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Siem reap - Saigon cruise on Pandaw boat 8 days -
Destination: Siem reap - Tonle sap lake – Kampong chnang – Phnompenh – Chau doc – Caibe – Mytho – Ho chi minh
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Tour code: MCC22
 

Boat description:

                 Pandaw Boat

                    Pandaw Cabin

                        Bathroom

             Dinning Window

                     Sundeck

                        Bar duty

We have five beautifully crafted Pandaw ships in operation that we built ourselves. Each ship, hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen are in themselves objects of great beauty. The secret of our success is that on our ships, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate. All our Pandaws have ultra shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas, which would be unreachable by other vessels, let alone overland.

Pandaw Stateroom
The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature of our ships. Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are very spacious at 168 square feet (15.6 sqm). Much loved by all our passengers we have ensured that with each ship we build the stateroom remains the same. Our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV’s, internet or phones. There is a 24 honesty bar on the sundeck.  Pandaw passengers usually want to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Where we go and what we see is intrepid in extreme. What you come back to is a floating base of discreet comfort, caring service and all the good things one looks for in life.
4 Decks: Lower, Main, Upper, Sun

Bar and Dining
The Pandaw dining rooms are designed to open up along the sides and only at night do we close them up and use air conditioning.  We know our passengers want fresh air not chilled air.

We offer a great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods.  We source supplies as locally as possible, given environmental health regulations. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is served at the tables. Passengers who do not like hot or spicy foods are offered European alternatives and vegetarians are well catered for. Our chefs know that the majority of passengers want to eat the best of each country they pass through.

Promenade Decks
Sailing on a Pandaw is essentially an outdoor experience. Whilst the staterooms are very comfortable and roomy, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike other cruise ships every window (except port holes on lower deck) can open.

When sailing our passengers sit on deck and become absorbed by great panoramas as they unfold about them. Spellbound, one cannot help but to meditate upon the unceasing human and wildlife activity of these teaming water worlds.

Crew
28 per vessel of mixed Asean nationalities.

Management
European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers

Pandaw Fleet


Itinerary


Day 1: Siemreap – Kampong Cham ( L, D )

Passengers will register at Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor hotel, then be transferred by coach to Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way.

Day 2: Kampong Cham Area ( B, L,D )
Passengers will visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey  in the morning. In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit the Twin Holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man and Woman Hill). Continuation to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok supported by the Frech-Cambodian NGO Amica and the Pandaw-supported Kampong Cham orphanage.

Day 3:  Tonle River – Kampong Cham ( B, L,  D)
Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang by either coach or the ship depending on water levels. In Kampong Chhnang passengers will take a wonderful motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here many fishtraps may be seen.

Day 4: Phnompenh ( B, L,D )
Passengers will visit Phnom Penh and will be provided with their own private cyclo*. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking in the comments box.

Day 5: Cruising the Mekong  -  Border Crossing ( B, L,  D)
We spend the day cruising in the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route. We stop at Prek Touch, a jungle village, to visit fruit orchards, and then set off for the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities.

Day 6:Chau Doc – Cu Lao Gien ( B, L, D )
Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. In the afternoon, visit Cu Lao Gien island and a Catholic monastery called "La Providence" built in 1875 by the French nuns of "Saint Paul de Chatres".

Day 7: Sadec – Caibe ( B, L,D )
In the morning passengers will take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Cai Be via Vinh Long along canals and backwaters. Passengers will visit Sa Dec and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist. At Cai Be, we will cruise through its colourful floating market which takes place daily in front of the catholic church.

Day 8:  My Tho – Saigon ( B )
Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Hotel Sofitel Plaza Saigon. Arrive at the hotel late morning.

Cost in USD per cabin on Pandaw Boat, valid from 15 Feb. 2011 to 30 Dec. 2011

Cabin Type

Price/ cabin

Upper Deck Premium Twin Sharing

6780

Upper Deck Premium Twin  Single Use

4310

Upper Deck Twin Sharing

5645

Uper Deck Twin Single Use

3550

Main Deck Twin Sharing

4100

Main Deck Twin Single Use

2640

Lower Deck Twin Sharing

3780

Lower Deck Twin Single Use

2450

 Cruise includes:
8 days 7 nights in Twin cabin of The RV Mekong Pandaw or The RV Tole Sap Pandaw
English / French speaking guide on board
All transfer and transport by  coach as stated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary  (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
Mineral water, tee and coffee
Admission fees and permits where applicable
Government taxes and Service Charge
 
Cruise excludes:
Pre and Post trip
Visa  in Vietnam
Visa in Cambodia
Travel insurance
Other personal expenses such as Laundry, fancy soft drinks like perrier, espressos at bar
Cambodia port tax at 65 USD /pax is applicable for all customers

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