Pandaw Mekong Cruise Cruise code: Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon River - Can Tho - Chau Doc - Ba Phnom - Kampong Cham - Dolphin river - Kratie - Tonle Lake - Battambang - Siem Reap
Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities
The boat helps you to have a fascinating cruise on the Mekong River. It crosses the Delta and the animated Cao Gao Canal in My Tho.
In the evening, you have dinner and spend the first night on board
Day 2 : Can Tho floating market (B, L, D)
The Cai Rang Floating Market, the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, starts around 05:00 and runs until around midday.
Not really a place for souvenirs, people come here instead to buy large quantities of goods, mostly foodstuffs, and you will get an idea of what water commerce in the Delta looks like.
Day 3 : Chau Doc - Ba Phnom (B, L, D)
Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm.
Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.
Travel by coach to Ba Phnom one of the first religious and cultural sites in Cambodia and may be considered a birthplace of the Cambodian nation.
Day 4 : Phnom Penh - Visit (B, L, D)
Passengers 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 : Upriver & Ashore Cruise (B, L, D )
Flexible schedules and a walk to visit a village
Day 6 : Kampong Cham & Inland (B, L, D)
Wat Nokor is a modern Theravada Buddhist pagoda squeezed into the walls of an 11th century Mahayana Buddhist shrine of sandstone and laterite. It is a kitsch kind of place and many older building's archways have been incorporated into the new building as shrines for worship. It is a peaceful to wander among the many alcoves and their hidden shrines. There is also a large reclining Buddha.
Chlung, walk along the road fronting the river contains a series of French colonial and Chinese style buildings, some in disrepair, others serving as family home
Day 7 : Dolphine River (B, L, D)
We will travel by coach and transfer to boat to WWF protected area where we hope to see the rare river dolphins. The river here is rocky and not navigable for larger vessels.
In the afternoon, there will be free time to explore the town of Kratie, another remnant of French colonialism.
Overnight in Kratie.
Day 8 : Kratie (B, L, D)
Visit to Phnom Sabok. Here passengers will visit a variety of small wats, monasteries and pagodas at the top of the hill and experience a wonderful view over the Mekong and surroundings areas.
Afternoon continue to cruising downstream.
Day 9 : The Tonle River and Tonle Lake (B, L, D)
Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang either by ship or by coach depending on the water levels.
In Kampong Chhnang passengers will take a wonderful motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here many fishtraps may be seen.
Day 10 : Battambang & Circus School (B, L, D)
Battambang is Cambodia's second most populous city and a popular tourist destination due to the many nearby ancient temples, Buddhist Shrines and the infamous bamboo railway.
The highlights of trip is the circus school which is managed by NGOs
Day 11 : Siem Reap (B)
Early morning visit The Prek Toal one of the most intact areas of freshwater swamp forest around Tonle Sap Lake. Breakfast on board. 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
Guide services (English language)
Gratuities to crew
Locally made soft drinks
Local beer and local spirits
Selection of teas and tisanes
Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.
Port dues (if levied)
All visa costs
Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs
Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
Espressos and cappuccinos at bar
Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.
Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
Meals on board are fusion: Vietnamese, Cambodian & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/2016) and New Year (31/12/2016) & on Lunar New Year .