RV Mekong Pandaw

Location: Ben Tre, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
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.


RV Mekong Pandaw Cruise Shipe was built in Rangoon in 2002 and refited in 2013 she was sailed round to Saigon under her own power and many a drama described in Paul Strachan’s Pandaw Story. This ship was designed specially for the Mekong and unlike our other P class ships does not have a flying bridge. The reason was so she could get under a road bridge. She did actually scrape under on her maiden but it was so scary that Paul Strachan, then standing on the bridge, never dared attempt it again. As a result, we ended up with this incredible 750 square meter teak deck that even has a full size billiard table.
The MP as she is affectionately known is our most spacious ship with wider promenades, a larger dining hall and more public space per passenger than any known ship afloat. Seriously!
In 2012 she was refitted and lower deck cabins removed in favour of a professional spa, gym, library lounge and office. She is quite justifiably the most splendid ship on the Mekong and the envy of anything that floats by.
The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

    18 upper deck, 6 main deck staterooms
    170 square feet, finished in teak and brass
    Panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space
    New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings

    Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team
    Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners
    Daily lean & light menu options
    Complimentary local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
    Extensive wine list with premium wines
    Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour
    Welcome drink on arrival
    Welcome cocktail
    Farewell reception
    Theme- and gala dinners
    Spacious, air-conditioned saloon bar with nightly entertainment
    Sundeck bar with complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset
    Pool table on sundeck
    24hrs hospitality bar
    Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls

    Shoe cleaning after excursions
    Bottled drinking water
    We give away aluminium water bottles
    Cold towel service after excursions
    Refreshing drink following excursions
    Full-size motor coach on all excursions
    Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee
    Comfortable "Pandaw Explorer" excursion boat
    1st aid trained assistant guide to follow all tours and excursions

    All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards (VIRES)
    Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
    Fire fighting system in all ship areas
    Expert marine superintendant
    24 hrs watch on duty
    Certified hygiene standards for all areas (Johnson & Diversey)

    First Officer
    Chief Engineer
    1st Engineer
    Bosun & nautical crew
    Ship manager
    Bar keeper
    Spa therapist
    Local tour guides

    Guest relation desk
    Largest public space to passenger ratio of any cruise ship in the world
    Shop, supp


24 Cabins 16qsm each : 18 in the upper deck and  6 in the main deck

Cabin type Max adults
Double Cabin

Double Cabin

  • Size: 15,6 sqm
  • Double
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Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin

  • Size: 15,6 sqm
  • Double
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Tour Itinerary

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Mekong Pandaw from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap 5 Days

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RV Mekong Pandaw upstream Saigon to Siem Reap 8days

Cai Be - Vinh Long - Can Tho - Long Xuyen - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh- Siem Reap
RV Mekong Pandaw upstream Saigon to Siem Reap is the best trip to Mekong Delta from Vietnam to Cambodia, The Cruise Ship starts from My Tho upstream along...
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    • Entrance fees
    • Guide services (English language)
    • Gratuities to crew
    • Main meals onboard
    • Local mineral water
    • Jugged coffee, teas & tisanes.
    • Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage.

    International flights
    Port dues (if levied)
    Laundry, all visa costs,
    Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
    All beverages except local mineral water
    Jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides
    Local guides
    Bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

    • Children below 5 : Free of Charge
    • Children from 5-11 : 50 % Adult prices
    • Children from 12 : Adult prices

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