Mekong cruising

Saigon to Phnom Penh River Cruise Extension

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Trip Extensions
Suitable for:
Age 5+
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
XOS
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
New Cultural Holidays
Max group size:
52
Min age:
5

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

Commencing in the bustling city of Saigon, you first will be transferred to My Tho where your leisurely river cruise on the Mekong River begins. This 3 night/4 day premium cruise is an ideal way to discover the captivating culture and nature along the Mekong, whilst also enjoying all the on-board comforts & services a cruise has to offer before disembarking in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

 

Highlights

  • Leisurely cruise the Mekong 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 sampan journeys, nature, birdlife, local villages & floating markets
  • Unwind and rest well in premium stateroom cabins combining colonial character with contemporary comforts finished in teak & brass
  • Enjoy cultural performances, educational talks & cooking classes
  • Watch views of village life and nature passing you by

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 Saigon on a selection of AOV, AOF & FIV 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: Vietnam, Cambodia

What's included

  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Accommodation available in a range of cabins; from spacious 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 Saigon

 

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.

Responsible Travel

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In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

Saigon
to
Phnom Penh
  • Day 1

    Saigon- My Tho- Ben Tre

    Pick up from your city hotel or airport for the road trip from Saigon to My Tho City on the mighty Mekong River to embark your vessel and the commencement of your adventure. After lunch, we travel 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 coconut candy & rice wine. Here you can view the process of manufacturing these specialities and try them for yourself including the local "Moonshine." In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese Cultural Group highlighting “Life on the Mekong Delta”.

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Day 2

    Gao Giang

    A morning of sailing through the delta provides an insight into life along this mighty 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Chau Doc- Sam Mountain- Vietnam/Cambodia border

    Our boat docks alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the famous floating markets & fish farms by Sampan. We make a stop at a local Chham Village and observe the lives of these local Vietnamese Muslims before boarding 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, proclaimed an 'official historic monument' on 10th July 1980 by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam. Upon return to our boat, we cruise the local canals before dropping anchor on the Vietnam/Cambodia Border to undergo Immigration Formalities.

    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

Vietnam

**UPDATE 11.03.2020** The below visa advice is not valid at the current moment in time. If you are booked to travel to Vietnam within the next month, Exodus will contact you with further information when it becomes available.

A visa is no longer needed for British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. The visa exemption period will end on 30 June 2021. All other nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam and this must be obtained prior to departure.

For further information please check the FCDO site and check under Vietnam / 'Entry Requirements'. If you have any questions about whether you need a visa for your trip please contact the Customer Operations department.

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

Vietnam

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria. 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. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

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 and the Mekong Delta region does have quite hot and humid weather in general.

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 Vietnam Adventure (AOV), Trails of Vietnam trip (AOF) and Chopsticks & Coconuts (FIV) which all end in Saigon.

Children travelling with parents/adults (children from 5-18 year olds) will receive a 50% discount on the full price (except port tax- full rate applies). The minimum age for travellers without parents or guardians is 18 years. The 50% discount is not valid for 18 year olds travelling without full paying adults.

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

Saigon to Phnom Penh River Cruise Extension (XOS) scheduled departures:

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

  RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 15 October 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 18 October 2022

AOV 2 October 2022
 RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 22 October 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 25 October 2022
AOF 8 October 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required 21/10/22)
 RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 29 October 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 1 November 2022
AOV 16 October 2022
 RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 5 November 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 8 November 2022
AOV 23 October 2022
 RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 12 November 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 15 November 2022
AOF 29 October 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required 11/11/22)
 RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 19 November 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 22 November 2022
AOV 6 November 2022
 RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 26 November 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 29 November 2022
AOV 13 November 2022
AOF 12 November 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required 25/11/22)
 RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 3 December 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 6 December 2022
AOV 20 November 2022
AOF 19 November 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required 2/12/22)
 RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 17 December 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 20 December 2022
AOV 4 December 2022
 RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 31 December 2022/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 3 January 2023
AOV 18 December 2022
AOF 17 December 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required 30/12/22)
FIV 17 December 2022 (1 night post tour accommodation required 30/12/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 21 January 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 24 January 2023
AOV 8 January 2023
AOF 7 January 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required 20/01/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 28 January 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 31 January 2023
AOV 15 January 2023
RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 4 February 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 7 February 2023
AOV 22 January 2023
AOF 21 January 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required 3/02/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 18 February 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 21 February 2023
AOV 5 February 2023
AOF 4 February 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required 17/02/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 25 February 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 28 February 2023
AOV 12 February 2023

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 4 March 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 7 March 2023
AOV 19 February 2023
AOF 18 February 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required 3/03/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 11 March 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 14 March 2023
AOV 26 February 2023

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 18 March 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 21 March 2023
AOV 5 March 2023

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 25 March 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 28 March 2023
AOV 12 March 2023

AOF 11 March 2023 (1 night post tour accommodation required 24/03/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 8 April 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 11 April 2023
AOV 26 March 2023

 RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Saigon: 22 April 2023/ Arrive Phnom Penh: 25 April 2023

AOV 9 April 2023

AOF 8 April 2023  (1 night post tour accommodation required 21/04/23)

FIV 9 April 2023

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]