Situated in a rich and fertile plain, Cambodia’s second largest city has the Stung Sangker River flowing through its colonial town center. The region also has numerous Angkorian sites.
Cambodia has much more to offer than the famous Temples of Angkor. Cambodia is blessed with golden undeveloped beaches, unspoilt forests and beautiful old colonial cities like Phnom Penh, Battambang. Kampot and Kep, all of which have a very relaxing atmosphere. It is also the gentle. Polite and charming personality of the Khmer people which makes Cambodia such a memorable destination. Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia with a population of 2 million, situated in the south eastern part of the country, at the confiuence of the Mekong, the Bassac and the Tonle Sap rivers. Nowadays it still retains and undeniable charm despite its tumultuous and often violent past. Must see place include The Royal palace, Silver pagoda, Independence monument, National museum, Choeung EK memorial etc… Siem Reap/Temple of Angkor, a small city located 250 km northwest of Phnom penh and 15km north of Tonle Sap river – the largest river in South East Asia. It is the gateway to the millennium-old temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Angkor Archaeological park have dozens of temples in various states of preservation. Most famous temples include the Bayon, Ta Phrom, Banteay srei and the legendary Angkor Wat.
The treasures, natural beauty and changing countryside of Vietnam and Cambodia present comprehensive features of oriental lifestyles, but there are distinct contrasts related to the serenity of Halong Bay, the bustling aspects of Saigon city, the fertile intensity of the Mekong Delta and the somewhat mystical aspects of Angkor Wat and more in Cambodia.Read more
There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquillity of Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Ho Chi Minh City, through the vast delta so rich in human life, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. With a full day in charming Phnom Penh we then explore remote waterways as we progress to the great monuments of Angkor.
RV Mekong Pandaw were the first to offer river expeditions on the Mekong back in 2003 and have since been honoured by many imitators. Pandaw, though, has always stayed a step ahead of these shadow ships and this season introduces another first for this expedition through Vietnam and Cambodia. On the sumptuous Mekong Pandaw we will go one step further up the Mekong than any other vessel, as far as Kratie. Only Pandaw ships with their ultra shallow draft can go this far, adding another 100km to the river route and penetrating deep into rural Cambodia.Read more