Romantic Mekong River Cruise

7 NIGHTS FROM US$1,839 p/p

It is certainly time to stop dreaming and to now enjoy a romantic Mekong river cruise to Cambodia. Exploring both cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia on a 7 night romantic river cruise is the best way to make dreams become reality.

This Vietnam Mekong river cruise to Cambodia starts in My Tho in Vietnam and ends in Kampong Cham in Cambodia. Land transfers link up to the main cities of Ho Chi Minh City & Siem Reap.

From My Tho you will head to Ben Tre for sampan rides, on to Con Phuoc Island and its amazing bird sanctuary. Then after crossing  the Cambodian border you will visit Phnom Penh for a brief visit before heading to Kratie to see the dolphins. Finally ending up in the amazing setting of Siem Reap and its ancient temples at Angkor Wat.

This romantic Mekong river cruise to Cambodia (Mekong River Cruise to Vietnam - reversed also possible) is definitely the perfect choice for that 7 night relaxing experience. Along with visiting rich cultures & diverse traditions, makes this a trip of a lifetime.

Why not add this as part of a Vietnam to Cambodia package holiday with us. If only starting in Saigon, why not add a few Saigon Day Tours before you head on to your Mekong River cruise?

Contact us for special rates offered to Travel Agent Hanoi, cheaper than going direct!

DAY 1 SAIGON TO MY THO

Transfer from the meeting point in Saigon to My Tho Port. After boarding your Pandaw we sail downstream to Ben Tre and anchor midstream. In the afternoon, there is a lecture on Vietnamese life on the Mekong Delta. During cocktail hour passengers are entertained by an indigenous dance group and meet your key crew.

DAY 2 BEN TRE

Travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo groves to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. In these local artisans are at work and are invite visitors into their homes for tea, fruit and honey products made from their own honey. This is an area rich in bird life and on our return journey we travel by horse cart through the lush countryside. After lunch, the ship moors off Cho Lach island for pot making and further glimpses of Delta life, agriculture and local Viet hospitality including a culinary lesson in making traditional Banh Xeo.

DAY 3 CON PHUOC ISLAND

After breakfast, there is a short coach journey to the Gao Giong ‘green oasis’ with its bird sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water and egrets that gather in the tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowing boats traverse the canals to take us to see the principal nesting areas. After returning to the boat we cruise upstream to Con Phuoc Island. We Moor in a small canal off Con Phuoc Island and go ashore to explore the island by Xi Loi seeing basket production and visiting a 100-year old Catholic Church as well as local woodworking artisans.

DAY 4 CAMBODIA BORDER

Afternoon, explore the labyrinthine canal system around Tan Chau to visit a Taoist temple where the monks will read fortunes. Continue through local villages by Xi Loi stopping off to help locals tend their fields before stopping off to visit a fish farm and earn merit by releasing fish back into the Mekong. Border crossing formalities take up much of the afternoon and during this stationary period there is an optional tour of the working ship and fruit carving classes on deck.

DAY 5 PHNOM PENH

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. Afternoon optional visit to the Killing Fields and Genocide museum or take a tuk-tuk to explore the riverfront and finish with High Tea at Raffles Hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.

DAY 6 SILK ISLAND

Sail up the Tonle River to board our expedition vessel, the Pandaw Explorer, to visit Koh Okhna Tey, or ‘silk island’ to study the entire silk making process from worms to weavers. There will be a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of Bokator. Return to ship and return down the Tonle River to turn up the Mekong at the confluence. Evening lecture on Angkor and Khmer culture.

DAY 7 KRATIE AND THE DOLPHIN GROUNDS

Morning visit to Koh Trong Island a small Mekong River hamlet which can be explored by bicycle or ox cart with a real immersion into Khmer rural life visiting local schools and English classes then visiting a reforestation site where you can leave your mark by planting your own tree. Passengers should feel free to donate items for use in the schools such as books & pens etc. After lunch, moor off Kratie and continue to the dolphin grounds by local boat where we will observe the elusive Irrawaddy Dolphins.

DAY 8 SIEM REAP

Sail downstream to moor at Kampong Cham for disembarkation and road transfer to Siem Reap.

DAY 1 SIEM REAP

Embark on your Pandaw at Kampong Cham following a road transfer from Siem Reap (Angkor). The vessel will proceed upstream to moor midstream for cocktails and to meet key crew.

DAY 2 KRATIE AND THE DOLPHIN GROUNDS

Morning visit to Koh Trong Island a small Mekong River hamlet which can be explored by bicycle or ox cart with a real immersion into Khmer rural life visiting local schools and English classes then visiting a reforestation site where you can leave your mark by planting your own tree. Passengers should feel free to donate items for use in the schools such as books & pens etc. After lunch, moor off Kratie and continue to the dolphin grounds by local boat where we will observe the elusive Irrawaddy Dolphins.

DAY 3 SILK ISLAND

Sailing downstream all morning, with lectures and film presentations, past Phnom Penh and up the Tonle River to board our expedition vessel, the Pandaw Explorer, to visit Koh Okhna Tey, or ‘silk island’ to study the entire silk making process from worms to weavers. There will be a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of Bokator. Return to ship and return down the Tonle River to turn up the Mekong at the confluence. Evening lecture on Angkor and Khmer culture.

DAY 4 PHNOM PENH

Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvellous collection of Angkorian statuary. Afternoon optional visit to the Killing Fields and Genocide museum or take a tuk-tuk to explore the riverfront and finish with High Tea at Raffles Hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.

DAY 5 VIETNAM BORDER

Early sailing to the Vietnam border for formalities and during this stationary period there is an optional tour of the working ship and fruit carving classes on deck. Afternoon, explore the labyrinthine canal system around Tan Chau to visit a Taoist temple where the monks will read fortunes. Continue through local villages by Xi Loi stopping off to help locals tend their fields before stopping off to visit a fish farm and earn merit by releasing fish back into the Mekong.

DAY 6 CON PHUOC ISLAND

In the morning sail up a small canal to moor off Con Phuoc Island and go ashore to explore the island by tuk-tuk seeing basket production and visiting a 100-year old Catholic Church and local woodworking artisans.

After a short cruise downstream in the afternoon we take a short coach trip where we visit Gao Giong ‘green oasis’ with its bird sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets that gather in the tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowing boats traverse the canals to take us to see the principal nesting areas.

DAY 7 BEN TRE

After breakfast the ship moors off Cho Lach island for pot making and further glimpses of Delta life, agriculture and local Viet hospitality including a culinary lesson in making traditional Banh Xeo. Upon return to the boat we take a cruise downstream to Ben Tre. Where we travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo groves to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. In these local artisans are at work and are invite visitors into their homes for tea, fruit and honey products made from their own honey. This is an area rich in bird life and on our return journey we travel by horse cart through the lush countryside.

DAY 8 MY THO TO SAIGON

Moor at My Tho for road transfer to Saigon.

Build 2003 in Yangon, refit 2013

Length: 200ft / 60m

Beam: 36ft / 11m

Draft: 4ft / 1.5m

Berths: 48 pax

  • 18 upper deck, 6 main deck staterooms
  • 170 square feet, finished in teak and brass
  • Panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space
  • New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings
  • Kimonos and slippers
  • Spa-branded amenities
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Electric mini safe
  • Central AC with individual control
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
  • Premium mattresses
  • Convertible bed configuration
  • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
  • Mirror
  • Multi-configuration plugs
  • Generous closet space and under-bed storage
  • Hair dryer
  • Daily nightly turndown service
  • 24h laundry service
  • Complimentary evening canapés
  • Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team
  • Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners
  • Daily lean & light menu options
  • Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices
  • Extensive wine list with premium wines
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Farewell reception
  • Theme- and gala dinners
  • Spacious, air-conditioned saloon bar with nightly entertainment
  • Sundeck bar with complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset
  • Pool table on sundeck
  • 24hrs hospitality bar
  • Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls

Cruise Price Includes: 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 from meeting point in Saigon to ship or v.v.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, 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. No transfers in Phnom Penh, ship docks in city center at Sisowath Quay.

  • All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards (VIRES)
  • Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
  • Fire fighting system in all ship areas
  • Expert marine superintendant
  • 24 hrs watch on duty
  • Certified hygiene standards for all areas (Johnson & Diversey)
  • Captain
  • First Officer
  • Chief Engineer
  • 1st Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Bosun & nautical crew
  • Ship manager
  • Housekeeping
  • Dining
  • Bar keeper
  • Chefs
  • Spa therapist
  • Local tour guides
  • Guest relation desk
  • Largest public space to passenger ratio of any cruise ship in the world
  • Shop, supporting fair trade
  • Lecture and meeting room with oversized flat screen TV, LSD projector and sound system
  • Art gallery featuring local art and artists
  • Library with contemporary and classic literature
  • Wireless internet in all public areas

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