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Siem Reap to Phnom Penh River Cruise Extension

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Trip Extensions
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
XOC
Way to Travel:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity:
New Cultural Holidays
Max group size:
52
Ages:
5+

Price from GBP 2799/AUD 5749/USD 3799/NZD 6179/EUR 3579/CAD 5349 (based on 2 people sharing)

 Starting in Siem Reap, transfer through the local countryside to Kampong Chhnang, where your adventure on the Tonle and Mekong Rivers commences. This 3 night/4 day premium cruise is an ideal way to further discover the Cambodian culture, history and nature, whilst also enjoying all the comforts & services a cruise has to offer before ending in the historic capital of Phnom Penh.

Highlights

  • Leisurely cruise the Tonle & Mekong rivers aboard the RV Mekong Pandaw or RV Tonle Pandaw
  • Soak up life on board; spacious sun decks, high-end culinary experiences, enjoy sundowners at the sundeckbar and nightly entertainment. 
  • On shore excursions featuring Tonle Sap floating villages & markets, the ancient capital of Oudong &  Silk Island
  • Unwind and rest well in premium stateroom cabins combining colonial character with contemporary comforts finished in teak & brass
  • Watch views of village life and nature passing you by
  • Enjoy cultural performances, educational talks & cooking classes 

Key information

  • 4 days / 3 nights premium river cruise
  • Stay on-board the RV Mekong Pandaw- 44 pax capacity (22 cabins)/RV Tonle Pandaw- 52 pax capacity (26 cabins); providing premium accommodation and a more personalised service compared to larger vessels.
  • Available as a post trip extension commencing in Siem Reap on a selection of AOA departures
  • Prices from Main Deck Twin GBP 2799/Main Deck Single GBP 1779 plus port tax. Please see dates & prices for more details.
  • Countries visited: Cambodia

What's included

  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Accommodation available in a range of cabins; from main deck staterooms to upper deck suites
  • Entrance fees to specified sites
  • Guide Services
  • Gratuities to boat crew
  • Mineral water, jugged coffee & tea
  • Arrival transfer from hotel to boat on day 1 in Siem Reap

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee & tea . Various drink packages available to pre-purchase at time of booking or when joining cruise. It is also possible to pay for drinks on a consumption basis at the end of your cruise. See eating & drinking section for more details.
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.
  • Departure transfers in Phnom Penh
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Siem Reap
to
Phnom Penh
  • Day 1

    Siem Reap- Kampong Chhnang

    Morning pick up from your hotel in Siem Reap to travel through the local countryside, skirting the Tonle Sap Lake, before arriving in Kampong Chhnang to embark your vessel and the commencement of your adventure. Enjoy your first lunch on board.

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 2

    Kampong Chhnang- Tonle Sap floating villages & markets

    After breakfast we board our tender boat to visit the famous Tonle Sap Floating Villages & Markets, observing locals fishing and tending their floating vegetable gardens. We then cruise back to Kampong Chhnang City and disembark our tender for a walk along the newly constructed River Walkway. Upon returning to the ship, we navigate the very narrow canals of the Tonle Sap River and get up close & personal with the local riverside villagers. After lunch, we board our local limousines (Ox-Carts) for a meander along the Tonle Sap River visiting local villages, markets and temples. Tonight, we will host our Cocktail Hour around a fire pit in one of the local Khmer Villages where we will join the villagers dancing and learning about the local culture.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Silk Island

    After a short morning cruise along the Tonle Sap River we will disembark at Kampong Trollach and travel by coach to the Ancient Capital of Cambodia, Oudong. We visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre for a morning of relaxation & meditation before taking a drive around the old capital. After lunch we visit Koh Nghe Tei (Silk Island) to study the entire silk-making process from worms to weavers. You will have the chance to visit local silk purveyors and purchase the locally made products before we enjoy a demonstration of the ancient martial art of L’bokator. L'bokator, which roughly translates as 'pounding a lion' includes weapons techniques and is one of the oldest existing fighting systems in Cambodia. Oral tradition indicates that L’bokator, or an earlier form thereof, was the close quarter combat system used by the armies before Angkor 1,700 years ago.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Phnom Penh

    After breakfast, disembark boat in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh where the cruise ends.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Cambodia

Arriving By Flight:

An electronic visa (e-Visa) facility is available via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website at the cost of $37.

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCDO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Arriving Overland:

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCDO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Important advice regarding E-Visas

Please be advised, e-Visas are not accepted at all border check points when travelling overland. This applies to the following borders/trips:

Tinh Bien, Vietnam/ Phnom Den, Takeo, Cambodia border: AOX- Thai Indochina Explorer

Xa Xia, Vietnam/ Prek Chak, Cambodia (Ha Tien crossing): FIJ- South East Asia Adventure

You can only purchase a tourist visa on arrival at these borders as e-Visas will not be accepted. More information can be found at: 

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/information/port_entry/3

 

Vaccinations

Cambodia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

The onboard chefs provide high-end restaurant-quality Asian and classic dishes fresh on every vessel. 

All meals will be served at your table in the dining room. There is a selection of the local cuisine but also western delights and daily changing vegetarian options. We are happy to cater for individual dietary preferences. Passengers who prefer not to be served hot or spicy foods are offered delicious European-style alternatives and vegetarians are especially well catered for. Other special diets may be accommodated, by prior arrangement. Our chefs know that most passengers want to sample versions of the best, most characteristic dishes of each country they pass through.

Optional drink packages available:

For best value, we do recommend purchasing one of the following optional drinks package in advance before departure:

  • A 'Free Flow drinks package' that includes most soft drinks and mineral water, local spirits & mixers and beers (over 18's alcohol only). 
  • A pre-bookable house wine package (available with lunch and dinner. House red or white only- Rose subject to availability. Over 18's only) 
  • Or you can opt to order a combination of the Free Flow drinks & house-wine package.

However, it is also possible to purchase a drink package when you board your cruise (prices may differ from pre-purchase price) or pay for your drinks on a consumption basis on board at the end of your cruise if you would prefer.

 Pre-purchase prices per person:

GBP 32 Drinks Package/ GBP 46 Wine Package/ GBP 68 Drink & Wine Package

AUD 66 Drinks Package/ AUD 94 Wine Package/ AUD 139 Drink & Wine Package

USD 40 Drinks Package/ USD 58 Wine Package/ USD 81 Drink & Wine Package

NZD 70 Drinks Package/ NZD 101 Wine Package/ NZD 150 Drink & Wine Package

EUR 41 Drinks Package/ EUR 58 Wine Package/ EUR 86 Drink & Wine Package

CAD 61 Drinks Package/ CAD 87 Wine Package/ CAD 129 Drink & Wine Package

Weather

The weather will be hot and humid throughout with temperatures during the day usually between 28ºC and 34ºC. It is only a little cooler at nights. The dry season is late October to May and the monsoon is normally between May and October; though there is an obvious transitional time between those settled periods. The dry season is as it sounds, with hot days and generally clear skies, though you can expect the odd shower. The monsoon is characterised by short, sharp bursts of rain and is generally overcast all day though this does not detract from the enjoyment of the place; you just need to take an umbrella or buy a cheap local poncho!

Is this trip for you?

This leisurely 4 day/3 night short river cruise extension is a great way to extend your trip on a selection of departures of our Cambodia Adventure (AOA).

Please be advised that this short river cruise will be operated by Pandaw Expeditions.

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh River Cruise Extension (XOC) scheduled departures:

Please refer to the below scheduled cruise departure dates including specifically scheduled AOA departures that can be booked before the cruise commences. The short river cruise can also be booked independently as well.

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 22 October 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 25 October 2022
AOA 9 October 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 21/10/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 5 November 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 8 November 2022
AOA 23 October 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 4/11/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 12 November 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 15 November 2022
AOA 30 October 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 11/11/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 26 November 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 29 November 2022
AOA 13 November 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 25/11/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 31 December 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 3 January 2023
AOA 18 December 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 30/12/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 21 January 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 24 January 2023
AOA 8 January 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 20/01/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 28 January 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 31 January 2023
AOA 15 January 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 27/01/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 18 February 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 21 February 2023
AOA 5 February 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 17/02/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 25 February 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 28 February 2023
AOA 12 February 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 24/02/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 4 March 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 7 March 2023
AOA 19 February 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 3/03/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 18 March 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 21 March 2023
AOA 5 March 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 17/03/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 25 March 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 28 March 2023
AOA 12 March 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 24/03/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Siem Reap: 15 April 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 18 April 2023
AOA 2 April 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required on 1/04/23)

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

RV Mekong Pandaw/ RV Tonle Pandaw

During the cruise, you will spend 3 nights on-board the RV Mekong Pandaw or RV Tonle Pandaw.

Both vessels offer en suite twin/double cabins (staterooms & suites). It is also possible to book a cabin for single use.

The guest rooms on RV Mekong Pandaw (22 en suite cabins) and the RV Tonle Pandaw (26 en suite cabins) are fully air-conditioned and equipped with electric mini safes, hair dryer, new bathrooms with natural stone showers and quality fittings, imported quality linens, generous closet space and under-bed storage, multi-configuration plugs, kimonos & slippers, & daily nightly turndown service. All cabins combine colonial character with contemporary comforts finished in teak & brass.

All cabins (state rooms) are outside cabins with direct access to the promenade deck which will have private seating in front of your cabin. 

If you wish to enquire about upgrading from a state room to a suite, suites on board include a private balcony, living room with sofa & table, welcome bottle of champagne to enjoy at your leisure, in-suite Minibar (with complimentary soft drinks), complimentary 60-minute massage, espresso machine, personal on call valet service & daily fruit basket.

Both vessels provide impressive service and great facilities including spacious sun decks, a library, dining rooms, sundeck bar and saloon bars with nightly entertainment. During the cruise, you will also enjoy a welcome drink/cocktail on arrival, theme dinners and a farewell reception. A series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes and ship tours are also available on board throughout the cruise.

Free Wifi is available on both vessels in public spaces. A 24 hour laundry service is also available for an additional charge.

Please visit the gallery tab on this cruise's webpage to more images of the cabin interiors.

Please refer to the deck plans (available to view on website of trip- under accommodation section) as specific cabins can be selected (subject to availability and on request), please advise at time of booking if you have a preference.

RV Mekong Pandaw

  • Built 2003 in Yangon, refit 2013
  • Length: 200ft / 60m
  • Beam: 36ft / 11m
  • Draft: 4ft / 1.5m
  • Berths: 44 pax

RV Tonle Pandaw

  • Built 2002 in Yangon, refit 2013
  • Length: 180ft / 54.8m
  • Beam: 33.13ft / 10.10m
  • Draft: 4ft / 1.5m
  • Berths: 52 pax
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]