In 2002 we took our Pandaw concept to the Mekong River in Indochina where we now have two Pandaws plying between Saigon in Vietnam and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Here the Pandaws broke the seemingly impenetrable river border between two very different countries. In high water our vessels accomplished the first cross navigation of the Tonle Sap, an inland sea previously un-navigated by anything other than local speed boats.
We now have six beautifully crafted Pandaw ships in operation that we built ourselves. Each ship, hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen are in themselves objects of great beauty. The secret of our success is that on our ships, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate. All our Pandaws have ultra shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas, which would be unreachable by other vessels, let alone overland

 

 UPSTREAM PROGRAM : SAIGON - SIEM REAP

Trip name Upstream Program : Saigon - Siem Reap (8 Days/7 Nights Upstream)
Trip code: VLV-70(SG-SR)
Trip duration: 8days/7night 
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request 
Trip route: Saigon–Caibe –Vinhlong –Sadec -Chau Doc –Phnompenh -Tonle River/Kampong  Chnang Kampong  Cham/Mekong River-Kampong Cham area
-Siem Reap
Starts/Ends trip: Saigon/Seam Reap
Trip type: Nature , landscape & cruising 

DOWNSTREAM PROGRAM : SIEM REAP- SAIGON 

Trip name Downstream Program : Siem Reap- Saigon - (8 Days/7 Nights Upstream) 
Trip code: VLV-70(SG-SR)
Trip duration: 8days/7night 
Trip Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Trip price: Available upon Request 
Trip route: 
Seam Reap -Kampong Cham -Tonle River/Kampong  Chhanang-Phnom Penh-Chau Doc-Sadec-Cai Be-Mytho-Saigon
Starts/Ends trip: Seam Reap-Saigon
Trip type: Nature , landscape & cruising 

 

 

Brief Itinerary

 UPSTREAM PROGRAM : SAIGON - SIEM REAP

Day 1:Saigon-Mytho-Caibe

Day 2:Cai be-Sadec

Day 3:Chau Doc -Border crossing

Day 4: Phnom penh

Day 5:Tonle River/Kampong  Chnang

Day 6: Kampong  Cham/Mekong River

Day 7: Kampong Cham area

Day 8: Transfer to Seam Reap 

DOWNSTREAM PROGRAM : SIEM REAP- SAIGON 

Day 1: Seam Reap -Kampong Cham 

Day 2:Kampong Cham  Area

Day 3:Tonle River/Kampong  Chhanang

Day 4:Phnom Penh

Day 5:Cruising the  mekong /Border crossing 

Day 6: Chau Doc 

Day 7: Sadec -Cai  Be 

Day 8:My  Tho -Saigon 

1. UPSTREAM PROGRAM : SAIGON - SIEM REAP (8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS UPSTREAM)
Day 1: Saigon / My Tho / Cai Be
Transfer from the Renaissance Riverside Hotel in Saigon to the port of My Tho by coach to embark cruise.

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, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist.

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.

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 (www.cyclo.org.uk).
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.

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.

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.

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 and the Pandaw-supported Kampong Cham orphanage.

Day 8: Transfer to Siem Reap
Early morning coach transfer to the Raffles Hotel D'Angkor in Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid afternoon.

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2. DOWNSTREAM PROGRAM : SIEM REAP- SAIGON - (8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS UPSTREAM)
Day 1: Siem Reap / Kampong Cham
Passengers will transfer by coach from the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor to Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way.

Day 2: Kampong Cham Area
Passengers will 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 and the Pandaw-supported Kampong Cham orphanage.

Day 3: Tonle River / Kampong Chhnang
Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang by either coach or the ship 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.

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 (www.cyclo.org.uk).
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.

Day 5: Cruising the Mekong / Border Crossing
We spend the day cruising in the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route for the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities.

Day 6: Chau Doc
Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc.

Day 7: Sa Dec / Cai Be
In the morning passengers will take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec 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 colourful floating market which takes place daily in front of the catholic church.

Day 8: My Tho / Saigon
Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Renaissance Riverside Hotel. Arrive at the hotel late morning.

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:
RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D'ANGKOR
Registration is at 11.30am
The Elephant Bar
11 Vithei Charles de Gaulle,
Khum Svay Dang Kum

Transfer by coach to Kampong Cham to board ship takes approx 5 hours

CABIN & FERCILITIES
Much loved by all our passengers we have ensured that with each ship we build the stateroom remains the same. Our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV’s, internet or phones. There is a 24 honesty bar on the sundeck. Pandaw passengers usually want to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Where we go and what we see is intrepid in extreme. What you come back to is a floating base of discreet comfort, caring service and all the good things one looks for in life.

ON BOARD ACTIVITIES
The ship changes hue at night and the staff emerge the following morning in their exquisite Cambodian traditional outfit. A shipping link between Saigon and Angkor is immensely practical for the traveler 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. In our Land Tour Section you will see that we have selected the most fitting hotel partners in both Saigon and Angkor.

Price Include:

Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft and alcoholic beverages, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.

Price Excludes:

International flights, airport transfers, port dues, 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

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