Day 1 : Sai Gon - My Tho
Transfer from the meeting point in Saigon (09.00) to My Tho Port. After boarding your Pandaw Vessel we sail downstream to Ben Tre and anchor midstream.
After Lunch we travel by local Sampans through mangroves and bamboo groves to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. In these local artisans are at work and are invite visitors into their homes for tea, fruit and honey products made from their own honey. This is an area rich in bird life and on our return journey we travel by local transport through the lush countryside.
In the evening, there is a lecture on Vietnamese life on the Mekong Delta. During cocktail hour passengers will meet the key crew members whilst cruising upstream.
Day 2 : Giao Giong Bird Sanctuary
After a short cruise upstream, we take a short coach trip where we visit Gao Giong ‘green oasis’ with its bird sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets that gather in the tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowing boats traverse the canals to take us to see the principal nesting areas.
In the afternoon we visit the Island of Con Phuoc Island and go ashore to explore the island by tuk-tuk seeing basket production and visiting a 100- year old Catholic Church and visit local fruit producing orchards.
Day 3 : Vietnam Border
In the morning, explore the labyrinthine canal system around Tan Chau to visit a Taoist temple where the monks will read fortunes. Continue through local villages by Xe Loi stopping off to help locals tend their fields before stopping off to visit a fish farm and earn merit by releasing fish back into the Mekong.
Afternoon cruise through the local canals through the village of Chau Doc before anchoring overnight on the Vietnam Border.
Day 4 : Vietnam Border - Phnom Penh
Early Morning disembark your Pandaw Vessel and travel by Speedboat to the Vietnam & Cambodian Border Posts for Formality processing before cruising upstream to Phnom Penh.
Please note passengers will disembark Speedboat at Border Posts to allow Immigration Processes to take place. This may take up to 1 Hour.