Laos Pandaw to debut in 2015

LUXURY river cruise expedition company Pandaw has rolled out itineraries for 2015, including a 10-night Laos itinerary to be operated on the Laos Pandaw, a new luxury ship with 10 staterooms that becomes the 14th vessel in the Pandaw fleet.

The itinerary features two nights in UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang, and expeditions to tribal villages in the Laotian jungle, crossing rapids, gorges and jungle pools.

Departing November 1, 2015, the Laos voyage is priced from US$3,250. However, bookings made before January 5, 2015 will enjoy a 10 per cent discount.

The cruise operator is also due to begin eight-day Brahmaputra River cruises on the MV Mahabaahu on March 29, 2015.

Guests will be taken to the north-east region of Assam to the largest river island in the world to meet the Mishing people and Kaziranga National Park. Wildlife fanatics can also expect close encounters with single horned rhinos, buffaloes, Indian tigers and river dolphins.

Pre- and post-cruise stays can be arranged for New Delhi and Kolkata, including domestic connecting flights. The cruise-only portion starts from US$2,430.

In Vietnam, Pandaw is putting a spin on the traditional Halong Bay cruise by tagging on a Red River expedition, to be sailed on the Angkor Pandaw.

During the 10-night sailing beginning July 10, 2015, passengers will explore the Bay’s limestone islands and caves, floating villages and school, before moving into the Kinh Thay River and Duong River. Passengers are given two days of sightseeing in Hanoi before being shipped off to see the Red River.

Prices start at US$2,600 but reservations made before October 31, 2014 are at 10 per cent off.

Cruise-only prices are based on twin-sharing of a main deck stateroom, and includes all excursions, crew gratuities, non-premium drinks, and transfers. For more information, visit

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