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New ship on the Mekong block - Yunnan Pandaw to launch in September

In response to growing demand, the luxury river cruise operator, Pandaw, has announced the launch of a new ship, the Yunnan Pandaw, from September 2016.

The ship will become the sister to the Laos Pandaw and will sail on the Upper Mekong from Vientiane (Laos) to Jinghong (China) or visa versa on an exclusive 14-night journey.

Yunnan Pamdaw
The Yunnan Pandaw brings the Pandaw fleet to 16

The Yunnan Pandaw will have 12 air-conditioned main deck and two upper deck staterooms, each with private bathrooms, kimonos, slippers, safe and luxury linens and toiletries. Public areas include a stunning observation deck and dining room.

As with her sister ship, the Yunnan Pandaw will be built in Pandaw’s traditional teak and brass and have an ultra-low draft and high powered engines to enable her to navigate the mighty Upper Mekong. She will bring the number of ships in Pandaw’s fleet to 16.

Says Pandaw’s founder, Paul Strachan: “We are very excited about the addition of the Yunnan Pandaw to our fleet. The journey from Vientiane to Jinghong is only possible with Pandaw and is one of the most memorable.

“The Upper Mekong is one of the most scenic rivers in Asia. Travelling through lush jungle and friendly village communities where elephants can often be seen from the ship. In China, we visit the impressive Menglun Botanical Garden, discover Chinese tea plantations and meet some of China’s minority communities that live in Yunnan Province.”

Pandaw’s departures on the Laos Mekong, from Vientiane to Jinghong, aboard the Laos Pandaw have been sold out for some time.

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 those taking this extended journey, Pandaw offers a complimentary three-night stay in Siem Reap, including guided visits to Angkor Wat.

Cruise only prices start from £3,995 per person based on two people sharing a main deck twin cabin.

Pandaw: 0208 326 5620 or visit

Posted on 14th February 2016 at 12:17 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Pandaw |

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