Trip Information

Duration
8 Days
Departs
January to December
Ship
RV Mekong Pandaw
From
£2,199 per person

This Expedition Includes:

  • Beautiful stateroom accommodation
  • Asian/European influenced dining
  • Access to the Pandaw Spa
  • Full excursion programme – at least one per day
  • Daily briefings by onboard lecturers
  • Activity programme – fruit carving, napkin origami and more

Expedition Highlights:

  • A full day in Phnom Penh – see the National Museum and the Royal Palace
  • Optional excursions to the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Silk Island – study the silk making process
  • Explore the Monkey Temple in Kampong Cham

Itinerary Summary

Your time in South-East Asia begins on arrival in Saigon, Vietnam. From here you will transfer to the port and board your beautiful Pandaw river ship in the port of My Tho. After settling in and some light refreshments, your expedition will begin with a crossing of the Mekong Delta.

Your first morning finds you in Ben Tre. Travel by sampans to the fruit orchards and see the local artisans at work. After lunch the ships moors at Cho Lach island for pot making and a traditional culinary lesson. 

On the third day you will arrive at Con Phuoc Island and visit a bird sanctuary and the expore the island visiting a 100 year old Catholic church and woodworking artisans. 

Day four will be spent exploring the Tan Chau canal systerm  before formalities take up much of the afternoon on the Cambodian border.

The next morning you will arrive in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, where you will be given a map and the use of your own cyclo for the day. The morning will be spent exploring at your leisure, with the Royal Palace highly recommended. In the afternoon, you can enjoy an excursion by coach to the Cambodian Killing Fields and the gruesome Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Days 6 you will sail up the Mekong/Tonl river to visit Koh Okhna Tey, or’ silk island’ to study the silk making process and cruise upstream towards Kampong Cham. 

Enjoy a sunrise cruise to Wat Hanchey and enjoy the best Mekong views in Cambodia before cruising downstream to Kamphon Cham to the local OBT Chiro Village where children’s education is high on the agenda. Travel on to Wat Nokor Bachey which is built completely from Black Sandstone.

Day 8 Sail downstreat to moor at Kampong Cham and transfer by coach to the bustling town of Siem Reap where your expedition will come to a close.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01 Saigon
  • Day 01 My Tho
  • Day 02 Ben Tre
  • Day 03 Con Phuc
  • Day 04 Cambodia Border
  • Day 05 Phnom Penh
  • Day 06 Silk Island
  • Day 07 Wat Hanchey, Obt Chiro Village & Wat Nokor Bachey
  • Day 08 Siem Reap

About Your Ship

Built in 2002, RV Mekong Pandaw was built in Rangoon and specifically designed for expedition cruises on the Mekong River. Her itineraries sail between Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Siem Reap in Cambodia and is the perfect choice for discerning travellers looking to explore the heartland of Southeast Asia.

Despite being a relatively new ship, the RV Mekong Pandaw’s owners have continually strived to perfect this ship for their guests and oversaw a complete refit in 2013. Decorated in a colonial style and finished in brass and teak she is similar to her sister ships which operate on the Irrawaddy and North Vietnam’s Red River.

Equipped with an ultra-shallow draft, RV Mekong Pandaw is able to travel during low water and therefore can reach areas of the Mekong other vessels simply cannot reach. To compliment this ease of access, you can experience an incredible quota of shore excursions during your time on RV Mekong Pandaw, with as many as two complimentary trips ashore per day. These can include everything from visiting local markets with the onboard chef in search of ingredients for your evening meal, taking guided city tours – even exploring the depths of the Mekong’s jungle.

While onboard, you can enjoy a full programme of specialist lectures and presentations from local guides, all of which aid in enriching your experience while in the region. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy at least one cultural performance onboard the ship during each itinerary, such as a thrilling performance by Cambodia’s Royal Khmer Ballet.

RV Mekong Pandaw’s accommodation provides staterooms for up to 48 guests. These are in-keeping with the ship’s overall design and are wonderfully opulent. They boast en suite bathrooms, convertible double or  twin beds, a mini-bar and even your very own complimentary kimono and slippers! Perhaps refreshingly, there are no TVs in RV Mekong Pandaw’s staterooms – after all, the best moving images you will see are found just a few feet from your private French Balcony.

Dining takes place in the ship’s main restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, comprised of hot and cold delicacies, while dinner in the evening is served course-by-course at your table. If sailing on a voyage of seven nights or longer, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy two theme dinners as well as the traditional farewell gala dinner.

The ship’s public areas are spacious and include an art gallery, a fair-trade shop and a lecture room that also doubles as a cinema room. There is also a gym and library.

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