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Downstream Siem Reap To Sai Gon

Downstream Siem Reap To Sai Gon

8 days
Rv Pandaw Mekong Cruise
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Good For: Family, Couples, Honeymooners who want to enjoy high end luxury boutique cruise and beautiful scenery in the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Cambodia

Renovated in 2013, the cruise includes 24 roomy and comfortable rooms featuring colonial décor with handcrafted teak and brass furnishings. The well-organized itinerary that offers both upstream and downstream along the Mekong River with myriad activities to give you in-depth experiences on board and ashore. You have chances to visit renowned Angkor temple, enjoy Khmer classical dances with graceful, sinuous gestures are codified to narrate classical myths or religious stories, and explore bustling floating market in the Vietnam’s largest delta. The Pandaw is much suitable for honeymooners, family, couples who want to enjoy high-end services while looking for a lifetime cruise on the dramatic and adventurous waterways in Indochina. 

RV Pandaw river cruise ship features: 

RV Mekong Pandaw
Built 2003 in Yangon, refit 2013
24 cabins on main- and upper deck
Dining Room / Pandaw Saloon Bar
Lecture Room /
Art Gallery / Shop / Spa / Gym /
Laundry service
RV Tonle Pandaw
Built 2003 in Yangon, refit 2013
26 cabins on main- and upper deck
Dining Room / Sundeck bar /
Pandaw Saloon Bar / Lecture Room
Art Gallery / Shop / Spa / Gym /
Laundry service
RV Angkor Pandaw
Built 2012 in Saigon
16 cabins on main- and upper deck
Dining Room / Open air lounge /
Self-service bar /
Shop / Laundry service
RV Bassac Pandaw
Built 2012 in Saigon
30 cabins on main-and upper deck
Dining Room /
Air-conditioned Sundeck bar /
Lecture Room / Art Gallery / Shop /
Spa / Laundry service

Cabin Types and facilities 

Pandaw stateroom A
• Under-bed storage drawers plus wardrobe for hanging gar
• Upper Deck location with view and outdoor promenade sea
Pandaw Stateroom B
Under-bed storage drawers plus wardrobe for hanging gar
• Upper Deck location with view and outdoor promenade sea
Pandaw Stateroom C
• Under-bed storage drawers plus wardrobe for hanging gar
• Main Deck location with view and outdoor promenade sea
Features of all staterooms
Staterooms are outside with a river view
• Staterooms on Upper and Middle decks have large windows that open
• Stateroom size: 168 sq. ft.
• Staterooms have comfortable yacht-style berths
• Beautiful brass and teak furnishings
• Private bathroom with shower
• Safe and hair dryer
• Bottled water replenished deck with shaded sitting
• Air conditioning with individual climate control
• In-room safe

Restaurant & meals

With the purpose that our passengers really want fresh air but not air conditioning air all the time, the Pandaw dining rooms are designed to open up along the sides with panorama views and they are only closed up at the night time to use air conditioning.
A great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods are on offer to our guests during onboard. We select supplies as locally as possible and control strictly the environmental health regulations. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is served at the tables as set menu.
In case you do not like hot or spicy foods, European alternatives and vegetarians are well catered for. Our chefs know that the majority of passengers want to eat the best of each country they pass through.


All meals accompanied by local beers, local spirits, coffee, teas, soft drinks and bottle water.
Only imported spirits and liquors, wine, espresso and imported mineral water will be charged. A complimentary daily cocktail will be served made by local spirit.

Services & Entertainment

RV Pandaw River Cruise Spa:
Currently only available on our Mekong ships, the Pandaw Spa offers head massage, foot massage and body massages in dedicated spa areas on each ship. Due to lack of space we only carry one spa lady on each ship so be sure to book in advance as they can be in good demand
RV Pandaw River Cruise Promenade Deck:
Sailing on a Pandaw is essentially an outdoor experience. Whilst the staterooms are very comfortable and roomy, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike other cruise ships every window (except port holes on lower deck) can open. When sailing our passengers sit on deck and become absorbed by great panoramas as they unfold about them. Spellbound, one cannot help but to meditate upon the unceasing human and wildlife activity of these teaming water worlds.
• Colonial décor featuring handcrafted teak and brass finishing
• Small library and onboard boutique
• Attentive English-speaking staff
• Laundry service
• Voltage: 220V

Launch 2003
Day 1: Tonle Sap (Meals: L,D)
The great lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 Km in length. Here bird life is profuse, and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores. There is a great stillness and tranquility as we pass floating fishing villages. Because of seasonal high winds and varying water levels, we will start our journey one of the following ways:
1. High water, approximately August to November.
At 11: 00 o’clock register at Koulen II restaurant in Siem Reap (1 Street Sivatha Svay Dangkum Commune) to transfer to the ship at Siem Reap Port. Passengers staying at the Victoria Resort and Spa will be collected at 1115 from the hotel. On the way to the ship excursion by motor boat to the floating villages of Tonle Sap. Embark the ship at 1300 and lunch onboard. Cross the great lake in the afternoon and drop the anchor after sunset. Moor overnight at the edge of the Tonle Lake.
2. Low water, approximately November to August.
At 1200 Register at Koulen II Restaurant in Siem Reap (1 Street Sivatha Svay Dangkum Commune)  to transfer by coach to Prek Dom on the Tonle River, enjoying a snacks and cold drinks on the way with a stop at Kampong Thom. Passengers staying at our partner hotel Victoria Resort and Spa will be collected from the hotel at 1215. Arrive by 1700 and cruise to Kampong Chhnang for overnight mooring.
Day 2: Kampong Chhnang (Meals: B,L,D)
1. High Water: Early morning sailing with a brief stop at Kampong Chhnang after breakfast. Cruise all day passing Phnom Penh to enter the Mekong River. Proceed upstream and stop for an afternoon walk at a rural village.
2. Low Water: Kampong Chhnang is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, we make a truly wonderful motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen, and of considerable interest are the great fish traps. We touch the capital Phnom Penh in the afternoon to change pilots and enter the Upper Mekong bound for Kampong Cham and stop for an afternoon walk at a rural village.
Day 3: Kampong Cham (Meals: B,L,D)
Morning journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating from the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of Angkor. Sail back downstream over lunch for an exploration of the Kampong Cham Area. We travel by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. We continue to the eco village of Cheungkok supported by the French-Cambodian NGO AMICA and the Kampong Cham orphanage, supported by the Pandaw ProBono programme. We make a late afternoon departure from Kampong Cham heading for Phnom Penh. Overnight mid-stream
Day 4: Phnom Penh (Meals: B,L,D)
The capital of Cambodia retains its French charm. The city has several impressive wats, including Wat Ounalom, Wat Phnom and the newly-painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the Royal Palace and to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts. An afternoon excursion is arranged to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre situated in the suburbs of the city then shopping at the Russian market or Central market.
More happily, Phnom Penh has a lively night life, and some passengers choose to dine ashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes; a favorites being the Foreign Correspondents’ Club
Day 5: Cruising the Mekong - Border Crossing (Meals: B,L,D)
We cast off for a day cruising in the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. Today we stop at Prek Touch, a jungle village, to visit fruit orchards, and then set off for the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities
Day 6: Chau Doc (Meals: B,L,D)
We travel from the main Mekong channel at Tan Chau down the canals and backwaters by local ferry boat. At Chau Doc we visit a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm. We make a trishaw ride round this fascinating town of fine French-colonial buildings and bustling market. We return to the ship for lunch and cast off for Cai Be
Day 7: Cai Be (Meals: B,L,D)
We take a morning junk trip to Dong Hoa Hiep Island to Cai Be to see a floating market, and go ashore to visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, with its colonial buildings, delightful flower gardens and local rice paper manufacturers. We explore evergreen islands and visit the former Imperial residence the An Kiet House. In the afternoon we continue our sightseeing by boat to Vinh Long to visit the Bonsai Gardens and see brick works
Day 8: My Tho - Saigon (Meals: B)
Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where we disembark at 0830 for coach transfer to Renaissance Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (8-15 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1) arriving approximately at 10: 30. 

What's included

  • Transfers to and from Pandaw Cruise at start and end of voyage.
  • Accommodation in luxury AC en-suite cabin with twin/double basic on the Pandaw Cruise.
  • English speaking guides.
  • All meals, coffee and tea, mineral water.
  • Admission fees for all sightseeing places.

What's excluded

  • All visa cost.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Drinks at bar, laundry.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Port tax  Pandaw Cruises Pandaw's Schedule
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