3ft / 90cm; Berths: 66 pax; Decks: 3: Main, Upper, Sun; Engines: 2 x 400 bhp Cummins; Propulsion: Schotel outboard; Built: 2002
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.

RV Orient Pandaw

Specification
  • Length: 180ft / 55m; Beam: 34ft / 10m; Draught: 3ft / 90cm; Berths: 60 pax on Main and Upper Decks; Decks: 4: Lower, Main, Upper, Bridge; Engines: 2 x 400bhp Cummins inboard propulsion; Built: 2008 in Saigon
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: VIRES (Vietnam)
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.
 
 

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