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IMPORTANT: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

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DAY 1: VIENTIANE

Transfer from airports or hotel in Vientiane or from Udon Thani (1.5hrs) in Thailand just across the river. Embarkation 11.30am, followed by lunch and afternoon explorations of the delightful French city including visits to Sisaket Temple, the President’s Hall, Wat Prakeo Temple and the Phatouxay monument. Set sail late afternoon, enjoy a welcome dinner on board and overnight near Vientiane.

  • Meals: Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 2: CRUISING THE MEKONG

Today we cruise upstream on the Mekong, passing lush jungle scenery and tiny riverside villages. Morning presentation on the Lao language. Afternoon cooking demonstration on the upper deck. Arrive in Ban Xanakham where we more overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 3: PAK LAI

Afternoon visit to the French administrative town of Pak Lai with many colonial buildings and a bustling local market. This town boasts the largest elephant festival in South East Asia, usually in February. We return to the ship at Ban Muang where we overnight.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

DAY 4: BAN PARK BOR VILLAGE

Afternoon visit and walking tour of Ban Park Bor (Kmu Tribal) Village, a typical village, set on the banks of the Mekong amidst lush jungle.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 5: BAN MOUANG KHAI VILLAGE

In the morning we pass the newly constructed lock that forms part of the Xanyaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant. Continue upstream to the village of Ban Mouang Khai. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 6: LUANG PRABANG

Morning sightseeing by mini coach to visit the jungle pools and dramatic Khaung Si waterfall. We also visit a butterfly garden and elephant camp. Arrive in the heart of the temple city of Luang Prabang. After lunch, explore by tuktuk this well-preserved and unique world heritage site with its many Buddhist temples, libraries and royal palace. There is a buzzing night market and many delightful cafes and some quite good restaurants ashore. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 7: LUANG PRABANG

Early morning walking tour to see the alms offering by the local people to hundreds of monks who walk around the city every morning. Passengers are invited to join in with offerings we provide for the alms giving. Morning walking tour visiting the National Museum and morning market. Afternoon free to enjoy the beauty and unique atmosphere of Luang Prabang on your own explorations ashore. Enjoy traditional Laos dancing on the upper deck late afternoon. We moor overnight in Luang Prabang. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 8: PAK OU BUDDHA CAVES

Morning sightseeing by local boat exploring the unique Pak Ou Caves, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliff faces. Sail upstream on the beautiful Mekong towards Ban Bo. After lunch, enjoy a cooking demonstration on the upper deck.

Your cruise includes a flight from Homalin to Mandalay or Yangon. Please note the flight times for your flight from Homalin to Mandalay or Rangoon are currently as follows:

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 9: PAK BENG

Morning walking tour of the market town of Pak Beng. After lunch, if time permits, we explore Ban Pak Sip, a traditional riverside village full of charm and life. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 10: CHIANG KHONG

Scenic cruising to the border between Laos and Thailand at Huay Say. Here we cross into Thailand where our waiting transport takes you to re-join the ship at the bustling and pretty Thai port town of Chiang Khong. Afternoon visit the Golden Triangle and Opium Museum. Enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner on board the Champa Pandaw tonight. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 11: BAN DOM MOON

Sailing on the dramatic upper Mekong arriving at Ban Pha Khao. Afternoon village walk up steep track up a hill with a small temple and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding jungle and valleys. Continue to Ban Don Moon where we overnight. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 12: CRUISING THE MEKONG

Continue up the Mekong with Burma on our left and Laos on our right. Arrive at Ban Na Kor (Sob Luoy Port) for sail on to a remote sand bank where we moor for the night. Tonight experience sandbank canapés and cocktails followed by local Laos folklore stories and traditional floating fire lanterns. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 13: GUAN LEI

Arrive in China at Guan Lei Port, take a walking tour and pass immigration. We are now in Yunnan Province, China - the only luxury ship to make this incredible journey. Continue on the Mekong in China past magnificent scenery of dramatic, scenic hillsides. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 14: JINGHONG

Arrive in Jinghong, founded in 1180 by Tai King Phanya Coeng. Its turbulent history has been influenced by Thai, Burmese and Chinese occupations, which can be seen in the buildings and the local language. After lunch, visit the Tropical Plants Research Institute and Manting Park. On our final evening in Jinghong, experience an evening cultural show at Maxmumbani, where dancers from 38 different ethnic groups display their traditions with acrobatics and fascinating story of China and its people. 

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pandaw Cruise

Day 15: JINGHONG

Disembark after breakfast.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

Pandaw Cruise Departures

Note*: rates and departures would change without prior notice. Please contact us @ info@indochinatreks.com for our updated rates and departures for your proposed trip on Pandaw Cruise.

Pandaw Cruise Departures for 2020

Note*: Man: Mandalay; Ran: Rangoo; Pag: Pagan; Kat: Katha; Hom: Homalin; Mon: Monywa

Itineraries

2020
Jan Feb Mar April May July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Vientiane - Chiang Khong 10 nights
ChiagSaen toVientiane N/A N/A 26 05 N/A N/A N/A N/A 01, 11, 23 02, 14, 24 06, 13, 16, 23, 28
Vientiane to ChiagSaen N/A N/A N/A 06, 16 N/A N/A N/A 20, 30 12, 22 03, 13, 25 02, 5, 12, 17, 24, 27
Laos - China 14 Nights
Downstream N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 21, 05 19 2, 16, 30 N/A
Upstream N/A N/A N/A 6, 20 N/A N/A N/A 7, 21 5, 19 2, 16 N/A

Pandaw Cruise Departures for 2021

Itineraries

2021
Jan Feb Mar April May July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Vientiane - Chiang Khong 10 nights
ChiagSaen toVientiane 07, 19, 26, 29 05, 10, 17, 20, 27 04, 11, 14, 21 02, 12 N/A N/A N/A 26 06 09, 18, 19, 28, 01, 11, 16, 23, 26
Vientiane to ChiagSaen 03, 08, 15,18, 25, 30 06, 09, 16, 21, 28 03, 10, 15, 22, 25 01 N/A N/A N/A 15, 25 07, 17, 29 08, 20, 30 05, 12, 15, 22, 27
Laos - China 14 Nights
Downstream N/A
Upstream N/A

Important information

What's included ?

Price Includes

Entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers from Vientiane or Udon Thani to ship in Vientiane or v.v. Transfers from Jinghong airport/hotel to ship in Jinghong..

Price Excludes

International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Terms and Conditions

Payment Terms

A 20% deposit of your total booking value with Pandaw is required upon confirmation and is non refundable.
Final balance must be paid 61 days before departure or the booking will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited.
Certain special offers may require higher non-refunable deposits. These will be advised to you at the time of booking.

Cancellation

Cancellations for all or any part of the trip will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Pandaw. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply:
  • From time of booking until 61 day prior to departure non-refundable deposit
  • From 60 days and less till departure, no show, late arrival or early return 100% cancellation fee
Note: We strongly recommend for your protection that you purchase a trip cancellation insurance.

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