Pandaw Cruises; Mekong River

Mekong River - Vietnam & Cambodia

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  • Discover the highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam from a different perspective

  • The Mekong River journeys almost 3,000 miles down towards the South China Sea

  • Onboard, you will feel instantly at home in this charming and sociable atmosphere

  • Dinner is served with views looking out over the Mekong, what better way to enjoy some local cuisine?

  • The observation deck offers a place to relax and take it all in

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Hot all year round and December to April is the dry season with occasional rain. Please be aware that from May to November is the wet season with showers almost every day and flooding in the Mekong Delta can occur.

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Experience Vietnam and Cambodia from a different perspective with Pandaw Cruises. Cruising along the Mekong Delta, feel at home onboard this luxury ship. Witness everyday life along the Mekong, stopping at least once a day to take in the local sights.

Make yourself at home onboard one of Pandaw's Mekong cruise boats.These colonial-style ships have been beautifully hand-crafted in brass and teak, in keeping with Pandaw's origins as part of The Old Irrawaddy Flotilla Company.

This river cruise offers guests the chance to pass through some of Cambodia and Vietnam's most beautiful countryside, cities and cultural gems. Set sail and relax on deck as you float past the varying landscapes along the river, watching the local people pass you by as they go about their daily activities.

During this Pandaw expedition you will either start in Saigon or Phnom Penh, depending on which route you would prefer to take and the time you have. Travelling upstream from Saigon to Phnom Penh takes three nights, whilst you must allow four nights for the downstream route. Whatever you decide, the expedition will lead you through the highlights of the Mekong, including Cai Be's colourful floating market, the tribal village of Chau Doc and of course encompassing the cities of Phnom Penh and its poignant history and Saigon with its colonial influences.

Your stay will be comfortable and restful, ensuring you feel at home onboard. Simple yet elegant, the traditionally designed wooden panelled rooms all feature French sliding doors where you can sit out and enjoy the views, en-suite bathrooms and can be made into either twin or double rooms.

Pandaw Cruises offer a sociable way of exploring the Mekong Delta, on board one of the river's most charming boats.

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Each room on the RV Mekong Pandaw has been cleverly designed to allow both space and privacy whilst you journey along the Mekong Delta. In keeping with the feel and style of all of Pandaw's ships, the rooms have traditional interiors all equipped with the modern conveniences you would expect on a luxury boat.


On board the RV Mekong Pandaw you will find all the modern conveniences to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. With a teak deck measuring 750sqm, you will even find a billiard table to keep you entertained. There is also a gym and spa where you can exercise and unwind with some treatments, or alternatively relax on one of the decks with a refreshing cocktail from the bar. The restaurant provides an array of fine dining options to satisfy your taste buds. Food includes a semi-buffet breakfast, semi-buffet lunch and full sit down dinner in the evening. The menu includes light and lean options and a variety of local flavours and delicacies. For those with a sweet tooth, the sundeck bar can serve up complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset.


Spend time socialising and get involved with some of the social activities on offer. These include various special dinners including a welcome dinner and cocktail parties on deck. Try your hand at cooking some local dishes or learn about Vietnamese and Cambodian history and culture through a series of educational talks and cultural performances. Excursions also form part of your stay. Stopping at least once a day, walk through the serene countryside and rural villages, visit floating markets and immerse yourself in the local culture.


  • Day 1 - Pandaw Cruises (Saigon to Phnom Penh)

    Step onboard the RV Mekong Pandaw in Saigon to begin this unique journey down the Mekong River to Phnom Penh. You will take a private transfer from your hotel to the port of My Tho where you will embark.

  • Day 2 - Pandaw Cruises (Saigon to Phnom Penh)

    After your first night aboard the RV Mekong Pandaw, you will spend your second day exploring the beautiful area of Ben Tre, immersing yourself in life on the Mekong Delta.

  • Day 3 - Pandaw Cruises (Saigon to Phnom Penh)

    Day three on the RV Mekong will take you to the bird sanctuary of Gao Giong and Con Phuoc Island.

  • Day 4 - Pandaw Cruises (Saigon to Phnom Penh)

    Today you will say goodbye to Vietnam as you arrive into Cambodia.

Holiday Ideas

  • Grand Tour of Southeast Asia

    Hong Kong, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai, Bangkok

    from £8800 pp inc flights & transfers for 21 nights

    • Discover Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand on this unforgettable tour
    • is an all-encompassing tour taking on five countries. Tailor-made to meet your preferences, we handcraft all our holidays to give you an true insight into the cultures, local life and history of each destination with our expert guides and personalised experiences. Whether its your first time in Asia or your fifth, this trip is set to really impress.
    • Enjoy a four-night stay winding your way down the magical Mekong river
  • Vietnam and Cambodia by Boat

    Saigon, Mekong River, Siem Reap

    from £3800 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • Take life at a slower pace with this relaxing 7 night cruise up the mighty Mekong River, taking in local sights along the way.
    • Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is the perfect introduction to Vietnam, with bustling streets, fascinating galleries and museums and fabulous places to drink and dine.
    • After the clamour of Ho Chi Minh, you'll look forward to lazy days drifting along the river, stopping to visit monks, fish farms, local craft villages and more.

Location & directions

Mekong River - Vietnam & Cambodia

The cruise starts either in Saigon or in Phnom Penh and makes it way through the following areas - My Tho, Cai Be, Sa Dec, Chau Doc and Phnom Penh.

How to get there

For both Phnom Penh and Saigon, we recommend flying via Bangkok. For guests starting their journey in Cambodia, take a short flight under 1-hour 30-minutes from Bangkok onto Phnom Penh. For guests beginning in Saigon, flights from Bangkok take approximately 1-hour 30-minutes.

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