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rv-pandaw-ii1
Number of Cabins: 24 cabin(s)Ratings: 5
Description:Built in Rangoon in 2002 she was sailed round to Saigon under her own power and many a drama described in Paul Strachan’s Pandaw Story. This ship was designed specially for the Mekong and unlike our other P class ships does not have a flying bridge. The reason was so she could get under a road bridge. She did actually scrape under on her maiden but it was so scary that Paul Strachan, then standing on the bridge, never dared attempt it again. As a result, we ended up with this incredible 750 square meter teak deck that even has a full size billiard table.The MP as she is affectionately known is our most spacious ship with wider promenades, a larger dining hall and more public space per passenger than any known ship afloat. Seriously!In 2012 she was refitted and lower deck cabins removed in favour of a professional spa, gym, library lounge and office. She is quite justifiably the most splendid ship on the Mekong and the envy of anything that floats by.The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration
  • Day 1: My Tho (L/D)

    Morning transfer from Saigon to embark on the RV Mekong Pandaw in time for welcome drinks, a briefing and lunch. Sail across the vast Mekong Delta.

    Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

    Day 2: Sa Dec (B/L/D)

    Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine.

    Day 3: Chau Doc (B/L/D)

    Visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take off on one of our mountain bikes. The local market is great and the Catholic Church well worth a visit. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.

    Day 4: Phnom Penh (B)

    Disembark in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, after breakfast.

    Please note: Our crew will hand out your passports after the immigration formalities at 10.00am. Please let us know if you plan to leave the ship earlier due to flight connections.

    Tour Inclusions:

    • Selected accommodation with breakfast in twin share room
    • Meals as listed in the itinerary
    • Air-condition transportation
    • Boat cruises while on tour
    • Experience and friendly English-speaking local guide
    • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
    • Service charge and VAT taxes

    Tour Exclusions:

    • Visa stamping fee at the Embassy
    • Travel Insurance in all kinds
    • Other foreign language guide
    • Peak tourist season or special event rates
    • Child or adult in triple sharing room
    • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
    • Solo traveller must single supplement
  • Option 1: Uptream 

    Day 1: Sai Gon (L/D)

    Morning transfer to the port, embarking the RV Mekong Pandaw in time for welcome drinks, a briefing and lunch. Sail across the vast Mekong Delta.

    Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

    Please note: between mid of February and end of March we are expecting low water levels. Alternate itinerary and excursions will apply should we not be able to reach Kratie and the river dolphins.

    Day 2: Sa Dec (B/L/D)

    Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine.

    Day 3: Chau Doc (B/L/D)

    Visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore teh local market or the Catholic Church. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.

    Day 4: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)

    Whilst in Phnom Penh you will be provided with their own private cyclo. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre.

    Day 5: Tonle River (B/L/D)

    Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.

    Day 6: Kratie (B/L/D)

    Morning walk at Angkor Ban and after an all days sail through delightful Cambodian countryside we reach charming French colonial town of Kratie in the evening. No other river ships get this high but thanks to the Mekong Pandaw’s shallow draft we can attempt it.

    Day 7: The Dolphin Grounds (B/L/D)

    From Kratie we go further upstream using a local bus to view the dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. In the afternoon on our return downstream we stop at a curious shrine known as the Monkey Temple on the way to moor overnight near Kampong Cham.

    Day 8: Siem Reap (B)

    Early morning coach transfer to Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid-afternoon.

    Option 2: Downtream

    Day 1: Siem Reap (L/D)

    Morning transfer to your Pandaw moored at Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Once on board we will set sail upstream to moor overnight at Cchlong.

    Your guide or purser will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

    Please note: between mid of February and end of March we are expecting low water levels. Alternate itinerary and excursions will apply should we not be able to reach Kratie and the river dolphins.

    Day 2: Kra tie and the Dolphin grounds (B/L/D)

    Sail through the morning to reach Kratie, a charming French colonial river port, and after lunch visit the dolphin grounds travelling further upstream by local bus.

    Day 3: Prek Kdam (B/L/D)

    Sailing down river we stop at the very curious Monkey Temple, Wat Hanchey and Angkor Ban.

    Day 2: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)

    Whilst in Phnom Penh you will be provided with their own private cyclo. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre.

    Day 5: Tonle river (B/L/D)

    Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.

    Day 6: Viet Na, Boarder (B/L/D)

    Sail for the border and formalities and then continue to Tan Chau for the evening.

     Day 7: Chau Doc (B/L/D)

    Morning either visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore the local market and the Catholic Church. Afternoon Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine. Moor overnight at Cai Bei.

    Day 8: My Tho to Sai Gon

    Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Saigon. Arrive late morning at around 10.30am.

    Tour Inclusions:

    • Selected accommodation with breakfast in twin share room
    • Meals as listed in the itinerary
    • Air - condition transportation
    • Boat cruises while on tour
    • Experience and friendly English-speaking local guide
    • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
    • Service charge and VAT taxes

    Tour Exclusions:

    • Visa stamping fee at the Embassy
    • Travel Insurance in all kinds
    • Other foreign language guide
    • Peak tourist season or special event rates
    • Child or adult in triple sharing room
    • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
    • Solo traveller must single supplement
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