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A beautiful sunrise at Chau Doc

Saigon and Phnom Penh Short Cruise

Downstream - Example 5 Day Cruise aboard RV Bassac Pandaw
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This four-night cruise departs from Cambodia's rich countryside and travels through the main channel and into the vast delta, where you reach the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon. Witness the contrasting culture between the bustling Vietnam Delta and the tranquility of Cambodia on this Saigon and Phnom Penh short cruise aboard RV Bassac Pandaw. Start your journey by enjoying Phnom Penh's night life before heading to the picturesque border town of Chau Doc, Chham Village and Phuoc Dien Tu. Visit a wildlife sanctuary of 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest before sailing across the heart of the delta and into a village where you witness process of making local products before being entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe on deck. Disembark at My Tho and ending the trip at Saigon.  
The Vinh Trang Temple in My Tho, VietnamThe Vinh Trang Temple in My ThoBen Tre biking on a country laneFarmers heading out in the morningPhnom Penh skylineA beautiful sunrise at Chau Doc
  • Visit the floating markets & fish farms by sampan in Chau Doc
  • Coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’ and discover the wildlife sanctuary
  • Experience the best of both Cambodia and Vietnam's diverse contrasting culture
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Phnom Penh | Embark

Check in to your ship at 11:00 am and enjoy lunch onboard. In the afternoon you visit the Killing Fields and Genocide museum to learn more about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants, and nightlife.

Day 2: Vietnam Border | Long Thuan Village

You up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Vietnam border for immigration formalities. You go alongside at the picturesque border town of Long Thuan where you visit the floating fish farms by sampan. You make a stop at a Taoist temple where you meet a local fortune teller before continuing by Xi Loi through the riverside village and its various farms. Before heading back to the ship, you enjoy a traditional Vietnamese Lion dance onshore.

Day 3: Con Phuoc Island

Sailing through the delta offers a real insight into life along this vast waterway. You pass through a small canal and head ashore to Con Phuoc Island where you visit local craftspeople weaving bamboo baskets the traditional way. After a demonstration, you try your hand at making your own. You then take a local tuk tuk for a drive through this peaceful village, stopping at a 100-year-old church and meeting more of the friendly local community.

Day 4: Ben Tre

After lunch, you journey by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which you explore via local transport before transferring to a local rowboat. You journey slowly through the bamboo-covered canals before arriving at a village specializing in making local products. In the evening you are entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe on deck.

Day 5: My Tho - Saigon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Morning disembarkation and travel by coach from My Tho to Saigon.


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  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Local mineral water, Jugged coffee, Teas & Tisanes
  • Group Transfer to the Ship on Embarkation Day 
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  • Additional excursions during free time
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  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.
  • Group Transfer to Airport or Central Location Upon Disembarkation


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