8 days / 7 nights
Duration
Vietnam, Cambodia
Destination
Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap
City
VCX-CRU-8D1718
Tour Code

What could be better than a week to get to see the best of Southern Viet Nam and the two most famous cities in Cambodia including Phnom Penh and Siem Riep? Whilst exploring the South of Viet Nam, you will have a chance to visit: My Tho – located in the Mekong Delta region and famous for the adventurous boat rides on the Rive, Sa Dec – a river port, agricultural and industrial trading center and also the largest city in the Mekong Delta area, and Chau Doc – located around 6 hours by bus from Ho Chi Minh City and very famous for its variety of fish sauces. Then continue the trip to Cambodia, you will be visiting its best tourist sites including Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and much more.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION My Tho / Siem Reap
DEPARTURE TIME 8:00 AM
RETURN TIME
WEAR
INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide services (English language)
Main meals
Locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water
Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of the voyage
NOT INCLUDED
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, expensive soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bars
Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers
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Day 1: My Tho

Morning transfer to the port, embarking your Pandaw vessel in time for welcome drinks, a briefing and lunch. Sail across the vast Mekong Delta.

Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.

PLEASE NOTE: We may experience low water levels between January and April. If we are unable to reach Kratie to see the river dolphins a revised itinerary will be offered with an exciting variety of excursions.

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Day 2: Sa Dec

Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr. Huyn Thuy Le, the “lover” of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine.

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Day 3: Chau Doc

Visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore teh local market or the Catholic Church. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.
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Day 4: Phnom Penh

Whilst in Phnom Penh you 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. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre.
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Day 5: Tonle River

Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.
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Day 6: Kratie

Morning walk at Angkor Ban and after an all day sail through delightful Cambodian countryside we reach charming French colonial town of Kratie in the evening. No other river ships get this high but thanks to the Mekong Pandaw’s shallow draft we can attempt it.
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Day 7: The Dolphin Grounds

From Kratie we go further upstream using a local bus to view the dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. In the afternoon on our return downstream we stop at a curious shrine known as the Monkey Temple on the way to moor overnight near Kampong Cham.

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Day 8: Siem Reap

Early morning coach transfer to Siem Riep. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Riep mid-afternoon.

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