Luxury river cruise company Pandaw (0208 326 5620; www.pandaw.com) has announced the details of its 2016/17 programme, with early booking discounts of up to 20% and no single supplements for cruises booked before 31st July 2015, on selected departures up to April 2017.
New for 2016/17 – The Upper Mekong: 14 nights from Laos to China
Pandaw is the only river cruise operator to offer expedition cruises exploring the undiscovered Upper Mekong River from Vientiane to Jinghong in China (or vice versa). New for 2016 the Laos Pandaw offers a 14 -night cruise from September 2016 to April 2017 with overnight stays in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Chiang Saen (for the Golden Triangle) and Jinghong. Flight inclusive prices start from £4,995 per person sharing a main deck stateroom.
Travellers can combine this new expedition with Pandaw’s ‘Classic Mekong’ cruise from Saigon to Siem Reap (or vice versa), thus exploring the length of the Mekong in one great adventure. Passengers booking before 31st July 2015 will receive three nights in Siem Reap, including one full day excursion to Angkor Wat, free of charge.
Classic Asia river journeys
Pandaw’s 2016/17 portfolio also includes cruises perfectly suited to the first-time river cruiser in Asia. Options include:
Pandaw pioneered cruising on the Mekong and operates seven-night itineraries from Saigon to Siem Reap aboard the beautiful Mekong Pandaw. Visiting charming villages, the Tonle River wetlands and Wat Hanchey with highlights to include an overnight stay in Phnom Penh. Prices from £2,495 per person including flights, seven-night’s all-inclusive cruise plus a two-night stay in Siem Reap with a full day at Angkor Wat.
For a full exploration of the Irrawaddy this 14-night cruise travels from Rangoon to Pagan and onward to Mandalay aboard the elegant Pandaw II, taking in the Irrawaddy Delta, Prome and a fabulous overnight stay in Pagan. Flight inclusive prices from £4,495 per person.
‘The Golden Land’
Alternatively a 10-night cruise from Mandalay to Rangoon on the Pandaw II, includes an overnight stay in Pagan and visits to U Bein Bridge, Ava and many charming villages. Flight inclusive prices from £3,995 per person.
‘Mandalay Pagan Packet’
For the best value introductory cruise the seven night Mandalay Pagan Packet offers passengers the opportunity to explore Burma’s ancient capitals, charming villages and the temples of Pagan. Flight inclusive prices from £1,995 per person.
River expeditions ‘off the beaten track’
The new programme also highlights Pandaw’s smaller ships whose low draughts enable them to explore off the beaten track. Options include:
‘Pagan & the Upper Irrawaddy’
A 10-night adventure north from Pagan to Mandalay and onward to Katha (the location for George Orwell’s novel Burmese Days) and the scenic Irrawaddy Gorges. Flight inclusive prices from £3,795 per person.
This seven-night itinerary explores the villages and colonial history of the famous Chindwin River aboard the newly built 10 stateroom Zawgyi Pandaw. Highlights include scenic forested hills and Sitthuang where the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers were scuppered in 1942. Flight inclusive prices from £3,695 per person.
‘Halong Bay & the Red River’
Sailing on the Angkor Pandaw, this 10-day itinerary travels from scenic Halong Bay to Hanoi and on in to the remote and undiscovered Northern Vietnamese towns and villages. Flight inclusive prices from £2,995 per person.
For more information and to book call Pandaw on 0208 326 5620. To see the entire product over view for 2017 go to https://www.pandaw.com/downloads/Expedition_Overview_2017.pdf
* Note: all prices are per person, including 20% discount and based on 2 people sharing a twin main deck stateroom. Local soft drinks, local beer and local spirits are included on every Pandaw-owned cruise.
For further press information call Hugh Clayson at Pandaw on 0203 773 8796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Anthea Yabsley at email@example.com 0208 578 6777
Founded in 1995 by Scotsman and Burmese historian Paul Strachan with the re-building of an original Clyde-built steamer called Pandaw, the company can trace its roots back to the original Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, founded by Scots merchants in 1865. Still a family-run company, Pandaw was the first company to offer expeditions on both the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers and has almost 20 years’ experience navigating three of the great rivers of South East Asia.
Pandaw operates cruises in Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China from June to April.