This three-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 exploring the fruit orchards of Ben Tre before sailing through the delta and into Gao Giong, a wildlife sanctuary of 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest. The next day, head to the picturesque border town of Chau Doc, Chham Village and Phuoc Dien Tu. Disembark at Phnom Penh.
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
Transfer from Saigon to the river port for embarkation. 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 specializing in making local products. In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe on deck.
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.
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. Upon return to ship, we navigate a web of canals before dropping anchor on the Vietnam/Cambodia border to undergo Immigration formalities.
Day 4: Phnom Penh | Disembark
After breakfast, disembark your Pandaw Expedition in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!