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Pandaw Laos Cruise Mekong River
Vientiane Jetty - Thadeua Road km4, Sisattanark District
9.4Excellent - 28 reviews

Pandaw Laos Cruise Mekong River

Vientiane Jetty - Thadeua Road km4, Sisattanark District
9.4Excellent - 28 reviews
Launched in 2015
10 Cabins
Metal Ship
Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Pak Beng - Chiang Khong
Pandaw Cruises
Styles: Laos Cruises,
Cruise-Lines: Pandaw Laos Cruise

Highlight Services & Facilities

  • Bar
  • Cafe & Lounge
Why choose Pandaw Laos Cruise?
  • Only 10 cabins for the best individual travellers' experience

  • Exceptional food & beverages: bistro-style al fresco dining, welcome cocktail, extensive wine list, etc.

  • An array of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship excursions

Cabin & Rates

Bed type:
Main Deck

Main Deck

2 pax
15.6 m2
Twin Bed
  • All board - meals included
Cabin detail
Upper Deck

Upper Deck

2 pax
15.6 m2
Twin Bed
  • All board - meals included
Cabin detail
Booking Policy
Price Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language),
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Ugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
  • mineral water
  • Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage
Price Excludes
  • International flights
  • Port dues
  • Airport transfers
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • Imported beverages such as wines
  • Premium spirits and liqueurs
  • Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
  • Espressos and cappuccinos at bar
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellation before 120 days prior to the start of the cruise:30 % of the total rate
  • Between 120 and 61 days prior to the start of the cruise: 50 % of the total rate
  • Between 60 and 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 70 % of the total rate
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 90 % of the total rate
  • 15 days or less: 100% of the cruise price
Children Policy
  • Free of charge for children below 5 years old, in parents' room and using existing bedding.
  • Baby cots are available.
  • Children above 5 ears must occupy a separate bed and pay full rate (Single or double occupancy).

Cruise Itineraries

11 days: Vientiane - Chiang Khong
Day 1: Vientiane
Day 2: Cruising the Mekong
Day 3: Pak Lai
Day 4: Ban Park Bor Village
Day 5: Ban Mouang Khai Village and Luang Prabang
Day 6: Luang Prabang
Day 7: Pak Ou Caves
Day 8: Pak Beng
Day 9: Ban Houayxay
Day 10: Pak Sith - Chiang Khong
Day 11: Chiang Rai/ Chiang Mai
Last update 15:33 Tuesday 14 May 2024

Important Notes:


About Pandaw Laos Cruise

The RV Laos Pandaw Cruise has sailed from Vientiane to Chiang Khong under its power, as described in Paul Strachan’s Pandaw Story. This ship was designed especially for the Mekong, along with Laos and Thailand, aiming to bring the most gorgeous service for seniors and groups of friends.

Facilities & Deck Plan

The Laos Pandaw Cruise features two decks and splendid onboard facilities that satisfy around 20 passengers.

The Main deck includes the crew areas and 10 cabins (spaces of 16 m2).

The Upper deck contains a dining room serving themed dinners and shared space for lounge and bar

Pandaw Laos Cruise Deckplan

Pandaw Laos Cruise Fact Sheet

Embark on an extraordinary voyage through Laos and Thailand aboard the Pandaw Laos Cruise. Our dedicated staff will provide you with an elite and unforgettable experience.

Saloon Dining Room

The restaurant on the second deck of the Pandaw Laos Cruise can seat 20 guests. It offers a delightful dining experience with a blend of design styles, featuring contemporary Asian artifacts and crystal glassware.

Service & Activities

Pandaw Laos Cruise provides a primary upstream route, featuring an 11-day itinerary from Vientiane to Chiang Mai. Additionally, there are downstream routes available, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the cruise experience in reverse.

Wander in Pha Laeb village

Embark on an upstream Mekong cruise, where you will be treated to breathtaking views of lush jungle scenery and charming riverside Pha Laeb village. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings and embrace the local culture during this enriching excursion.

Pass through the Xayabouri Hydroelectric Dam

As we navigate through the Mekong, our journey takes us past the Xayabouri Hydroelectric Dam. This unique opportunity allows us to witness firsthand the inner workings of this somewhat controversial attraction, including the fascinating process of navigating the locks.

Enjoy the Kuang Si Waterfalls

We have the opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring Kaung Si waterfall, known for its dramatic beauty. Marvel at the cascading waters and take in the breathtaking scenery surrounding this natural wonder. 

Explore the Pak Ou Caves

In the seventh afternoon, embark on a sightseeing adventure aboard a local boat to explore the extraordinary Pak Ou Caves. Marvel at the unique and captivating surroundings as you delve into the depths of these sacred caves. 

Visit the Pak Beng Elephant Sanctuary

Laos, often referred to as 'The land of a million elephants,' holds a deep connection to these magnificent creatures. On the ninth day, our itinerary takes us to a rescue sanctuary dedicated to preserving the elephants of Laos and offering sustainable employment opportunities for Mahouts, who were once involved in training and riding these majestic beings.

Besides off-board activities, you will have the chance to enjoy exceptional services onboard, such as shoe cleaning and cold towels after excursions, nightly turndown, and 24-hour laundry services.

Food & Drink

Meals on board are thoughtfully scheduled to provide a well-structured dining experience with personalized meal services. Begin your day with a satisfying breakfast at 7:00, followed by a delightful brunch between 10:00 and 11:00. Enjoy a delicious lunch from 12:00 to 13:00, and conclude your day with a satisfying dinner served around 19:30.

With an experienced international culinary team, you can indulge in culinary delights at their designated times, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable dining experience throughout your journey.

Note: Please notify our dedicated crew team in advance of any special dietary requirements you may have.

Step aboard the Pandaw Laos Cruise and prepare to elevate your journey with a delightful array of beverages. We offer a wide selection of drinks, especially premium wine. Add to this, and you can savor the best taste of welcome cocktails, and complimentary evening canapés.

Sit back, relax along the scenic waterways of Laos, and allow us to cater to your beverage preferences with our 24-hour hospitality bar. 


The arrangements for transfers may vary depending on the departure day of your journey. To ensure you have all the necessary information, detailed instructions regarding the transfers will be provided to you three weeks prior to the departure date.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating

Based on 5 customer's reviews

Traveler rating
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Score breakdown
  • Cruise quality 9.6
  • Food/Drink 9.6
  • Cabin quality 9.8
  • Staff quality 10
  • Enter/act 9
Excellent - Mr.Frank W
Germany Germany
Excellent cruise in Laos

We had initially planned this trip in 2020 but it was postponed due to the pandemic. It had been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait! We were thrilled to discover that Pandaw has maintained its professionalism and attention to detail. The entire vacation was wonderful. All of the personnel… More

Excellent - Ms.Sonash R
Germany Germany
Amazing river cruise

This was a rescheduled pandemic trip that was originally scheduled for 2020. It was a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait! We were pleased to see Pandaw had maintained its professionalism and attention to detail. The entire journey was excellent. The entire staff was fantastic and made… More

Excellent - Richard S
France France
Perfect Laos Mekong Cruise

We went on the 10-day Pandaw Cruise Laos Mekong, and it was one of the best experiences we've ever experienced. We booked with Hang/Moon (Mrs) of BestPrice Travel in Vietnam. We received fantastic service from her. When I had a query, I never had to wait longer than a few hours for a response by email.… More

Excellent - Mr.Mark Brant
Australia Australia

We had an excellent trip and it was a great experience. Much better than we expected. I haven’t been able to fill in the survey online so I am sending you this email. We have recommended you to everyone who has asked about our trip. Thank you for your assistance. kind Regards
Mark and Madeleine Brant.

Excellent - Ms.Mazet Mulye
India India

Excellent. Thank you very much for getting us cabin 104 which was fabulous. Great cruise!!!!!! Everyone loved it.

Questions & Answers (1)

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I am very disappointed that flights are not included. As a solo traveler this makes the holiday very expensive. This wasn’t the case with my last two holidays with Pandaw.

@Gill Laurijssen:

Thank you so much for your strong support us so far. Can you please provide more information of which service are you interested in so we can double check and confirm back you soon!

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