Stepping aboard this sleek 44 metre teak-lined vessel, it is hard to believe that it started life as a barge used to carry heavy cement and rice up to China. Perfectly accustomed to tackling the fierce flow of the Upper Mekong, the RV Laos Pandaw was converted in the Golden Triangle where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet; ship builders came flocking from Mandalay, materials from Thailand and it emerged gleaming from its chrysalis in November 2015.
Just 10 staterooms are finished in teak and brass, with panoramic sliding doors for uninterrupted vistas of the river and hidden villages accessible only by boat. Service is wonderfully attentive as well as personalised; shoes are cleaned and refreshing tinctures proffered following excursions, while bespoke healthy menus can be discussed with the excellent local chef. An on-board bakery sends out fresh daily bread and evening canapés are served on the open-air deck, washed down with a gin and tonic and a leisurely view of the unhurried riverside life.
The cruise's itineraries are rich with history and culture. Explore the vibrant streets of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage City home to marvellous monasteries and a fascinating fusion of colonial and traditional Lao architecture. Alternatively, introduce yourself to the friendly locals to learn more about their fascinating way of life or enjoy an even more intimate cruise across gorges and rapids in one of Pandaw’s smaller vessels.
Those seeking an exclusive Mekong River cruise
History & culture lovers
Personalised meal services
Cultural performances and educational talks
Restaurant and bar
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
Meet the friendly locals and learn about the Laotian way of life
Learn about Laos’ national animal, the Asian elephant
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang
Traverse rapids and gorges on Pandaw’s mini vessels
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