Pandaw River Expeditions has created a seven-night itinerary that sails into China, a first for the company.

The 20-passenger Laos Pandaw will sail from Thailand through Myanmar and Laos and into China. The new itinerary will have eight departure dates in 2016, with the first taking place on Feb. 29. It will leave from Chiang Saen, Thailand, and end in Jinghong in China’s Yunnan province.

The Laos Pandaw, which launched last year, was built for sailing the Upper Mekong with a low draught and extra powerful engines.

“It has been a long-held ambition to sail the length of the navigable sections of the Upper Mekong River,” Pandaw founder and president Paul Strachan said. “There is much to explore in this undiscovered region; travelers need to be up for a real adventure as the daily itinerary might change, but with a flexible attitude they will have the trip of a lifetime.”

In addition to this itinerary, Pandaw is also offering pre- and post-cruise extensions with a private vehicle and guide to visit Kunming, Dali and Lijiang in Yunnan province as well as to visit the hill tribes of Northern Thailand.

Cruise-only prices start at $3,150 per person, based double occupancy, for bookings made by April 30, 2015.

Pandaw operates cruises in Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and India.

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