Cruise Mekong river between Saigon & Angkor Wat
About RV Mekong Pandaw and RV Tonle Pandaw
Vessel Specifications RV Mekong Pandaw The Mekong River River Stops Visa Regulation: Vietnam Cambodia Travel Tips Cruise Schedule
These ship plies a seven night / eight day itinerary between Saigon (My Tho Port) in Vietnam and Angkor (SiemReap) in Cambodia. This is the only ship to make this itinerary joining two key attractions in South-East Asia. Highlights of the cruise include an exploration of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, a continuation up the Mekong beyond Phnom Penh into the heart of Cambodia, a day in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and an exploration of the Tonle River and lake.
Both of these beautiful ships are part of the splendid ‘Pandaw Fleet’ created by the historic Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in Burma. These ships are replicas of colonial period river steamers and finished in teak and brass in a traditional 1920s marine style. They are amongst the most comfortable and character ships in the world: “fantasy of teak and brass” as described by the Lonely Planet Guide.
Pandaw-style cruising has evolved into a unique form of river exploration and quite unlike other forms of cruising. With our ultra shallow draft we can stop almost anywhere and arrange stimulating excursions into remoter areas otherwise inaccessible to other travellers. All shore excursions are accompanied by an English-language guide and other language guides are available by prior arrangement.
Pandaw ships have a lot of space to move around on and all Main and Upper Deck cabins have their own deck space with rattan seating outside the stateroom. There is a spacious dining room on the Main Deck that during the day is open to the river breeze and at night can be closed with air-conditioning. On the Upper Deck there is a roomy cocktail bar and a large sun deck area, part covered by an awning, which affords the best views of the river life around. The glory of the Pandaws is the teak panelled staterooms (14ft x 12ft/4.2m x 3.9m) which all our passengers find exceptionally comfortable.
The atmosphere on board is highly convivial and there are no formal dressy dinners such as may be found on sea going cruise ships. Cuisine is a mixture of Asian and European. Under the supervision of an expatriate Purser and Chef there is a crew of approximately 24 persons of Vietnamese, Myanmar, Cambodian and Thai nationalities.
Pandaw Cruises are now the largest operator of Luxury River cruise ships in South-East Asia with a total of four splendid colonial-style ships in operation by 2005. Pandaw Safari Cruises is a new ‘soft adventure’ brand of smaller ships starting in 2005 and exploring remoter rivers.