Pandaw To Introduce New Mekong Cruiser

Pandaw River Expeditions has announced its planned introduction of a second Mekong river cruiser. In response to growing demand, the Yunnan Pandaw will launch in September 2016 to sail the upper Mekong River between Vientiane and Jinghong.


Sister ship to the Laos Pandaw currently plying the route, she is being constructed in Thailand to the line’s specifications, utilizing traditional materials including teak and brass. To navigate one of the world’s mightiest waterways, the vessel will boast an ultra-low draft and high-powered engines.


Guest accommodations will comprise of 12 main deck and 2 upper deck staterooms, each air-conditioned and with private bathrooms, premium bedding, spa-branded amenities and other modern conveniences. A bistro-style dining room with indoor and outdoor seating serve as the venue for themed dinners and gourmet dining by the international culinary team, while the lounge and bar offers relaxation during evening hours amidst watching the riverscape from the stunning observation deck. Cruisers will also be able to partake in cultural performances, educational talks and cooking classes arranged by Pandaw.


Departing from the Laotian capital Vientiane, the ship sails north towards the border, visiting the riverside towns of Ban Paklay, Pak Lai, the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang, the Pa Ou Caves and Pak Beng, before crossing the border with Thailand to stop in Chiang Saen for a shore excursion to the Golden Triangle and its Opium Museum. Entering Myanmar, she continues north for 3 days to arrive at the Chinese border where visits to the Menglun Botanical Garden and Mangfeilong Monastery cap off a 14-night journey in Jinghong. Downstream itineraries will visit the attractions in reverse order as the ship journeys south towards Laos.


Yunnan Pandaw will provide additional capacity for Pandaw’s upper Mekong journey. Her addition brings the number of ships in the luxury river cruise operator’s fleet to 16.


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