Vietnam & Cambodia

Vietnam and Cambodia River Expeditions

Join a Vietnam and Cambodia River Expeditions river cruise to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, or Halong Bay & Red River. Include key sights of Vietnam such as Sapa, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Hoi An or Nha Tran before or after your cruise.

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Vietnam’s colour, chaos and natural beauty bring a new adventure every day. Feel your senses come alive as you walk Hanoi’s crazy streets, visit the other-worldly villages of Sapa and sail on majestic Halong Bay. Vietnam’s food, people, sights and history keep even the most seasoned traveller coming back for more.

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Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysTour DetailsPrices
CruiseClassic Mekong 8itineraryOn application
CruiseThe Mekong Unexplored10ItineraryOn application
CruiseHalong Bay and Red River (April to November)10ItineraryOn application
CruiseHalong Bay and Red River (December to March)10ItineraryOn application
CruiseSaigon and Phnom Penh4ItineraryOn application
CruisePhnom Penh and Siem Reap5ItineraryOn application

Classic Mekong

The original and best cruise on the Mekong

New and exclusive upgraded itinerary – now visiting Kratie and the Mekong dolphins. No other river cruise operators go there!

SAVE UP TO 10% AND NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECTED DATES

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.

Itinerary  
Day 1: My ThoMorning transfer to the port, embarking your Pandaw vessel in time for welcome drinks, a briefing and lunch. Sail across the vast Mekong Delta.
Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.
Please note: between mid of February and end of March we are expecting low water levels. Alternate itinerary and excursions will apply should we not be able to reach Kratie and the river dolphins.
Day 2: Sa DecSampan 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 whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine.
Day 3: Chau DocVisit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take one of our mountain bikes and explore teh local market or the Catholic Church. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.
Day 4: Phnom PenhWhilst in Phnom Penh you 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. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre.
Day 5: Tonle RiverExplorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.
Day 6: KratieMorning walk at Angkor Ban and after an all day sail through delightful Cambodian countryside we reach charming French colonial town of Kratie in the evening. No other river ships get this high but thanks to the Mekong Pandaw’s shallow draft we can attempt it.
Day 7: The Dolphin GroundsFrom Kratie we go further upstream using a local bus to view the dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. In the afternoon on our return downstream we stop at a curious shrine known as the Monkey Temple on the way to moor overnight near Kampong Cham.
Day 8: Siem ReapEarly morning coach transfer to Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid-afternoon.
INCLUSIONS:
Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, 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.


The Mekong Unexplored

Sailing To Kratie & The Rare Irrawaddy Dolphin

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.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Siem ReapPassengers will transfer by coach to Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Embark your ship and cast off to Kratie.
Please note: Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.
Day 2: ChhlongMorning excursion to Chhlong with its beautiful French colonial style buildings. Enjoy the afternoon on board.
Day 3: KratieWe will travel by coach and transfer by boat to the WWF protected area where we hope the see the rare river dolphins. The river here is rocky and not navigable for larger vessels. In the Afternoon we will visit the island of Koh Trong with our small Pandaw Explorer boat.
Day 4: Angkor BanMorning excursion to Angkor Ban village to see traditional Khmer houses, villagers at work and a pagoda. In the afternoon you will visit the pagoda at Preak Bong Kong.
Day 5: Kampong TrolachCast off to Preak Kdam, en route you will experience an ox cart ride to the village of Kampong Trolach. In the afternoon we will visit the Silversmith village of Kampong Trolach.
Day 6: Phnom PenhPassengers 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 (www.cyclo.org.uk). 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 7: CruisingCast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities. Enjoy a day on the ship.
Day 8: Chau DocVisit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. We will sail to Sa Dec in the afternoon.
Day 9: Sa DecWe will 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 10: Vinh LongWe will visit a local market in Vinh Long by local boat and then continue to floating villages to see catfish farms. Visit a candy and rice paper factory where we will have tea and refreshments at a local house. Before we return to our ship we will experience narrow canals on a rowing boat to see local life and fishermen.
Day 11: SaigonDisembark after breakfast and transfer to Saigon City. Arrive late morning.
INCLUSIONS:
Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, 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.


Halong Bay and Red River (April to November)

Discover The Best Of Northern Vietnam

SAVE UP TO 10% AND NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECTED DATES

Explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam by river ship traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries, connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitements of downtown Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track.

This is a combination of scenic beauty, lively and interesting (sometimes industrial) life of the river and exploring rivers where no other tourist craft operate. Sailing deep into Highland Vietnam we will discover the mountain villages and a number of tribal areas. We will go as far as is navigable up the Song Red River and then down the little known Da or Black River.

Note this is a new river expedition and itineraries and schedules very much subject to change due to uncertain local conditions.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Halong BayTransfer from Hanoi International Airport/Meeting point to Halong Bay to embark the cruise with a stop for lunch enroute. Cast off in the late afternoon for an evening sailing to drop anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the amazing island scenery.
Day 2: Halong BayMorning sail around Halong Bay and beyond with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations, dating back 20 million years. We will visit by local boat a local floating home, kayaking or taking a rowing basket boat to bright & dark limestone caves.
Day 3: Halong BayMorning continue cruising in Halong Bay then we will enter the river in the afternoon and setting sail to Pha Lai. Observe the lively and interesting life of the river, a key commercial waterway. We will anchor mid-stream.
Day 4: The Thai Binh RiverMorning sail on Thai Binh river. Excursion to Thanh Ha commuinne for water puppet show & village walkabout. Continue cruising to Ninh Giang.
Afternoon walking tour in Ninh Giang commute and visit a local market to taste the home made special cake BANH CAI. Then we continue by bus (25min) to Stork's Island before we return back to the ship for dinner.
Day 5: Bat Trang VillageToday we will be cruising towards Hanoi. Enroute, stop at Bat Trang, a ceramic village, in the afternoon
Day 6: HanoiDropped anchor in the bustling city of Hanoi, passengers will visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis, must see’s like the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi including a visit to a coffee shop where we learn about Vietnam’s famous coffee making industry. Before returning to your ship you will enjoy a traditional unicorn and lion dance at the jetty.
Day 7: The Lower Red RiverMorning sail through day from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri, not the most picturesque of towns but an excellent base for going deeper into Highland Vietnam. Going ashore we visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. Of particular interest is the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known, yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees.
Afternoon excursion to a carpenter village.
We will arrive in Viet Tri in the evening.
Day 8: Lo RiverIn the morning cruising to Tien Du ferry station to the conical hat making village of Gia Thanh. Take in the sights and sounds of the bustling river with all kinds of craft and activity. By bus we continue to Hung Lo Temple.
Day 9: The Da RiverEnjoy a day sailing downstream admiring the unspoilt beauty of the Da River. We pass the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Hoa Binh. We will visit the UNESCO village of Duang Lam.
Day 10: Hoa BinhHoa Binh was the site of a major battle with the French in 1951 & 1952 and is home to the Muong ethnic group.This morning we will take a boat ride on the reservoir of Hoa Binh power station and visit a local village and tonight you will enjoy the traditional performance of local hill tribe people.
Day 11: Hoa BinhDisembark after breakfast (08.30am) and visit a museum and local village where villagers still wear traditional dresses. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.
INCLUSIONS:
Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between ports of embarkation and Hanoi International Airport at the start and end of the voyage.

Halong Bay and Red River (December to March)

Discover The Best Of Northern Vietnam

SAVE UP TO 10% AND NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECTED DATES

Explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam by river ship, traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries, connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitements of downtown Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track. This is a combination of scenic beauty, lively and interesting (sometimes industrial) life of the river and exploring rivers where no other tourist craft operate.

Sailing deep into Highland Vietnam we will discover the mountain villages and a number of tribal areas. We go as far as is navigable up the Song Red River and then down the little known Da or Black River. Note this is a new river expedition and itineraries and schedules very much subject to change due to uncertain local conditions.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Halong BayTransfer from Hanoi International Airport/Meeting point to Halong Bay to embark the cruise with a stop for lunch enroute. Cast off in the late afternoon for an evening sailing to drop anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the amazing island scenery.
Day 2: Halong BayMorning sail around Halong Bay and beyond with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations, dating back 20 million years. We will visit by local boat a local floating home, kayaking or taking a rowing basket boat to bright & dark limestone caves.
Day 3: Halong BayMorning continue cruising in Halong Bay then we will enter the river in the afternoon and setting sail to Pha Lai. We will anchor mid-stream.
Day 4: The Thai Binh RiverWe are sailing on the Thai Binh River to Thanh Ha. Enjoy a walk through the village of Thanh Hai and experience the water puppet show performed by the local villagers. Back to the ship for lunch while the ship is continuing into Luoc River. Afternoon excursion to Ninh Giang to visit local market & learn about the homemade special cake (BANH GAI). Continue by bus(25min) to Stork’s Island.

During dinner the Pandaw will continue to Kim Son, Ninh Binh Province.
Day 5: Day RiverThis morning we will visit the famous stone cathedral of Phat Diem. Afternoon sail upstream from Day River to Ninh Binh City.
Day 6: Ninh BinhIn the morning we will visit Tam Coc, taking a rowing boat ride to visit the so call "Halong on land" in Ninh Binh. Afternoon excursion is to visit the bamboo and rattan village where they make their products for both domestic and oversea market.
Day 7: The Lower Red RiverIn the morning we sail upsteam on the Red River to Dien Xa village where we will walk to the bonsai village and meet with local artists and share their bonsai experience. We then continue on the Red River to Hanoi.
Day 8: HanoiDropped anchor in the bustling city of Hanoi, passengers will visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis, must see’s like the notorious Vietnam war prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Afternoon walking tour of Hanoi including a visit to a coffee shop where we learn about Vietnam’s famous coffee making industry. Before returning to your ship you will enjoy a traditional unicorn and lion dance at the jetty.
Day 9: HanoiMorning going off shore to visit Bat Trang ceramic village then sail through day from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri, not the most picturesque of towns but an excellent base for going deeper into Highland Vietnam. Going a shore we visit a timeless Arcadian Vietnam with emerald green rice paddies punctuated by lime stone rock formations. Of particular interest is the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known, yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees. We will arrive in Vinh Phuc in the evening.
Day 10: The Upper Red RiverIn the morning we go ashore to visit the UNESCO village of Duang Lam. In the afternoon, visit the carpenter and smith village of Ly Nhan. We sail upstream on the Upper Red River to Viet Tri. Enjoy traditional dances on board.
Day 11: Viet TriDisembark after breakfast and visit the conical hat making village of Gia Thanh. By bus we continue to Hung Lo Temple, Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, followed by a transfer to Hanoi airport or drop off point Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi.
INCLUSIONS:
Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between ports of embarkation and Hanoi International Airport at the start and end of the voyage.

Saigon and Phnom Penh

Ideal To Combine With Land Arrangements

SAVE UP TO 10% AND NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECTED DATES

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. 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.

Your journey will end in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

Itinerary   
Day 1: My ThoMorning transfer from Saigon to embark on your Pandaw vessel in time for welcome drinks, a briefing and lunch. Sail across the vast Mekong Delta.
Your guide will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities.
Day 2: Sa DecSampan 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 whose book was imortalised in the film L’Indochine.
Day 3: Chau DocVisit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take off on one of our mountain bikes. The local market is great and the Catholic Church well worth a visit. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.
Day 4: Phnom PennDisembark in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, after breakfast.
Please note: Our crew will hand out your passports after the immigration formalities at 10.00am. Please let us know if you plan to leave the ship earlier due to flight connections.
INCLUSIONS:
Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers from meeting point in Saigon to ship or v.v.

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Perfect Add-On To Your Land Tour

SAVE UP TO 10% AND NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECTED DATES

Combine the ancient temples of Angkor in Siem Reap with Cambodia’s bustling capital city Phnom Penh with this expedition on the Tonle and Mekong Rivers.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Phnom PenhPLEASE NOTE: We are experiencing low water levels which will continue until April. If we are unable to reach Kratie to see the river dolphins a revised itinerary will be offered with an exciting variety of excursions.
Passengers embark the ship in the afternoon. Passengers spend the afternoon at leisure and dinner is served on board.
Day 2: Tonle RiverExplorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.
Day 3: KratieMorning walk at Angkor Ban and after an all day sail through delightful Cambodian countryside we reach charming French colonial town of Kratie in the evening. No other river ships get this high but thanks to the Mekong Pandaw’s shallow draft we can attempt it.
Day 4: The Dolphin GroundsFrom Kratie we go further upstream using a local bus to view the dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. In the afternoon on our return downstream we stop at a curious shrine known as the Monkey Temple on the way to moor overnight near Kampong Cham.
Day 5: Siem ReapEarly morning transfer to Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid-afternoon.
INCLUSIONS:
Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfer from Meeting Point in Siem Reap to ship or v.v.