At a glance
5 Day Cruise on RV Indochina Pandaw, Pandaw from £1,125 pp
Departure 21 May 2021 | Saigon and Phnom Penh Short Cruise (Downstream)
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- Phnom Penh
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Saigon and Phnom Penh Short Cruise (Downstream)
Members Club 10% Privilege Discount. 10% Discovery Discount. Singles welcome! No Single Supplement.
Day by day itinerary
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 local transport through the lush countryside.
Embark the ship no later than 13.30, as we need your passport to process the immigration formalities for the border crossing. Rest of day at leisure.
Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.
Moor at My Tho for road transfer to Saigon.
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.