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Laos Pandaw
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Passengers
20

Crew
10

Passenger to Crew
2.00:1

Launched
2015

Shore Excursions
0
Sails To
Asia
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Natalie Pompilio
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Laos Pandaw Overview

Currently the only ship sailing on the Upper Mekong River and visiting the three countries of the Golden Triangle (Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma)) and China, Laos Pandaw launched in November 2015. The ship is a 131-foot long barge that's been converted to a two-deck riverboat. Laos Pandaw can accommodate 20 passengers.

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Each of the 10 staterooms is 180 square feet and finished in teak and brass. All have river views and chairs on a shared balcony. Beds can be converted from singles to a double bed. In-cabin features include an electric mini-safe, multi-configuration plugs, individual climate controls and generous closet and storage space. Each private bath has a shower and is equipped with a hair dryer. Passengers are welcomed with flowers and a gift. There is daily nightly turndown service. The ship offers 24-hour laundry service. 

Onboard amenities include a sun deck, an open-air lounge and bar and a bistro-style dining room with outdoor seating and air-conditioned indoor seating. A local chef prepares personalized meals with lighter/leaner options. Water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits and juices are complimentary. Travelers can also order from an extensive wine list of premium wines. There is free WiFi onboard, but service can be spotty depending on the ship's location.

Passengers are welcomed with a cocktail reception and are sent off with a farewell party. A 24-hour hospitality bar features water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, juices and local beers and spirits. Complimentary evening canapes are served on deck.

Excursions include museum visits and tours of local villages and architecture. All entry fees are covered and bottled water, private transportation and a private guide are provided. After excursions, passengers are treated to a cold towel service, a drink and a shoeshine.


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Where does Laos Pandaw sail from?

Laos Pandaw departs from Hanoi and Haiphong

Where does Laos Pandaw sail to?

Laos Pandaw cruises to Luang Prabang, Hanoi and Halong Bay

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Pandaw River Cruises Fleet

Mekong Pandaw
11 reviews

Mekong Pandaw is decorated in the colonial style, finished in brass and teak. Cabins are all 168 square feet, with panoramic French balcony windows.

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Bassac Pandaw

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Orient Pandaw

The 30-cabin Orient Pandaw looks like a big toy boat but is in fact a luxurious yet unostentatious replica of a colonial-era vessel dating from 1865.

Indochina Pandaw

The 30-cabin Indochina Pandaw looks like a big toy boat but is in fact a luxurious yet unostentatious replica of a colonial-era vessel dating from 1865.

Angkor Pandaw
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

The six-cabin Angkor Pandaw is a handsome two-deck riverboat, a luxurious yet unostentatious replica of a colonial-era vessel dating from 1865.

Katha Pandaw

Katha Pandaw is a small vessel with a shallow draft that enables it to cruise the Irrawaddy beyond Mandalay, and hard-to-reach sections of the Chindwin River.

Kalay Pandaw

Kalay Pandaw is a handsome little vessel aimed at private charters for just 10 passengers, two of whom can share a spacious owner suite.

Tonle Pandaw

Tonle Pandaw is a handsome four-deck riverboat, a luxurious yet unostentatious replica of a colonial-era vessel dating from 1865; it sails in Asia.

Kindat Pandaw

Kindat Pandaw's shallow draft allows it to cruise from Mandalay to Bhamo, the most northern navigable point of the Irrawaddy, close to the China border.

RV Kalaw Pandaw
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

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Kha Byoo Pandaw

Kha Byoo Pandaw's shallow draft allows it to cruise from Mandalay to Bhamo, the most northern navigable point of the Irrawaddy, close to the China border.

Laos Pandaw

The only ship that visits the three countries of the Golden Triangle (Laos, Thailand and Myanmar) and China on its Upper Mekong River itineraries.

Andaman Explorer

Joining the Pandaw fleet in 2016, Andaman Explorer began life as a Norwegian coast guard vessel and was most recently owned by a Dubai shipping family.

Zawgyi Pandaw

After it was outfitted as a floating clinic as part of relief efforts following Cyclone Nargis, Zawgyi Pandaw relaunched as a river cruiser in 2014.

Sabaidee Pandaw

The 17th ship in the Pandaw fleet, Sabei Pandaw continues the tradition of classically styled river cruisers for which the line is known.

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