Day 1 - Saigon departure
Saigon - My Tho
Transfer from the meeting point in Saigon to My Tho Port. After boarding your Pandaw 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 horse cart 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.
Day 2 - Gao 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 local woodworking artisans.
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 sail to the Vietnam border for formalities and during this stationary period there is an optional tour of the working ship and fruit carving classes on deck.
Day 4 - Arrive Phnom Penh
Disembark in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, after breakfast.
Please note our crew will hand out your passports after the immigration formalities between 09.00 and 10.30.