Laos & China

The Mekong River flows through six countries and on this section of the river three smaller Pandaw cruise ships cover from Vientiane in Laos to Jinghong in Yunnan, South-West China, stopping in Chiang Rai province of North Thailand and Keng Tung State in the Shan Hills of Burma.

Highlights include the French colonial Laos capital of Vientiane, the temple city of Luang Prabang and the Menglun botanical gardens of Yunnan. We stop at several remote tribal villages to be warmly received and see local handicraft production and experience day to day rural life.

But the most exciting part of any Upper Mekong river expedition must be the river cruise itself that passes through dramatic scenery with the river weaving through mountains and forests, gorges and rapids.

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Enjoy a three country expedition as we traverse Laos to touch Thailand and Burma at the once notorious Golden Triangle. From Vientiane (the old French capital) and so redolent as L’Indochine Pandaw will be the first river expedition since pre-war days to cross all Laos.

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This cruise makes it possible for travellers to sail on the mighty Upper Mekong River, all the way from Vientiane to China. This is an incredible, pioneering 14-night river expedition discovering charming villages, stunning scenery, pristine jungle, the Golden Triangle and a very different emerald green Mekong in China’s Yunnan province.

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Pandaw River Expeditions

Pandaw River Expeditions Fleet information & picture Galleries

Cruising Asia’s most famous Rivers; the mighty Mekong, Red River, Irrawaddy River and the Chindwin – a Pandaw River Expeditions is not an ocean cruise. Dressing up for dinner is not compulsory nor is there a ‘captain’s table’!

The atmosphere on board is friendly and informal, more like a party on board a private yacht than a cruise ship. Mostly everything is included in the pre-paid price and there are no hidden extras for shore excursions. Even most of your drinks are included in the price of your ticket!

With a crew passenger ratio of 1:2 there is an incredibly high level of personalised service and care. For all these reasons, passengers keep coming back and exploring more of a lost South-East Asia.

Pandaw River Expeditions have 15 vessel’s cruising in China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma) with itineraries ranging from short 3 night cruises to the longer 10-14 nights.

Pandaw’s popular, mostly unique colonial-era character ships, are well known for their friendly and efficient crew and definitive style. There is an itinerary that will fit any budget or style you may wish for.

All of the Pandaw River Expeditions ships have ultra-shallow drafts which enable travel to remote areas, otherwise unreachable by other passenger-carrying vessels.

Our Pandaw River Expeditions experts have travelled to most Pandaw destinations and know the ships and area very well. You are very welcome to call and discuss in detail the variety of itineraries on offer.

Below is a photo gallery of all 15 ships, click the below ship name and find out more about each vessel!!!

Cambodia & Vietnam

 Laos & China 

 Myanmar (Burma)

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