Indochina Treks Travel Co.,Ltd Add: 24 Au Trieu Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi Tel: (84) 4 66821230; Fax (84) 4 33769113 Website: www.luxurymekongcruisers.com Email: email@example.com Upstream Mekong River with Pandaw Cruise 11 DaysPandaw Cruise is the largest luxury river cruise company in Asia with six luxury ships exploring fivecountries. Whilst we offer a real adventure experience, travelers are cushioned with incrediblecomfort, fine dining, great cocktails and choice wines, not to mention extraordinary levels of service.All Pandaw Cruises were newly built and designed and finished as replicas of colonial river steamers.These small Cruises have the highest space to passenger ratio of any ships afloat - our much lovedstaterooms are 170 square feet and finished in teak and brass.Itinerary:Day 1: Saigon / My Tho / Cai Be (L/D)Registration is at 0830 at the Hotel Sofitel Plaza Saigon (17 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1, Ph +84 838241555) and transfer at 0900 to the Delta Port of My Tho by coach arriving at 1100 for check infollowed by port and immigration formalities. My Tho is the hub of the Delta, but not of great culturalinterest, so once on board we set sail at 1300 and have lunch. In the afternoon we moor near Cai Beand make a fascinating trip by traditional junk to explore evergreen islands and at the former Imperialresidence, the An Kiet House. We board the Pandaw Cruise. Surviving members of the Kiet family willwelcome us with tea and we can wander in the fruit orchards around the house. Overnight moor mid-stream Cai Be.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.Day 2: Cai Be / Sa Dec / Cu Lao Gien - Chau Doc (B/L/D)Half day cruise excursion on board traditional sampan boats to Sad Dec via Vinh Long, along smallcanals and back waters. We begin by visiting Cai Be and its colorful floating market which takes placedaily in front of the catholic church. A further stop on the river bank then allows us to see localfactories where rice pasta, coconut candies and other specialties are traditionally made. Also visit aMandarins house dating from late 19th century.Cruise further by Sampan to Dong Hoa Hiep islet to explore the rural life and the daily activities of thedelta inhabitants seeing palm tree leave weaving, traditional wooden boat factories and fruit orchard
plantations. Back on board your sampan, we will cruise up with Pandaw to the Tien River where wesee water hyacinths, an important Mekong delta product used for furniture and baskets and then visita traditional brick and tile factory.Sa Dec will then appear like a little “Venice” with its numerous narrow canals and various kinds oftraditional activities on the banks. You will disembark at the local market for a visit, then proceed tothe splendid ancient house of Mr. Huyn Thuy Le, the “lover” of Marguerite Duras, famous Frenchnovelist and inspiration for the film LAmant-The Lover directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud .After lunch on board the Pandaw, cast off for Chau Doc. En route visit Cu Lao Gien island and aCatholic monastery called “La Providence” built in 1875 by the French nuns of “Saint Paul deChartres”. Cu Lao Gien became an important Catholic centre with mission, an orphanage, school,hospice and leprosy centre that can treat 1,000 people. During the Japanese invasion the monasterywas abandoned; operations were resumed after 1945 until 1977. Nowadays Cu Lao Gian serves as aretreat for 180 retired nuns taken care of by novices.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.Day 3: Chau Doc / Border Crossing (B/L/D)From the main Mekong channel we travel down to Chau Doc jetty where we transfer to small boats tovisit a Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm. We take a trishaw ride round this fascinating town offine French-colonial buildings and see its bustling market. Return to the Pandaw Cruise by boat forlunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities. Evening cruise up the broadMekong channel, which is an international shipping route. Moor overnight just downstream fromPhnom Penh.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.Day 4: Phnom Penh (B/L/D)The capital of Cambodia retains its French charm. The city has several impressive wats, including WatOunalom, Wat Phnom and the newly-painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the Royal Palace andto the spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts embodying thebrilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the Khmer Rouge. The National Museum isanother highlight, with outstanding displays of Khmer crafts.For the morning excursion we are delighted to have teamed up with The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh tooffer an alternative to a conventional coach tour. The Cyclo Centre is a charity that provides basicwelfare and medical services to cyclo drivers, many of whom are very poor (www.cyclo.org.uk). Theywill provide us with trained drivers with basic English and a good knowledge of the key sights. Youdecide where you want to go and what you want to see and off you go on your private cyclo for themorning. (For groups if a conventional guide and coach are required we are happy to supply).
In the afternoon an optional excursion (by coach) is arranged to the Killing Fields and the KhmerRouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre situated in the suburbs of the city then shopping atthe Russian market or Central market. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must berequested at the time of booking in the Booking Comments box or at the latest on board the first dayof the cruise. More happily, Phnom Penh has a lively night life, and some passengers choose to dineashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes; a favorites being the Foreign Correspondents’Club.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.Day 5: Phnom Penh to Tonle River (B/L/D)Early morning sail the Tonle River which connects Tonle Lake with the Mekong and Bassac Rivers thatmerge at Phnom Penh.1. Low water, approximately November to JulyThe river journey to Kampong Chhnang is one of the highlight of the trip. Temples abound along theriver banks at Kampong Chhnang, and we see the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busyrural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, we make a truly wonderful motor boatexcursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here a stunning variety ofbirdlife may be seen and of considerable interest are the great fish traps.2. High water, approximately July to NovemberStop at Preak Dom Bridge. Proceed by coach to Kampong Chhnang where we can see the rich tapestryof Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with bustling markets. We make a trulywonderful motor boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here astunning variety of birdlife may be seen and of considerable interest are the great fish traps. Back tothe ship at lunch time. We make a late afternoon departure from Kampong Cham heading for PhnomPenh. Moor overnight midriver.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.Day 6: Kampong Cham (Mekong River) (B/L/D)We glance by the capital Phnom Penh in the early morning to change pilots, and then stop at the little-known Chong Koh silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. We cruise past the Mekong’stimeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities. In the afternoon we stop at Peam ChiKang village to visit the wat or monastery and school. Passengers are at leisure to explore thispeaceful and friendly community. In the wat the splendid village racing boats are stored.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.Day 7: Kampong Cham Area (B/L/D)Morning journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating to the 8thcentury, these ancient brick structures characterize the architecture of the Chenla Empire whichpredated the glories of Angkor. Sail back downstream over lunch for an exploration of the KampongCham Area. We travel by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. This colorful templeis unique in Cambodia, as a modern Wat is set within the ruins of an ancient temple. We continue tothe eco village of Cheungkok supported by the French-Cambodian NGO AMICA and the KampongCham orphanage, supported by the Pandaw ProBono programme.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.
Day 8: Kampong Cham to Siem Reap (B/L)We travel by boat to this WWF protected area where we hope to see the rare river dolphins. The riverhere is rocky and not navigable for larger vessels. In the afternoon, there will be free time to explorethe town of Kratie, another remnant of French colonialism.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.Day 9: Pnom Sambok / Sambor (B/L)Morning excursion by local bus to visit Phnom Sambok. Here passengers will visit a variety of smallwats, monasteries and pagodas at the top of the hill and experience a wonderful view over themekong and surrounding areas. In the afternoon, passengers will visit Sambor and the 100 columnpagoda situated there.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.Day 10: Kampong Cham Area (B/L)Morning will be spent cruising downstream. In the afternoon travel by bus to visit the Twin Holymountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man and Woman Hill). Continuation to the ecotourismvillage of Choeungkok supported by the Frech-Cambodian NGO Amica and the Pandaw-supportedKampong Cham orphanage.Overnight on the Pandaw Cruise.Day 11: Transfer to Siem Reap (B/L)Early morning, we disembark the Pandaw Cruise, coach transfer to the Raffles Hotel DAngkor in SiemReap, stopping at Kampong Thom for a picnic lunch. Arrive at Siem Reap around 12pm.Quotation Net rate in US$/Cabin Cabin type Single Double/twin Upper deck 4350 6750Low Main deck 3250 4950Season Lower deck 1950 N/A Upper deck 4785 7425High Main deck 3250 4950season Lower deck 1950 N/A We are offering 10% off (up to US$6750/cabin) compared with the above rates published byPandaw Cruise! This policy is applied for first clients only!Note*: Big promotion would be applied for big group, early and last minute bookings. Price would be higher or lower depending on the departure date and boat. Please contact with us for more information.Includes: Transfers to and from Pandaw Cruise at start and end of voyage. Accommodation in luxury AC en-suite cabin with twin/double basic on the Pandaw Cruise.
English speaking guides. All meals, coffee and tea, mineral water. Admission fees for all sightseeing places.Excludes: All visa cost. Personal expenses. Drinks at bar, laundry. Tips and gratuities. Port tax