Angkor - 8 Days on Pandaw Cruise
0830 at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel in Saigon and transfer at 0900 to
the Delta Port of My Tho by coach arriving at 1100 for check in followed by
port and immigration formalities . My Tho is the hub of Mekong Delta, but not
of great cultural interest, so once on board we set sail at 1300 and have
lunch. In the afternoon we moor near
Cai Be and make a fascinating trip by
traditional junk to explore evergreen islands and at the former Imperial
residence, the An Kiet House. Surviving members of the Kiet family will
welcome us with tea and we can wander in the fruit orchards around the
house. On the way back we stop at Dong Hoa Hiep Island to see boat yards,
brick works and traditional roofers. Overnight moor mid-stream Cai Be.
We take a
morning junk trip around Cai Be to see a floating market, and go ashore to
visit the French Gothic Cathedral and colorful port area, with its colonial
buildings, delightful flower gardens and local coconut candy and rice paper.
manufacturers. Return to ship and cruise over to
Long to visit a Bonsai
Garden and fruit farm, followed by visit to brick - and pottery factory.
Return to ship and cruise past Vinh Long City and evergreen islands.
Remainder of day cruising through the Mekong Delta.
Chau Doc - Border Crossing
main Mekong channel at Tan Chau we travel down the canals and backwaters by
local ferry boat. At Chau Doc we transfer to small boats to visit a Cham
tribal village. We also visit a cat fish farm. We take a trishaw ride round
this fascinating town of fine French-colonial buildings and see its bustling
market. Return to the ship by boat for lunch and cast off for the Cambodian
border for the usual formalities, which in this part of the world, take
time. Evening cruise up the broad Mekong channel, which is an international
shipping route. Moor overnight just downstream from
of Cambodia retains its French charm. The old colonial architecture makes an
attractive backdrop to busy cafes, and the renovated river "corniche" is
full of life. The city has several impressive wats, including Wat Ounalom,
Wat Phnom and the newly-painted Wat Lang Ka. Pride of place goes to the
spectacular Silver Pagoda, one of the few places in Cambodia where artifacts
embodying the brilliance and richness of Khmer culture were preserved by the
Khmer Rouge. The National Museum is another highlight, with outstanding
displays of Khmer crafts. An afternoon excursion is arranged to the Killing
Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim
Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre
situated in the suburbs of the city.
happily, Phnom Penh has a lively night life, and some passengers choose to
dine ashore or try one of the capital’s many watering holes; a favorite
being the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham
morning departure from Phnom Penh and a stop at the little-known Chong Koh
silk weaving village for a morning walk at leisure. We cruise past the
Mekong’s timeless villages and river life with extensive fishing activities.
The scenery is very lovely here, and in the distance, forested hills rise.
On the river above Phnom Penh there is little shipping, just real Cambodian
life. In the afternoon we stop at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the wat or
monastery and school. Passengers are at leisure to explore this peaceful and
friendly community. In the wat the splendid village racing boats are stored.
Kampong Cham Area
journey upriver to the hilltop pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Dating
from the 8th century, these ancient brick structures characterize the
architecture of the Chenla Empire which predated the glories of Angkor. Sail
back downstream over lunch for an exploration of the Kampong Cham Area. We
travel by bus to the 12th century Angkorian temple of Wat Nokor. This
colorful temple is unique in Cambodia, as a modern wat is set within the
ruins of an ancient temple. We continue to the twin holy mountains of Phnom
Pros and Phnom Srei, or Man and Woman Hills. Legends abound about the
origins of these hills, and there are many pagodas and shrines on the
We glance by
the capital Phnom Penh in the early morning to change pilots, and then sail
the Tonle River which connects
Tonle Lake with the Mekong and Bassac Rivers
that merge at Phnom Penh. This river journey is a highlight of the trip. We
wind our way through jungle, and as the river narrows we feel we can almost
reach out and touch the houses and people who come out to cheer our ship on.
Temples abound along the river banks at Kampong Chhnang, and we see the rich
tapestry of Cambodian rural life. This is a busy rural port town with
bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, we make a truly wonderful motor boat
excursion into the lakeside wetlands that form the mouth of the river. Here
a stunning variety of birdlife may be seen and of considerable interest are
the great fish traps, some half a kilometer long, which net a huge tonnage
of fish after each monsoon as the fish migrate from the falling lake into
the Tonle River.
lake dominates Cambodia and is over 150 Km in length. Here bird life is
profuse, and from the middle of the lake one cannot even see the shores.
There is a great stillness and tranquility as we pass floating fishing
water levels of the lake and river vary a great deal according to the time
of year and rainfall, we will then either:
water, approximately July - November. Cross the Tonle Lake at dawn and
disembark at Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the Angkor Century
water, approximately November - March. In the early morning depart by
speedboat and disembark at Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the
Angkor Century Hotel
3. No water,
approximately March to July. In the early morning depart by coach from Phumi
Prek Chik Village on the Tonle River, stopping for sightseeing at Angkor
Thom to see Prem Srei Kuk temples, arriving by midday at Angkor Century
IN ALL SITUATIONS THE SERVICE ENDS AT ANGKOR CENTURY
HOTEL BY 1300
June to 30 September): 75% of the normal price is applied
- Transfers to and from ship at start and end
Accommodation in luxury AC
en-suite cabin with twin/double basic.
English speaking guides.
All meals, coffee and tea, mineral water.
Admission fees for all sightseeing places,
- All visa cost
- Personal expenses.
- Drinks at Bar, laundry.
- Tips and gratuities.
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