A classic one-week cruise only on the mighty Mekong River with the option of adding stays in Saigon & Siem Reap for the temples of Angkor
Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Kampong Cham
Day 3 - Kampong Cham/Wat Hanchey
Day 4 - Silk Island
Day 5 - Phnom Penh
Day 6 - Tan Chau
Day 7 - Con Phuoc Island
Day 8 - Cho Lach/Ben Tre
Day 9 - My Tho/Ho Chi Minh City/Return Flight
Rising in the Tibetan Plateau and cutting across six countries, the Mekong is the world’s 12th longest river, sustaining all manner of life along its way through its food, water, transport and commerce, and supports one of the most diverse fisheries, second only to the Amazon.
The cruise provides an excellent means of travelling in great comfort to places unreachable by road and makes possible exploration of the vast but little known region between the former French colonial city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and the ancient Khmer capital of Angkor.
Less well known is the association with Saigon (once known as the ‘Cambodian City’ or ‘Downstream Cambodia’) and the trading relationship between the Champa kingdom in Vietnam and the then flourishing Angkor empire; the common thread being the mighty Mekong River linking inland rivers to the delta & beyond.
Saigon’s Chinese, Cambodian and French influence is leavened further by a cross section of Asia’s merchant diaspora – Indian, Malay, Thai and Arab.
Free Cabin Selection
Most Drinks Included
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 2 - 24
Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Phnom Penh via Ho Chi Minh or Bangkok.
Day 2 Arrive in the morning. Transfer to Kampong Cham to embark on your Pandaw vessel for your seven-night cruise. (L, D)
Day 3 Cruise upstream to Wat Hanchey, a centre of worship during the Chenla period and visit some of its 8th-century structures. At Kampong Cham, visit Wat Nokor Bachey, built from black sandstone. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Sail downstream to the Tonle River. Embark the Pandaw Explorer to Silk Island and learn about the process of silk making from worms to weavers. See a demonstration of Bokator, an ancient Khmer martial art. Lecture about Angkor and Khmer culture on board. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Visit Phnom Penh by private cyclo visiting the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Optional excursion to the Killing Fields and the infamous Tuol Sleng prison (bookable locally). (B, L, D)
Day 6 Cruise across the border to Vietnam. Visit the Taoist temple at Tan Chau, a local village and fish farm. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Sail up a small canal to Con Phuoc Island and explore by tuk-tuk its basket weaving production, a Catholic church and woodworking artisans. By road and sampan to Gao Giong bird sanctuary. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Visit the pot making island of Cho Lach and catch further glimpses of life on the Delta, agriculture and local Vietnamese hospitality including a culinary lesson in making traditional Banh Xeo. Cruise to Ben Tre to take sampan boats through the backwaters to see the fruit orchards. Return to the vessel by horse cart. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Sail to My Tho and disembark. Transfer to Saigon (day room at Hotel Saigon Prince). City tour includes a visit to the Reunification Palace, Opera House and General Post Office. Evening transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight. (B)
Day 10 Arrive London Heathrow.
The upstream cruise operates in reverse with corresponding itinerary changes.
Whilst the vessel carries up to 56 guests, our maximum group size for transfers/excursions is 24.
Operated by the excellent Pandaw River Expeditions, our partner for many years, the fine RV Tonle Pandaw is well-run by a very helpful Vietnamese and Cambodian crew.
The traditional decor is hand finished in brass and teakwood with spacious public areas including an air-conditioned dining room, observation deck, sundeck and saloon bar, fair-trade shop, lecture room, library, local art gallery and WiFi (free/limited). The Lower Deck of the RV Mekong also has a spa, gym and cinema room.
Enjoy a range of Asian and Western cuisine (served or buffet). Tea, coffee, water and locally made soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are included on board plus bottled water for excursions with shoe cleaning, cold towels and a refreshing drink post excursion.
The RV Tonle Pandaw has 10 twin/double Main Deck cabins and 18 Upper Deck cabins (170 sq. ft.) and the RV Mekong Pandaw has six twin/double Main Deck cabins and 18 Upper Deck cabins (170 sq. ft.). Cabins have private facilities, hairdryer, safe, luggage storage, wardrobe, nightly turn down service and panoramic French windows that lead to personal deck space.
Angkor Temples - Pre-tour Extension
Explore the ancient Khmer capital of Angkor staying three nights at the 4-star Tara Angkor or 5-star Victoria Angkor. Visit a selection of the temples including the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm and enjoy an Apsara dance show and dinner. Transfer to RV Tonle Pandaw (5 hrs) to join the main tour.
Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Siem Reap via Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Prince d’Angkor or 5-star Victoria Angkor for three nights. Visit the Roluos group of temples. (B)
Day 3 Visit more temples including Angkor Thom, Royal Enclosure, Bayon, Terrace of Elephants and jungle temple of Ta Prohm. Apsara dance theatre and dinner. (B, D)
Day 4 Visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples, then Angkor Wat, one of the world’s largest religious monuments. (B)
Day 5 Transfer to RV Tonle Pandaw (5 hrs).
A 4-star central hotel with a mix of modern and traditional furnishings. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, lounge, spa and WiFi (free). 222 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Located in the heart of Siem Reap opposite the Royal Park, this colonial style hotel has a sense of peaceful tranquillity. Restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 129 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer and satellite TV.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Post-tour Extension
Extend for two nights in central Saigon at the 4-star Saigon Prince Hotel or the 5-star Caravelle Hotel to explore the former French colonial city of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Orientation tour and a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels plus a Saigon River dinner cruise.
Day 1 Transfer from RV Tonle Pandaw to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Orientation tour including the Reunification Palace, Opera House and General Post Office. Two nights in central Saigon at the 4-star Saigon Prince Hotel or the 5-star Caravelle Hotel. (B)
Day 2 Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Saigon River dinner cruise. (B, D)
Day 3 Free day. Evening transfer to the airport for the flight home.
A 4-star hotel is in the heart of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) on the Nguyen Hue Boulevard. Restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 191 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Ho Chi Minh City’s leading 5-star hotel opened in 1959 with a combination of French and Vietnamese architecture. Restaurant, bars, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 335 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, safe and satellite TV.
per person in a Main Deck twin/double cabin
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow
per person in a Main Deck twin/double cabin
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
2019: Sep 14
2020: Jan 18
Main Deck double for sole use £595
Upper Deck £395 (Jan £295)
Upper Deck double for sole use £945 (Jan £845)
London/Ho Chi Minh City/London
Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy from £495
Vietnam Airlines Business Class from £1795
Thai Airways £200
Thai Airways Royal Silk Class from £1895
Pre-tour Extension – Angkor Temples
Prince d’Angkor £295
Single supplement £95 (2019 Sep £65)
Victoria Angkor £445
Single supplement £195
Post-tour Extension - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Saigon Prince Hotel £185
Single supplement £95
Caravelle Hotel £265
Single supplement £185
Transfers to/from airport with group included
Air travel and taxes, port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and most drinks on cruise, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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