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Classic Mekong (Downstream)

Classic Mekong (Downstream)

From USD $3,462

Description

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavour, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. With a full day in charming Phnom Penh we then explore remoter waterways as we progress to the great monuments of Angkor.

Trip Name
Classic Mekong (Downstream)
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury River Cruising Length: 60m Passenger Capacity: 48 pax Built: 2002 / Refurbished: 2013 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. The MP as she is affectionately known is our most spacious ship with wider promenades, a larger dining hall and more public space per passenger than any known ship afloat. Seriously! 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. 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.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 SIEM REAP
Embark on your Pandaw at Kampong Cham following a road transfer from Siem Reap (Angkor). The vessel will proceed upstream to moor midstream for cocktails and to meet key crew.Please note: between mid of February and end of March we are expecting low water levels. Alternate itinerary and excursions will apply should we not be able to reach Kratie and the river dolphins.
Day 2 - DAY 2 KRATIE AND THE DOLPHIN GROUNDS
Morning visit to Koh Trong Island a small Mekong River hamlet which can be explored by bicycle or ox cart with a real immersion into Khmer rural life visiting local schools and English classes then visiting a reforestation site where you can leave your mark by planting your own tree. Passengers should feel free to donate items for use in the schools such as books & pens etc. After lunch, moor off Kratie and continue to the dolphin grounds by local boat where we will observe the elusive Irrawaddy Dolphins.
Day 3 - DAY 3 SILK ISLAND
Sailing downstream all morning, with lectures and film presentations, past Phnom Penh and up the Tonle River to board our expedition vessel, the Pandaw Explorer, to visit Koh Okhna Tey, or ‘silk island’ to study the entire silk making process from worms to weavers. There will be a demonstration of the ancient Khmer martial art of Bokator. Return to ship and return down the Tonle River to turn up the Mekong at the confluence. Evening lecture on Angkor and Khmer culture.
Day 4 - DAY 4 PHNOM PENH
Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvellous collection of Angkorian statuary. Afternoon optional visit to the Killing Fields and Genocide museum or take a tuk-tuk to explore the riverfront and finish with High Tea at Raffles Hotel. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.
Day 5 - DAY 5 VIETNAM BORDER
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.
Day 6 - DAY 6 CON PHUOC ISLAND
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.
Day 7 - DAY 7 BEN TRE
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 horse cart through the lush countryside.
Day 8 - DAY 8 MY THO TO SAIGON
Moor at My Tho for road transfer to Saigon.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
26-09-202003-10-2020USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
26-09-202003-10-2020USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
26-09-202003-10-2020USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
26-09-202003-10-2020USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
10-10-202017-10-2020USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
10-10-202017-10-2020USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
10-10-202017-10-2020USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
10-10-202017-10-2020USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
21-11-202028-11-2020USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
21-11-202028-11-2020USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
21-11-202028-11-2020USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
21-11-202028-11-2020USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
19-12-202026-12-2020USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
02-01-202109-01-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
16-01-202123-01-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
13-02-202120-02-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
27-02-202106-03-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
13-03-202120-03-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
27-03-202103-04-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
14-08-202121-08-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
28-08-202104-09-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
11-09-202118-09-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
11-09-202118-09-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
11-09-202118-09-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
11-09-202118-09-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
25-09-202102-10-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
25-09-202102-10-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
25-09-202102-10-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
25-09-202102-10-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
09-10-202116-10-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-10-202116-10-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-10-202116-10-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
09-10-202116-10-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
23-10-202130-10-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
23-10-202130-10-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
23-10-202130-10-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
23-10-202130-10-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
06-11-202113-11-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
06-11-202113-11-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
06-11-202113-11-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
06-11-202113-11-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
20-11-202127-11-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
20-11-202127-11-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
20-11-202127-11-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
20-11-202127-11-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
04-12-202111-12-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
04-12-202111-12-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
04-12-202111-12-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
04-12-202111-12-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
18-12-202125-12-2021USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
18-12-202125-12-2021USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
18-12-202125-12-2021USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
18-12-202125-12-2021USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
01-01-202208-01-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
01-01-202208-01-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
01-01-202208-01-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
01-01-202208-01-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
15-01-202222-01-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
15-01-202222-01-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
15-01-202222-01-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
15-01-202222-01-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
29-01-202205-02-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
29-01-202205-02-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
29-01-202205-02-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
29-01-202205-02-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
12-02-202219-02-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
12-02-202219-02-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
12-02-202219-02-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
12-02-202219-02-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
26-02-202205-03-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
26-02-202205-03-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
26-02-202205-03-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
26-02-202205-03-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
12-03-202219-03-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
12-03-202219-03-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
12-03-202219-03-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
12-03-202219-03-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
26-03-202202-04-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
26-03-202202-04-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
26-03-202202-04-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
26-03-202202-04-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
09-04-202216-04-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-04-202216-04-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
09-04-202216-04-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
09-04-202216-04-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
13-08-202220-08-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
13-08-202220-08-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
13-08-202220-08-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
13-08-202220-08-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
27-08-202203-09-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
27-08-202203-09-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
27-08-202203-09-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
27-08-202203-09-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
10-09-202217-09-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
10-09-202217-09-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
10-09-202217-09-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
10-09-202217-09-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
24-09-202201-10-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
24-09-202201-10-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
24-09-202201-10-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
24-09-202201-10-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
08-10-202215-10-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
08-10-202215-10-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
08-10-202215-10-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
08-10-202215-10-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
22-10-202229-10-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
22-10-202229-10-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
22-10-202229-10-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
22-10-202229-10-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
05-11-202212-11-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
05-11-202212-11-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
05-11-202212-11-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
05-11-202212-11-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
19-11-202226-11-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
19-11-202226-11-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
19-11-202226-11-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
19-11-202226-11-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
03-12-202210-12-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
03-12-202210-12-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
03-12-202210-12-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
03-12-202210-12-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
17-12-202224-12-2022USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
17-12-202224-12-2022USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
17-12-202224-12-2022USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
17-12-202224-12-2022USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From
31-12-202207-01-2023USD $3,462Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
31-12-202207-01-2023USD $4,248Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
31-12-202207-01-2023USD $4,410Main Deck Twin Single Use. From
31-12-202207-01-2023USD $5,316Upper Deck Twin Single Use. From

Inclusions

    • New and exclusive upgraded itinerary
    • now visiting Kratie and the Mekong dolphins. No other river cruise operators goes there!
    • Travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo groves to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre
    • Visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum in Phnom Penh

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