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Journeys : October November 2009
Anew cr uise experience like any other takes holidaymakers to Cambodia and Vietnam aboard a replica of a boutique teak-and-brass riverboat from the 1900s' era of colonial splendour. Pandaw River Cr uises' thirty-cabin Indochina Pandaw sails 7-night cruises for just sixty passengers ser ved by a crew of 28, from Siem Reap to Ho Chin Minh City (French colonial Saigon). Her ultra- shallow draft enables her to cruise into places not accessible by most tourists. Daily guided shore excursions are included in the cruise price and alternate 7-night cr uises sail a reverse itinerary. Features include lux ury cabins, promenade and sun decks and a mix of exceptional Asian and Wester n dining. Indochina Pandaw is a nearest-to-possible replica of the riverboats of the Ir rawaddy Flotilla Company that once had over 650 freight and passenger vessels on the water ways of South East Asia. In 1942, the company bur nt every ship to the waterline to prevent the invading Japanese using them to move their troops, weapons and freight. Cr uiseco, a consortium of 150 cr uise- specialist travel agencies, has chartered Indochina Pandaw for a year from October this year, and is offering these unique 7-night cruises coupled with two nights pre-cruise and two nights post-cruise. Indochina Pandaw embraces bustling ports, tranquil rural towns and villages, backwaters and shore excursions to historic temples including Angkor Wat, wildlife wetlands, floating markets, an orphanage and pottery factories in Indochina's heartland. Ports visited include Tonle Sap, Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh, Chau Doc and Cai Be. Prices include return air and taxes from mainland capitals, transfers, most meals aboard ship, onboard soft drinks, local beers and spirits, onboard gratuities and extensive guided sightseeing. Cr uiseco's exclusive charter sailings being from 11 October 2009. For full details, contact your local RACT Travelworld branch or call 1300 368 111. Cruise into an era of colonial riverboating 65 October / November 09
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