Pandaw River Expeditions is building a new ship for the upper Mekong River, set to launch in September.

The 28-passenger Yunnan Panda, a sister ship to the Laos Pandaw, will have 12 staterooms on the main deck and two on the upper deck, each at 160 square feet. Each cabin will have an electric safe, ample storage and a hair dryer. Laundry service will be available 24 hours.

The public spaces will consist of an observation deck, dining room, an open-air bar and lounge, and bistro-style dining with seating  outside or inside. Additional amenities: a welcome cocktail, evening canapés and a farewell reception.

The Yunnan Pandaw will sail the same 14-night itinerary as the Laos Pandaw along the upper Mekong from Vientiane in Laos to Jinghong in China. Prices start at $6,930 per person, based on double occupancy. The vessel brings to 15 the number of ships in Pandaw’s Asia fleet. Pandaw also has several charter vessels in Asia and South America.

Additionally, Pandaw is launching a 10-night partner program in Ecuador that includes a seven-night river cruise on the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon, aboard the 40-passenger Anakonda, a vessel that launched in 2013. Last year, Pandaw made its foray into South America with a new Brazilian Amazon itinerary.

The Peruvian Amazon itinerary includes a stay in Quito, with a walking tour of the old city and a visit across the equator to the local craft market in Otavalo.

The new 10-night itinerary is priced from $4,995 per person, double.


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