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MEKONG RIVER CRUISES

The Mekong River 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 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.

Passengers of our famous Mekong river cruises experience enormous cultural and ecological diversity on this magnificent river. 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 Mekong river cruise ships on the Lower Mekong and Tonle rivers through Vietnam and Cambodia and from Laos to China on the Upper Mekong.

Popular River Cruise Expeditions

River Cruise itinerary for Classic Mekong

Classic Mekong

Saigon - Siem Reap

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River Cruise itinerary for Classic Mekong
River Cruise itinerary for The Laos Mekong

The Laos Mekong

Vientiane - Chiang Saen

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10 nights

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River Cruise itinerary for The Laos Mekong
River Cruise itinerary for The Mekong: From Laos to China

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14 nights

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River Cruise itinerary for The Mekong: From Laos to China

Short Cruises

River Cruise itinerary for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

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River Cruise itinerary for Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
River Cruise itinerary for Saigon and Phnom Penh Short Cruise

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Combination Cruises

River Cruise itinerary for Halong Bay, Red River & Laos Mekong

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21 nights

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River Cruise itinerary for Halong Bay, Red River & Laos Mekong

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Travel Blogs

Birdlife on the Mekong River

Cruising on the mighty Mekong River , one experience out of the many that you can look forward to is bird- watching. World Wildlife Fund has d....

River Cruise Stops

 

Bat Trang

(literally: ‘bat’ means ‘bowl’ and ‘trang’ means ‘workshop’). Bat Trang is a seven century-old pottery village, located in an area rich in clay.....

 

Chiang Saen

According to an ancient chronicle the original city of Chiang Saen (Chiang: "offshoot", saen: "100, 000") was built in 545 CE in an area called ....

 

Cruising The Mekong

Continue up the Mekong with Burma on our left and Laos on our right.....

 

Duong Lam

Two of Vietnam’s kings were born in Duong Lam, giving the village its prestige. Most of the buildings are made of laterite and mud and are over ....

 

Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is in Chiang Rai Province, in the far north of Thailand. The English name comes from the meeting of Laos, Myanmar and Thaila....

 

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin within Quang Ninh Province, most of which is uninhabited. It was added in 1994 to the UNESCO World H....

 

Hanoi

When you stop off at Hanoi during your Halong Bay & Red River Cruises, there are plenty of things waiting for you to see and do. It is one of th....

 

Jinghong

Jinghong is a beautiful place and one that you will get to experience if you take one of our Mekong River Cruises . It is a city in Xishuangbann....

 

Kuang Si Waterfalls

Also known as the Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls and Kuang Xi, Kuang Si Falls is a breathtaking three-tier waterfall that is adored by every tourist th....

 

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, or Louangphrabang, is a city located in north central Laos, at the confluence of the Nam Khan river and Mekong River about 300 km....

 

Pak Beng

Sitting midway between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai lays Pakbeng on the Mekong. The river used to be the one major route for transport in the coun....

 

Pak Lai

Our Mekong River Cruises can take you to many magical destinations, one of the most stunning of those is Pak Lai. Pak Lai is a stunning administ....

 

Phnom Penh

One thing that so many people love about going on a river cruise is that they get the opportunity to explore places they otherwise wouldn’t. Thi....

 

Saigon

Saigon or Ho Chi Minh is the capital of southern Vietnam and after Hanoi the country's second city. Remarkably despite the boom of the past ten ....

 

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the town around which the Angkor monuments are situated. Modern Siem Reap is about 45minutes from the Tonle Sap and the port facili....

 

Thanh Ha and Water Puppets

The Water Puppets are a tradition which dates back as far as the 11th century, originating in the villages of the Red River Delta. The stories t....

 

Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas

Of particular interest are the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly-known yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and hom....

 

Vientiane

Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, situated on the Mekong near the border with Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 du....

 

Viet Tri

Viet Tri is the capital city of Phú Th? Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam.....

River Cruise Ships

RV Angkor Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Katha and from the same yard delivered in 2013, the only difference with the Katha is an enclosed air conditioned dining room insi....

RV Bassac Pandaw river cruise ship

The third of these rather grand Vietnamese sisters, along with the Orient and Indochina, and the only sister remaining on the Mekong. She is a g....

RV Champa Pandaw river cruise ship

The Champa Pandaw, sister ship of the Laos Pandaw, began cruises on the Upper Mekong from September 2016. The ship has quality mountain bikes fo....

RV Indochina Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Orient and Bassac, the IP was built in Vietnam in 2009 and transferred over to Burma in 2011. The ship has quality mountain bikes ....

RV Laos Pandaw river cruise ship

Seeing the quality of this ship it is hard to believe it was built in a hurry. There are no proper ship yards above the Khone Falls and we could....

RV Mekong Pandaw river cruise ship

Built in Rangoon in 2002 she was sailed round to Saigon under her own power and many a drama described in Paul Strachan’s Pandaw Story. This shi....

RV Sabaidee Pandaw river cruise ship

The RV Sabaidee is our seventeenth ship to the Pandaw Flotilla which was constructed to meet demand on our very popular Laos to China route acro....

RV Tonle Pandaw river cruise ship

Modelled on Pandaw II and originally called Pandaw III, the Tonle saw a year’s service in Burma in 2002/3 before being sent under tug-tow to the....

Mekong River Climate

Mekong River climate chart

Optional Extensions

4 Rivers Floating Resort Tatai 2 nights

Koh Kong is one of Cambodia’s most forested provinces which offers some exceptional experiences. A maze of rivers flow into the Gulf of Thailand....

Exploring Angkor (Victoria Resort)

Victoria Resort. This is a private tour.....

Hanoi 1 Night

Savour a 5-star hotel experience with the best views in the city. Pan Pacific Hotel Hanoi enjoys a spectacular location rising up between the wa....

Hue & Hoi An 4 Nights

This is a Pandaw group tour. Hue and Hoi An are two of Vietnam’s scenic and historic highlights and a ‘must see;’ on most people’s visit to this....

Phnom Penh  1 night - Amanjaya Pancam Hotel

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, sits at the junction of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. It was a hub for both the Khmer Empire and French ....

Saigon & Surroundings (InterContinental Asiana)

This hotel boasts 305 elegantly appointed rooms, bespoke treatments at Spa InterContinental and three international restaurants. This 5-star lux....

Scenic Yunnan Province -

This is a Pandaw group tour depending on how many guests booked this extension.....

The Hill Tribes of North Thailand

Travel off the beaten track with your English speaking guide and discover the hilltribes, beautiful scenery and history of the land of opium, in....

The Rachamankha Hotel, Chiang Mai

Enjoy the comfort and charm of the deluxe Rachamankha Hotel and explore Chiang Mai on our included full day excursion.....

Vietnam's Heritage Road, Saigon - Hue - Hoi An 5 nights

Start this extension after your cruise at Saigon with a two-night stay and full day tour of the city. Hue and Hoi An are two of Vietnam’s scenic....

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