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Indochina Pandaw

Colonial-style riverboat exploring the bustling Mekong Delta in Vietnam and tranquility of Cambodia.

Overview

Sister ship to the Bassac Pandaw, the 170-foot-long Indochina Pandaw was built in 2009 and specifically designed to provide a superior river cruise experience, offering fantastic views of enchanting riverside scenery on 3- or 4-night cruises along the Mekong between Saigon in Vietnam and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Accommodating up to sixty passengers, this colonial-style ship offers everything from peaceful solitude to hands-on activities, exotic culinary creations to exciting onshore excursions.

Life On Board

Onboard, split over two decks, are 30 identical staterooms measuring 170 square feet with sophisticated furnishings and contemporary comforts. All have twin beds (some of which can be converted to doubles), as well as air-conditioning, desks, safes and French windows, complete with a table and two wicker chairs outside on the walk-around deck outside. Bathrooms have good showers, with bathrobes, hair dryers, and slippers provided. There is also an onboard laundry and the crew will clean your shoes after excursions.

On the third and uppermost Observation Deck teak loungers with blue cushions allow you to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the river; you will be captivated by the great panoramas and the unceasing human and wildlife activity unfolding around you. There is also an open-bridge policy.

Enjoy spa facilities with services from trained professionals, and hands-on activities such as cookery and fruit carving. Fishing nets, badminton equipment and board games are also provided. Indochina Pandaw has two guides who give briefings at cocktail hour every night on the sun deck, and accompany all excursions, which are daily and free. Some local entertainment is offered in the form of a cultural performance.

Well-maintained mountain bikes are provided for independent exploration of the scenic countryside and friendly villages at your own pace. At each river stop, the crew will advise you on the best routes to follow and, if required, a member of the crew will accompany you on your cycling adventures.

Dine on board on tasty Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine as well as traditional European fare, including healthy and vegetarian options at every meal. Breakfast is a buffet, while lunch offers soup, salad, a buffet and desserts. At dinner you will be served by waiters at your table. You can also enjoy cocktails or premium wines from an extensive wine list.

Life On The Mekong

The Mekong Delta is the bridge between the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, aka Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam, and Cambodia’s capital—the picturesque city of Phnom Penh. The Delta is the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, a water world that moves to the rhythms of the mighty Mekong, where boats, houses and markets float upon the innumerable tributaries, canals and streams that criss-cross the landscape like arteries.

From buffaloes wallowing in rice paddies and mangrove forests teeming with bird life to Buddhist temples reaching for the sky, there can be no better way to discover the diverse contrasts of two cultures and two ways of life linked by one great river. The Indochina Pandaw cruise is a delightful way for you and your partner, your family or friends to explore these two fascinating countries.

Itineraries & Prices

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4 Day - Short Cruise : Saigon to Phnom Penh

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Embarkation

AM: Transfer from your hotel in Saigon to the port of My Tho by small group transfer to embark cruise. Pick-up will be between 09:30 am and 11:00 am. Our representative will call you on the evening before or leave a message with the hotel to reconfirm the exact pick-up time.

PM: After lunch, we journey by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a local rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo-covered canals before arriving at a village specializing in making local products. In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe on deck.

Indochina Pandaw - Short Cruise : Saigon to Phnom Penh-1
Location
Saigon
Day
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Gao Giong

AM: Sailing through the delta offers a real insight into life along this vast waterway.

PM: After lunch, a short coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’, a 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest and listed wildlife sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets gather in their tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowboats traverse the canals to take us to view the principal nesting areas where photo opportunities abound.

Indochina Pandaw - Short Cruise : Saigon to Phnom Penh-2
Location
Gao Giong
Day
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Chau Doc - Vietnam/Cambodia Border

AM: We go alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the floating markets & fish farms by sampan. We make a stop at a Chham Village and observe the lives of Vietnamese Muslims before taking minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, the location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda.

PM: Upon return to the ship, we navigate a web of canals before dropping anchor on the Vietnam/Cambodia border to undergo Immigration formalities.

Indochina Pandaw - Short Cruise : Saigon to Phnom Penh-3
Location
Chau Doc
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: After breakfast, disembark your Pandaw Expedition in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh.

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Location
Phnom Penh
Day
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5 Day - Short Cruise : Phnom Penh to Saigon

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Embarkation

PM: Passengers can embark on the ship between 12.30 and 13.30 as passports are needed for formalities. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants, and nightlife.

Indochina Pandaw - Short Cruise : Phnom Penh to Saigon-1
Location
Phnom Penh
Day
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Vietnam/Cambodia Border - Chau Doc

AM: We up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Vietnam border with Vietnam for immigration formalities. We go alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the floating markets & fish farms by sampan.

PM: We make a stop at a Chham Village and observe the lives of Vietnamese Muslims before taking minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, the location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda.

Indochina Pandaw - Short Cruise : Phnom Penh to Saigon-2
Location
Chau Doc
Day
2 / 5

Gao Giong

AM: Sailing through the delta offers a real insight into life along this vast waterway.

PM: After lunch, a short coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’, a 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest and listed wildlife sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets gather in their tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowboats traverse the canals to take us to view the principal nesting areas where photo opportunities abound.

Indochina Pandaw - Short Cruise : Phnom Penh to Saigon-3
Location
Gao Giong
Day
3 / 5

Ben Tre

AM: Morning sail across the heart of the delta.

PM: After lunch, we journey by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a local rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in making local products. In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe on deck.

Indochina Pandaw - Short Cruise : Phnom Penh to Saigon-4
Location
Ben Tre
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: Morning disembarkation and travel by coach from My Tho to your hotel in Saigon, arriving around 10.30am.

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Location
Saigon
Day
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8 Day - Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Saigon (Downstream)

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Embarkation

AM: Morning pick up from your hotel in Siem Reap to travel through the local countryside, skirting the Tonle Sap Lake, before arriving in Kampong Cham to embark on your Pandaw vessel and the commencement of your adventure.

Note :

Morning transfer by coach from the FCC Angkor by Avani hotel to your Pandaw moored at Kampong Cham. The transfer will depart at 10:00. and takes approx. 4 hours.


Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day One - Angkor Wat
Location
Siem Reap - Kampong Cham
Day
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Angkor Ban Village Walks - Silk Island

AM: In the morning we visit Angkor Ban and a local Cambodian school where the local library was built with the support of Pandaw and our guests. Guests are encouraged to bring books to donate to the library for children to read.

PM: After lunch, we study the entire silk-making process from worms to weavers as we visit 'Silk Island'. After learning about the silk process there will be a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of Bokator.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day Two - Restaurant On Board
Location
Tonle Sap River
Day
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Oudong - Kampong Tralach

AM: In the morning, travel by coach to the ancient capital of Cambodia, Oudong. On the way, we stop to visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre before taking a drive around the city. Rejoin your ship in Kampong Tralach for lunch aboard.

PM: In the afternoon we travel by ox-cart around the river-side villages, markets, and temples. In the evening cocktails are around a village fire pit where we will be joined by village folk keen to show us their traditional dancing and more of the delightful Khmer culture.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day Three - Boat Side View
Location
Tonle River
Day
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Phnom Penh

AM: Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvelous collection of Angkorian statuary.

PM: In the afternoon we visit the Killing Fields and Genocide museum to learn more about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants, and nightlife.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day Four - Excursion on Bike in Phnom Penh
Location
Tonle River
Day
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Cambodia/Vietnam Border-Chau Doc

AM: We up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Vietnam border with Vietnam for immigration formalities. We go alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the floating markets & fish farms by sampan.

PM: We make a stop at a Chham Village and observe the lives of Vietnamese Muslims before taking minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day Five - Traditional Weaving
Location
Mekong River
Day
5 / 8

Gao Giong

AM: Sailing through the delta offers a real insight into life along this vast waterway.

PM: After lunch, a short coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’, a 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest and listed wildlife sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets gather in their tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowboats traverse the canals to take us to view the principal nesting areas where photo opportunities abound.


Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day Six - Local Market in Mekong Delta
Location
Mekong River
Day
6 / 8

Ben Tre

PM: After lunch, we journey by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a local rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo-covered canals before arriving at a village specializing in making local products. In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe on deck.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day Seven - Angkor Wat
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: We disembark our Pandaw Boat and travel by coach from My Tho City through the countryside to your hotel in Saigon.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day Eight - Excursion
Location
My Tho - Saigon
Day
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8 Day - Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Reap (Upstream)

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Pick up from your city hotel or airport for the road trip from Saigon to My Tho City on the mighty Mekong River to embark on your Pandaw Vessel and the commencement of your adventure.

PM: After lunch, we travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a local rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo-covered canals before arriving at a village specializing in coconut candy & rice wine. Here you can view the process of manufacturing these specialties and try them for yourself including the local "Moonshine." In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese Cultural Group highlighting “Life on the Mekong Delta”.

Note :

Transfer from your hotel in Saigon to the port of My Tho by small group transfer to embark cruise.

Pick-up will be between 09:30 am and 11:00 am. Our representative will call you on the evening before or leave a message with the hotel to reconfirm the exact pick-up time.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day One - Ho Chi Minh City
Location
Saigon - My Tho
Day
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Gao Giong

AM: A morning of sailing through the delta provides an insight into life along this mighty waterway.

PM: After lunch, a short coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’, a 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest and listed wildlife sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets gather in their tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowboats traverse the canals to take us to view the principal nesting areas where photo opportunities abound.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Two - Mekong Delta
Location
Mekong River
Day
2 / 8

Chau Doc, Sam Mountain & Vietnam/Cambodia Border

AM: Our boat docks alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the famous floating markets & fish farms by Sampan. We make a stop at a local Chham Village and observe the lives of these local Vietnamese Muslims before boarding minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda, proclaimed an 'official historic monument' on 10th July 1980 by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam.

PM: Upon return to our boat, we cruise the local canals before dropping anchor on the Vietnam/Cambodia Border to undergo Immigration Formalities.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Three - Mekong Delta Bird
Location
Mekong River
Day
3 / 8

Phnom Penh

AM: We dock in the Cambodian Capital of Phnom Penh where we will partake in a morning orientation of the city by cyclo, visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvellous collection of Angkorian statuary.

PM: In the afternoon, we visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the tragic history of the area and local people. Optional half-day and full-day tours are available during our stay in Phnom Penh at extra cost. Please contact us in advance or see your in-cabin information manual for further details. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants, and nightlife.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Four - Local Life on Mekong Delta
Location
Mekong River
Day
4 / 8

Kampong Tralach

AM: Morning at leisure in Phnom Penh with its café life and many smart boutiques.

PM: After lunch, we sail up the winding channels of the Tonle Sap river to Kampong Tralach. We travel by ox-cart around the river-side villages, markets, and temples to get a sense of life along the river. In the evening cocktails are around a village fire pit where we will be joined by village folk keen to show us their traditional dancing and show us more of the delightful Khmer culture.


Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Five - Local Life on Mekong Delta
Location
Mekong River
Day
5 / 8

Oudong - Silk Island

AM: In the morning, travel by coach to the ancient capital of Cambodia, Oudong. On the way, we stop to visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre before taking a drive around the old capital. We re-join our ship at Prek Kdam before returning to the Mekong.

PM: After lunch, we sail to Koh Nghe Tei (Silk Island) to study the entire silk-making process from worms to weavers. We visit silk makers and can buy from them their lovely silk scarves and other fabrics. This village is a center of the ancient martial art of L’bokator which roughly translates as 'pounding a lion. It includes weapons techniques and is one of the oldest combat techniques in Cambodia and is believed to date back to the Angkor empire.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Six - Sundeck
Location
Tonle River
Day
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Wat Hanchey - Angkor Ban Village Visit

AM: Sunrise cruise to Angkor Ban village to see how local villagers live and visit the library which was donated by Pandaw to Angkor Ban secondary school.

PM: In the afternoon we sail north to Wat Hanchey, an important center of worship during the Chenla period located on top of a hill above the mighty Mekong River with some of the best Mekong views in Cambodia. Visit 8th-century structures some destroyed by American bombings during the Vietnam War.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Seven - Traditional Music
Location
Tonle Sap River
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: We disembark our Pandaw Boat and travel by coach from Kampong Cham through the countryside before arriving in the historical town of Siem Reap, home to the famous Angkor Wat.

Note :

Early morning coach transfer to the FCC Angkor by Avani hotel in Siem Reap, arriving mid-afternoon (approx. 13.30). Transfer by coach from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap takes approx 4 hours.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Eight - Enjoying Sunset
Location
Siem Reap
Day
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Gym
Relaxing
Coridor
Rest Corner
Sundeck
Captain Cabin
Upperdeck

Suites & Cabins

Mekong Pandaw's Main Deck Suite. Indochina Pandaw - Main Deck Suite - 2 Indochina Pandaw - Main Deck Suite - 3
10 Cabins

Main Deck Suite

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 170 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

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, and storage under the bed and kimonos and slippers.

Mekong Pandaw's Upper Deck Suite. Indochina Pandaw - Upper Deck Suite-2 Indochina Pandaw - Upper Deck Suite-3 Indochina Pandaw - Upper Deck Suite-4
20 Cabins

Upper Deck Suite

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 170 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

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.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • 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

Equipment

  • Bicycles
  • Yoga mats
  • Flash lights
  • Water canteen/bottle
  • Insect repellent
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details
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