River Orchid

Former name: RV Bassac Pandaw

River Orchid cruise ship

Cruise line

Specifications of River Orchid

Year of build2013  /  Age: 11
ClassMekong river cruiser
Speed9 kn / 17 km/h / 10 mph
Length (LOA)51 m / 167 ft
Gross Tonnage856 gt
Passengers29 - 58
Decks with cabins2
Former namesRV Bassac Pandaw
OwnerPandaw Expeditions
OperatorUniworld River Cruises via Pandaw Expeditions

River Orchid Review

Review of River Orchid

Uniworld River Orchid ship cruises on the Mekong River departing from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and Hanoi.

Uniworld (officially "Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection") is a major river cruise company part of The Travel Corporation group.

The riverboat's original name is RV Bassac Pandaw, with shipowner Pandaw Expeditions. The ship is charted by Uniworld and operated under the brand name "RV River Orchid". Local guides accompany passengers on land tours. Other shore activities include meetings with local residents and home-hosted meals. During visits in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), the onboard entertainment features traditional Khmer dances.

RV River Orchid cruise ship (Uniworld)


The ship has a total of 29 cabins (of which 2 Suite) in 4 grades. This intimate riverboat carries up to 58 guests.

All cabins are outside and with a river view. Most cruise staterooms have French doors opening to a shared promenade. Those on the Middle and Upper decks have large opening windows.

Cabin amenities include plenty of storage space, individual climate control, built-in closets, personal safes, bottled water.

Shipboard facilities

RV River Orchid cruise ship offers French Colonial style and provides guests with authentic cruising experiences along the unique Mekong River. Relax on Sun Deck with a cup of complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks, select spirits or draught beer throughout the day. You'll become familiar with the culture and history of the region after attending informative lectures by the tour managers. Orchid meals provide various culinary options in the Panoramic Restaurant (Main dining room). Other amenities include Lecture & Movie Room, SPA (massage treatments), boutique.

River Orchid river cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative of Uniworld Asia cruise rates. They might be different when you book your Uniworld Mekong River cruise tour deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates. Uniworld offers air-inclusive cruise deals and pre/post-cruise hotel packages as extensions (at additional cost).

Note: You can see CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

River Orchid Wiki

Charted by Uniworld in Asia, River Orchid (RV Bassac Pandaw) is a Colonial-style Mekong river cruise boat sailing throughout Vietnam and Cambodia. Local guides are assigned to every 20 passengers to accompany guests to village tours. The Uniworld's Mekong river cruising experience on the boat and onshore features local guest entertainers, home-hosted meals, meetings with residents, traditional Khmer dances performed by Cambodian children.

River Orchid Mekong Itineraries highlights include tours of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Angkor Wat (Siem Reap, Cambodia), famous historical sites dedicated to Buddha.

Other major Asia river cruise lines' ships operating in the Vietnam and Cambodia region are (AmaWaterways) AmaDara and AmaLotusViking MekongScenic Spirit, (CroisiEurope) Indochine and Indochine II, (Travelmarvel) La Marguerite.