Pandaw River Cruises

Pandaw River Cruises have five luxury river cruise 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 Pandaw Cruises have ultra shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas unreachable by other vessels, let alone overland.
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, 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 Cruises 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.

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  • Itinerary
  • Booking & Conditions
  • UPSTREAM: SAI GON – SIEM REAP

    Day 1: Saigon – My Tho – Cai Be(L/D)

    Transfer from the Renaissance Riverside Hotel in Saigon to the port of My Tho by coach to embark cruise.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 2: Cai Be – Sa Dec (B/L/D)

    In the morning passengers will visit Cai Be and its colourful floating market. In the afternoon take an exciting 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.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 3: Chau Doc – Border Crossing(B/L/D)

    Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 4: Phnom Penh(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 (www.cyclo.org.uk).

    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.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruises

    Day 5: Tonle River / Kampong Chhnang(B/L/D)

    Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. Beyond Kampong Chhnang travel by the Pandaw Explorer to discover the vast wetlands around the mouth of the river. Here many fishtraps may be seen.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 6: Kampong Cham (Mekong River)(B/L/D)

    We stop at the little-known Chong Koh silk-weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. In the afternoon we stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or monastery and school. In the wat the splendid village racing boats are stored.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 7: Kampong Cham Area(B/L/D)

    Passengers 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.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 8: Kampong Cham to Siem Reap(B/L)

    Early morning coach transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid afternoon.

    * Transfer by coach from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap takes approx 5 hours

    DOWNSTREAM: SIEM REAP – SAI GON

    Day 1: SIEM REAP / KAMPONG CHAM(L/D)

    Passengers will transfer by coach from the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa to Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 2: Kampong Cham – Kampong Chhnang (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.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    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. Beyond Kampong Chhnang travel by the Pandaw Explorer to discover the vast wetlands around the mouth of the river. Here many fishtraps may be seen.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    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 (www.cyclo.org.uk).

    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.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 5: Cruising The Mekong /Boder crossing(B/L/D)

    We spend the day cruising in the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route for the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 6: Chau Doc(B/L/D)

    Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 7: Sadec – Cai Be (B/L/D)

    In the morning passengers will take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec 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.

    Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

    Day 8: My Tho – Sai Gon (B/L)

    Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Renaissance Riverside Hotel.

    Arrive at the hotel late morning.

     Note: This is a daily departure date tour, please contact our travel consultant at:  sales@bestcruisestravel.com for the quote price.

  • Quote Price: From US$1880 / Person

    What’s Includes:

    Entrance fees
    Guide services (English language)
    Gratuities to crew
    Main meals
    Locally made soft and alcoholic beverages
    Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
    Mineral water.
    Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage (In Saigon: Renaissance Riverside Hotel / In Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa).

    What’s Excludes:

    Phnom penh port tax: 65 USD/ pax
    International flights
    Airport transfers
    Port dues
    Laundry
    All visa costs
    Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
    Imported beverages such as wines
    Premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Cancellation before 120 days prior to the start of the cruise:30 % of the total rate
    Between 120 and 61 days prior to the start of the cruise: 50 % of the total rate
    Between 60 and 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 70 % of the total rate
    Less than 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 90 % of the total rate

    Children Price & Extra Bed:

    Free of charge for children below 5 years old, in parents’ room and using existing bedding.
    Baby cots are available.
    Children above 5 ears must occupy a separate bed and pay full rate (Single or double occupancy).