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INTRODUCTION PANDAW MEKONG CRUISE

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There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, through the vast Delta so rich in human life and endeavor, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia.



 
About RV Pandaw
 
In 2003, with the Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey in its entirety surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles. In 2004 we brought the former Pandaw III now renamed the Tonle Pandaw over from Myanmar to join the Mekong Pandaw. The two Pandaws explore two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by one great river. This is the only luxury cruises vacation on the Mekong River. A shipping link between Saigon and Angkor is immensely practical for the traveller as it makes it possible to connect three important destinations on one trip with easy plane connections at either end: Saigon the exotic Frenchified former capital of South Vietnam, Phnom Penh, the quaint Cambodian capital, and the stupendous World Heritage monuments at Angkor. One need no longer check in and out of hotels and endure bumpy roads to visit these magnificent places. 
Sailing on a Pandaw is essentially an outdoor experience. Whilst the staterooms are very comfortable and roomy, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike other cruise ships every window (except port holes on lower deck) can open.
When sailing our passengers sit on deck and become absorbed by great panoramas as they unfold about them. Spellbound, one cannot help but to meditate upon the unceasing human and wildlife activity of these teaming water worlds.
 
State Cabin
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’s, 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 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.
 
Bar & Dining
The Pandaw dining rooms are designed to open up along the sides and only at night do we close them up and use air conditioning.  We know our passengers want fresh air not chilled air.
We offer a great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods.  We source supplies as locally as possible, given environmental health regulations. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is served at the tables. Passengers who do not like hot or spicy foods are offered European alternatives and vegetarians are well catered for. Our chefs know that the majority of passengers want to eat the best of each country they pass through.
 
Promenade Decks
Sailing on a Pandaw is essentially an outdoor experience. Whilst the staterooms are very comfortable and roomy, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike other cruise ships every window (except port holes on lower deck) can open.
When sailing our passengers sit on deck and become absorbed by great panoramas as they unfold about them. Spellbound, one cannot help but to meditate upon the unceasing human and wildlife activity of these teaming water worlds.
 
Specification

  • Length: 200ft / 60m
  • Beam: 36ft / 11m
  • Draught: 4ft / 1.5m
  • Berths: 64 pax
  • Decks: 4: Lower, Main, Upper, Sun
  • Engines: 2 x 550bhp Isuzu
  • Propulsion: Inboard system
  • Built: 2003
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
    Class: Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.

 
Itinerary with RV Pandaw

  1. Downstream Cruising By The Rv Pandaw 11 Days
  2. Upstream Cruising By The Rv Pandaw 8 Days
  3. Downstream Cruising by the RV Pandaw 8 Days
  4. Downstream Siem Reap – Phnom Penh by the RV Pandaw 5 Days
  5. Upstream Phnom Penh – Siem Reap By The Rv Pandaw 5 Days
  6. Downstream Phnom Penh - Saigon By The RV Pandaw 5 Days
  7. Upstream Saigon – Phnom Penh By The Rv Pandaw 4 Days


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