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Mekong Pandaw

Reminiscent of an old paddle steamer, this colonial-styled riverboat promises exciting adventures.

Overview

With the graceful curved lines of an old-fashioned paddle steamer, finished in brass and teak, the Mekong Pandaw is a colonial-style riverboat offering a leisurely meander along the calm waters of the Mekong through the most iconic and fascinating parts of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Mekong Pandaw has been designed with an ultra-shallow draft, allowing her to travel through low water and areas that would be unreachable by deeper-drafted boats.

Your Cabin

The ship has 24, identical, teak-lined, 70-sq-ft cabins, offering twin beds (some converting to doubles) all with premium mattresses, quality linens, duvets, and two kinds of pillows. Each cabin is fitted with air-conditioning, a spacious wardrobe, electronic safe box, writing desk, under-bed storage and an en-suite bathroom with a natural stone shower, bathrobes, hairdryers and branded amenities. All-encompassing French-balcony windows bring mesmerizing views of the Mekong River right into your bedroom.

Wining & Dining

Dine on board on tasty Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine as well as traditional European fare and vegetarian dishes. Breakfast is a buffet, and lunch is a mix of soup and salad at the buffet with mains served at the tables. Dinner is table served. Cruises of seven nights or more offer two themed dinners in addition to the farewell gala dinner.

The dining room is a convertible open-air space, with retractable walls that only close at night. Enjoy cocktails or a tipple from the extensive premium wine list, with entertainment, in the air-conditioned bar.

Life On Board

Traveling on the Mekong Pandaw cruise is essentially an outdoor experience, with guests choosing to spend time sitting in the open air on the promenade decks or on the vast Observation Deck above. Unlike other cruise ships, every window (except the portholes on the Lower Deck) can open. As you 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.

With a crew-to-passenger ratio of one-to-two, you can expect to receive highly attentive service. Most of the activity on board is geared toward quiet pursuits; on the Sun Deck, you will find a pool table and sun loungers for your pleasure. You can also curl up with a good book in the stylish library, work up a sweat and an appetite in the well-equipped gym, or surrender to an aromatherapy massage or a traditional Southeast Asian spa treatment.

Enrichment activities consist of talks from on-board guides, documentaries complementing the boat’s itinerary, mainstream movies, cooking classes, and cultural dance performances.

Shore Excursions

Shore Excursions on the Mekong Pandaw river cruise include explorations of local markets with the on-board chef, guided walks with the resident regional expert, river and jungle trips by speedboat, or city sightseeing trips via ‘cyclos’ (three-wheeled rickshaws) in Cambodia.

The Mekong Pandaw cruise is a delightful way for you and your partner, your family or friends to explore two countries, and discover the diverse contrasts of two cultures and two ways of life linked by one great river.

Itineraries & Prices

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8-Day
8-Day

8 Day / 7 Night - Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep

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”.

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
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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
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Mekong River
Day
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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
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Silk Island

AM: We start the day by cruising upstream from Phnom Penh along the Mekong River before returning in the afternoon to visit Koh Nghe Tei (Silk Island) to study the entire silk-making process from worms to weavers.

PM: You will have the chance to visit local silk purveyors and purchase locally made products before we enjoy a demonstration of the ancient martial art of L’bokator. L'bokator, which roughly translates as 'pounding a lion' includes weapons techniques and is one of the oldest existing fighting systems in Cambodia. Oral tradition indicates that L’bokator, or an earlier form thereof, was the close quarter combat system used by the armies before Angkor 1,700 years ago.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Five - Local Life on Mekong Delta
Location
Mekong River
Day
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Prek Kdam, Oudong

AM: After a short morning cruise along the Tonle Sap River we will disembark at Prek Kdam and travel by coach to the Ancient Capital of Cambodia, Oudong. We visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre for a morning of relaxation & meditation before taking a drive around the old capital. We re-join our boat in Kompong Trollach for lunch.

PM: After lunch, we board our local limousines (Ox-Carts) for a meander along the Tonle Sap River visiting the local villages, markets and temples. Tonight, we will host our Cocktail Hour around a fire pit in one of the local Khmer Villages where we will join the villagers dancing and learning about the local culture.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Six - Sundeck
Location
Tonle River
Day
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Kampong Chhnang, Tonle Sap Floating Village & Markets

AM: Experience one of the highlights of our trip as we navigate the very narrow canals of the Tonle Sap River where we get up close & personal with the local riverside villagers.

PM: After lunch, we arrive in our final stop of Kampong Chhnang and board our Tender Boat “Pandaw Explorer” to visit the famous Tonle Sap Floating Villages & Markets, observing locals fishing and tending their floating vegetable gardens. We then cruise back to Kampong Chhnang City and disembark our Tender for a walk along the newly constructed River Walkway.

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

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

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Saigon - Siem Riep Day Eight - Enjoying Sunset
Location
Kampong Chhnang - Siem Reap
Day
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8 Day / 7 Night - Classic Mekong: Siem Riep - Saigon

itinerary map

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 Chhnang to embark your Pandaw vessel and the commencement of your adventure.

Mekong Pandaw's 8-Day Classic Mekong: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day One - Angkor Wat
Location
Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang
Day
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Kampong Chhnang, Tonle Sap Floating Village & Markets

AM: After breakfast, we board our Tender Boat “Pandaw Explorer” to visit the famous Tonle Sap Floating Villages & Markets, observing locals fishing and tending their floating vegetable gardens. We then cruise back to Kampong Chhnang City and disembark our Tender for a walk along the newly constructed River Walkway. Upon returning to the ship, we navigate the very narrow canals of the Tonle Sap River and get up close & personal with the local riverside villagers.

PM: After lunch, we board our local limousines (Ox-Carts) for a meander along the Tonle Sap River visiting local villages, markets, and temples. Tonight, we will host our Cocktail Hour around a fire pit in one of the local Khmer Villages where we will join the villagers dancing and learning about the local culture.

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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Silk Island

AM: After a short morning cruise along the Tonle Sap River we will disembark at Kampong Trollach and travel by coach to the Ancient Capital of Cambodia, Oudong. We visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre for a morning of relaxation & meditation before taking a drive around the old capital.

PM: After lunch, we visit Koh Nghe Tei (Silk Island) to study the entire silk-making process from worms to weavers. You will have the chance to visit local silk purveyors and purchase locally made products before we enjoy a demonstration of the ancient martial art of L’bokator. L'bokator, which roughly translates as 'pounding a lion' includes weapons techniques and is one of the oldest existing fighting systems in Cambodia. Oral tradition indicates that L’bokator, or an earlier form thereof, was the close quarter combat system used by the armies before Angkor 1,700 years ago.

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: 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: Siem Reap - Siem Saigon Day Four - Excursion on Bike in Phnom Penh
Location
Tonle River
Day
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Vietnam Border, Chau Doc & Sam Mountain

AM: We up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Cambodia/Vietnam Border to undergo Immigration Formalities.

PM: After lunch 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. In the evening feel free to wander along the Chau Doc Riverside.

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

AM: Early morning, we leave Chau Doc and travel through the canals of the delta as locals awake to a hive of activity.

PM: After lunch, we drop anchor upstream of Cao Lanh and take 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
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Ben Tre

AM: A morning of sailing passing towns such as Sadec & Cai Be provides an insight into life along this mighty waterway.

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 rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in coconut candy & rice wine. Here you can view the process of manufacturing these specialities 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.”

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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Accommodations

Social Areas

Dining Room
Indoor Lounge
Library
Sun Deck Lounge
Outdoor Lounge
Sun Deck Bar
Restaurant
Sun Deck Lounge
Mekong Pandaw Dining room
Couple on a sofa at the indoors lounge
A library and reading corner onboard Mekong Pandaw
Lounge chairs on the deck
Sunset on the river seen from the deck
Bartender at the outdoor bar
Restaurant onboard Mekong Pandaw
Sitting area at the outdoor lounge

Suites & Cabins

Mekong Pandaw's Main Deck Suite.

Main Deck Suite

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 172 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.

Upper Deck Suite

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 172 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.

Mekong Pandaw's Pandaw Suite

Pandaw Suite

Guests
2
Size
37 m² / 396 ft²
Beds
Double Bed


Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Excercise room
  • Massage room
  • Lecture room
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details