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

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The Original Mekong Cruise - Upstream

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 - 22 Jan 2021

We have further enhanced two departures by chartering the RV Mekong Pandaw 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 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. 

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


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.


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

Date Price
January 22 £3195
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(Limited availability)

Main Deck double for sole use £595

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £295
Upper Deck double for sole use £845

Flight Options

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

Extension Options

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

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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