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Phnom Penh to Saigon River Cruise Extension

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Trip Extensions
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
XOM
Way to Travel:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity:
New Cultural Holidays
Max group size:
52
Ages:
5+

Price from GBP 3749/AUD 7699/USD 4999/NZD 8249/EUR 4779/CAD 7149 (based on 2 people sharing)

Commencing in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, this 4 night/5 day premium cruise offers accommodation & the chance to be pampered on board a luxury vessel whilst watching life pass by on the Mekong River. Along the journey, visit Vietnam's floating markets of Chau Doc, explore the nature & birdlife of Gao Giong's ‘green oasis’, and board a traditional sampan to discover village life and the canals of the Mekong delta before arriving in the vibrant city of Saigon.

 

Highlights

  • Leisurely cruise the Mekong aboard the RV Mekong Pandaw or RV Tonle Pandaw
  • Soak up life on board; spacious sun decks, high-end culinary experiences, enjoy sundowners at the sundeckbar and  nightly entertainment. 
  • On shore excursions featuring sampan journeys, nature, birdlife, local villages & floating markets
  • Unwind and rest well in premium stateroom cabins combining colonial character with contemporary comforts finished in teak & brass
  • Enjoy cultural performances, educational talks & cooking classes
  • Watch views of village life and nature passing you by

Key information

  • 5 days/4 nights premium river cruise
  • Stay on-board the RV Mekong Pandaw- 44 pax capacity (22 cabins)/RV Tonle Pandaw- 52 pax capacity (26 cabins); providing premium accommodation and a more personalised service compared to larger vessels.
  • Available as a pre trip extension commencing in Phnom Penh for a selection of MOV departures
  • Prices from Main Deck Twin GBP 3749/Main Deck Single GBP 2379 plus port tax. Please see dates & prices for more details.
  • Countries visited: Cambodia, Vietnam

What's included

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Accommodation available in a range of cabins; from main deck staterooms to upper deck suites
  • Entrance fees to specified sites
  • Guide Services
  • Gratuities to boat crew
  • Mineral water, jugged coffee & tea
  • Coach departure transfer from boat to Saigon hotel or airport on day 5 

 

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee & tea . Various drink packages available to pre-purchase at time of booking or when joining cruise. It is also possible to pay for drinks on a consumption basis at the end of your cruise. See eating & drinking section for more details.
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers
  • Arrival transfer in Phnom Penh on day 1 to boat

 

Call for general departures:
056 631 8671
Call for private group trips:
056 631 8671
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

Phnom Penh
to
Saigon
  • Day 1

    Phnom Penh

    Passengers can embark the ship after 12:30. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Cambodia/Vietnam Border- Chau Doc- Sam Mountain

    We up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Cambodia/Vietnam Border to undergo Immigration Formalities. After lunch our boat docks alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the famous floating markets & fish farms by Sampan. We make a stop at a local Chham Village and observe the lives of these local Vietnamese Muslims before boarding minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda, proclaimed an 'official historic monument' on 10th July 1980 by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam. In the evening feel free to wander along the Chau Doc Riverside.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Cao Lanh

    Early morning, we leave Chau Doc and travel through the canals of the delta as locals awake to a hive of activity. After lunch, we drop anchor upstream of Cao Lanh and take a short coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’, a 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest and listed wildlife sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets gather in their tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowboats traverse the canals to take us to view the principal nesting areas where photo opportunities abound.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Ben Tre

    A morning of sailing passing towns such as Sadec & Cai Be provides an insight into life along this mighty waterway whilst our crew arrange onboard activities. After lunch, we travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in coconut candy & rice wine. Here you can view the process of manufacturing these specialities and try them for yourself, including the local "Moonshine." In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese Cultural Group highlighting “Life on the Mekong Delta.”

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    My Tho-Saigon

    After breakfast, the cruise comes to an end as we disembark the boat and travel by coach from My Tho City through the countryside to your hotel in Saigon.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Cambodia

Arriving By Flight:

An electronic visa (e-Visa) facility is available via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website at the cost of $37.

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCDO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Arriving Overland:

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCDO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Important advice regarding E-Visas

Please be advised, e-Visas are not accepted at all border check points when travelling overland. This applies to the following borders/trips:

Tinh Bien, Vietnam/ Phnom Den, Takeo, Cambodia border: AOX- Thai Indochina Explorer

Xa Xia, Vietnam/ Prek Chak, Cambodia (Ha Tien crossing): FIJ- South East Asia Adventure

You can only purchase a tourist visa on arrival at these borders as e-Visas will not be accepted. More information can be found at: 

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/information/port_entry/3

 

Vietnam

**UPDATE 11.03.2020** The below visa advice is not valid at the current moment in time. If you are booked to travel to Vietnam within the next month, Exodus will contact you with further information when it becomes available.

A visa is no longer needed for British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. The visa exemption period will end on 30 June 2021. All other nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam and this must be obtained prior to departure.

For further information please check the FCDO site and check under Vietnam / 'Entry Requirements'. If you have any questions about whether you need a visa for your trip please contact the Customer Operations department.

Vaccinations

Cambodia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Vietnam

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

The onboard chefs provide high-end restaurant-quality Asian and classic dishes fresh on every vessel. 

All meals will be served at your table in the dining room. There is a selection of the local cuisine but also western delights and daily changing vegetarian options. We are happy to cater for individual dietary preferences. Passengers who prefer not to be served hot or spicy foods are offered delicious European-style alternatives and vegetarians are especially well catered for. Other special diets may be accommodated, by prior arrangement. Our chefs know that most passengers want to sample versions of the best, most characteristic dishes of each country they pass through.

Optional drink packages available:

For best value, we do recommend purchasing one of the following optional drinks package in advance before departure:

  • A 'Free Flow drinks package' that includes most soft drinks and mineral water, local spirits & mixers and beers (over 18's alcohol only). 
  • A pre-bookable house wine package (available with lunch and dinner. House red or white only- Rose subject to availability. Over 18's only) 
  • Or you can opt to order a combination of the Free Flow drinks & house-wine package. 

However, it is also possible to purchase a drink package when you board your cruise (prices may differ from pre-purchase price) or pay for your drinks on a consumption basis on board at the end of your cruise if you would prefer.

Pre-purchase prices per person:

GBP 42 Drinks Package/ GBP 60 Wine Package/ GBP 83 Drink & Wine Package

AUD 86 Drinks Package/ AUD 123 Wine Package/ AUD 170 Drink & Wine Package

USD 53 Drinks Package/ USD 75 Wine Package/ USD 104 Drink & Wine Package

NZD 92 Drinks Package/ NZD 132 Wine Package/ NZD 183 Drink & Wine Package

EUR 53 Drinks Package/ EUR 76 Wine Package/ EUR 105 Drink & Wine Package

CAD 80 Drinks Package/ CAD 114 Wine Package/ CAD 158 Drink & Wine Package

Weather

The weather will be hot and humid throughout with temperatures during the day usually between 28ºC and 34ºC. It is only a little cooler at nights and the Mekong Delta region does have quite hot and humid weather in general.

Is this trip for you?

This leisurely 5 day/4 night short river cruise extension is a great way to start your trip before joining our Cycling Vietnam (MOV) tour in Saigon. This cruise extension is available pre-trip to MOV on a selection of dates.

Please be advised that this short river cruise will be operated by Pandaw Expeditions.

Phnom Penh to Saigon River Cruise Extension (XOM) scheduled departures:

Please refer to the below scheduled cruise departure dates including specifically scheduled MOV departures that can be booked after the cruise finishes in Saigon. The short river cruise can also be booked independently as well.

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 4 October 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 8 October 2022

MOV 9 October 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 8/10/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 11 October 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 15 October 2022
MOV 16 October 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 15/10/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 18 October 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 22 October 2022
MOV 23 October 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 22/10/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 25 October 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 29 October 2022
MOV 30 October 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 29/10/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 1 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 5 November 2022
MOV 6 November 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 5/11/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 8 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 12 November 2022
MOV 13 November 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 12/11/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 15 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 19 November 2022
MOV 20 November 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 19/11/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 22 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 26 November 2022
MOV 27 November 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 26/11/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 29 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 3 December 2022
MOV 4 December 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 3/12/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 6 December 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 10 December 2022
MOV 11 December 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 10/12/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 3 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 7 January 2023
MOV 8 January 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 7/01/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 10 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 14 January 2023
MOV 15 January 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 14/01/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 17 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 21 January 2023
MOV 22 January 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 21/01/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 24 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 28 January 2023
MOV 29 January 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 28/01/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 31 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 4 February 2023
MOV 5 February 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 4/02/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 7 February 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 11 February 2023
MOV 12 February 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 11/02/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 14 February 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 18 February 2023
MOV 19 February 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 18/02/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 21 February 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 25 February 2023

MOV 26 February 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 25/02/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 28 February 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 4 March 2023
MOV 5 March 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 4/03/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 7 March 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 11 March 2023
MOV 12 March 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 11/03/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 14 March 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 18 March 2023
MOV 19 March 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 18/03/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 21 March 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 25 March 2023
MOV 26 March 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 25/03/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 28 March 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 1 April 2023
MOV 2 April 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 1/04/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 4 April 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 8 April 2023
MOV 9 April 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 8/04/23)

Call for general departures:
056 631 8671
Call for private group trips:
056 631 8671
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

RV Mekong Pandaw/ RV Tonle Pandaw

Double stateroom Mekong Pandaw
Double stateroom Mekong Pandaw

During the cruise, you will spend 4 nights on-board the RV Mekong Pandaw or RV Tonle Pandaw.

Both vessels offer en suite twin/double cabins (staterooms & suites). It is also possible to book a cabin for single use.

The guest rooms on RV Mekong Pandaw (22 en suite cabins) and the RV Tonle Pandaw (26 en suite cabins) are fully air-conditioned and equipped with electric mini safes, hair dryer, new bathrooms with natural stone showers and quality fittings, imported quality linens, generous closet space and under-bed storage, multi-configuration plugs, kimonos & slippers, & daily nightly turndown service. All cabins combine colonial character with contemporary comforts finished in teak & brass.

All cabins (state rooms) are outside cabins with direct access to the promenade deck which will have private seating in front of your cabin.

If you wish to enquire about upgrading from a state room to a suite, suites on board include a private balcony, living room with sofa & table, welcome bottle of champagne to enjoy at your leisure, in-suite Minibar (with complimentary soft drinks), complimentary 60-minute massage, espresso machine, personal on call valet service & daily fruit basket.

Both vessels provide impressive service and great facilities including spacious sun decks, a library, dining rooms, sundeck bar and saloon bars with nightly entertainment. During the cruise, you will also enjoy a welcome drink/cocktail on arrival, theme dinners and a farewell reception. A series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes and ship tours are also available on board throughout the cruise.

Free Wifi is available on both vessels in public spaces. A 24 hour laundry service is also available for an additional charge.

Please visit the gallery tab on this cruise's webpage to more images of the cabin interiors.

Please refer to the deck plans (available to view on website of trip- under accommodation section) as specific cabins can be selected (subject to availability and on request), please advise at time of booking if you have a preference.

 RV Mekong Pandaw

  • Built 2003 in Yangon, refit 2013
  • Length: 200ft / 60m
  • Beam: 36ft / 11m
  • Draft: 4ft / 1.5m
  • Berths: 44 pax

 RV Tonle Pandaw

  • Built 2002 in Yangon, refit 2013
  • Length: 180ft / 54.8m
  • Beam: 33.13ft / 10.10m
  • Draft: 4ft / 1.5m
  • Berths: 52 pax
Mekong Pandaw Deck Plan
Mekong Pandaw Deck Plan
Tonle Pandaw deck plan
Tonle Pandaw deck plan
Call for general departures:
056 631 8671
Call for private group trips:
056 631 8671
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]