At a glance
12 Day Cruise on RV Indochina Pandaw, Pandaw from £3,595 pp incl. flights
Departure 28 March 2020 | Mekong and the Vietnam Grand Prix Final
- Phnom Penh
- Gáo Giồng
- Bến Tre
Mekong and the Vietnam Grand Prix Final
Exclusive Offer Fares
- Flights from London to Phonm Penh
- Private overseas transfers throughout
- 1 night pre-cruise stay at Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh on a B&B basis
- 3 nights sailing aboard RV Indochina Pandaw on a full-board basis
- 1 night post-cruise stay at the Interncontinenal Asiana Hotel, Saigon on a B&B basis
- Flight from Saigon to Hanoi
- 4 nights stay at Whyndam Garden Hotel in Hanoi on a B&B basis
- Tickets to the Vietnam Grand Prix for the 4th (qualifiers) & 5th (final) April 2020
Includes on board the ship
All meals on board, complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water on board, life enriching tours and excursions with English speaking guides
Vietnam Grand Prix Tickets
You can have the option of choosing Turn 1 or Turn 2-3-4 or The Starting Grid at the same cost. Located on the Pit Straight, this Premium Grandstand will arguably provide the best view at the circuit. You will have great views of the straight, including the starting grid and the pits, as well as views of Turns 1, 2, 3 and 4,
Enjoy a Mekong river cruise from Phnom Penh to Saigon followed by tickets to see the Vietnam Grand Prix Final
Day by day itinerary
After making use of your included airport lounge, fly overnight to Phnom Penh
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Raffles Hotel Le Royal for an overnight stay.
Embark the ship in the morning and enjoy the ship as the rest of day is at leisure.
Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.
Early sailing to the Vietnam border for formalities and during this stationary period there is an optional tour of the working ship and fruit carving classes on deck. Afternoon, explore the labyrinthine canal system around Tan Chau to visit a Taoist temple where the monks will read fortunes. Continue through local villages by Xi Loi stopping off to help locals tend their fields before stopping off to visit a fish farm and earn merit by releasing fish back into the Mekong.
In the morning sail up a small canal to moor off Con Phuoc Island and go ashore to explore the island by tuk-tuk seeing basket production and visiting a 100-year old Catholic Church and local woodworking artisans.
After a short cruise downstream in the afternoon we take a short coach trip where we visit Gao Giong ‘green oasis’ with its bird sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets that gather in the tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowing boats traverse the canals to take us to see the principal nesting areas.
After breakfast the ship moors off Cho Lach island for pot making and further glimpses of Delta life, agriculture and local Viet hospitality including a culinary lesson in making traditional Banh Xeo. Upon return to the boat we take a cruise downstream to Ben Tre. Where we travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo groves to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. In these local artisans are at work and are invite visitors into their homes for tea, fruit and honey products made from their own honey. This is an area rich in bird life and on our return journey we travel by horse cart through the lush countryside.
Moor at My Tho for road transfer to Saigon.
Spend 1 night post-cruise stay at the Interncontinenal Asiana Hotel, Saigon
Fly from Saigon to Hanoi and transfer to the Whyndam Garden Hotel in Hanoi for a 4-night stay.
Vietnam Grand Prix Final
Includes tickets to the Grand Prix for the 4th & 5th April
You can have the option of choosing Turn 1 or Turn 2-3-4 or The Starting Grid at the same cost. Located on the Pit Straight, this Premium Grandstand will arguably provide the best view at the circuit. You will have great views of the straight, including the starting grid and the pits, as well as views of Turns 1, 2, 3 and 4, all the exciting moments of the race are bound to happen here!
Vietnam Grand Prix Final Dates
- Grand Prix Qualifiers (4th April)
- Grand Prix Final (5th April)
- Free time in Hanoi (6th April)
Depart Hanoi and fly to the UK
Sailing on RV Indochina Pandaw
Sister to the Orient and Bassac, the Indochina Pandaw was built in Vietnam in 2009 and transferred over to Burma in 2011. The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.