Pandaw's Classic Mekong Cruise & Angkor Wat
15 nights. October 2019 - November 2020. From £3699.00.
Experience the sights, sounds and sensory delights of Southeast Asia on this wonderful cruise and stay holiday
Step back in time and into another world, as you take a journey of the senses through the colourful lands of Vietnam and Cambodia. Take in Hanoi, with its colonial remnants, sail through the extraordinary seascape of Ha Long Bay and journey to the awe-inspiring wonder of Angkor Wat, before enjoying an unforgettable seven-night cruise on the mighty Mekong. You’ll complete the unforgettable adventure with a stay in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsExplore Vietnam’s charming capital, Hanoi
Spend a day cruising stunning Ha Long Bay
Fly to Cambodian Siem Reap for a three-night stay
Discover the awe-inspiring majesty of Angkor Wat
Cruise Tonle Sap, Cambodia’s Great Lake
Join five-star rated RV Mekong Pandaw at Kampong Cham
Enjoy a unique seven-day cruise taking in the sights and sounds of Cambodia and the Vietnamese delta
Cruise the Mekong River and enjoy delightful Kratie and its Irrawaddy dolphins, Angkor Ban’s curious Monkey Temple, French-influenced Phnom Penh and the pretty Tonle River
Explore the cosmopolitan border town Chau Doc, with its fish farms, colourful colonial Sa De, and Cai Be’s floating market
Transfer from My Tho to discover pulsating HCMC – the former Saigon
See the infamous Cu Chi tunnel complex
Six nights’ bed and breakfast hotel accommodation in Hanoi (two nights), Siem Reap (three nights) and Ho Chi Minh City (one night)
Seven nights’ full-board accommodation aboard five-star rated RV Mekong Pandaw, including main meals, locally made soft drinks, beer and spirits, jugged coffee and teas, mineral water, guide services, entrances, crew gratuities (excludes local guides and drivers) sharing a twin-bedded cabin
Return scheduled flights to Hanoi, returning from HCMC, and between Hanoi and Siem Reap
Air-conditioned coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager (please note: the ship’s appointed guides will take care of you on board the cruise) Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly overnight from the UK to Hanoi.
Day TwoMeet your tour manager and transfer into elegant, romantic Hanoi, for a two-night stay. Enjoy an introductory tour of the Vietnamese capital, with its old quarter, tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and island temple. Perhaps visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former leader’s traditional house, the Imperial Citadel and the Temple of Literature, and enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Day ThreeJourney through a timeless landscape to the Gulf of Tonkin, and cruise through the stunning seascape of Ha Long Bay, with its limestone pillars, cone-shaped islands, floating villages, pearl-fishermen, and exquisite beaches. Return to Hanoi this evening.
Day FourFly south to Siem Reap, gateway to the incredible Angkor Thom complex and home to the Angkor National Museum. Enjoy a traditional Cambodian dance performance at dinner.
Day FiveOne of the tour’s most unforgettable highlights is today’s visit to Angkor Thom, the great Khmer citadel. Great ruins litter the verdant jungle, including awe-inspiring Angkor Wat – the world’s largest religious building, with its towers and 1,000-metre-long carved bas-relief. Equally astounding, is the Bayon temple with its four giant heads and countless other faces carved into the rock. Return to your hotel, amazed at your discoveries.
Day SixCruise the waters of Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s great lake, passing villages built on stilts, and the floating communities that make a living from the waters. This afternoon, complete your visit to Siem Reap with a stopover at the Angkor National Museum and marvel at its priceless artefacts.
Day SevenJourney through the Cambodian countryside to the Mekong River in bustling Kampong Cham, and board the RV Mekong Pandaw to begin your unique seven-day cruise. Settle into your cabin, perhaps try the on-board spa to unwind, and sail upriver to moor overnight at colonial village Chhlong. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and first dinner aboard.
Day EightContinue upstream to delightful Kratie, with its shop-houses and tiny farms, then drive to Kampi pool for a potential sighting of the extremely endangered, snub-nosed Irrawaddy dolphin.
Day NineTurning downstream, enjoy a leisurely day of cruising. Call at the fascinating Monkey Temple, hilltop pagoda Wat Hanchey and ancient Angkor Ban village. Step ashore or borrow one of the ship’s high-spec mountain bikes to explore.
Day 10Today, Mekong Pandaw arrives in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, a French colonial treasure chest, and home to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and a superb National Museum. You’ll enjoy a tour by private cyclo taxi and a sobering afternoon excursion by coach to the sombre Killing Fields and Tuoi Sleng Museum, which chronicles the Pol Pot years. Perhaps enjoy a drink at the Foreign Correspondents Club or the Royal Elephant Bar at the Raffles Hotel, before dinner aboard.
Day 11Sail through the pretty landscape of the of the Tonle River, which connects the Mekong with the Tonle Sap lake, and call at a trio of vibrant riverside villages, including silver-making Preak Kdam, during a wonderfully relaxing day.
Day 12Today you’ll cross the riverine border into Vietnam and enjoy a day of relaxation. Unwind on a top-deck lounger, make use of the spa or the gym, or play a frame on the open-air pool table.
Day 13Call at cosmopolitan Chau Doc, gateway to the Mekong Delta set in the shadow of holy Nui Sam Mountain. Explore the local market, perhaps have a drink at the Victoria Hotel, and join the afternoon excursion to Sa Dec, setting for the movie ‘L’Indochine’. As Mekong Pandaw makes her way through the delta backwaters to Cai Be, look forward to a farewell dinner aboard.
Day 14Disembark in bustling delta town and commercial hub My Tho and journey through the landscape of rice fields, orchards and verdant foliage, to Ho Chi Minh City for an overnight stay. Enjoy a guided tour, a fascinating mix of French colonial past and the pulsating Vietnam of today. Highlights include the grand General Post Office, Reunification Hall, Xa Loi Pagoda and time-permitting, the War Remnants Museum.
Day 15Visit the labyrinthine Cu Chi tunnel complex, used by the Viet Cong, and which now serves as a poignant memorial to the conflict. After a last dinner with new-found friends, transfer to the airport for the return overnight flight.
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AccommodationClassic Mekong River Cruise Ship & Hotel
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Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Travel vaccinationsRequirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Passports and visasBritish citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling overseas. A visa is required for entry to Cambodia. Your passport must contain two blank pages and be valid for six months beyond the exit date from Cambodia. The current charge for British Citizens is £30. Visas are required for multiple entry visits to Vietnam and your passport must contain one blank page for the visa. The current charge for British Citizens is £55. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before your departure date.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Road ConditionsIn developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can lead to roadworks and rough road surfaces increasing journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling. Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.
River water levelsThe cruise sailing schedule may have to change depending on water levels. The ship’s crew reserve the right to do this at any time.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
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