Overview

Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Kampong Cham
Day 3 - Kratie
Day 4 - Angkor Ban 
Day 5 - Phnom Penh
Day 6 - Kampong Trolach/Chong Koh
Day 7 - Tan Chau
Day 8 - Chau Doc/Sa Dec/Vinh Long/Cai Be
Day 9 - My Tho/Ho Chi Minh City/Return Flight

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

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

New Tour
Exclusive Departures
Free Cabin Selection
Excursions Included
Full Board
Most Drinks Included
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure
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 the RV Tonle Pandaw for your seven-night cruise. (L, D)

Day 3 Cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages towards the French colonial town of Kratie. By bus further upstream to view the dolphin grounds in a national park. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Sail downstream to the Tonle River. Embark the Pandaw Explorer to Silk Island and to see a Bokator demonstration, an ancient Khmer martial art. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit Phnom Penh by private cyclo. Visit the wats (temples) and the National Museum. Optional afternoon excursion to the Killing Fields and the infamous Tuol Sleng prison (bookable locally). (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise across the border. 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 and Catholic church. By road and sampan to Gao Giong bird sanctuary. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Visit the pot making island of Cho Lach. Cruise to Ben Tre to take sampan boats through the backwaters. Return to the vessel by horse cart. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Sail to My Tho and disembark. Transfer to Saigon for an orientation tour (day room at Hotel Saigon Prince). Evening return flight. (B)

Day 10 Arrive London Heathrow.

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

2019

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

Date Price
September 14 £3295
November 9 £3595

2020

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

Date Price
January 18 £2895
February 15 £3395
March 14 £3295
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability
2019: Jan 26, 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 Deluxe Economy from £495
Vietnam Airlines Business Class from £1795
London/Bangkok/London Thai Airways £200
Thai Airways Royal Silk Class from £1895

Extension Options

Pre-tour Extension – Angkor Temples 
Tara Angkor/Prince d’Angkor £295
Single supplement £65
Victoria Angkor £445
Single supplement £195

Post-tour Extension - Ho Chi Minh City)
Saigon Prince Hotel £165
Single supplement £85
Caravelle Hotel £265
Single supplement £185

Independent Arrival

Save £750
Transfers to/from airport with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all 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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