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Classic Mekong – Luxury Cruise (Pandaw)

$ 1,950.00

7 nights cruise on the Mekong to discover the secrets of Vietnam and Cambodia. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia.

Description

Upstream Saigon to Siem Reap | Downstream Siem Reap to Saigon

DAY 1 SAIGON
Transfer from the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel to the port of My Tho by coach to embark cruise.

Registration Details

INTERCONTINENTAL ASIANA SAIGON HOTEL
Registration is at 10.30am
Purple Jade Bar (Level One)
39 Le Duan, Ben Nghe
Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam
Tel: (+84) 8 3520 9999

DAY 2 CAI BE
In the morning passengers will visit Cai Be and its colourful floating market. In the afternoon take an exciting 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.

DAY 3 CHAU DOC
Visit a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.

DAY 4 PHNOM PENH
Royal Palace – PNHPassengers will visit Phnom Penh and 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 (www.cyclo.org.uk).
In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking in the comments box.

DAY 5 TONLE RIVER Cambodia Ton Lap Lake
Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. Beyond Kampong Chhnang travel by the Pandaw Explorer to discover the vast wetlands around the mouth of the river. Here many fishtraps may be seen.

DAY 6 KAMPONG CHAM
We stop at the little-known Chong Koh silk-weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. In the afternoon we stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or monastery and school. In the wat the splendid village racing boats are stored.

DAY 7 KAMPONG CHAM
Passengers visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey in the morning. In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit the Twin Holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man and Woman Hill). Continuation to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok supported by the French-Cambodian NGO Amica.

DAY 8 SIEM REAP
Early morning coach transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid afternoon.



Departure Dates & Seasonalities

DOWNSTREAM EMBARKATION DATES IN SIEM REAP

2016
Low Season
9-Jul-16, 6-Aug-16, 3-Sep-16

High Season
1-Oct-16, 15-Oct-16 & 29-Oct-16
12-Nov-16 & 26-Nov-16
10-Dec-16 & 24-Dec-16

2017
High Season
7-Jan-17 & 21-Jan-17
4-Feb-17 & 18-Feb-17
4-Mar-17 & 18-Mar-17


UPSTREAM EMBARKATION DATES IN SAIGON

2016
Low Season
16-Jul-16, 13-Aug-16 & 10-Sep-16

High Season
8-Oct-16 & 22-Oct-16
5-Nov-16 & 19-Nov-16
3-Dec-16, 17-Dec-16 & 31-Dec-16

2017
High Season
14-Jan-17 & 28-Jan-17
11-Feb-17 & 25-Feb-17
11-Mar-17 & 25-Mar-17



Low Season
$1950
Cruise only per person

  • Main Deck Sharing: $1950
  • Main Single use: $1950
  • Upper Deck Sharing: $2150
  • Upper Single use: $2150
  • No single use supplement & Same price for Upstream or downstream
  • Port Tax: $65

High Season Downstream
$2750
Cruise only per person

  • Main Deck Sharing: $2750
  • Main Single use: $3500
  • Upper Deck Sharing: $3250
  • Upper Single use: $4062
  • Downstream departure on December 10, 2016 Main Deck has No single supplement
  • Port Tax: $65

High Season Upstream
$2750
Cruise only per person

  • Main Deck Sharing: $2750
  • Main Single use: $3500
  • Upper Deck Sharing: $3500
  • Upper Single use: $4375
  • Upstream departures on December 3 & 17, 2016 Main deck has No single supplement
  • Port Tax: $65

Additional information

OVERVIEW

7 nights original and best cruise on the Mekong River. From the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavour, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. With a full day in charming Phnom Penh, You then explore remoter waterways as you progress to the great monuments of Angkor.

DEPARTURE

Every Saturday

SHIP & CABIN

RV MEKONG PANDAW
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.

INCLUSIONS

Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.

EXCLUSIONS

International Airfare/train ticket, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

QUESTIONS

Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance or chat online with us.

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