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The Vinh Trang Temple in My Tho

Saigon and Phnom Penh Short Cruise

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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.
The Vinh Trang Temple in My Tho, VietnamA beautiful sunrise at Chau DocBen Tre biking on a country laneFarmers heading out in the morningPhnom Penh skylineThe Vinh Trang Temple in My Tho
  • 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
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: Saigon | My Tho | Ben Tre | Embark

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.

Day 2: Con Phuoc

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.

Day 3: Chau Doc | Vietnam/Cambodia Border

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

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, disembark your Pandaw Expedition in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh.


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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"
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
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  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • Group Transfer to the Ship on Embarkation Day 
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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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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!
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