Pandaw cruise in Laos

Pandaw have expanded their Mekong operations to take in the tranquil and scenic waterways of Northern Laos. Beginning in bustling capital Vientiane, this 10-night cruise heads up the mighty Mekong, stopping frequently to take in unspoilt riverside hamlets, stunning karst scenery, and also includes two days in the atmospheric ancient city of Luang Prabang. As usual on a Pandaw cruise expect a flexible schedule and a few surprises, but adventurous souls will be richly rewarded with an itinerary which takes in corners of the region inaccessible by any other means.

The RV Laos Pandaw has been specially designed and built for sailing the Upper Mekong River. It has just 10 main deck twin cabins, a dining room, bar and a delightful sundeck to admire the passing scenery. Each of the Pandaw fleet has been hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen so that, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate. In keeping with the spirit of colonial travel, the cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV’s, internet or phones. The dining room is designed to open up along the sides and only at night are the windows closed and the air-conditioning turned on. On offer is a combination of local cuisine and exotic foods, cooked from local supplies as far as possible. Breakfast and lunch are buffets and dinner is served at the tables. Passengers who do not like hot or spicy foods are offered European alternatives and vegetarians are well catered for. A Pandaw river cruise is essentially an outdoor experience and, whilst the cabins are very comfortable, most passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the sun deck, watching great vistas unfold about them.

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