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Indochinas Hidden Charms October 2017

Indochina's Hidden Charms
Rv Mekong Pandaw
Pandaw Cruises
Rv Mekong Pandaw
October 23, 2017 to November 8, 2017
17 Days
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With the overwhelming success of recent journeys on the Mekong, through the heart of Indochina, we have decided to arrange another exciting river adventure, exploring the backwaters of Cambodia and the Mekong River. This is the most popular new river cruising destination and we are sure that this wonderful trip will fill very quickly. Highlighting the best of the region our journey begins in Siem Reap, home of the magnificent ruins of Angkor, arguably the most impressive ancient temples in South East Asia, truly a sight to behold. Then it will be all aboard as we embark on the gracious Mekong Pandaw, a river boat designed for cruising these waters and which is sure to please the most discriminating traveller. We sail along the Mekong and Tonle Rivers, where we will experience the backwaters of the river and we will explore quaint villages and ancient temples. Spend a full day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital and continue across the border into Vietnam where we will finally come to legendary Saigon, one of the Orient’s most exciting cities. Fly to Hanoi, the northern capital of Vietnam, and enjoy a very special overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay. Designed for the experienced traveller, this journey moves at a good pace, with ample time to experience the uniqueness of this untouched part of the world. Everything is carefully planned to ensure a fascinating journey through lands that are truly off the beaten track.  

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Members can expect a  busy itinerary in a region known for hot and humid conditions - daytime temperatures will exceed 30°C. The visits to Angkor involve long walks with many steps and over rough terrain. The river boat does not have an elevator. Members must be fully mobile and physically active to fully enjoy this journey. 

Inclusive Features
  • Return economy airfare with Cathay Pacific from the cities listed including all current taxes, fuel surcharges and fees plus internal flight (Saigon / Hanoi)
  • Deluxe hotel stays: Siem Reap (4 nights), Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) (1 night), and Hanoi (2 nights)
  • 7 night deluxe cruise on the rv Mekong Pandaw
  • 1 night deluxe cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • All outside staterooms with private facilities
  • All cruise meals with beverages
  • Complimentary local beer/spirits, water, tea, juices, and soft drinks on board (wine will cost extra)
  • Welcome Reception and Captain’s Dinner
  • Local guides/lecturers throughout the cruise
  • Escorted excursions in each port
  • 43 meals as indicated in the itinerary (BLD)
  • Transfers between airports, hotels and the ship
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees on tours
  • Bottled water daily
  • Baggage handling at the hotels and shipside
  • Services of our tour escort plus Cruise Director
  • Gratuities for all included services (guides, drivers, hotel and ship staff)
  • Visa fees (for Canadian passport holders)
  • All taxes and fees including departure and port taxes
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
Rv Mekong Pandaw
Pandaw Cruises

The beautiful rv Mekong Pandaw was designed to provide luxurious cruising on Asia’s legendary Mekong River. Refurbished in 2013, she carries a maximum of just 48 guests and has three decks. All staterooms are 170 sq. ft. or larger, ensuring that all of our creature comforts are exceeded. Public areas include a main restaurant serving Asian and Western specialties; a small gift shop; lounge and bar; library, spa, plus a pool table on the Sun Deck.

All staterooms feature twin beds (that can be converted into one large bed), a comfortable sitting area, safe,  private bathroom with shower, bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer and more. All staterooms are outside, panoramic French window leading to personal deck space, and individually controlled air conditioning. Smoking is NOT allowed anywhere within the ship and the ship does not have an elevator. Most of the ship’s staff speak English.

Sun Deck features the lounge and bar (an area where everyone can sit for drinks or talks etc.) plus a covered terrace with seating (lounge and regular chairs) for all guests. The Sun Deck also has a pool table and complimentary ice cream bar. 

Upper Deck features the saloon bar and a number of staterooms.

Main Deck features the gallery, dining hall, and a few staterooms.

Lower Deck features the gym, library, front desk, spa, and gift shop.


Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Land / Cruise Only*
Calgary / Edmonton
Winnipeg / Regina / Saskatoon
Halifax / St. John’s


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Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)
No upgrade options, all cabins similar category

Pricing Details

Singles are extremely limited - please ask for rates.

* Land/Cruise Only is based on joining at the hotel in Siem Reap and leaving at the hotel in Hanoi. Rates are per person based on sharing a Upper Deck Outside Twin cabin. Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to Inclusive Features. Prices are based on a minimum 20 members and on rates, taxes, and fees effective September 2016 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.


Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $346 to $415 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $207 to $405 pp plus applicable taxes.  Clients 86 years and older and/or clients residing outside Ontario – please contact our staff for procedures. This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to terms and conditions for more details.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017