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Embark on a cultural odyssey through Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the finest of river cruise ships in Asia A cruise on the Mekong River is like no other river cruise you will experience. The river runs along the border of such varied countries, from the bustling cities of Vietnam to the calm towns of Cambodia. This 8-day Upstream cruise begins in either Saigon or Siem Reap, travelling through the mangroves to the border of Cambodia. Discover Phnom Penh by cyclo, why not book an extension and set sail to explore the awe-inspiring monuments of Angkor. As the Pandaw cruise a luxurious passage across Cambodia and Vietnam, on-board guests embark on an inspiring journey of local flavors with a dining experience crafted. Pandaw cruises guarantees utmost safety, comfort, and exclusivity for off-shore excursions.  Cruise your Mekong River boat to landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality, and craftsmanship reside.

Tour Included

  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services    
  •  Accommodation in twin sharing room with daily breakfast at overnight cruise
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • All private transfers and transportation during tour     
  • Private boat trips for sightseeing as mentioned in the program     
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary     
  • English speaking experienced and licensed tour guide (your other preferred languages are available upon request)    
  • Tissues and water on vehicle    
  • Service charges and government taxes     
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Tour Excluded

  • Meals, if not specified in the itinerary     
  • International flight tickets     
  • Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance).     
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport (US$ 25.00 for Vietnam, paid by cash at the airport)     
  • Tipping gratuity for guides, drivers, hotel & restaurant staffs, boat riders, etc.     
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.     
  • All other services which are not specified in the itinerary     
  • Surcharge for peak season, New Year holidays (Vietnamese Tet & Calendar New Year), and compulsory dinners on Xmas and New Year’s Eve as per regulation of the hotels and cruises.

Tour Plan

DAY 1 SAIGON

Embark your Pandaw vessel in central Saigon and relax on the spacious sundeck as we set sail past the towering skyscrapers of Vietnam’s bustling metropolis. After lunch onboard you will meet the crew and enjoy onboard entertainment as we sail toward the Mekong Delta.

Early morning we set sail through the Cho Gao Canal, a vital waterway link for the transportation of goods to and from the city which was constructed in 1876 by the French and offers a fascinating insight to life along the water. We reach Ben Tre in the morning and journey by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards abundant in the area. This is a region rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a local rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in making local products. Back on board we sail deeper into the delta toward Chau Doc.

In the morning, taking minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda. Then we go alongside at the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the floating fish farms by sampan. We make a stop at a Chham Village and observe the lives of Vietnamese Muslims. Lion dance is presented at the Cham Village. Upon return to ship, we navigate a web of canals before dropping anchor on the Vietnam/Cambodia border to undergo Immigration formalities.

Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvelous collection of Angkorian statuary. In the afternoon we visit the Killing Fields and Genocide museum to learn more about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.

We leave the dock at Phnom Penh early morning and sail up the winding channels of the Tonle Sap River to Kampong Tralach. We travel by ox-cart around the river-side villages, markets and temples to get a sense of life along the river. In the evening cocktails are round a village fire pit where we will be joined by village folk keen to show us their traditional dancing show us more of the delightful Khmer culture.

In the morning, travel by coach to the ancient capital of Cambodia, Oudong. On the way we stop to visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre before taking a drive around the old capital. We re-join our ship at Prek Kdam before returning to the Mekong. After lunch we sail to Koh Nghe Tei (Silk Island) to study the entire silk-making process from worms to weavers. We visit silk makers and can buy from them their lovely silk scarves and other fabrics. This village is a central of the ancient martial art of L’bokator which roughly translates as 'pounding a lion'. It includes weapons techniques and is one of the oldest combat techniques in Cambodia and believed to date back to the Angkor empire. More about Silk Island

Sunrise cruise to Angkor Ban village to see how local villagers live and visit the library which was donated by Pandaw to Angkor Ban secondary school.

NOTE: if you want to donate books, please bring along some Children’s books in English language (suitable for age 8 to 15 yrs) which you can personally gift to the library. In the afternoon we sail north to Wat Hanchey, an important central of worship during the Chenla period located on top of a hill above the mighty Mekong River with some of the best Mekong views in Cambodia. Visit 8th century structures some destroyed by American bombings during the Vietnam War.

Disembark and travel by coach from Kampong Cham through stunningly lovely countryside to reach Siem Reap, adjacent to Angkor Wat.

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