Pandaw Mekong 8 Days Saigon - Siem Reap and Vice Versa 8 Days

Pandaw Mekong 8 Days Saigon - Siem Reap and Vice Versa
Highlights: Cruise upstream 8 Days from the Ho Chi Minh City through the vast Mekong Delta , to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia, or vice versa. Take this journey on the luxury Pandaw river cruises where the staterooms are amongst the roomiest afloat, and the service onboard is impeccable. Pandaw river cruise is a deeply tranquil vacation experience.

Itinerary

Day 1: Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be

Transfer from the Intercontinental Asiana in Saigon to the port of My Tho by coach to embark cruise.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner 

Day 2: Cai Be - Sa Dec

In the morning passengers will visit Cai Be and its colourful floating market. In the afternoon take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chau Doc - Border Crossing

Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4: Phnom Penh

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5: Tonle River - Kampong Chhnang

Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. Beyond Kampong Chhnang travel by the Pandaw Explorer to discover the vast wetlands around the mouth of the river. Here many fishtraps may be seen.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 6: Kampong Cham - Mekong River

We stop at the little-known Chong Koh silk-weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. In the afternoon we stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or monastery and school. In the wat the splendid village racing boats are stored.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 7: Kampong Cham Area

Passengers visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey in the morning. In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit the Twin Holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man and Woman Hill). Continuation to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok supported by the Frech-Cambodian NGO Amica.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 8: Transfer to Siem Reap

Early morning coach transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid afternoon.

* Transfer by coach from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap takes approx 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Prices & Inclusions

Price is from~US$ 1313 per person
All rates are quoted per person based on twin sharing. Prices are valid till Dec 2014.
Prices Include:
• Entrance fees
• Guide services (English language)
• Main meals
• Mineral water
• Welcome cocktail party
• Signature hors d’oeuvres at cocktails each evening
• Afternoon tea with cakes or cookies when cruising
• Celebration cake and champagne on birthdays and anniversaries
• Cookery demonstrations and classes using local produce
• All scheduled excursions
• At least two cultural performances per cruise
• Tour of the engine rooms, galley and working parts of the ship
• Film presentations on local culture and history
• Sodas, beers, local spirits
• Cold towels on deck all day
• Jugged coffee, tea and tisanes on deck from sunrise till sunset
• Crew gratuities are included in your cruise program price
• Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage
free wifi, iPad in the cabin and crew tipping.


Prices Exclude:
• International flights
• Airport transfers from/ to meeting point
• Port taxes: US$ 65 per person
• All visa costs
• Fuel surcharges (checking at time of booking)
• Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs
• Fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.
• Spa service including foot, head and body massages (Mekong only)
• Personal laundry service
• Premium or select wines from the Pandaw Wine List, and imported mineral waters

Special Conditions for Children
• Free of charge for children below 5 years old, in parents' room and using existing bedding.
• Baby cots are available.
• Children above 5 ears must occupy a separate bed and pay full rate (Single or double occupancy).

River Conditions Warning!
The rivers you will sail on are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level, in some places as much as 30 metres. Water levels can change dramatically overnight and a sudden rise can impede our progress upstream considerably and even prevent us from passing under certain bridges. A sudden fall can result in our being unable to get into certain places or go as far upstream as we would hope. Groundings on sandbars are not infrequent and are part of the excitement of any Pandaw expedition. Published itineraries are indicational only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop.  Passengers are thus forewarned and expected to be flexible and patient. River cruising in Asia can be a dramatic and adventurous experience - not like cruising the controlled waterways of Europe or America. Note also that we operate in areas with little or no developed infrastructure and subject to the strictures of local officialdom. Be prepared for this and it is all more the fun!


Registration Details
As of July 2014 we will meet all Mekong Expedition guests in Saigon at the InterContinental’s Purple Jade Bar on the first floor.
Registration for upstream cruises Saigon - Angkor: 10.30am - InterContinental Purple Jade Bar.
Drop-off after downstream cruises Angkor – Saigon: 10.00am - InterContinental.
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