Pandaw's new cruise on the Upper Mekong

RV Yunnan Pandaw

Luxury river cruise operator, Pandaw, has announced it will be launching its new ship, the Yunnan Pandaw, this coming September.

Built in response to demand after its sister ship, the Laos Pandaw, sold out of its Laos Mekong itinerary some time ago, the Yunnan Pandaw will sail an exclusive 14-night itinerary from Vientiane, Laos to Jinghong, China, and vice versa.

Travelling through lush jungle and village communities where elephants are often spotted from the ship, the journey will also explore Menglun Botanical Garden, Chinese tea plantations and enjoy encounters with some of China’s minority communities residing in Yunnan Province.

Speaking of the itinerary, Pandaw founder Paul Strachan said: “The journey from Vientiane to Jinghong is only possible with Pandaw and is one of the most memorable, as the Upper Mekong is one of the most scenic rivers in Asia.”

Yunnan Pandaw will feature 12 air-conditioned main deck staterooms and two upper deck staterooms, each with private bathrooms, kimono, slippers, safe, and luxury linens and toiletries, with public areas including an observation deck and dining room.

Travellers can combine the Upper Mekong cruise with Pandaw’s seven-night Classic Mekong cruise from Saigon to Siem Reap and sail the Mekong from China to Saigon and vice versa.

For travellers wishing to extend their journey with Pandaw’s seven-night Classic Mekong cruise from Saigon to Siem Reap, sailing from China to Saigon and vice versa, Pandaw offers a complimentary three-night stay Siem Reap, including guided visits to Angkor Wat.

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