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PHNOM PENH – SAIGON EXPEDITION

4-nights expedition cruise

PHNOM PENH - SAIGON EXPEDITION

DAY 1 PHNOM PENH

Phnom Penh – Saigon expedition starts from Phnom Penh. Embark the ship for lunch. The check-in time should be no later than 12.00 noon. 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.

DAY 2 VIETNAM BORDER

Early sailing to the Vietnam border for formalities. 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. Visiting a Taoist temple where the monks will read fortunes. Continue through local villages by Xi Loi stopping off to help locals tend their fields. Stopping off to visit a fish farm and earn merit by releasing fish back into the Mekong.

DAY 3 CON PHUOC ISLAND

In the morning sail up a small canal to moor off Con Phuoc Island. 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. 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.

DAY 4 BEN TRE

After breakfast the ship moors off Cho Lach island for pot making and further glimpses of Delta life, agriculture. 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.

DAY 5 MY THO TO SAIGON

Disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel, arriving late morning at around 09.30 – 10.00. Phnom Penh – Saigon expedition ends there.

RV MEKONG PANDAW

RV MEKONG PANDAW Built in Rangoon in 2002 she 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 our 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.

RV TONLE PANDAW

RV TONLE PANDAW. Modelled on Pandaw II and originally called Pandaw III, the Tonle saw a year’s service in Burma in 2002/3 before being sent under tug-tow to the Mekong where she has done continuous service between Saigon and Kampong Cham ever since. With her gorgeous upper deck saloon, observation decks and formal dining room this ship is an old favourite and has a rich ambience. In 2013 she was fully refitted and the number of cabins reduced to just twenty-eight in order to create a professional spa and library on the lower deck. She is not a small ship but despite her size she has a shallow draft and can usually get up river into low water areas when other vessels are stuck well below.
  • BEST DEAL
    FROM1558 USD/ 1-PERSON
    • 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.
    • 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.

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