Ho Chi Minh City, Cuchi, Cai Be, Phnom Penh & Tonle Sap
The history of Mekong dates back thousands of years. It is the longest river in Southeast Asia which has a length of about 2,700 miles (4,350 km). Pamper yourself with this luxury river cruising experience and capture the tremendous spirit of the people on the banks. Visiting two famous cities in Indochina and explore one of the world’s most visited heritage site – Angkor Wat. This is truly a lifetime experience you can’t miss!
Day 01: Depart Australia (-/-/-)
Enjoy your overnight flight to Ho Chi Minh.
Day 02: Arrive Ho Chi Minh (-/-/-)
You will be met on arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport and transferred to the Duxton Hotel or similar for three nights stay.
Day 03: Ho Chi Minh (B/L/D)
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Notable places include; the Reunification Palace, War Remand Museum, Handicraft Workshop, City Hall, Post Off ice Centre, Notre Dame, Thien Hau Pagoda, and China Town.
Day 04: Cu Chi (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels (70km from Ho Chi Minh City), the former stronghold of the Viet Cong. The network of tunnels stretch for over 200km and three levels underground. Head back to Ho Chi Minh City for lunch then enjoy free time shopping at Ben Thanh market.
Day 05: Ho Chi Minh – My Tho (B/L/D)
After transferring by coach to the Delta Port of My Tho, embark on your cruise. You will sail upstream, through the busy commercial port that is the hub of the Delta region. From the ship you will see the Foster’s Brewery, timber yards, beautiful temples, and the bustling market areas.
Day 06: Vinh Long – Sa Dec (B/L/D)
Enjoy a Sampan boat trip along the canals and backwaters of Vinh Long. In Sa Dec, visit the local market and see the ancient house of Huyn Thuy Lu, the lover of the famous French novelist Marguerite Duras.
Day 07: Chau Doc – Border Crossing (B/L/D)
Our local guide will take you to a Moslem Cham Tribal Village, and Cat Fish Farm in Chau Doc. Alternatively, you can explore on your own by mountain bike. The local markets and Catholic Church are recommended. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border crossing.
Day 08: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)
While in Phnom Penh you will be provided with your own cyclo by The Cyclo Centre. This unique transportation method provides work for some of the poorest in Cambodia, and the centre provides basic support and social services to the drivers. They will take you to visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum. In the aft ernoon you can take an optional coach trip to learn more about Cambodian history at the Toul Sleng Museum and Killing Field of Cheoung Ek. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise however it needs to be requested at the time of booking.
Day 09: Tonle River (B/L/D)
Explore the Tonle River, and visit Kampong Trolach, a silver making village, and Chong Koh. Depending on water levels you may need to make this journey by coach. From the ship you will continue to take in the picturesque scenery and vibrant local life.
Day 10: Kratie (B/L/D)
Enjoy a morning walk at Angkor Ban, followed by an all-day sail through the delightful Cambodian countryside. You will arrive in the charming French Colonial Town of Kratie. This stop is unique to Pandaw Cruising as the shallow banks make it impossible for other ships to navigate.
Day 11: The Dolphin Grounds (B/L/D)
Take a local bus from Kratie to view the Dolphin Grounds in the protected National Park. On your return journey downstream you will stop at the Monkey Temple before mooring overnight near Kampong Cham.
Day 12: Siem Reap (B/-/-)
Today you will disembark from the cruise ship and transfer to Siem Reap. Check in to the Prince D Angkor Hotel or similar for three nights stay.
Day 13: Siem Reap (B/L/-)
Start the day early by admiring the sunrise over Angor Wat. Then enjoy breakfast at the hotel before visiting the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Phimean Akas, the Terrace of the Leper King, and Ta Prohm Temple. In the afternoon you will return to Angkor Wat to continue exploring, then return to Siem Reap.
Day 14: Siem Reap (B/L/D)
Aft er breakfast, visit Phnom Kulen National Park and explore the beautiful waterfalls (with a swim if you’d like!), the magnificent countryside, and the ancient carvings of lingas. On the way back to Siem Reap you will visit Banteay Srey, East Medon, and Banteay Sambre. Finish the day with the beautiful sunset on Phnom Bakheng.
Day 15: Depart Siem Reap (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast and leisure time until it is time for you to transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Day 16: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)
Arrive home in the morning and reminisce about your fantastic tour!
Number of Days 13
Price From $4985
Price is valid for travel from July – September 2019.
*Peak season surcharges may apply
Return international economy class airfares with full service airlines
Tipping for guide and driver
Most meals as indicated
Daily mineral water during the tour
4* accommodation with buffet breakfast
Luxury 8 day Pandaw River Cruise – Main deck
All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
Professional English speaking guide
Vietnamese and Cambodian visas
Shoulder and Peak season surcharges
(Fully Inclusive, Twin Share)
From $4,985 per person, Departing Sydney & Melbourne on Day 2 flying Vietnam Airlines.
From $5,185 per person, Departing Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth cities, flying Singapore Airlines
Single Room Supplement from $2,385 per person
Land Only Including Tipping from $4,185 per person, twin share (13 Nights)