5 Exclusive Experiences From Pandaw
Pandaw is a river cruise line that specialises in journeys through Asia. Taking you to countries such as Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, India and Myanmar, their experts will help you discover the culture along the Irrawaddy, Mekong and their tributaries.
When you choose to sail with this established cruise line, you will benefit from a range of different exclusives that will highlight what a great choice you’ve made. Here are just a few reasons why you should opt for a Pandaw river cruise.
The Red River
Known as the Song Hong in the native tongue, the Red River flows from China’s Yunnan province, through Vietnam, and into the Gulf of Tonkin, forming the border between China and Vietnam for some of the way. Having pioneered a route from Ha Long Bay, Pandaw is the only river cruise line to be able to offer Red River cruises. Guests can climb aboard the shallow-drafted Angkor Pandaw and, after spending a few days in the bay, venture upriver to villages such as Viet Tri and Hoa Binh.
Four Countries In One Trip
If you are looking for a real adventure, consider Pandaw’s ‘The Mekong: From Laos To China’ itinerary. Pandaw is the sole company to offer this, making them the only cruise line to take guests to China, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar in one trip. The 14-night journey travels from Luang Prabang, Laos to Jinghong, China, stopping to visit remote hill tribes and beautiful pagodas along the way.
School Holidays Promotions
Anybody who has children will tell you how expensive it is to travel as a family, especially when companies increase their prices during school holidays to take advantage of this. However, Pandaw has decided to do the opposite and have made it far easier for families to enjoy an Asian river cruise, even at the most expensive times of year. On selected dates, up to two children between the ages of five and 18 can travel for free when they accompany two full paying adults. Perfect for the ultimate family adventure.
The Chindwin River is a waterway that is famously hard to navigate, largely because of its low water levels – even during the high water season of August to October. However, Pandaw has two ships (Kalay Pandaw and Zawgyi Pandaw) which have ultra-low drafts and are able to travel north of Homalin – something very few vessels can do. Not only does this mean you get to visit remote villages, you will also venture to Nagaland to meet the extraordinary Naga warriors. This distinguished community is made up of 16 different tribes who rarely see western travellers.
Being the responsible cruise line that they are, Pandaw realises the need to support the regions it visits. Following Cyclone Nargis in 2008, during which their ships were used as floating hospitals, they set up a dedicated charity to help with education and healthcare in Myanmar and the surrounding area. Since then, they have built 12 schools and have just opened their eighth medical centre with money donated by the public and taken from Pandaw River Cruises’ profits. During your river cruise, you may get the chance to visit some of the communities that have been helped and witness the great work that is being done – a shore excursion that will be both eye-opening and heart-warming.
These are just a few of the great reasons to choose a Pandaw river cruise. We can offer numerous different itineraries throughout Asia, allowing you to discover the unique culture and people that live in this part of the world. Call us on 0800 954 0064 for more details.