Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

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

Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Travel up the river on a traditionally built small cruise ship, watching local life unfold along the riverbanks as you go.

    Mekong Explorer

    Board the Pandaw Cruise for a relaxing and peaceful perspective on Vietnam and Cambodia, far away from the crowds and bustle of the cities. Watch locals farming and fishing along the banks and disembark to explore villages, temples and lively Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

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    Travel up the river on a traditionally built small cruise ship, watching local life unfold along the riverbanks as you go.

Other suggested Boats & cruises

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  • Nam Ou River cruise

    Nam Ou River cruise

    The Nam Ou is a tributary of the Mekong that carves a dramatic path through the mountainous landscapes of northern Laos.

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  • Ninh Binh <i>sampan</i>

    Ninh Binh sampan

    Known as 'Dry Halong Bay', the breath-taking scenery of Ninh Binh is best appreciated from amongst the lily and lotus on the calm waters of the river.

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  • Halong Bay cruises

    Halong Bay cruises

    UNESCO World Heritage designated Halong Bay, scenic highlight of northern Vietnam, is a fabulous location for taking to the water.

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