Cruise Overnight On Luxury Pandaw Cruise & Exit Cambodia 8 Days
Tour code: MKR
Type of tour: Private tour
Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Route: Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Cu Lao Gien - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Tonle River - Kampong Cham - Siem Reap
Overview: In 2003, with the Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey in its entirety surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles. In 2004 we brought the former Pandaw III now renamed the Tonle Pandaw over from Myanmar to join the Mekong Pandaw.
HO CHI MINH CITY - MY THO - VINH LONG - SA DEC - CU LAO GIEN -
CHAU DOC - PHNOM PENH - KAMPONG CHAM - SIEM REAP
( 8 Days 7 Nights )
What make this tour so special:
- Traverse mountains, jungles and plains and each empty into the ocean through vast deltas, etc.
- Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - My Tho
- Day 2 : Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Cu Lao Gien - Chau Doc
- Day 3 : Chau Doc / Border crossing
- Day 4 : Phnom Penh
- Day 5 : Phnom Penh - Tonle River
- Day 6 : Kampong Cham (Mekong River)
- Day 7 : Kampong Cham Area
- Day 8 : Kampong Cham - Siem Reap
Day 01: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - My Tho
Day 02: Cai Be - Vinh Long - Sa Dec - Cu Lao Gien - Chau Doc
Half day cruise excursion on board traditional sampan boats to Sad Dec via Vinh Long, along small canals and back waters.
We begin by visiting Cai Be and its colorful floating market which takes place daily in front of the catholic church. A further stop on the river bank then allows us to see local factories where rice pasta, coconut candies and other specialities are traditionally made. Also visit a Mandarins house dating from late 19th century.
Cruise further by Sampan to Dong Hoa Hiep islet to explore the rural life and the daily activities of the delta inhabitants seeing palm tree leave weaving, traditional wooden boat factories and fruit orchard plantations.
Back on board your sampan, we will cruise up the Tien River where we see water hyacinths, an important Mekong delta product used for furniture and baskets and then visit a traditional brick and tile factory.
Sa Dec will then appear like a little “Venice” with its numerous narrow canals and various kinds of traditional activities on the banks. You will disembark at the local market for a visit, then proceed to the splendid ancient house of Mr. Huyn Thuy Le, the “lover” of Marguerite Duras, famous French novelist and inspiration for the film L'Amant-The Lover directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud .
After lunch on board the Pandaw, cast off for Chau Doc. En route visit Cu Lao Gien island and a Catholic monastery called “La Providence” built in 1875 by the French nuns of “Saint Paul de Chartres”. Cu Lao Gien became an important Catholic centre with mission, an orphanage, school, hospice and leprosy centre that can treat 1,000 people. During the Japanese invasion the monastery was abandoned; operations were resumed after 1945 until 1977. Nowadays Cu Lao Gian serves as a retreat for 180 retired nuns taken care of by novices.
Day 03: Chau Doc / Border crossing
From the main Mekong channel we travel down to Chau Doc jetty where we transfer to small boats to visit a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm. We take a trishaw ride round this fascinating town of fine French-colonial buildings and see its bustling market. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities. Evening cruise up the broad Mekong channel, which is an international shipping route. Moor overnight just downstream from Phnom Penh.
Day 04: Phnom Penh
The capital of Cambodia retains its French charm. The city has several impressive wats, including Wat Ounalom, Wat Phnom and the newly-painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the Royal Palace and to the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts.
For the morning excursion we are delighted to have teamed up with The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh to offer an alternative to a conventional coach tour. The Cyclo Centre is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers, many of whom are very poor (www.cyclo.org.uk). They will provide us with trained drivers with basic English and a good knowledge of the key sights. You decide where you want to go and what you want to see and off you go on your private cyclo for the morning. (For groups if a conventional guide and coach are required we are happy to supply).
In the afternoon an optional excursion (by coach) is arranged to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre situated in the suburbs of the city then shopping at the Russian market or Central market. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking in the Booking Comments box or at the latest on board the first day of the cruise.
More happily, Phnom Penh has a lively night life, and some passengers choose to dine ashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes; a favorites being the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
Day 05: Phnom Penh - Tonle River
arly morning sail the Tonle River which connects Tonle Lake with the Mekong and Bassac Rivers that merge at Phnom Penh.
1. Low water, approximately November to July
The river journey to Kampong Chhnang is one of the highlight of the trip. Temples abound along the river banks at Kampong Chhnang, and we see the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, we make a truly wonderful motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen and of considerable interest are the great fish traps.
2. High water, approximately July to November
Stop at Preak Dom Bridge. Proceed by coach to Kampong Chhnang where we can see the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. We make a truly wonderful motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen and of considerable interest are the great fish traps. Back to the ship at lunch time.
We make a late afternoon departure from Kampong Cham heading for Phnom Penh. Moor overnight midriver.
Day 06: Kampong Cham (Mekong River)
We glance by the capital Phnom Penh in the early morning to change pilots, and then stop at the little-known Chong Koh silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. We cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities. In the afternoon we stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or monastery and school. Passengers are at leisure to explore this peaceful and friendly community. In the wat the splendid village racing boats are stored.
Day 07: Kampong Cham Area
Morning journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating to the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of Angkor. Sail back downstream over lunch for an exploration of the Kampong Cham Area. We travel by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. This colorful temple is unique in Cambodia, as a modern Wat is set within the ruins of an ancient temple. We continue to the eco village of Cheungkok supported by the French-Cambodian NGO AMICA and the Kampong Cham orphanage, supported by the Pandaw ProBono programme.
Day 08: Kampong Cham - Siem Reap
Coach transfer at 08:00 from to the Raffles hotel D'Angkor in Siem Reap stopping at Kampong Thom. Packed lunch and refreshments provided. Arrive at Siem Reap by 12:00.
Tour rates: Rates vary depend on group size, travel time, accommodation level, transportation and other service. Please check with us for the best tour rates
- Transfers to and from ship at start and end of voyage.
- Accommodation in luxury AC en-suite cabin with twin/double basic.
- English speaking guides.
- Port tax
- All meals, coffee and tea, mineral water.
- Admission fees for all sightseeing places, port dues.
- Description of service in details
- Visa fee - visa to Vietnam
- All visa cost.
- Personal expenses.
- Drinks at bar, laundry.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Length: 200ft / 60m
- Beam: 36ft / 11m
- Draught: 4ft / 1.5m
- Berths: 64 pax
- Decks: 4: Lower, Main, Upper, Sun
- Engines: 2 x 550bhp Isuzu
- Propulsion: Inboard system
- Built: 2003
Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
Microbiotic treatment plants.
Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).
Country flags in areas of operation.
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