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 - Ho Chi Minh City/My Tho/Ben Tre
Day 3 - Ben Tre/Cho Lach
Day 4 - Con Phuoc Island
Day 5 - Tan Chau
Day 6 - Phnom Penh
Day 7 - Silk Island
Day 8 - Wat Hanchey/Kampong Cham
Day 9 - Kampong Cham/Siem Reap/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 London Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) via Hanoi or Bangkok.
Day 2 Transfer to My Tho to embark on the RV Mekong Pandaw for your seven-night cruise. Enjoy a talk on Vietnamese life on the Mekong Delta. (L, D)
Day 3 Take sampan boats through the backwaters to see the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. Return to the vessel by horse cart through the village. Cruise to Cho Lach to visit the pot making island and catch further glimpses of life on the Delta, agriculture and local Vietnamese hospitality including a culinary lesson in making traditional Banh Xeo. (B, L, D)
Day 4 By road and sampan boat to Gao Giong bird sanctuary. Afternoon cruise upstream to Con Phuoc Island to moor. Explore by tuk-tuk its basket weaving production, a Catholic church and woodworking artisans. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Afternoon visit to the Taoist temple at Tan Chau, a local village and fish farm. Continue cruising crossing the border in to Cambodia. (B, L, D)
Day 6 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 7 Sail upstream 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 8 Cruise 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 9 Sail downstream to Kampong Cham and disembark. Transfer to Siem Reap (5 hrs – day room at Victoria Angkor Hotel). Return overnight flight. (B)
Day 10 Arrive London Heathrow.
Whilst the vessel carries up to 56 guests, our maximum group size for transfers/excursions is 24.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
Operated by the excellent Pandaw River Expeditions, our partner for many years, the fine RV Mekong Pandaw is well-run by a very helpful Vietnamese and Cambodian crew.
The traditional decor is hand finished in brass and teakwood with an air-conditioned dining room, observation deck, sundeck and saloon bar, spa, gym, fair-trade shop, lecture room, library, 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 either as a buffet or à la carte with the occasional themed dinner. Tea, coffee, water and locally made soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are included on board. Bottled drinking water is distributed before excursions and shoe cleaning, cold towels and a refreshing drink is offered post excursion. 24 air-conditioned, outside cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, luggage storage, wardrobe, nightly turndown service, complimentary evening canapés and panoramic French windows that lead to personal deck space. Six twin Main Deck and 18 Upper Deck cabins (172 sq. ft.).
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Pre-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 Fly from London Heathrow direct to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Day 2 Transfer to the Saigon Prince Hotel for two nights (early check-in). Option to upgrade to the 5-star Caravelle Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing including the Reunification Palace, Opera House and General Post Office.
Day 3 Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Saigon River dinner cruise. (B, D)
Day 4 Transfer to the Intercontinental Asiana Saigon Hotel for Pandaw registration. By bus to the port of My Tho to embark on the RV Mekong Pandaw for your seven-night cruise. Enjoy a talk on Vietnamese life on the Mekong Delta while sailing to Ben Tre. (L, D)
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.
Angkor Temples - Post-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 Mekong Pandaw (5 hrs) to join the main tour.
Day 1 Transfer to the 4-star Prince d’Angkor (option to upgrade to the 5-star Victoria Angkor) for three nights. Visit the Roluos group of temples. (B)
Day 2 Visit the temples including Angkor Thom, Royal Enclosure, Bayon, Terrace of Elephants and jungle temple of Ta Prohm. Apsara dance theatre and dinner. (B, D)
Day 3 Visit Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre temples, then Angkor Wat, one of the world’s largest religious monuments. (B)
Day 4 Free day before transfer to the airport for return flight via Hanoi. (B)
Day 5 Arrive London Heathrow.
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.
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
Main Deck double for sole use £595
Upper Deck £295
Upper Deck double for sole use £845
London/Ho Chi Minh City/London
Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy from £595
Vietnam Airlines Business Class from £1795
Thai Airways £200
Thai Airways Royal Silk Class from £1995
Pre-tour Extension - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Saigon Prince Hotel £165
Single supplement £85
Caravelle Hotel £265
Single supplement £185
Post-tour Extension – Angkor Temples
Prince d’Angkor £295
Single supplement £65
Victoria Angkor £445
Single supplement £195
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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