Not only is our Mekong River cruise one of the stand-out highlights of our Very Best of Vietnam & Cambodia tour, it is the perfect way to experience the mighty Mekong River and the rich culture of the Mekong Delta.
The Mekong River remains, as it has for thousands of years, a thriving and busy trade route, lined with small towns, local villages and colourful river markets. The brown waters of the river contrast with the vivid greenery of the countryside and the bustle of life. Travelling through six different Asian countries before it reaches the vast delta of Vietnam and the South China Sea, its waters attract river vessels of all sizes, from rowing boats and simple sampans to traditional long-tail boats and commercial barges.
There is no better way to discover the richness of the people who call the Mekong home than to take to the water. Our vessels, RV Indochina Pandaw and RV Bassac Pandaw, are hand-finished in brass and teak by craftsmen, traditionally-styled with a colonial era charm that reflects the original 1930’s design. Cruising between Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, over three nights and four days, discover the wonders of one of Asia’s mightiest rivers for yourself.
Journeying on the lower Mekong River and Delta all the way to the bustling city of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, the shore excursions have an emphasis on experiencing local life, with plenty of opportunities to interact with local people and their fascinating culture.
View ancient temples, pagodas and Buddhist monasteries, visit a local village and learn about life on the Mekong. Experience the hustle and bustle of the colourful floating markets and learn about the crafts of local industries. You will also discover an area rich in biodiversity and birdlife, mangroves, bamboo forests and fruit orchards.
Staterooms on board both vessels exude colonial-era character combined with contemporary comforts. All staterooms are outside cabins, with direct access to the promenade deck.
- Twin or queen-size beds
- Private en-suite bathroom
- Unlimited mineral water
- Kimonos, slippers and spa-branded amenities
Life on board
Life on board is mostly enjoyed al fresco. The Promenade and Observation decks have comfortable lounging chairs, where guests can sit and watch from a great vantage point as life goes by on one of Asia’s great rivers.
Throughout the Mekong River cruise, the emphasis is mainly on peace and tranquility. A number of on-board activities reflect the traditions and cultures of the area, such as a themed dinner and a performance by a local dance group.
Dining is a relaxed, casual affair with a great choice of local cuisine and international favourites, all cooked with locally-sourced supplies where possible.
Breakfast is served buffet-style, while lunch features a buffet, plus soup, salads and a dessert table. Dinner is by waiter service and the team of talented chefs are always happy to cater to any dietary requirements. There is an extensive wine list, and whether you would like a refreshing cocktail or a chilled local beer, there’s something to suit all tastes.
- All-inclusive dining, with complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Selected wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages during meals
- Selection of excursions and activities
The Pandaw River Cruise, Mekong River is featured on the following itineraries: