Classic Mekong Downstream

Follow the course of the Mekong, from the glorious temples of Angkor in Cambodia to Vietnam’s verdant delta, getting a taste of authentic Southeast Asia as you go.

Day 1: Depart Siem Reap
This morning transfer from the meeting point in Siem Reap to Kampong Cham and embark your Pandaw cruise ship for the next seven-nights. (L,D)
Day 2: Kratie
Sail to the French colonial town of Kratie. Travel by local bus to the dolphin grounds, located in a national park protected area. Hopefully you will be lucky enough to see one of the rare dolphins. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Wat Hanchey
Continue down river stopping to visit the Monkey Temple, Wat Hanchey, followed by a leisurely stroll at Angkor Ban. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Phnom Penh
Tour Phnom Penh by cyclo, provided by a company that supplies basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. Admire the mix of traditional Khmer and French architecture and explore fascinating sites such as the Grand Palace and the Silver Pagoda. (B,L,D) NOTE: In the afternoon you have the option of an excursion by coach to the Killing Fields of Cheung Ek and the Tuol Sleng Museum. This excursion is included in the cost of your cruise; however, it must be requested at the time of booking. Please advise our Travel Consultants.
Day 5: Tonle Sap River
Travel up the Tonle Sap River by boat or road (depending on water levels) to explore the villages of Kampong Trolach and Chong Koh. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Cruising
Spend the day cruising in the Mekong channel at the Vietnamese border crossing, where passports and visa documentation will be checked. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Chau Doc
Visit a Cham tribal village and a catfish farm. Explore Chau Doc, a town that has retained a French-style charm with many old colonial buildings. This afternoon excursion through the canals by sampan to Sa Dec via Vinh Long to see the local market and the ancient house of the ‘lover’ of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Cai Be to My Tho
Disembark your Pandaw cruise ship early this morning and transfer to the Saigon drop-off point. Arrive at Saigon late-morning where your arrangements end. (B) NOTE: Please provide your arrival and departure flight details to our Travel Consultants at the time of booking. ITINERARY: This itinerary is an indication only and subject to change at Pandaw’s discretion and due to water levels, according to the time of year and rainfall. A daily programme for the following day will be posted on the ships notice board each day.

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Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular and you will find high quality coverage, with active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Vietnam is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre/post tour arrangements, you should allow USD5-10 per person per day. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.