River Cruise

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh Cruise4 Days, 3 Nights

Explore from Angkor to Phnom Penh




Cruise the Mekong River in Luxury

If you are thinking about a holiday in Southeast Asia, a Mekong River cruise is a sensational highlight!. River cruising on the RV Mekong or the RV Tonle is really akin to an outdoor experience. While the staterooms are very comfortable and stylish, passengers prefer to meander about the deck or relax in a deck chair on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. When on this 4 Day / 3 Night Mekong River cruise, many passengers simply become absorbed by great panoramas and the eternal human activity and wildlife along these bristling river shores. Your adventure is not like a large cruise ship, however, you will enjoy a floating base of elegance, discreet comfort and personal service somewhat reminicent of a bygone colonial era.

Cabin Staterooms

The RV Mekong and RV Tonle are optimized for the Mekong River. The ships offer 3 classes of cabin staterooms for you to choose from when booking. These include the Premium Upper Deck Cabin, Upper Deck Cabins and Main Deck Cabins. All cabins are finished in brass and teak and all cabins are 168 sq ft. Although cabins are very nice, we don't think you will spend much time in your stateroom so you won't find mini bars or TV's in  your room. 

Dining

Dining rooms are open so that passengers will enjoy the ambient fresh air morning, noon and night.  A tasteful choice of local cuisine and exotic foods is served daily. Breakfast is buffet style. Lunch starts with buffet with soups and  salad and the main course served at your table.  We know you will enjoy the candle light dinners with table service in the evening. Passengers who do not like hot or spicy foods are offered European alternatives and vegetarians are well catered for.

Activities

This cruise takes its time, giving you the opportunity to explore. Activities and excursions ashore are a daily occurrence so you can visit markets and small villages. A walk through countryside or an exploration by speed boat going deeper into jungle or up river; or cyclos in Cambodia. 

A feeling of tranquility and satisfaction seems to be the most natural feeling that overcomes passengers. Many people just prefer to read, write or paint or take pictures. Other occasional activities can include: cooking, fruit carving and exploring local markets with chefs; talks from on board guides; film presentations, with documentaries on local history and culture as well as movies; tours of the working ship. 

During the expedition there will be at least one cultural performance on board and one social gathering of guests. 

It's time to sit back, relax, start exploring and let YOUR adventure begin! Check out the itinerary and what 

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Tour Itinerary & Map (below)


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We will transfer by coach from the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa to Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way.
Siem Reap is the town closets to which the Angkor monuments are. Modern Siem Reap is about 45 minutes from the the port facilities. Be ready for dust and disorganization ! 
Modern Siem Reap is not very attractive and with the increased popularity as a destination over the past few years literally hundreds of new hotels have opened. Congested traffic and pollution are the result. 
On the bright side, the temple complexes are so vast and varied that it is quite easy to lose the package tour groups and do your own thing embarkation. With good planning, many a magical moment is still to be had. (e.g. Avoid the sunrise at Angkor Wat as this is what most tourists will be doing). Suggest that you explore some of the complexes like Rolous that are further away and less busy. Although very busy, Angkor remains one of the most important architectural sites in the world and is an absolute must!

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We will visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey in the morning. As far upstream as we can navigate given constraints of water levels, Wat Hancheay is a fascinating complex of temples from all periods of Khmer art history. A short climb up the hill from the river bank leads us to a large working complex with a number of contemporary Buddhist structures. About 500 meters from our mooring position up the main highway, an Angkor period temple has been well restored. The monks have started a museum of old Khmer agricultural.In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit the Twin Holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man and Woman Hill). Continuation to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok supported by the French-Cambodian NGO Amica.

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Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang by either coach or the ship depending on water levels. Beyond Kampong Chhnang travel by the Pandaw Explorer to discover the vast wetlands around the mouth of the river. You will notice hundreds of fish trips at work. Kampong Chhang was an important French provincial capital and an administrative center having French villas and public buildings. Now one of the busiest on the Mekong, you may see an amazing several thousand vessels rafted up to make a unique river city. Take a stroll up the river bank to see the fascinating stilted houses - some as much as 30 feet off the ground.

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Sailing into Phnom Penh past the Royal Palace and bustling corniche is highlight to any Mekong voyage. We moor right in the city centre and you can walk virtually anwhere. After a full buffet breakfast, we will disembark. Now that you have arrived, you can take the afternoon to explore. A good suggestion is to go to the the Cyclo Centre. Taking your own cyclo, a map (with ship contact numbers) you can head out on your own! Many options open up for you in this attractive former French city. Try the Royal Palace, the National Museum with an excellent Khmer collection, or the Central and Russian markets. There are various temples and monasteries. You may want to relax with a drink at the Foreign Correspondents club, or better still the Raffles Le Royale Elephant Bar.

Good to Know

Your Cabin Stateroom Includes:

  • Air Conditioning, adjustable as you like.
  • Blankets for sitting on the deck at night
  • Mini Safes, European made
  • Hairdryers are installed in all cabins
  • Slippers and bathroom or kimono
  • Laundry bag & list. 
  • Life Jackets stored in each cabin
  • Comfortable beds, closets, writing desk, wardrobe, storage for suitcases
  • All upper and main deck cabins have own deck space with own rattan chairs and table outside the room.
  • Wi-Fi in designated public areas now. A reasonably strong signal all along the cruise. 

Departure Dates: 

This 3 night 4 day downstream tour only departs on Saturday's. If you enter a Saturday departure date and no price appears, this is because that week is either sold out or the tour is not operating that particular week. This tour does not operate every week of the year. Please check with us. 

Registration Details: 

The meeting point is at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap. Registration time is 11:30 am. We will transfer by coach to Kampong Cham to board ship takes approx 5 hours. The address for the hotel is Central Park, P.O. Box 93145, Siem Reap Town, Kingdom of Cambodia. Tel: (+855) 63 760 428. 

Guides: 

All guides services are in the English language. Guides in other languages may be supplied by special arrangement at additional cost. 

Daily Excursions: 

When moored you are welcome to come and go from the ship. Sailing times will be advised on the Daily Schedule.  Group excursions are organised by the Purser are accompanied by a member of the ship's company. A detailed Daily Schedule containing interesting and exciting  expeditions about the sites for your visit on the following day is always available.

Meals on board: 

Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner served at the tables. A fusion of Asian and Western cuisine are offered and there are always vegetarian dishes.  Special diets may be catered for with advance notice. Locally purchased produce and fruit are featured. Bottled water is used for cooking and food preparation onboard. 

Electricity:

230 volts two round pin type as found in Continental Europe - we carry adapters for other types of plug you might bring (i.e. UK ones). 

Emergency Procedures:

The ship is fitted with modern smoke detectors, and fire alarms, extinguishers and hoses.  Smoking is not permitted in your cabin or any internal areas. Smoking is permitted in outside areas only, the Observation Deck and Promenade Deck.

Mobile Phones:

Mobile phones work on all the rivers, except Myanmar, where there is a local mobile network that is not connected to the international roaming networks. 

Money: 

The currency on board in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia is US$. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign a bill for all purchases and services throughout your cruise. Traveller cheques are NOT accepted on board.

Muster Stations:

In the event of an emergency the ship's whistle will blast repeatedly and the alarm bells be rung. MUSTER STATION ONE in all ships is located on the MAIN DECK mid ships (where the main gang plank is). There will be an Emergency Drill during your cruise. 

Terms & Conditions

Early Bird Discounts and Frequent Price Changes: 

  • Please note that *EARLY BIRD 10% DISCOUNTS CAN APPLY* Be sure to ask us about this.  
  • PRICES CHANGE WEEKLY FOR THIS CRUISE. YOU MUST INQUIRE TO RECEIVE AN ACCURATE ROOM RATE
  • SAME DAY BOOKING CONFIRMATIONS!

Payment Terms:

  • We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
  • TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
  • For bookings 65 days or less, prepayment in full once your reservation has been confirmed by TourChoice.com
  • For bookings 66 days out, 50% due on confirmation and balance due 60 days prior to departure
  • Full payment is required 60 days prior to your departure
  • A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation. 
  • Suggest booking a minimum of 3 or 4 months in advance for high season sailings (November 1 to April 30)
  • Please read about TourChoice.com's unique consumer protection. 

Cruise Cancellation and Refund: 

  • Cancellations for all or any part of the trip will not be effective until received in writing. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: 
  • Up till 61 days prior to departure a forfeit of your deposit. 
  • From 60 days till departure, including no show, late arrival or early return, all monies paid to Pandaw Cruises.
  • Pandaw Cruises  strictly enforces  cancellation policies, therefore we strongly recommend for your your protection that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. 

Joining the Ship: 

Your attached itinerary will contain exact details of the rendezvous for embarkation. The crew is not obligated to look for passengers who do not check in on time. Such passengers will have to find their own way to join the ship at their own expense. 

Passport Validity:

Please ensure that your passport has sufficient validity (over six months) before travelling.

Bar and Dining Room and Shop Bills: 

Your bar bill will be presented with the account in US$ on the last day aboard. All soft drinks, local beers, mineral water, coffee and tea as well as local spirits are included. Imported spirits, wine, espresso and imported mineral water are extra.

River Conditions: 

The rivers you will sail on are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level, in some places as much as 30 metres. Water levels can change overnight and a sudden rise can impede our progress upstream and even prevent us from passing under certain bridges. Itineraries are published daily on board and are  subject to change. This is adventure cruising in comfort and style. Passengers are asked to be flexible and patient. River cruising in Asia is not like Europe. Its more fun if you are prepared!

Medical: 

Please check with your doctor to ensure that you are fit for travel and ask your doctor if any inoculations are required.  First aid equipment and some medicines are on board. All senior staff has attended First Aid courses. The river is never far from a local medical station. Local doctors usually speak English or French and practice to a good standard. 

Ship Details


Build 2003 in Yangon, refit 2013
Length: 200ft / 60m
Beam: 36ft / 11m
Draught: 4ft / 1.5m
Berths: 48 pax

Sun deck:


• Sundeck bar with complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset• 24hrs hospitality bar

Upper deck:


• 8 upper deck premium, 10 upper deck cabins• Spacious, air-conditioned saloon bar • Guest relation desk

Main deck:


• 6 main deck staterooms• Air-conditioned main dining room

Spa deck:


• Single and double massage room with wet area• Gym with cardio machines and weights• Relaxation room• Fair-trade shop • Lecture and meeting room with oversized flat screen TV, LCD projector and sound system• Art gallery featuring local art and artists• Library with contemporary and classic literature• Guest relation desk

Accommodation:

• 8 upper deck premium, 10 upper deck, 6 main deck• 170 square feet, finished in teak and brass• Panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space• New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings• Kimonos and slippers • Spa-branded amenities • Unlimited mineral water • Free use of mini DVD player on request and selection of DVDs from our library (subject to availability)• Electric mini safe• Central AC with individual control• Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows• Premium mattresses• Convertible bed configuration• Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift• Make-up mirror• Multi-configuration plugs• Generous closet space and under-bed storage• Hair dryer• Daily nightly turndown service• 24h laundry service• Complimentary evening canap s• Complimentary postcard mailing

Dining & Wining

• Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team• Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners• Daily lean & light menu options• Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices• Extensive wine list with premium wines• Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour• Welcome Drink on arrival• Welcome cocktail• Farewell Reception• Theme- and gala dinners• Spacious, air-conditioned saloon bar with nightly entertainment• Sundeck bar with complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset• Pool table on sundeck• 24hrs hospitality bar• Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls

Spa deck:

• Traditional Southeast Asian spa treatments and therapies• Aromatherapy, pedicure, manicure• Single and double massage room with wet area• Relaxation room

Public spaces:

• Guest relation desk• Largest public space to passenger ratio of any cruise ship in the world• Shop, supporting fair trade • Lecture and meeting room with oversized flat screen TV, LSD projector and sound system• Art gallery featuring local art and artists• Library with contemporary and classic literature• Wireless internet in all public areas

Complimentary on Excursions:

• Admissions• Shoe cleaning after excursions• Bottled drinking water• Cold towel service after excursions• Welcome Drink following excursions• Maximum 24 guests per guide on all excursions• Full-size motor coach on all excursions (maximum of 24 passengers per coach)• Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee• Comfortable "Pandaw Explorer" excursion boat• 1st aid trained assistant guide to follow all tours and excursions

Safety and security:

  •  All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards (VIRES) 
  •  Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas 
  •  Fire fighting system in all ship areas 
  •  Expert marine superintendant 
  •  24 hrs watch on duty 
  •  Certified hygiene standards for all areas (Johnson & Diversey)

Pandaw Onboard Staff (providing a 2-to-1 passenger to crew ratio):

• Captain• First Officer• Chief Engineer• 1st Engineer• Electrician• Bosun & nautical crew• Ship manager• Housekeeping• Dining• Bar keeper• Chefs• Spa therapist• Local tour guides

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