A replica of a colonial-era vessel dating from 1865, the majestic 167ft Bassac Pandaw is a luxurious three-deck riverboat. She accommodates up to 60 guests for cruises through the slow, swirling waters of the Mekong, exploring Vietnam and Cambodia’s finest scenery and peaceful beauty, ancient temples and bustling capitals, in comfort and style complemented by exceptional service.
Life On Board
Accommodation comprises 20 staterooms on the upper deck and 10 on the main deck. Each measures 170 square feet, and all have air-conditioning, french windows, and twin beds, some of which can be set up as a double. Bathrooms have good showers, with bathrobes, hair dryers, and slippers provided. Cabins also have desks and safes. You can look forward to fruit and flowers on arrival, kimonos and slippers, spa-branded amenities, unlimited mineral water, free use of a mini-DVD-player on request and a selection of DVDs from the library.
Most of your on-board leisure time will be spent on the aft of the covered upper deck and the sun deck. Here you can relax on a teak lounger and take in the sights going by; local families in their traditional floating homes will often stop what they are doing to wave as you drift past, giving you a glimpse into their water-based way of life. Local entertainment is offered, such as folkloric dancing and puppet shows.
Be sure to take advantage of the open-bridge policy; this is the captain’s deck where the weather and charts are studied, where plans for the journey are decided and where the magic happens. Wi-Fi is slow because of the remote regions traveled. However, some riverside ports in the cruise itinerary feature Internet shops. Bassac Pandaw’s guides give briefings at cocktail hour every night, and accompany all excursions, which are daily and free.
Dining is a relaxed and casual experience with meals served in the air-conditioned main deck restaurant, complemented by panoramic views. Breakfast is buffet style but preceded by coffee, tea and light bites on the sun deck for early risers. Lunch is served either buffet style or standard sit-down, while the four-course dinners feature waiter-service at the table, with a great choice of local cuisine and international favorites. Produce is fresh, regional and seasonal. There is also an extensive wine list with premium wines. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, ice cream, beer and domestic spirits are complimentary and served at the main bar/library lounge on the upper deck.
Life On The Mekong
Explore the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon. Witness the tastes and sounds of a floating market at dawn in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam. Cruise into the bustling hub of the Phnom Penh port in Cambodia. Soak up the classic beauty of old colonial buildings or explore the fascinating culture and history of Cambodia in the breath-taking ancient temples of Angkor.
There is no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the Mekong. Discover it all aboard RV Bassac Pandaw on a choice of three itineraries—each sailable either upstream or downstream—and gain insight into the heart and soul of Vietnam and Cambodia.
Suites & Cabins
Enjoy a peaceful night's sleep in these air-conditioned rooms that come with imported quality linens. The rooms are designed to ensure maximum guest comfort with multi-configuration plugs for all your gadgets, a spacious closet, storage under the bed, and kimonos and slippers.
These suites feature a panoramic French window that leads to a private deck space giving guests breathtaking scenery. The private bathrooms come with a natural stone shower, spa-branded amenities, and a hairdryer. The room also has a spacious closet and an electric safe.
- Air conditioning
- Excercise room
- Massage room
- Lecture room
- WIFI available
- Kosher Meals
- Medical staff
- Souvenir shop
- Hot showers
- All inclusive
- Charging areas for electronic equipment
- Yoga mats
- Flash lights
- Water canteen/bottle
- Insect repellent