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    Classic Mekong River Cruise
    7 nights
    from $5,509* per person twin share
    Exclusive: one free night, 10% off cruise fare plus all meals, land excursions and more
    There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Pandaw's specially designed expedition ships are excellent hosts to explore this delightful region in comfort and style. This seven-night expedition takes travellers along the mighty Mekong River through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavour, to the serene countryside of Cambodia.
    Your package includes: Package Highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Package Highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    • 7 nights aboard RV Bassac Pandaw in a Main Deck Cabin
    • Exclusive 1 night free hotel stay pre- or post-cruise
    • All meals
    • Onboard bakery with freshly baked breads and rolls
    • Complimentary coffee, tea and bottled mineral water
    • Daily cocktail
    • All land excursions
    • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes and ship tour
    • Welcome drink on arrival
    • Farewell reception
    • Transfers to and from the ship
    • Local guides on board 24/7 to answer any questions
    • Cruise director
    • Gratuities for local cabin crew
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    Package Highlights:

    The windy Mekong River welcomes you on this seven-night journey, visiting these destinations:

    • Saigon, Vietnam
    • Ben Tre, Vietnam
    • Chau Doc
    • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • Kampong Tralach, Cambodia
    • Oudong – Silk Island, Cambodia
    • Angkor Ban Village, Cambodia
    • Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Valid for travel
    Cruise departing 5 Oct 2024, 12 Oct 2024 and 1 Feb 2025. Subject to availability. Seasonal surcharges may apply. Ask your personal travel manager for a quote.
    Offer expires
    30 Jun 2024 unless sold prior


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    Day 1

    Saigon, Vietnam

    Embark your Pandaw vessel in central Saigon and relax on the spacious sundeck as you set sail past the towering skyscrapers of Vietnam’s bustling metropolis. After lunch you will meet the crew and enjoy onboard entertainment as you sail toward the Mekong Delta

    Day 2

    Ben Tre, Vietnam

    Early morning you’ll set sail through the Cho Gao Canal, a vital waterway link for the transportation of goods to and from the city which was constructed in 1876 by the French and offers a fascinating insight to life along the water. You’ll reach Ben Tre in the morning and journey by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards abundant in the area. This is a region rich in birdlife which you’ll explore via local transport before transferring to a local rowboat. Next, journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in making local products. Back on board you’ll sail deeper into the delta toward Chau Doc.

    Day 3

    Chau Doc - Vietnam/Cambodia border

    In the morning, enjoy a short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. You’ll climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda, then you’ll sail alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where you’ll visit the floating fish farms by sampan. Make a stop at a Cham Village and observe the lives of Vietnamese Muslims and witness a Lion dance. Upon return to the ship, you’ll navigate a web of canals before dropping anchor on the Vietnam/Cambodia border to undergo Immigration formalities.

    Day 4

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    This morning you’ll enjoy an orientation of Phnom Penh by Cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvelous collection of Angkorian statuary. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Killing Fields and Genocide museum to learn more about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Stay overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.

    Day 5

    Kampong Tralach, Cambodia

    Today you’ll leave the dock at Phnom Penh early morning and sail up the winding channels of the Tonle Sap river to Kampong Tralach. Travel by ox-cart around the river-side villages, markets and temples to get a sense of life along the river. In the evening you’ll enjoy cocktails around a village fire pit joined by village folk keen to show you their traditional dancing.

    Day 6

    Oudong - Silk Island, Cambodia

    In the morning, travel by coach to the ancient capital of Cambodia, Oudong. On the way you’ll stop to visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre before taking a drive around the old capital. You’ll re-join your ship at Prek Kdam before returning to the Mekong. After lunch you’ll sail to Koh Nghe Tei (Silk Island) to study the entire silk-making process from worms to weavers. You’ll have the chance to purchase from them their lovely silk scarves and other fabrics. This village is a centre of the ancient martial art of L’bokator which roughly translates as ‘pounding a lion’. It includes weapons techniques and is one of the oldest combat techniques in Cambodia and believed to date back to the Angkor empire.

    Day 7

    Angkor Ban Village, Cambodia

    Today you’ll delight in a sunrise cruise to Angkor Ban village to see how local villagers live and visit the library which was donated by Pandaw to Angkor Ban secondary school.

    Day 8

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Disembark and travel by coach from Kampong Cham through stunningly lovely countryside to reach Siem Reap, adjacent to Angkor Wat.

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    * Conditions

    Advertised prices are per person twin share, correct at time of publication and are subject to availability and change and can be withdrawn or amended at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Offer is not combinable with any other offer. Valid for all new bookings from 30 May – 30 Jun 2024. Subject to cabin availability. ^Pre- and post-cruise hotel stay only valid for bookings made until 30 Jun 2024. Can be used on any Pandaw Booking made in the booking period either full priced or on the free solo/ 10% off cruises. Free night is booked at hotel used by Pandaw and must be booked via Pandaw/Wild Earth Travel , clients do not get to choose their own hotel. Itineraries subject to change. Change and cancellation fees may apply. Your personal travel manager may charge additional service fees. Other conditions apply. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details.

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