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RV Mekong Pandaw Cruise

Category: Mekong Delta Cruises

Duration: 5, 8 & 11 days

Depart From: My Tho Return To: Siem Reap

Price from 790 $US

RV Mekong Pandaw Cruise is known as most spacious ship with wider promenades, a larger dining hall and more public space per passenger

Built in Rangoon in 2002, the Cruise was sailed round to Saigon under her own power and many a drama described in Paul Strachan’s Pandaw Story. This ship was designed specially for the Mekong and unlike other P class ships does not have a flying bridge. The reason was so she could get under a road bridge. She did actually scrape under on her maiden but it was so scary that Paul Strachan, then standing on the bridge, never dared attempt it again. As a result, we ended up with this incredible 750 square meter teak deck that even has a full size billiard table.

In 2012 she was refitted and lower deck cabins removed in favour of a professional spa, gym, library lounge and office. She is quite justifiably the most splendid ship on the Mekong and the envy of anything that floats by.

The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

 

Build 2002 in Yangon, refit 2012

Length: 200ft / 60m

Beam: 36ft / 11m

Draft: 4ft / 1.5m

Berths: 48 pax

 

ACCOMMODATION

18 upper deck, 6 main deck staterooms

170 square feet, finished in teak and brass

Panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space

New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings

Kimonos and slippers

Spa-branded amenities

Unlimited mineral water

Electric mini safe

Central AC with individual control

Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows

Premium mattresses

Convertible bed configuration

Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift

Mirror

Multi-configuration plugs

Generous closet space and under-bed storage

Hair dryer

Daily nightly turndown service

24h laundry service

Complimentary evening canapés

 

WINING & DINING

Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team

Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners

Daily lean & light menu options

Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices

Extensive wine list with premium wines

Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour

Welcome drink on arrival

Welcome cocktail

Farewell reception

Theme- and gala dinners

Spacious, air-conditioned saloon bar with nightly entertainment

Sundeck bar with complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset

Pool table on sundeck

24hrs hospitality bar

Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls

 

ON EXCURSIONS

Admissions

Shoe cleaning after excursions

Bottled drinking water

Cold towel service after excursions

Refreshing drink following excursions

Maximum 24 guests per guide on all excursions

Full-size motor coach on all excursions (maximum of 24 passengers per coach)

Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee

Comfortable “Pandaw Explorer” excursion boat

1st aid trained assistant guide to follow all tours and excursions

 

SAFETY & SECURITY

All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards (VIRES)

Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas

Fire fighting system in all ship areas

Expert marine superintendant

24 hrs watch on duty

Certified hygiene standards for all areas (Johnson & Diversey)

 

ONBOARD STAFF

Captain

First Officer

Chief Engineer

1st Engineer

Electrician

Bosun & nautical crew

Ship manager

Housekeeping

Dining

Bar keeper

Chefs

Spa therapist

Local tour guides

 

PUBLIC SPACES

Guest relation desk

Largest public space to passenger ratio of any cruise ship in the world

Shop, supporting fair trade

Lecture and meeting room with oversized flat screen TV, LSD projector and sound system

Art gallery featuring local art and artists

Library with contemporary and classic literature

Wireless internet in all public areas

DAY 1: MY THO

Morning transfer from Saigon to embark on your Pandaw vessel in time for welcome drinks, a briefing and lunch. Sail across the vast Mekong Delta.

Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

 

DAY 2: SA DEC

Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine.

 

DAY 3: CHAU DOC

Visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take off on one of our mountain bikes. The local market is great and the Catholic Church well worth a visit. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.

 

DAY 4: PHNOM PENH

Disembark in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, after breakfast.

Please note: Our crew will hand out your passports after the immigration formalities at 10.00am. Please let us know if you plan to leave the ship earlier due to flight connections.

 


 

Cruise Price Includes:

Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers from meeting point in Saigon to ship or v.v.

 

Cruise Price Excludes:

International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers. No transfers in Phnom Penh, ship docks in city center at Sisowath Quay.

DAY 1: PHNOM PENH

PLEASE NOTE: We are experiencing low water levels which will continue until April. If we are unable to reach Kratie to see the river dolphins a revised itinerary will be offered with an exciting variety of excursions.

Passengers embark the ship in the afternoon. Passengers spend the afternoon at leisure and dinner is served on board.

 

DAY 2: TONLE RIVER

Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.

 

DAY 3: KRATIE

Morning walk at Angkor Ban and after an all day sail through delightful Cambodian countryside we reach charming French colonial town of Kratie in the evening. No other river ships get this high but thanks to the Mekong Pandaw’s shallow draft we can attempt it.

 

DAY 4: THE DOLPHIN GROUNDS

From Kratie we go further upstream using a local bus to view the dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. In the afternoon on our return downstream we stop at a curious shrine known as the Monkey Temple on the way to moor overnight near Kampong Cham.

 

DAY 5: SIEM REAP

Early morning transfer to Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid-afternoon.

 


 

Cruise Price Includes:

Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfer from Meeting Point in Siem Reap to ship or v.v.

 

Cruise Price Excludes:

International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers. No transfers in Phnom Penh, ship docks in city center at Sisowath Quay.

DAY 1: MY THO

PLEASE NOTE: We may experience low water levels between January and April. If we are unable to reach Kratie to see the river dolphins a revised itinerary will be offered with an exciting variety of excursions.

Morning transfer to the port, embarking your Pandaw vessel in time for welcome drinks, a briefing and lunch. Sail across the vast Mekong Delta.

Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

 

DAY 2: SA DEC

Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine.

 

DAY 3: CHAU DOC

Visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore teh local market or the Catholic Church. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.

 

DAY 4: PHNOM PENH

Whilst in Phnom Penh you will be provided with their own private cyclo. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre.

 

DAY 5: TONLE RIVER

Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.

 

DAY 6: KRATIE

Morning walk at Angkor Ban and after an all day sail through delightful Cambodian countryside we reach charming French colonial town of Kratie in the evening. No other river ships get this high but thanks to the Mekong Pandaw’s shallow draft we can attempt it.

 

DAY 7: THE DOLPHIN GROUNDS

From Kratie we go further upstream using a local bus to view the dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. In the afternoon on our return downstream we stop at a curious shrine known as the Monkey Temple on the way to moor overnight near Kampong Cham.

 

DAY 8: SIEM REAP

Early morning coach transfer to Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid-afternoon.

 


 

Cruise Price Includes:

Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.

 

Cruise Price Excludes:

International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

DAY 1: SIEM REAP

PLEASE NOTE: We may experience low water levels between January and April. If we are unable to reach Kratie to see the river dolphins a revised itinerary will be offered with an exciting variety of excursions.

Passengers will transfer by coach to Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Embark your ship and cast off to Kratie.

Please note: Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

 

DAY 2: CHHLONG

Morning excursion to Chhlong with its beautiful French colonial style buildings. Enjoy the afternoon on board.

 

DAY 3: KRATIE

We will travel by coach and transfer by boat to the WWF protected area where we hope the see the rare river dolphins. The river here is rocky and not navigable for larger vessels. In the Afternoon we will visit the island of Koh Trong with our small Pandaw Explorer boat.

 

DAY 4: ANGKOR BAN

Morning excursion to Angkor Ban village to see traditional Khmer houses, villagers at work and a pagoda. In the afternoon you will visit the pagoda at Preak Bong Kong.

 

DAY 5: KAMPONG TROLACH

Cast off to Preak Kdam, en route you will experience an ox cart ride to the village of Kampong Trolach. In the afternoon we will visit the Silversmith village of Kampong Trolach.

 

DAY 6: PHNOM PENH

Passengers will visit Phnom Penh and will be provided with their own private cyclo*. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers (www.cyclo.org.uk). In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking in the comments box.

 

DAY 7: CRUISING

Cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities. Enjoy a day on the ship.

 

DAY 8: CHAU DOC

Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. We will sail to Sa Dec in the afternoon.

 

DAY 9: SA DEC

We will take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist.

 

DAY 10: VINH LONG

We will visit a local market in Vinh Long by local boat and then continue to floating villages to see catfish farms. Visit a candy and rice paper factory where we will have tea and refreshments at a local house. Before we return to our ship we will experience narrow canals on a rowing boat to see local life and fishermen.

 

DAY 11: SAIGON

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Saigon City. Arrive late morning.

 


 

Cruise Price Includes:

Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.

 

Cruise Price Excludes:

International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

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