Pandaw

Pandaw River Cruises have five luxury river cruise ships in operation that we built ourselves. Each ship, hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen are in themselves objects of great beauty. The secret of our success is that on our ships, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate. All our Pandaw Cruises have ultra shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas unreachable by other vessels, let alone overland.
The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature of our ships. Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are very spacious at 168 square feet (15.6 sqm). Much loved by all our passengers we have ensured that with each ship we build the stateroom remains the same. Our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV, internet or phones. There is a 24 honesty bar on the sundeck. Pandaw passengers usually want to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw Cruises more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Where we go and what we see is intrepid in extreme. What you come back to is a floating base of discreet comfort, caring service and all the good things one looks for in life.

  • OVERVIEW
  • DECK PLANS
  • STATEROOMS
  • LIFE ONBOARD
  • SAIGON TO SIEM REAP
  • SAIGON TO SIEM REAP
  • DEPARTURE DATES
  • The RV Pandaw is a beautifully handcrafted ship specifically designed to navigate even the most remote areas of the Mekong River. Built in 2008, RV Pandaw accommodates 60 guests and offers a river view from every stateroom with large windows and personal deck space, and an extraordinarily friendly atmosphere with attentive, English-speaking crew. Explore the sights, sounds and flavors of one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world while enjoying the comfort and elegant romance of the RV Pandaw.

    Ship Features
    30 comfortable outside staterooms
    All staterooms are outside with a river view
    Staterooms on Upper and Middle decks have large windows that open
    Private bathroom with shower
    Safe and hair dryer
    Air conditioning
    Bottled water replenished daily
    Sun deck with shaded sitting
    Restaurant with panoramic views
    Bar
    Colonial décor featuring handcrafted teak and brass finishings
    Small library and onboard boutique
    Attentive English-speaking staff
    Laundry service
    Voltage: 220V

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    PANDAW

  • Standard Stateroom (A)
    Features
    Stateroom size: 168 sq. ft.
    Staterooms have comfortable yacht-style berths
    Beautiful brass and teak furnishings
    Under-bed storage drawers plus wardrobe for hanging garments
    Upper Deck location with view and outdoor promenade seating
    Private bathroom with shower
    Air conditioning with individual climate control
    In-room safe

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    Standard Stateroom (B)
    Features
    Stateroom size: 168 sq. ft.
    Staterooms have comfortable yacht-style berths
    Beautiful brass and teak furnishings
    Under-bed storage drawers plus wardrobe for hanging garments
    Upper deck location with view and outdoor promenade seating
    Private bathroom with shower
    Air conditioning with individual climate control
    In-room safe

    Standard Stateroom (B)

    Standard Stateroom (B) 2

     

     

     

     

     

    Standard Stateroom (C)
    Features
    Stateroom size: 168 sq. ft.
    Staterooms have comfortable yacht-style berths
    Beautiful brass and teak furnishings
    Under-bed storage drawers plus wardrobe for hanging garments
    Middle deck location with view and outdoor promenade seating
    Private bathroom with shower
    Air conditioning with individual climate control
    In-room safe

  • Activities

    Cultural Highlights
    To complement your tours and shore excursions, take part in Viking’s Cultural Highlights – immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore:
    • Visit the renowned Hanoi Temple of Literature
    • Tour the magnificent ruins of Angkor
    • Enjoy traditional Apsara temple dancing and other folkloric performances
    • Visit colorful floating markets on the banks of the Mekong
    • View onboard film screenings that will enhance your journey
    These in-depth experiences are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise, and each activity is planned specifically to illuminate each itinerary.
    Culture CurriculumSM
    Sometimes you want to dig a little deeper. We offer a series of onboard multimedia talks to shed light on the history and culture of the places you visit. Learn about:
    • The rise and fall of the Khmer empire
    • The archeological excavations at Angkor
    • History of Vietnam and Cambodia
    • History and culture of the Champa people and other ethnic groups
    • Key words and phrases in the local languages
    These presentations provide a context for your own observations, enhancing your travel experience.
    Dining:
    Fine dining aboard RV Pandaw
    The chefs create a variety of tasty offerings for you, with freshly prepared seasonal local vegetables, local specialties adapted to satisfy the tastes of our passengers, and homemade soups prepared daily. For breakfast, choose from a selections of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, you are treated to a full menu with regional specialties.
    Services:
    Services aboard RV Pandaw
    Wherever you travel with Viking, you enjoy attentive service by expert onboard staff. See the About Your Trip section of our website for detailed answers to your questions; you can select On the Ship from the dropdown menu for an alphabetical listing of onboard information.
    The world’s finest hosts
    Viking is proud to partner with the world’s best hosts to provide our guests with unparalleled accommodations on the Mekong. RV Indochina is operated by Pandaw, part of the elegant Irrawaddy Flotilla line.
    River master
    We manage everything
    Best of all, there is no need to do research or make arrangements in advance. We take care of all the details—transportation, reservations, entry fees and more. You return home enriched with wonderful memories.

  • Upstream cruise from Saigon to Siem Reap: 8 days aboard Pandaw River Cruises

    Day 1: Saigon – My Tho – Cai Be
    Transfer from the Renaissance Riverside Hotel in Saigon to the port of My Tho by coach to embark cruise.
    Day 2: Cai Be – Sa Dec
    In the morning passengers will visit Cai Be and its colourful floating market. In the afternoon take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the ‘lover’ of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist.
    Day 3: Chau Doc – Border Crossing
    Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian border for the usual formalities.
    Day 4: Phnom Penh
    Passengers will visit Phnom Penh and will be provided with their own private cyclo*. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers (www.cyclo.org.uk).
    In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking in the comments box.
    Day 5: Tonle River – Kampong Chhnang
    Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. Beyond Kampong Chhnang travel by the Pandaw Explorer to discover the vast wetlands around the mouth of the river. Here many fishtraps may be seen.
    Day 6: Kampong Cham – Mekong River
    We stop at the little-known Chong Koh silk-weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. In the afternoon we stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or monastery and school. In the wat the splendid village racing boats are stored.
    Day 7: Kampong Cham Area
    Passengers visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey in the morning. In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit the Twin Holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man and Woman Hill). Continuation to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok supported by the Frech-Cambodian NGO Amica.
    Day 8: Transfer to Siem Reap
    Early morning coach transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap. Refreshments will be provided and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Arrive at Siem Reap mid afternoon.

    * Transfer by coach from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap takes approx 5 hours

    What’s Included: Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft and alcoholic beverages, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage (In Saigon: Renaissance Riverside Hotel / In Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa).

    What’s Excluded: International flights, port dues, airport transfers, laundry, all visa costs, imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.

    River Conditions Warning!

    The rivers you will sail on are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level, in some places as much as 30 metres. Water levels can change dramatically overnight and a sudden rise can impede our progress upstream considerably and even prevent us from passing under certain bridges. A sudden fall can result in our being unable to get into certain places or go as far upstream as we would hope. Groundings on sandbars are not infrequent and are part of the excitement of any Pandaw expedition. Published itineraries are indicational only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop.  Passengers are thus forewarned and expected to be flexible and patient. River cruising in Asia can be a dramatic and adventurous experience – not like cruising the controlled waterways of Europe or America. Note also that we operate in areas with little or no developed infrastructure and subject to the strictures of local officialdom. Be prepared for this and it is all more the fun!

    Registration Details
    RENAISSANCE RIVERSIDE HOTEL SAIGON
    Registration is at 10.30am
    Address: 8 -15 Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    Tel: (+84) 8 3822 0033
    Fax: (+84) 8 3823 5666

  • Downstream cruise from Siem Reap to Saigon: 8 Days aboard a Pandaw Rive Cruises

    Day 1: Siem Reap – Kampong Cham
    Passengers will transfer by coach from the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa to Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way.
    Day 2: Kampong Cham Area
    Passengers will visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey in the morning. In the afternoon, travel by bus to visit the Twin Holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey (Man and Woman Hill). Continuation to the ecotourism village of Choeungkok supported by the Frech-Cambodian NGO Amica.
    Day 3: Tonle River – Kampong Chhnang
    Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang by either coach or the ship depending on water levels. Beyond Kampong Chhnang travel by the Pandaw Explorer to discover the vast wetlands around the mouth of the river. Here many fishtraps may be seen.
    Day 4: Phnom Penh
    Passengers will visit Phnom Penh and will be provided with their own private cyclo*. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers (www.cyclo.org.uk).
    In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre. This tour is included in the cost of your cruise but must be requested at the time of booking in the comments box.
    Day 5: Cruising the Mekong – Border Crossing
    We spend the day cruising in the main Mekong channel, an international shipping route for the Vietnamese border for the usual formalities.
    Day 6: Chau Doc
    Visit a Cham tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride round Chau Doc.
    Day 7: Sa Dec – Cai Be
    In the morning passengers will take an exciting Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long along canals and backwaters. Passengers will visit Sa Dec and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the ‘lover’ of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist. At Cai Be, we will cruise through its colourful floating market which takes place daily in front of the catholic church.
    Day 8: My Tho – Saigon
    Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Renaissance Riverside Hotel. Arrive at the hotel late morning.

    What’s Included: Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft and alcoholic beverages, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage (In Saigon: Renaissance Riverside Hotel / In Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa).

    What’s Excluded: International flights, airport transfers, port dues, laundry, all visa costs, imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.

    River Conditions Warning!

    The rivers you will sail on are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level, in some places as much as 30 metres. Water levels can change dramatically overnight and a sudden rise can impede our progress upstream considerably and even prevent us from passing under certain bridges. A sudden fall can result in our being unable to get into certain places or go as far upstream as we would hope. Groundings on sandbars are not infrequent and are part of the excitement of any Pandaw expedition. Published itineraries are indicational only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop.  Passengers are thus forewarned and expected to be flexible and patient. River cruising in Asia can be a dramatic and adventurous experience – not like cruising the controlled waterways of Europe or America. Note also that we operate in areas with little or no developed infrastructure and subject to the strictures of local officialdom. Be prepared for this and it is all more the fun!

    Registration Details

    VICTORIA ANGKOR RESORT & SPA
    Registration is at 11.30am
    Central Park,
    P.O. Box 93145,
    Siem Reap Town, Kingdom of Cambodia
    Tel: (+855) 63 760 428
    Fax: (+855) 63 760 350

    * Transfer by coach to Kampong Cham to board ship takes approx 5 hours

  • MEKONG RIVER CRUISES – RATES AND DEPARTURE 2013 – 2014

    Date

    Ship Name

    No of Nights

    Route

    1-Jul-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    13-Jul-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    20-Jul-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    27-Jul-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    29-Jul-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    26-Aug-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    21-Sep-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    28-Sep-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    5-Oct-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    19-Oct-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    26-Oct-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    26-Oct-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    2-Nov-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    2-Nov-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    9-Nov-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    16-Nov-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    16-Nov-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    23-Nov-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    30-Nov-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    14-Dec-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    21-Dec-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    28-Dec-13

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    4-Jan-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    11-Jan-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    18-Jan-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    25-Jan-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    1-Feb-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    8-Feb-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    15-Feb-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    22-Feb-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    1-Mar-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    8-Mar-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    15-Mar-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    5-Jul-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    10-Jul-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    12-Jul-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    19-Jul-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    26-Jul-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    2-Aug-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    7-Aug-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    9-Aug-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    16-Aug-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    23-Aug-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    30-Aug-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    6-Sep-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    13-Sep-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    20-Sep-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    27-Sep-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    4-Oct-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    11-Oct-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    18-Oct-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    25-Oct-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    1-Nov-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    8-Nov-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    15-Nov-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    22-Nov-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    29-Nov-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    6-Dec-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    13-Dec-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    20-Dec-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    27-Dec-14

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    3-Jan-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    10-Jan-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    17-Jan-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    24-Jan-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    31-Jan-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    7-Feb-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    14-Feb-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    21-Feb-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    28-Feb-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    7-Mar-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    14-Mar-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    21-Mar-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    28-Mar-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    4-Apr-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

    11-Apr-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Upstream

    18-Apr-15

    RV Pandaw

    7 nights

    Downstream

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