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SHOW OF HANDS MEKONG RIVER CRUISE

19 - 31 JANUARY 2022

ALL HANDS ON DECK IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the Mekong River, flowing through six countries. Don't miss this amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to join Steve and Phil aboard Pandaw's RV Tonle from Siem Reap in Cambodia to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam.

In this intimate setting you will have the opportunity to meet, chat and socialise with Steve and Phil who will provide a full and varied programme of entertainment as we cruise along the river. Whilst the emphasis of this tour is on the itinerary and cultural experiences along the way, there will be formal performances, impromptu performances and even collaborative performances with local musicians where opportunity allows.




Whilst Pandaw operate smaller boutique ships, they boast one of the highest passenger to deck space ratios of any other cruise ship afloat with only 56 passengers aboard.

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What's included
  • International flights 

  • 2 nights pre cruise in Siem Reap 

  • 2 nights post cruise Ho Chi Minh City 

  • On board entertainment 

  • Entrance fees, Guide services (English language), Gratuities to crew

  • Main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes 

  • Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage 

  • On shore excursions

 

Itinerary

19 JAN Day 1: Depart Heathrow for overnight flight to Cambodia (UK regional airports by request).

20 JAN Day 2: Arrive Siem Reap and check into your four-star hotel for 2 nights bed and breakfast. Option to include an extra night pre-cruise please ask for details

21 JAN Day 3: Today we see the haunting, soft morning light over the eerie temples of Angkor. Encircled by verdant steamy jungle, shrouded in mist and with a tropical dawn chorus reverberating in the air, this is something you will never forget. We visit the huge, fortified 13th-century city of Angkor Thom, with its five monumental gates and 91-metre-wide moat.

22 JAN Day 4: Embark on your Pandaw at Kampong Cham following a road transfer from Siem Reap (Angkor).

23 JAN day 5: Sunrise cruise to Wat Hanchey, an important centre of worship during the Chenla period located on top of a hill above the mighty Mekong River with some of the best Mekong views in Cambodia.

24 JAN day 6: Sail down the Mekong/Tonle River convergence to visit Koh Okhna Tey, or ‘silk island’ to study the entire silk making process from worms to weavers.

25 JAN Day 7: Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvellous collection of Angkorian statuary.

26 JAN Day 8: Early sailing 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.

27 JAN Day 9: In the morning sail up a small canal to moor off 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.

28 JAN Day 10: After breakfast the ship moors off Cho Lach island for pot making and further glimpses of Delta life, agriculture and local Viet hospitality including a culinary lesson in making traditional Banh Xeo. Upon return to the boat we take a cruise downstream to Ben Tre.

29 JAN Day 11: Moor at My Tho for road transfer to Saigon and your Four star superior hotel for 2 nights bed & breakfast.

30 JAN Day 12: This will be a day to remember – we visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels, a complex underground network stretching for 124 miles which included hospitals, meeting rooms, sleeping quarters and kitchens.

31 JAN Day 13: Transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport for your overnight flight home.

01 FEB Day 14: Arrive in UK.

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Price

Prices are per person .

CABIN GRADE DECK PRICE
Upper Deck Upper £3,649
Upper Deck Solo Upper £4,299 SOLD OUT
Main Deck Main £3,399
Main Deck Solo Main £4,299 SOLD OUT
Accommodation

• 18 upper deck, 10 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
• Kimonos and slippers
• Spa-branded amenities
• Unlimited mineral water
• Electric mini safe
• Central AC with individual control
• Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
• Premium mattresses
• Convertible bed configuration
• Mirror
• Multi-configuration plugs
• Generous closet space and under-bed storage
• Hair dryer
• Daily nightly turndown service
• 24h laundry service


FAQ

Q: What is the dress code aboard the ship?
A: The dress code is very relaxed and informal.  Sturdy shoes are recommended for all shore excursions as the ground is often uneven under foot.

Recommended footwear on board is flat and comfortable. 

Q: What will the temperature be?
A: It’s likely to be very warm and humid.  Bring plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent.

Q: Do I need vaccinations prior to travel?
A:  It is always advisable to seek medical advice when travelling abroad regarding what vaccines you might need. Whilst we are not sailing to any malaria infected areas, normal precautions such as using a repellent in the early evening and before sunrise should avoid any mosquito concerns plus cabins are air-conditioned.

Q: Will I need a Visa?
A: Yes, you will be informed of the visa requirements and assistance will be provided.

Q: What is the bed configuration?
A: Beds can be made up as a double or twin.

Q: Do I need to wear shoulder covering clothing?
A: Yes, in some temples you will be required to cover your shoulders and your knees.  Shorts are not permitted in the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

Q: Is there WiFi on board the ship?
A: Yes, the ship is fitted with WiFi. However, connection is not always reliable and can be quite slow.

Q: How much validity do I need on my passport?
A: You are required to have six months validity on your current passport when visiting Cambodia and Vietnam.

Q: What is the voltage on board?
A: You can use UK or European plugs in the cabins on the ship.

Q: What currency will I need?
A: American Dollars are widely accepted although a small amount of currency for both Cambodia and Vietnam is recommended.  

Q: Do I tip drivers and guides?  If so how much?
A: The recommended tip for a driver is $3 and a guide $5 – TIP: Bring plenty of small denominations of dollars $1 & $5 are very useful for gratuities!

Excursions

The following shore excursions are included in the tour:

DAY 3: Angkor Wat - Today we see the haunting, soft morning light over the eerie temples of Angkor. Encircled by verdant steamy jungle, shrouded in mist and with a tropical dawn chorus reverberating in the air, it’s an early start but worth it…. this is something you will never forget. We visit the huge, fortified 13th-century city of Angkor Thom, with its five monumental gates and 91-metre-wide moat.

DAY 5: Wat Hanchey - Sunrise cruise to Wat Hanchey, an important centre of worship during the Chenla period located on top of a hill above the mighty Mekong River with some of the best Mekong views in Cambodia.  Visit 8th century structures some destroyed by American bombings during the Vietnam War. Well noted for its bizarre fruit and animal statues. In the afternoon we travel by bus to the local OBT (Organisation for Basic Training) in Chiro Village, where the education of local children is high on the agenda. Pre hospitality training courses, plastic recycling, bee keeping, farming and handicraft skill projects are set up to improve the skill set of local children. Before returning to the ship for dinner we travel to the Wat Nokor Bachey, dating back to the Jayarvaman VII period. Built completely from black sandstone which makes it stand out from other temples built during this period.

DAY 6: Morning Excursion - Koh Okna Tei local monks will board the ship and perform a water blessing ritual on the sun deck. After which we join local tuk-tuks that will take us to visit Koh Okhna Tey, or ‘silk island’ to study the entire silk making process from worms to weavers. 

DAY 7: Phnom Penh - Morning orientation of Phnom Penh by cyclo visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvellous collection of Angkorian statuary.  **To visit the Royal Palace you will be required to wear shoulder and knee covering clothes, no shorts allowed**. Afternoon excursion departs by bus to visit the Killing Fields memorial of Choeung Ek followed by a visit to the “S21” Genocide Museum, the former school used as a detention centre during the Khmer Rouge Regime.

DAY 9: In the morning we sail up a small canal to moor off Con Phuoc Island and go ashore via Sampan’s to explore the island by tuk-tuk, seeing basket production and visiting a 100-year old Catholic Church and local woodworking artisans.

DAY 10: Ben Tre - After breakfast the ship moors off Cho Lach island for pot making and further glimpses of Delta life, agriculture and local Viet hospitality including a culinary lesson in making traditional Banh Xeo. Upon return to the boat we take a cruise downstream to Ben Tre.
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  • Rosie G, Notts
    Another fabulous river cruise organised by Harmony Voyages with entertainment from Show of Hands, Broom Bezzums and Flossie Malavialle. Everything was perfect - the accommodation on board, the friendly and attentive crew, the cordon bleu food and of course the live music. Can’t wait for the next one!
    Rosie G, Notts
  • Jenny H, Somerset
    Booked a Folk Music river cruise along the Danube (Bucharest to Budapest), with 2 nights’ stay at both cities either side of the cruise. The attention to detail for preferred flight bookings and hotels, along with transfer arrangements, were marvellous. And the river cruise? FANTASTIC! Lovely ship, food and drinks, and on-board staff. Excellent range of excursions to suit various interests and abilities along the lovely river journey. And to top it all, we were entertained by the amazing Show of Hands, Flossie, and Broom Bezzums! What could be better
    Jenny H, Somerset
  • Peter and Julie Hall, Tarporley
    We have been on a number of river cruises and folk festivals with you. Andy and Angela, and their team, have always provided a first class, personal, and professional service and are always on hand to answer any queries or resolve any issues promptly and effectively. They are always striving to improve their customer service altering things where necessary. We have no doubt that ‘Harmony Voyages’ will be a big success and would have no hesitation in giving our highest recommendation.
    Peter and Julie Hall, Tarporley
  • Karen, Harrow
    So well organised, value for money. Unbelievable service. Would definitely book again
    Karen, Harrow
  • Peter Tyers, Norwich
    Good music, good company, good food, and good ships - what’s not to like? Oh, and the organisation is very good as well and that’s very important. My trips so far have not been the cheapest but they have been excellent - they wonderfully illustrate why value-for-money is so much better than cheap. Roll on the next one!
    Peter Tyers, Norwich