SHOW OF HANDS MEKONG RIVER CRUISE
18 - 31 JANUARY 2022
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.
3 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
All featured excursions are included within the tour unless otherwise specified.
Tuesday 18 January Day 1
Depart Heathrow for overnight flight to Cambodia (UK regional airports by request).
Wednesday 19 January Day 2
Three days in Siem Reap
Arrive Siem Reap and check into your four-star hotel for 3 nights b&b.
Thursday 20 January Day 3
Day at leisure.
Friday 21 January Day 4
Today we experience 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 is well worth the early start for day that 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.
Saturday 22 January Day 5
Siem Reap - Kampong Chhnang
Morning pickup from our hotel in Siem Reap to travel through the local countryside, skirting the Tonle Sap Lake, before arriving in Kampong Chhnang where we embark our Pandaw ship and commence our adventure.
Sunday 23 January Day 6
Kampong Chhnang - Tonle Sap Floating Villages & Markets
After breakfast we board our Tender Boat “Pandaw Explorer” to visit the famous Tonle Sap Floating Villages & Markets, observing locals fishing and tending their floating vegetable gardens. We then cruise back to Kampong Chhnang City and disembark our Tender for a walk along the newly constructed River Walkway. Upon returning to the ship, we navigate the very narrow canals of the Tonle Sap River and get up close & personal with the local riverside villagers. After lunch, we board our local limousines (Ox-Carts!) for a meander along the Tonle Sap River visiting local villages, markets and temples. Tonight, we will host our Cocktail Hour around a fire pit in one of the local Khmer Villages where we will join the villagers dancing and learning about the local culture.
Monday 24 January Day 7
After a short morning cruise along the Tonle Sap River we will disembark at Kampong Trollach and travel by coach to the Ancient Capital of Cambodia, Oudong. We visit the Vipassana Dhura Meditation Centre for a morning of relaxation & meditation before taking a drive around the old capital. After lunch we visit Koh Nghe Tei (Silk Island) to study the entire silk-making process from worms to weavers. You will have the chance to visit local silk purveyors and purchase the locally made products before we enjoy a demonstration of the ancient martial art of L’bokator. L'bokator, which roughly translates as 'pounding a lion' includes weapons techniques and is one of the oldest existing fighting systems in Cambodia. Oral tradition indicates that L’bokator, or an earlier form thereof, was the close quarter combat system used by the armies before Angkor 1,700 years ago.
Tuesday 25 January Day 8
We dock in the Cambodian Capital of Phnom Penh where we will partake in a morning orientation of the city by cyclo, visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda followed by the National Museum with its marvellous collection of Angkorian statuary. In the afternoon, we visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the tragic history of the area and local people. Optional half-day and full-day tours are available during our stay in Phnom Penh at an extra cost. Please contact us in advance or see your in-cabin information manual for further details. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and nightlife.
Wednesday 26 January Day 9
Cambodia/Vietnam Border - Chau Doc - Sam Mountain
We up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Cambodia/Vietnam Border to undergo Immigration Formalities. After lunch our boat docks alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the famous floating markets & fish farms by Sampan. We make a stop at a local Chham Village and observe the lives of these local Vietnamese Muslims before boarding minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda, proclaimed an 'official historic monument' on 10th July 1980 by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam.
Thursday 27 January Day 10
Early morning, we leave Chau Doc and travel through the canals of the delta as locals awake to a hive of activity. After lunch, we drop anchor upstream of Cao Lanh and take a short coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’, a 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest and listed wildlife sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets gather in their tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowboats traverse the canals to take us to view the principal nesting areas where photo opportunities abound.
Friday 28 January Day 11
A morning of sailing, passing towns such as Sadec & Cai Be provides an insight into life along this mighty waterway. After lunch, we travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in coconut candy and rice wine. Here you can view the process of manufacturing these specialties and try them for yourself, including the local "Moonshine." In the evening we welcome on board a local Vietnamese Cultural Group highlighting “Life on the Mekong Delta.”
Saturday 29 January Day 12
My Tho - Saigon
We disembark our Pandaw ship and travel by coach from My Tho City through the countryside to your hotel in Saigon.
Sunday 30 January Day 13
This will be a day to remember – we visit the famous Chi Chu tunnels, a complex underground network stretching for 124 miles which included hospitals, meeting rooms, sleeping quarters and kitchens.
Monday 31 January Day 14
Transfer to Ho Chi Minh airport for your overnight flight home.
Tuesday 1 February Day 15
Arrive in UK.
Please note: a deposit of £400pp is required to secure your booking.
|CABIN GRADE||DECK||PRICE (pp)
|Upper Deck Solo||Upper||£4,429||SOLD OUT|
|Main Deck Solo||Main||£4,129||SOLD OUT|
• 2 Pandaw suites, 14 upper deck staterooms and 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
• Multi-configuration plugs
• Generous closet space and under-bed storage
• Hair dryer
• Daily nightly turndown service
• 24h laundry service
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!
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!
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
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.
So well organised, value for money. Unbelievable service. Would definitely book again
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!