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RIVER CRUISES

MEKONG RIVER

The Mekong is the 12th largest river in the world flowing 4,350km from SW China to discharge into the sea through a vast delta in Vietnam. Discharging 16,000 cubic meters per second this great beast of a river actually flows through or marks the boundaries of six different nations: China, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Navigable approximately 3,000km in high water from Saigon to Stuc Treng in Cambodia and again above the Cambodia Laos border formed by the impassable Khone Falls, the river is navigable for again from Pakse all the way to Jinghong in China. In French colonial times it was said that for officials taking up postings in Laos it took longer to sail up the Mekong from Saigon to Luang Prabang than it did to sail from Paris to Saigon. In fact, the French built a railway round the Khone Falls to connect steamer services above and below.

This is a river of enormous cultural and ecological diversity. However, both ways of life and the biodiversity of this vast region will be affected by the construction of a number of new dams. Seven are planned for Laos alone, with one nearing completion. Our ship already passes through in a specially-constructed lock.

Though flowing through six countries there is a far greater human diversity than merely six nationalities. Numerous minority groups and hill tribes have settled along the banks, from the Chams in Vietnam to Akas, Lisus, Shans, Dai and many others the further up you go into the Highlands. All of this makes for a truly fascinating ethnography.

Pandaw operates three ships on the Lower Mekong and Tonle rivers through Vietnam and Cambodia and from Laos to China on the Upper Mekong.

EXPEDITIONS

 

New and exclusive upgraded itinerary - now visiting Kratie and the Mekong dolphins. No other river cruise operators go there!

CLASSIC MEKONG

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$1,755 pp Book Now

Ideal to combine with land arrangements

SAIGON AND PHNOM PENH

3 or 4 Nights - Save up to 10% on selected dates
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from US$792 pp Book Now

Perfect add-on to your land tour

PHNOM PENH AND SIEM REAP

3 or 4 Nights - Save up to 10% on selected dates
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from US$792 pp Book Now

Sailing to Kratie & the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin

THE MEKONG UNEXPLORED

10 Nights
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from US$2,495 pp Book Now

Vientiane, Luang Prabang, jungle and villages

THE LAOS MEKONG

10 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$3,600 pp Book Now

See it all, from Laos to China, Yunnan Province

THE MEKONG: FROM LAOS TO CHINA

14 Nights
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from US$6,300 pp Book Now