Friday 26 September 2014

Pandaw first river expedition operator to offer Laos itinerary on new luxury ship the RV Laos Pandaw

Luxury river expedition company Pandaw has announced its new 10-night Laos Mekong sailing on its newest ship the RV Laos Pandaw. The itinerary will commence in November 2015 offering Pandaw guests the chance to travel deep into the Laos mountains, traverse rapids and gorges and visit local tribal villages and Buddhist temples along the Mekong River. Pandaw is the first river expedition operator to cross all of Laos.

The Laos Pandaw will be the fourteenth ship to join the fleet, providing just ten staterooms (including one Owner’s Suite) for a truly bespoke five-star experience.  Guests will spend two nights at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang and explore its Buddhist temples, Royal Palace and atmospheric night market. Observe the morning alms attended by a thousand monks before travelling inland to discover tribal villages, swim in jungle pools and traverse rapids and gorges deep in remote Laos jungle.


Pandaw guests will enjoy a ‘yacht-like’ feel onboard the 10-suite Laos Pandaw as well as five-star luxury service and a crew to passenger ratio of 2:1. All excursions are included in this unique itinerary. The Laos Pandaw, sister ship to the Kha Byoo built in 2014, benefits from a low draught and a powerful engine, both ideal for sailing in the remote Upper Mekong.

Guests booking before 5 January 2015 can benefit from a 10 per cent early booking saving.

10-night Laos Mekong upstream sailing:
Ship: Laos Pandaw
Departure information: 1 November 2015
Price: Cruise-only from USD 3’250.- per person based on two people sharing a main deck stateroom, fully inclusive of all excursions, crew gratuities, meals and non-premium drinks. Transfers between ports of embarkation and the international airport at the start and end of the voyage included.

Day 1: Embark at Vientiane
Day 2: Sanakham
Day 3: Ban Paklay
Day 4: Pak Lai
Day 5: Tha Deua
Day 6: Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang
Day 8: Pak Ou Caves and Nam Ou River
Day 9: Pak Beng
Day 10: Chiang Khong (Thailand)
Day 11: Disembarkation and transfer to airport
Departures operate from 1 November 2015 to 30 January 2016, recommencing later in 2016 for the following season. Upstream itineraries available also, please see website for details.

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