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Discover Mekong Delta from Siem Reap to Saigon with RV Pandaw 11 Days/10 Nights

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Into Lost Cambodia - Ten Nights Downstream on the RV Tonle Pandaw


Day 1: Siem Reap - Kampong Cham


Passengers will transfer by coach from the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor to Kampong Cham, stopping at Kampong Thom along the way. Passengers will visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey in the afternoon.
 

Day 2: Chhlong


Spend the morning cruising. In the afternoon, passengers will visit the somewhat dilapidated French colonial town of Chhlong, once the centre of the coffee and tea trade. The town boasts a pleasant hotel called 'Relais de Chhlong' where we can have afternoon tea. This is a great little place to just potter around and enjoy some of the amazing colonial houses.
 

Day 3: Kratie and the Doplhin Sanctuary


Travel by our expediton boat to the WWF protected area where we hope to see the rare river dolphins. The river here is rocky and not navigable by larger vessels. In the afternoon, there will be some free time to explore the town of Kratie, another remnant of French colonialism.
 

Day 4: Sam Bor


Morning excursion by local bus to visit these important pre-Angkorian temples situated about 40km north of Kratie. Afternoon cruising downstream.
 

Day 5: Kampong Cham Area


In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit a 12th century Angkorian temple called Wat Nokor, the eco village of Chenungkok and the Pandaw supported Kampong Cham orphanage. Day 6: Tonle River / Kampong Chhnang

Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang by either coach or the ship depending on 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 a stunning variety of birdlife and many fishtraps may be seen.


 


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

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 8: Cruising the Mekong - Border Crossing


We spend the day cruising in the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. We stop at Prek Touch, a jungle village, to visit fruit orchards, and then set off for the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities.
 

Day 9: Chau Doc - Cu Lao Gien


Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. In the afternoon, visit Cu Lao Gien island and a Catholic monastery called “La Providence” built in 1875 by the French nuns of “Saint Paul de Chartres”.

 

Day 10: Sa Dec - Cai Be


In the morning passengers will take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Cai Be via Vinh Long along canals and backwaters. Passengers will visit Sa Dec and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous french novelist. At Cai Be, we will cruise through its colorful floating market which takes place daily in front of the catholic church.


Day 11: My Tho - Saigon


Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Hotel Sofitel Plaza Saigon. Arrive at the hotel late morning.

Departure Dates in 2012

Departure Dates 2012 from Siem Reap

Prices

Include:
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew main meals locally made soft and alcoholic beverages 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.
Not Include
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Port dues
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Imported beverages such as wines premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.

RV Pandaw Information

In 2003, with the Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey in its entirety surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles. In 2004 we brought the former Pandaw III now renamed the Tonle Pandaw over from Myanmar to join the Mekong Pandaw. The two Pandaws explore two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by one great river. This is the only luxury cruises vacation on the Mekong River. A shipping link between Saigon and Angkor is immensely practical for the traveller as it makes it possible to connect three important destinations on one trip with easy plane connections at either end: Saigon the exotic Frenchified former capital of South Vietnam, Phnom Penh, the quaint Cambodian capital, and the stupendous World Heritage monuments at Angkor. One need no longer check in and out of hotels and endure bumpy roads to visit these magnificent places. 

Sailing on a Pandaw is essentially an outdoor experience. Whilst the staterooms are very comfortable and roomy, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike other cruise ships every window (except port holes on lower deck) can open.

When sailing our passengers sit on deck and become absorbed by great panoramas as they unfold about them. Spellbound, one cannot help but to meditate upon the unceasing human and wildlife activity of these teaming water worlds.

 

State Cabin

The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature of our ships. Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are very spacious at 168 square feet (15.6 sqm). Much loved by all our passengers we have ensured that with each ship we build the stateroom remains the same. Our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV’s, internet or phones. There is a 24 honesty bar on the sundeck.  Pandaw passengers usually want to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.
 
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Where we go and what we see is intrepid in extreme. What you come back to is a floating base of discreet comfort, caring service and all the good things one looks for in life.
 

Bar & Dining

The Pandaw dining rooms are designed to open up along the sides and only at night do we close them up and use air conditioning.  We know our passengers want fresh air not chilled air.

We offer a great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods.  We source supplies as locally as possible, given environmental health regulations. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is served at the tables. Passengers who do not like hot or spicy foods are offered European alternatives and vegetarians are well catered for. Our chefs know that the majority of passengers want to eat the best of each country they pass through.
 

Promenade Decks

Sailing on a Pandaw is essentially an outdoor experience. Whilst the staterooms are very comfortable and roomy, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike other cruise ships every window (except port holes on lower deck) can open.

When sailing our passengers sit on deck and become absorbed by great panoramas as they unfold about them. Spellbound, one cannot help but to meditate upon the unceasing human and wildlife activity of these teaming water worlds.
 

Specification

  • Length: 200ft / 60m

  • Beam: 36ft / 11m

  • Draught: 4ft / 1.5m

  • Berths: 64 pax

  • Decks: 4: Lower, Main, Upper, Sun

  • Engines: 2 x 550bhp Isuzu

  • Propulsion: Inboard system

  • Built: 2003

  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.

  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.

  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).

  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.

  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.

  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
    Class: Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).

  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.

  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.

  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.

  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.

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