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11 Days Cruising Saigon to Siem Reap with Pandaw Cruise

Cai Be Floating Market
Destination: Saigon - Cai Be - Chau Doc/Boder Crossing - Phnom Penh - Kratie - Kampong Cham - Tonle River - Battambang - Siem Reap
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Day 1: Saigon

Meet in Saigon, transfer to your ship and start your cruise into the Mekong Delta.
 

Day 2: Cai Be

Explore the largest floating market in the world having traversed the Delta through the back waters taking advantage of the Angkor Pandaw's low air draft. In the afternoon, 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 3: Chau Doc

Go ashore at the busy border port of Chau Doc where we explore a Cham tribal village and visit fish farms. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.
 

Day 4: Phnom Penh

Passengers 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 5: Cruising

No fixed schedule with run ashore to visit a village and take a walk.
 

Day 6: Kratie

At Chlung, walk along the road fronting the river contains a series of French colonial and Chinese style buildings, some in disrepair and others family homes. In the afternoon, there will be free time to explore the town of Kratie, another remnant of French colonialism. Overnight in Kratie.
 

Day 7: Cruising 

We will travel by coach and transfer to boat to the WWF protected area where we hope to see the rare river dolphins. The river here is rocky and not navigable for larger vessels. Visit to Phnom Sabok. Here passengers will visit a variety of small wats, monasteries and pagodas at the top of the hill and experience a wonderful view over the Mekong and surroundings. Continue to cruising downstream.
 

Day 8: Kampong Cham

Visit to the rubber plantations in the morning. Travel by local bus to Wat Nokor which is a modern Theravada Buddhist pagoda squeezed into the walls of an 11 century Mahayana Buddhist shrine of sandstone and laterite. It is a kitsch kind of place and many older buildings archways have been incorporated into the new building as shrines for worship. There is a large reclining Buddha.
 

Day 9: Tonle River

Cruise up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang for an excursion into the lake wetlands on our Pandaw Explorer expedition boat and continue by mother ship across the lake through the afternoon and evening.
 

Day 10: Battambang

Battambang is Cambodia's second most populous city many ancient temples monasteries and the very curious bamboo railway. A highlight will be a visit to an NGO-run circus school.
 

Day 11: Siem Reap

We will make an early morning visit The Prek Toal, a virgin area freshwater swamp forest and bird sanctuary. We disembark at the Siem Reap port for 25 minutes transfer to the city and temples area.

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Inclusion:

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew, main meals ocally made soft and alcoholic beverages, ugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
  • Transfer to the meeting point in Saigon from the ship at the end of a voyage

Exclusion:

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Imported beverages such as wines premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar

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