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

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The Original Mekong Cruise - Downstream

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

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.

Key Features

Exclusive Departures
Free Cabin Selection
Excursions Included
Full Board
Most Drinks Included
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 - 24


Exclusive Departure

RV Tonle Pandaw & RV Mekong Pandaw - 18 Jan 2020 & 22 Jan 2021

We have further enhanced two departures by chartering the RV Tonle Pandaw (18 Jan) and RV Mekong Pandaw (22 Jan) for Jules Verne guests only, allowing a very special price during the best season of travel.

Enjoy a Jules Verne Special Event, a cocktail at Phnom Penh’s classic Raffles Hotel.

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.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


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.


per person in a Main Deck twin/double cabin
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
November 9 £3395


per person in a Main Deck twin/double cabin 
Vietnam Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
January 18 £2895
March 14 £3295
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Limited availability
2019: Sep 14
2020: Jan 18

Main Deck double for sole use £595

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £395 (Jan £295)
Upper Deck double for sole use £945 (Jan £845)

Flight Options

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

Extension Options

Pre-tour Extension – Angkor Temples 
3 nights 
Prince d’Angkor £295
Single supplement £95 (2019 Sep £65)
Victoria Angkor £445
Single supplement £195

Post-tour Extension - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
2 nights 
Saigon Prince Hotel £185
Single supplement £95
Caravelle Hotel £265
Single supplement £185

Independent Arrival

Save £750
Transfers to/from airport with group included

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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