5 Days Phnom Penh - Saigon with RV Pandaw Mekong Cruise
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Route: Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Cu Lao Gien - Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho - Saigon
Price: It is not available in 2011 - 2012
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.
Departure Dates in 2010
2, 16, 30
Day 1: Phnom Penh
Embark the boat in the morning. Spend the afternoon and evening free at Leisure to discover the city on your own. Phnom Penh has a lively night life and some passengers choose to dine ashore and try one of the capital’s many watering holes. Otherwise, passengers dine aboard.
Day 2: Cruissing 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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.
Not available in 2011 - 2012
Inclusions of the trip
Guide services (English language)
Gratuities to crew, main meals ocally made soft and alcoholic beverages, ugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
Transfer to the meeting point in Saigon from the ship at the end of a voyage.
Exclusions of the trip
International flights, port dues , laundry
All visa costs
Imported beverages such as wine, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier Espressos and cappuccinos at bar.
Transfer to the ship in Phnom Penh at the start of a voyage