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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 will 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 will 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
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Phnom Penh | Embark

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.

Day 2: Cambodia and Vietnam Border | Chau Doc

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Vietnam border with Vietnam for immigration formalities. We go alongside at the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the floating markets & fish farms by sampan. We make a stop at a Chham Village and observe the lives of Vietnamese Muslims before taking 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.

Day 3: Gao Giong

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sailing through the delta offers a real insight into life along this vast waterway. After lunch, 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.

Day 4: Ben Tre

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning sail across the heart of the delta. After lunch, we journey 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 local rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in making local products. In the evening you will be 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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Bedroom: 12' x 10' Bathroom: 6' x 4' Showeroom: 2'8" x 3'4" Single Bed: 6'7" x 3'3" *Available in Twin and Double Configuration
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Local mineral water, Jugged coffee, Teas & Tisanes
  • Group Transfer to the Ship on Embarkation Day 
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry 
  • Port Fees
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • 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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