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Plying the waters of the Mekong Delta since 2003, the Pandaw fleet are the pioneers of the Saigon to Phnom Penh route and are still our favourite choice for Mekong cruises. With crews who know the waters like the back of their hands and shallow drafts which mean they can access low water areas, the Pandaw boats are hard to beat.
The traditional ships feature lots of teak panelling and polished brass furniture, creating elegant spaces which transport you back to the opulence of the colonial era. All of the fleet have large deck areas to sunbathe and enjoy the river views from, and also feature on board restaurants serving fresh buffets and authentic themed dinners. There are also fully stocked bars, luxurious saloon lounges and spa facilities on board all boats.
The route from Saigon actually begins with a transfer to My Tho on the edge of the delta. From there the boat cruises upstream over the course of the four days, visiting Cai Be floating market, Sa Dec town, a Moslem Cham tribal village, and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc along the way. Aside from these guided excursions there is also time to spend at your leisure, perhaps using the mountain bikes found on board or simply sunbathing on deck.
Please note the cruise also runs downstream in the opposite direction, from Phnom Penh to Saigon, but this involves an extra night on the ship.
Why we love it
With over 15 years of experience the Pandaw crews really know their stuff, and the beautiful teak decks aren't bad either!
Rosie, Original Traveller