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Pandaw prepares for maiden voyage of new Mekong River cruise ship

RV Sabei PandawAsia luxury cruise operator Pandaw River Expeditions is preparing for the maiden voyage of its seventeenth ship. Once launched, the RV Sabei Pandaw will offer four-country Mekong River cruises and pamper passengers with elevated levels of comfort.

Pandaw’s advance itineraries show the vessel will sail on 14-night cruises between Yunnan Province in China and the Laos UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang. The RV Sabei will set out on her first cruise tomorrow and make multiple ports of call on the journey along one of the planet’s mightiest inland waterways.

Travellers will get to see and experience the likes of Luang Prabang’s opulent temples, short forays into Thailand and Myanmar, and the heritage opium area known as the Golden Triangle. Walking the streets of rustic villages famed for the production of moonshine rice liquor and unique handicrafts is another of the highlights of this cruise itinerary.

As it is currently the back end of the rainy season in this part of the world, the Mekong River is quite deep at present and the current is fast flowing. In another six or seven months, the opposite will be true. Pandaw says the new boat has been built with a shallow draught to enable it to traverse the Mekong all year round.

Pandaw’s fleet redefines the meaning of luxury cruises. The main features of onboard cabins are that they are spacious and finished with polished wood and brass. Other draws of taking a Pandaw cruise are gourmet dining, chilling on deck and enjoying the enchanting scenery while floating past, and total immersion in local culture.

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