Luxury river cruise company, Pandaw (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.
Pandaw's fleet of 13 stunning colonial-style river ships offer exceptional all-inclusive value with a choice of unique itineraries in Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China, with all meals, shore excursions, crew gratuities and drinks included in the price*.
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. Cruise only prices start from usd 5355 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. Cruise only from usd 1560 per person.
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. Cruise only prices from usd 4576 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. Cruise only prices from usd 3112 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. Cruise only prices from only usd 1534 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. Cruise only prices from usd 3600 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. Cruise only prices from usd 2800 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. Cruise only prices from usd 2600 per person.
For more information and to book visit www.pandaw.com. To see the entire product over view for 2016-17 go to https://www.pandaw.com/downloads/Expedition_Overview_2017.pdf
Note: all prices are per person and include 20% early booking discount, 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.