There is no river life as captivating and diverse as that found along the Mekong River. Indeed there is hardly a more striking cultural contrast as that between the vibrant Mekong Delta and the laid back calmness of Cambodia.
This extraordinary journey was only first attempted by a tourist vessel in 2003 when it successfully overcame all things both the river and complex regional bureaucracy could put in its path. The following year a sister ship from the Pandaw fleet in Burma joined the RV Mekong. The ships now regularly ply between these important tourist sites and have the added bonus of easy air connections at either end.
The Pandaw stateroom cabins are the most celebrated feature of the ships. Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are very spacious at 168 square feet each with en suite facilities. Within each ship the stateroom remains the same. The 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. The crew is asked never to arrive in port early and sit there tied up - indeed better to slow down if ahead of schedule.
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Destinations are intrepid in the extreme but what you come back to is a floating base of discreet comfort, caring service and all the good things one looks for in life.
For a detailed day-to-day summary of this fabulous 8 day itinerary please ask you consultant.