This three-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 Indochina 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, 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 specialising in making local products. In the evening you are entertained by a Vietnamese dance troupe on deck.
Sailing through the delta offers a real insight into life along this vast waterway. After lunch, 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.
You go alongside at the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where you visit the floating markets & fish farms by sampan. You 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. You climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda. Upon return to ship, you 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.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!