Pandaw Cruises, the pioneer of expedition cruising on the Upper Mekong River in Laos, has announced a new itinerary for 2023. The company is future-proofing its expeditions and providing an enhanced experience for guests by updating its itinerary. The new 10-night itinerary will sail between Chiang Khong in Thailand and Pak Lay, a large town just upstream of Vientiane, with a shorter and more in-depth sailing experience along the Mekong.
With the continued construction of several planned dams along the Mekong in Laos already impacting water levels in the region, Pandaw has adjusted its itinerary to ensure guests have a memorable experience while enjoying a comfortable and safe journey.
Touring in Vientiane will no longer be included in the 10-night itinerary but will be offered as a pre or post-cruise extension. Instead, Pandaw will spend extra time in the UNESCO city of Luang Prabang and introduce an exciting new excursion at the Mekong Elephant Park in Pak Beng.
At the Mekong Elephant Park, guests will have the opportunity to learn how Laos received its name as the ‘Land of a Million Elephants’. The park is one of the few sanctuaries dedicated to rehabilitating and protecting elephants while providing alternate employment for the Mahouts, who traditionally use elephants for logging or entertainment.
The new itinerary will be in place immediately and applicable to all new and existing bookings. Limited places remain for Pandaw’s popular Laos adventure for the coming season, so guests are encouraged to book early to experience this exciting new itinerary in Laos with Pandaw.
Pandaw’s commitment to providing guests with the best possible experience has earned the company a reputation as one of the region’s most reliable and trustworthy operators. With its unique focus on expedition cruising, Pandaw offers guests the opportunity to explore the less-travelled parts of the world in comfort and style.
Pandaw Cruises is a family-owned company operating in Asia since 1995. The company has a fleet of 17 classic ships, each designed and crafted to reflect the style of the colonial era. Pandaw’s cruises are designed to take guests on a journey of discovery, exploring the culture, history, and natural beauty of the places they visit.
To book your Pandaw Cruise and experience the new Laos itinerary for 2023, visit pandaw.com or contact your professional travel advisor.