Overview 

Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Ho Chi Minh City/My Tho/Ben Tre
Day 3 - Gao Giong
Day 4 - Chau Doc & Border Crossing
Day 5 - Phnom Penh
Day 6 - Silk Island
Day 7 - Prek Kdam/ Oudong
Day 8 - Kampong Chhnang / Tonle Sap River
Day 9 - Kampong Chhnang /Siem Reap/Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets

The Original Mekong Cruise

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

Excursions Included
Full Board
Most Drinks Included
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 2 –27

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 Indochina Pandaw for your seven-night cruise. Take sampan boats through the backwaters to see the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. Travel by local rowboat through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in coconut candy and rice wine. Evening entertainment by a Vietnamese Cultural Group on Vietnamese life on the Mekong Delta. (L, D)

Day 3 Morning sailing through the delta with an insight into life along this mighty waterway. By road and sampan boat to Gao Giong bird sanctuary. Lecture on the Life and History around the Mekong Delta. (B, L, D)

Day 4 At Chau Doc, visit the famous floating markets and fish farms by Sampan.  Visit local Chham Village. Short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda and climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda. Continue cruising crossing the border in to Cambodia. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit Phnom Penh by private cyclo visiting the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Excursion to the Killing Fields and the infamous Tuol Sleng prison. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise upstream along the Mekong River. Visit Silk Island and learn about the process of silk making from worms to weavers. See a demonstration of L’bokator, an ancient Khmer martial art. Lecture on Cambodian Geography and Life along the Mekong. (B, L, D) 

Day 7 Morning cruise along the Tonle Sap River. Disembark at Prek Kdam and travel by coach to the Ancient Capital of Cambodia, Oudong. Visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre. By Ox-Carts along the Tonle Sap River visiting the local villages, markets and temples. Cocktail by the fire in one of the local Khmer Villages where you will join the villagers dancing and learning about the local culture. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Cruise the very narrow canals of the Tonle Sap River to get closer with the local riverside villagers. At Kampong Chhnang, board Pandaw Tender Boat “Pandaw Explorer” to visit the famous Tonle Sap Floating Villages and Markets, observing locals fishing and tending their floating vegetable gardens. Cruise back to Kampong Chhnang City. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Transfer to Siem Reap (5 hrs – day room at Tara Angkor Hotel). Return overnight flight. (B)

Day 10 Arrive London Heathrow.

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

Notes

Whilst the vessel carries up to 56 guests, our maximum group size for transfers/excursions is 27.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

2022

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

Date Price
September 30 £3695
October 14 £750
November 11 £3695
November 25 £3795
December 9 £3895

2023

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

Date Price
January 20 £3895
February 17 £3895
March 3 £3895
March 17 £3795
October 6 £3795
October 20 £3795
November 3 £3895
November 17 £3895
December 15 £3895
December 29 £3895

2024

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

Date Price
January 26 £3895
February 9 £3895
February 23 £3895
March 8 £3795
March 22 £3795
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all bookings made by 31 October 2021, deduct £200 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited dates/availability)
2022: Sep 30
2023: Mar 3 & 17, Oct 6, Dec 15 & 29
2024: Mar 22

Main Deck double for sole use £645 
(2023 £725)

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £595
Upper Deck double for sole use £1225
(2023 £1325)
Suite £3095
Suite double for sole use £3795

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)
Novotel Saigon Centre £295
Single supplement £115
Caravelle Hotel £445
Single supplement £245

Post-tour Extension – Angkor Temples
Tara Angkor £345 
Single supplement £95 
Victoria Angkor £475 
Single supplement £215 

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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