The exciting Mekong cruise takes you from Vietnam to Cambodia by luxury Pandaw boat. Mekong cruises can be taken up stream (from Vietnam to Cambodia) or downstream (from Cambodia to Vietnam) and provide a unique glimpse into the daily life of the mighty Mekong. You will visit much more than the tourist highlights on your Mekong cruise, taking in canals, jungles and floating villages amidst the comfort of this colonial river steamer.
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Your Mekong cruise experience begins! Upon arrival in HCMC, be greeted by our guide and transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Tour
City tour including The Reunification Palace (former Presidential Palace), Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, Lam Son Square, Ben Thanh Market and Thien Hau pagoda.
Day 3: Cu Chi Tunnels
Enjoy a morning boat ride along Saigon River to Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Ho Chi Minh City to continue city touring.
Day 4: Mekong Delta Pandaw Cruise
Transfer to the My Tho in the Delta and board the boat. The luxury Pandaw boats are boutique ships designed as replicas of colonial river steamers. In the afternoon, take a traditional junk to explore the former Imperial residence. Overnight stay on boat.
Day 5: Mekong Delta Pandaw Cruise
Take a small boat to visit the floating markets. Return to the ship and cruise to Vinh Long to for more sightseeing.
Day 6: Pandaw Cruise Border Crossing
Travel down the canals and backwaters by local ferry boat. At Chau Doc, transfer to small boats to visit a Cham tribal village. Return to the ship and cast off for the Cambodian border (immigration formalities are arranged by our staff). Moor overnight downstream from Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Phnom Penh
The second half of your Mekong cruise begins here! Enjoy a private city tour of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Overnight onboard Pandaw boat.
Day 8: Phnom Penh – Kampong Cham
Early departure to the little-known Chong Koh silk weaving village. Then cruise past the Mekong’s timeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities. In the afternoon, stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit a monastery and school. Overnight on Pandaw boat.
Day 9: Kampong Cham Area
Morning journey up stream to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. In the afternoon travel by bus to the temple of Wat Nokor then continue to Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei. Overnight on Pandaw boat.
Day 10: Tonle River
Today is a spectacular cruise on the Tonle River winding our way through jungle. Temples abound along the river banks at Kampong Chhnang, and you will see the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. Take a motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Overnight on Pandaw boat.
Day 11: Tonle Sap – Siem Reap
Depart by speedboat and disembark at Siem Reap Port for onward transfer to the hotel for an afternoon tour of the temples. Overnight in hotel in Siem Reap.
Day 12 – 13: Angkor Complex
Private sightseeing tour of the temples.
Day 14: Siem Reap
Free time until your airport transfer.