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PANDAW RIVER CRUISES - MEKONG RIVER CRUISES 2015 & 2016 RATES

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CLASSIC MEKONG CRUISE - 7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS

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2015 Prices are in USD per Person
Vessel Departure Duration Direction Twin Cabin
Mekong Pandaw 31 January 7 Nights Upstream $2848.23
Mekong Pandaw 07 February 7 Nights Upstream $2847.90
Mekong Pandaw 14 February 7 Nights Upstream $2848.23
Mekong Pandaw 21 February 7 Nights Upstream $2847.90
Mekong Pandaw 28 February 7 Nights Upstream $2589.30
Mekong Pandaw 07 March 7 Nights Downstream $2589.30
Mekong Pandaw 07 March 7 Nights Upstream $2589.00
Mekong Pandaw 14 March 7 Nights Upstream $2589.30
Mekong Pandaw 21 March 7 Nights Downstream $2589.30
Mekong Pandaw 28 March 7 Nights Upstream $2589.30
Mekong Pandaw 08 July 7 Nights Upstream $1569.60
Mekong Pandaw 21 July 7 Nights Downstream $1569.60
Mekong Pandaw 08 August 7 Nights Upstream $1765.80
Mekong Pandaw 15 August 7 Nights Downstream $1765.80
Mekong Pandaw 05 September 7 Nights Upstream $1765.80
Mekong Pandaw 12 September 7 Nights Downstream $1765.80
Mekong Pandaw 03 October 7 Nights Upstream $1942.13
Mekong Pandaw 10 October 7 Nights Downstream $2201.07
Mekong Pandaw 17 October 7 Nights Upstream $2201.07
Mekong Pandaw 24 October 7 Nights Downstream $2201.07
Mekong Pandaw 31 October 7 Nights Upstream $2330.55
Mekong Pandaw 14 November 7 Nights Upstream $2230.55
Mekong Pandaw 21 November 7 Nights Downstream $2230.55
Mekong Pandaw 28 November 7 Nights Upstream $2230.55
Mekong Pandaw 05 December 7 Nights Downstream $1942.13
Mekong Pandaw 12 December 7 Nights Upstream $1942.13
Mekong Pandaw 19 December 7 Nights Downstream $2230.55
Mekong Pandaw 26 December 7 Nights Upstream $2230.55
2016 Prices are in USD per Person
Vessel Departure Duration Direction Twin Cabin
Mekong Pandaw 02 January 2016 7 Nights Downstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 09 January 2016 7 Nights Upstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 23 January 2016 7 Nights Upstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 30 January 2016 7 Nights Downstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 06 February 2016 7 Nights Upstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 13 February 2016 7 Nights Downstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 20 February 2016 7 Nights Upstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 05 March 2016 7 Nights Upstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 12 March 2016 7 Nights Downstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 19 March 2016 7 Nights Upstream $2563.20
Mekong Pandaw 26 March 2016 7 Nights Downstream $2563.20
Port Taxes - $65.00
Price shown are for Main Deck Twin Sharing

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

 

The Mekong Exploring Vietnam and Cambodia
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. In 2003, with the RV Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey, surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles. We now have five ships plying this amazing waterway.

CRUISE INCLUSIONS & HIGHLIGHTS

CRUISE 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

CRUISE EXCLUDES:

  • 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.

Please Note

  • Please advice arrival/ departure flight details in order to arrange the transfer accordingly
  • Visa on arrival to Cambodia not inclusive (USD 25 per person)
  • International airport tax not inclusive (USD 25 per person)
  • Check out time from hotel at 1200hrs

VISAS
THE COST OF ANY VISA IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE CRUISE VIETNAM
You need a visa for Vietnam. These are valid for 30 days and cost around US$60. They are best obtained from a Vietnam embassy or consulate abroad. Travelers may also obtain a visa upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh airport. However, our representative or your travel agent will need personal data for applying visa approval first. Experience has shown this is not 100% reliable and expects delays.

Note that Vietnam visa on arrival cannot be issued on the river border entering from Cambodia. If entering Vietnam from Cambodia you should state that the entry date for arrival in Vietnam is the day you arrive in Cambodia. A wrong entry date can result in a 24 hour delay for the ship and a fine.

CAMBODIA
Upstream (from Vietnam) Passengers can obtain the Cambodian visa upon arrival at the border Vietnam / Cambodia on the Mekong River by paying US$25 net per person added to room bill. Two photos per person are required.
Downstream (from Siem Reap) Passengers can obtain the Cambodian visa upon arrival at Siem Reap airport by paying US$20 net per person directly on the spot.

Daily Schedule
A printed daily program for the following day will be put in your cabin during dinner time every evening. Please keep an eye on the notice board for any subsequent notice of any changes to the daily schedule.

Dress Code
The atmosphere on board is informal and relaxed. During the day, comfortable & casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart-casual.

Excursions
When moored you are welcome to come and go from the ship as much as you like. Our next sailing time will be advised on the daily schedule and passengers are requested to note this before disembarkation. Group shore excursions are organized by the Purser and you will be accompanied by a member of the ship's company. Details of these are posted on the daily schedule. Fifteen minutes prior to casting off the captain will sound the ship's horn to warn you to return to the ship. Passengers should hang their keys on the key board on the main deck when disembarking so that we know if anyone has not returned. If you go ashore with your cabin keys and we leave without you we cannot be held responsible for this.

Gratuities
The price of a ticket includes all gratuities and passengers are not expected to tip staff individually or collectively. We have calculated $5 per passenger per day to be added to crew salaries as an end of a month bonus subject to passenger satisfaction.

Guides

All guides services are in the English language. Guides in other languages may be supplied by special arrangement at additional cost which may include using guest accommodation at guest rates.

Food Safety and Hygiene
Bottled water is used for cooking and food preparation onboard. Off the vessel never accept ice in drinks and avoid ice creams, crushed sugar cane, salads and the skins of fruits.

Footwear
Slippers are provided for your comfort on board the vessel. When ashore guests should wear comfortable but safe walking shoes. At certain times the river banks and paths used can be muddy and therefore slippery or very dusty and we ask you to remove your footwear when returning on board so that we can clean your shoes for you and return them to you later.

Meals
Breakfast and lunch are cold buffets and à la carte menu. Dinner is served at the tables with a table d'hôte selection of dishes. We offer a mixture of Asian and Western cuisine and there are always vegetarian dishes offered. Special diets may be catered for with advance notification.

ITINERARY

Upstream cruise from Saigon to Siem Reap: 8 days aboard Pandaw

Day 1: Saigon / My Tho / Cai Be
Transfer from the Hotel Sofitel in Saigon to the port of My Tho by coach to embark cruise.

Day 2: Cai Be / Sa Dec
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.

Day 3: Chau Doc / Border Crossing

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.

Day 4: Phnom Penh
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
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: Tonle River / Kampong Chhnang
Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang either by ship or by coach 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 6: Kampong Cham / Mekong River
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.

Day 7: Kampong Cham Area
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 and the Pandaw-supported Kampong Cham orphanage.

Day 8: Transfer to Siem Reap
Early morning coach transfer to the Raffles Hotel D'Angkor in Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid afternoon.

Downstream cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon: 8 Days aboard a Pandaw

Day 1: Siem Reap / Kampong Cham
Passengers will transfer by coach from the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor 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
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 Chhnang
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: Phnom Penh
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
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
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: Sa Dec / Cai Be
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
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..

Registration Details:
11.30am
The Elephant Bar
Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor
11 Vithei Charles de Gaulle,
Khum Svay Dang Kum

River Conditions Warning!
The rivers you will sail on are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level, in some places as much as 30 metres. Water levels can change dramatically overnight and a sudden rise can impede our progress upstream considerably and even prevent us from passing under certain bridges. A sudden fall can result in our being unable to get into certain places or go as far upstream as we would hope. Groundings on sandbars are not infrequent and are part of the excitement of any Pandaw expedition. Published itineraries are indicational only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop. Passengers are thus forewarned and expected to be flexible and patient. River cruising in Asia can be a dramatic and adventurous experience - not like cruising the controlled waterways of Europe or America. Note also that we operate in areas with little or no developed infrastructure and subject to the strictures of local officialdom. Be prepared for this and it is all more the fun!

Additional Details
*In Phnom Penh large groups may request a conventional guide and coach if required*

 


 

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