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Pandaw river expeditions

Pandaw river expeditions

By boat is one of the best ways to explore Indochina, and Pandaw is one of our favourite cruise providers.

Owned by the venerable Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, Pandaw cruises offer a taste of colonial elegance as you drift along the languid waterways of Indochina. Each of the ships in the company's fleet is beautifully crafted in brass and teak, and blends luxury and comfort with a friendly atmosphere. The vessels are designed with ultra-shallow draughts to allow them to navigate small channels and reach more remote areas, where most ships (and indeed most roads) cannot reach.

Pandaw cruise options in Indochina range from three nights to ten nights, linking famous destinations such as Saigon, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Halong Bay with little-known villages and remote regions throughout Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Each expedition includes plenty of river stops, allowing you to combine exploration on land with relaxation on deck, where you'll watch the stunning landscapes of Southeast Asia drift slowly past.

Pandaw river expeditions

Available across the region

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