Customer demand prompts Pandaw to introduce a new three-night voyage sailing the mighty Mekong river between Saigon and Phnom Penh …


THERE’S now a new option for travellers looking to move between Saigon and Phnom Penh with Pandaw introducing a three-day voyage linking the two South-East Asian cities.

The new itinerary will depart twice weekly from September 2019 with passengers travelling on board the RV Indochina Pandaw.

The colonial-style vessel was built in Vietnam five years ago but has been based in Burma and is receiving an extensive refit before beginning the new route.

“In past years the shorter cruise was offered as a segment of the Classic Mekong seven nights between Saigon and Siem Reap,” a company media update explains.

“In view of its growing popularity we have decided to deploy a stand-alone ship for this shorter routing that enables passengers to make their own hotel arrangements in either Saigon or Phnom Penh before and after the river journey.

Pandaw Saigon/Phnom Penh cruise map

“The itinerary covers much of the Mekong Delta with sampan trips through the mangroves and bamboo forests, horse cart rides through idyllic countryside and the highlight, a boat trip through the Gao Giong bird sanctuary.

“Phnom Penh as a terminal point has enjoyed something of a renaissance with numerous boutique hotels opening, culturally there’s much to see, and the capital is an excellent point from which to visit the Cardamon Hills,  deluxe coastal resorts and other attractions in Cambodia.”

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