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RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos
RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos

RV Sabaidee Pandaw

Laos  |  Launched: 2018  |  14 Cabin(s)

From US $4,316/pax

Main Deck Cabin

 8 Cabin(s)

 |   14m²

 |   Double/twin

The main deck cabins are very similar to upper deck in term of interior but with only drawback is the location. However, the coziness of the rooms are no less than ones in upper deck and ensure that you have the most comfortable experience while on board.

Cabin Amenities

  |       Max Rom:  

Satisfaction Guarantee
Satisfaction Guarantee
Free Cancellation
Free cancellation 45 days in advance

 Air Conditioning

 Mini Bar

 Toiletries

 Shower

 Bathrobes

 Bottled Water

 In Room Safe

 Hair Dryer

 Slippers

Upper Deck Cabin

 6 Cabin(s)

 |   14m²

 |   Double/twin

The six cabins on the upper deck each has 14 square meter of space and with the classic twin beds of Pandaw cruises. The rooms all are equipped with air-conditioners and locally sourced furniture. These rooms also have the advantage of elevated view out to the river.

Cabin Amenities

  |       Max Rom:  

Satisfaction Guarantee
Satisfaction Guarantee
Free Cancellation
Free cancellation 45 days in advance

 Air Conditioning

 Mini Bar

 Toiletries

 Shower

 Bathrobes

 Bottled Water

 In Room Safe

 Hair Dryer

 Slippers

RV Sabaidee PandawOverview

Embark on an intimate Laos River Cruise aboard the RV Sabaidee Pandaw. This unique Pandaw vessel, crafted in teak and brass, conquers both the wild rapids of Laotian gorges and the shallows leading to China, catering to our popular Laos to China route. With just 14 elegant staterooms on two decks, the RV Sabaidee on Laos river guarantees personalized service and cozy comfort. Dine al fresco or indoors in the flexible saloon, and explore at your own pace with our fleet of quality mountain bikes. 

Get ready for an unforgettable Laos River Cruise unlike any other!

Highlightsof RV Sabaidee Pandaw

Small size and intimate atmosphere

The RV Sabaidee Pandaw only has 14 staterooms, which gives it a small and intimate atmosphere. This is in contrast to many other Mekong River cruise ships, which can have hundreds of passengers. This allows guests to feel more connected to the crew and other passengers, and to enjoy a more personalized experience.

Reach remote areas like no other

The RV Sabaidee Pandaw is designed to navigate shallow waters, which allows it to reach remote areas that other ships cannot. This gives guests the opportunity to experience the Mekong River in a more authentic way, and to explore hidden gems that are off the beaten path.

Free access to mountain bikes

The RV Sabaidee Pandaw has a fleet of mountain bikes that guests can use to explore the surrounding area. This is a great way for guests to get off the beaten path and experience the local culture on their own terms.

Authentic experience of the Mekong River

The ship is designed to reflect the traditional architecture of the region, and the crew is knowledgeable about the local culture. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the history, culture, and people of the Mekong River region through a variety of onboard activities and excursions.

Facilitiesof RV Sabaidee Pandaw

 All Meals Included

 Laundry Service

 Tours

 Bar

 Hair Dryer

 Security [24-hour]

 Closet

 Fire extinguisher

 Free welcome drink

 Mirror

 Cooking classes

Deck Plan

RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise in Laos - Deck Plan

Full Itinerary (4)of RV Sabaidee Pandaw

RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise 10 Nights (Upstream)

Destination: Vientiane, Pak Lai, Xayaburi Dam, Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, Ban Ton, Pakbeng, Pak Sith, Chiang Khong

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Explore iconic locations of Vientiane
  • Enjoy the magical forest and the small village hidden on the riverbank
  • Visit Pak Lai town with many French colonial imprints
  • Explore the UNESCO Heritage Town - Luang Prabang
  • Enjoy cocktails and a traditional dance show in Chiang Saen

Itinerary of RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise 10 Nights (Upstream)

Day 1: VIENTIANE (L, D)

Dive into the heart of Laos with an unforgettable Pandaw cruise! Your adventure begins at 8:00 am with a pickup from your Vientiane hotel, whisking you away to embark on a traditional long-tail boat expedition. Imagine the Mekong River breeze in your hair as you cruise along verdant landscapes and charming riverside villages.

But the journey doesn't end there! Your RV Sabaidee Pandaw awaits upstream, ready to welcome you aboard with a delicious lunch prepared by the Pandaw chef and refreshing drinks mixed by the bar staff.

Settle into your comfortable cabin and soak in the stunning Mekong scenery as you sail towards Pak Lay, your stay for the night.

Day 2: CRUISING THE MEKONG (B, L, D)

Spend the day sail against the current of the Mekong. En route, the magical scenery of exotic jungle and little village tucked away by the riverside will slowly appear. In the morning, you can spend time learning the basic of Lao language after a short walk at Pha Laeb Village. If time permits, we will also enjoy an afternoon walk at Ban Khok Fark.

Day 3: XAYABOURI (B, L, D)

Our morning starts with a gentle stroll through Ban Pak Bor Khummu village, a glimpse into local life before we embark on a unique adventure. Next, we navigate the mighty Xayabouri Hydroelectric Dam, a colossal marvel of engineering (though some have mixed feelings about its impact).

Prepare to be awestruck as we journey through the dam's impressive locks, witnessing firsthand the power of a river harnessed. In the afternoon, we trade steel giants for vibrant cultural immersion, visiting Ban Na San, a charming Hmong minority village.

Here, we step into a world of colorful traditions and warm hospitality, experiencing the rich tapestry of Laotian life

Day 4: KUANG SI WATERFALLS (B, L, D)

Spend your morning with a splash at the majestic Kaung Si waterfall, accessible by boat from Ban Mouang Khai village.

On your way back, learn about Laos' buffalo culture at the Laos Buffalo Farm, a project empowering local communities. By mid-afternoon, you'll arrive in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO city bursting with history.

Explore the vibrant night market, discover cozy cafes, and savor local delights in charming restaurants. As the sun sets, join a traditional Laos Bacci ceremony and let loose with lively dancing on the upper deck during happy hour.

RV Sabaidee Pandaw docks peacefully in the heart of Luang Prabang for the night, ready for more adventures tomorrow.

Day 5: EXPLORE LUANG PRABANG & CULTURE (B, L, D)

Our first stop today is Ock Pop Tok, where skilled local women weave magic into silk, creating stunning textiles while earning a sustainable income. Next, we'll hop over to TAEC, a treasure trove of traditional music, and discover the melodious heartbeat of Laos through its fascinating instruments.

After a delicious lunch onboard, we'll cast off towards Ban Chan, a village where clay gets transformed into exquisite pottery. Get ready to unleash your inner artist at a local workshop, and who knows, you might just create your own masterpiece! As the sun sets, we'll enjoy the sunset on RV Sabaidee Pandaw along the Mekong, with the shimmering Luang Prabang as our backdrop.

Finally, we'll return to the heart of the town, where our cozy vessel awaits for a peaceful night's sleep.

Day 6: LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

After breakfast, take on a tuk tuk ride to the town of Luang Prabang with its many monuments that still retains the original states. Explore historic gems like the National Museum and serene Buddhist temples. Get lost in bustling markets and riverside charm in the afternoon. Back on board for dinner and a mesmerizing traditional dance performance—a perfect Luang Prabang day!

Day 7: PAK OU CAVES (B, L, D)

Start your day in Luang Prabang with a relaxed morning at your own pace. Then, around midday, hop aboard a traditional boat and set sail upstream on the mighty Mekong.

The afternoon promises two wonders: first, the mystical Pak Ou Caves, carved into dramatic limestone cliffs and brimming with ancient Buddha statues. Next, step ashore at the charming Whisky village. This riverside journey promises glimpses into Laos's rich culture and natural beauty – all before sunset!

Day 8: BAN TON AND SANDBANK BBQ (B, L, D)

Rise and shine for a Mekong morning! After breakfast, weave through the charming village of Ban Ton, feeling the pulse of local life. As the sun sets, we'll anchor by a golden sandbank, transforming it into a sizzling barbecue heaven. Cocktails in hand, dance under the stars with the crew, and light paper lanterns to illuminate the remote Laotian night - an unforgettable evening under the Mekong sky!

Day 9: PAK BENG ELEPHANT SANCTUARY (B, L, D)

Today, we visit a special sanctuary where rescued elephants roam free - Pakbeng Elephant Sanctuary. These former mahouts traded riding crops for tools to build a better future for both elephants and themselves.

And after witnessing these gentle giants, we'll explore the charming village of Ban Pak Sith Khummu, experiencing firsthand the warm Laotian spirit. It's a day filled with stories of resilience and nature's beauty!

Day 10: PAK SITH - CHIANG KHONG (B)

Glide upstream on the Mekong, savoring the final stretch of this amazing journey. As we reach the border, prepare to step into Thailand via the Friendship Bridge, marking a new chapter in your adventure.

Back on board in Chiang Khong, your trusty Pandaw awaits with a special welcome: a tour of its charming nooks and crannies, followed by a mesmerizing fruit carving demonstration by our talented chef.

As the sun is down, bid farewell to your fellow travelers with sparkling cocktails and a captivating Thai dance performance - a vibrant end to an unforgettable cruise!

Day 11: CHIANG KHONG (B)

Disembark by 8.30 in Chiang Khong and say goodbye to your Pandaw home. En route, we'll take you on a fascinating detour through the Golden Triangle, where the Mekong River marks the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

Dive into the region's history at the Opium Museum, learning about the area's past and its journey towards a brighter future. Then, depending on your final destination, you'll have a scenic journey (around 2 hours to Chiang Rai and 6 hours to Chiang Mai) to your city hotel or airport.

What's included

Entrance fees
Guide services (English language)
Gratuities to crew
Main meals as mentioned
Locally-made soft drinks, mineral water
Local beer and local spirits
Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage
International flights
Visa costs
Phnom Penh Port tax
Port dues (if levied)
Laundry
Fuel surcharges (Policies)
Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits, and liqueurs
Fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos, and cappuccinos
Tips for tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators, and cyclo drivers

RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise 10 Nights (DOWNSTREAM)

Destination: Chiang Saen, Khamo Village, Pak Ou Caves, Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls, Xayaburi Dam, Xanakham, Vientiane

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Enjoy a cocktail on the sand in a romantic scenery
  • Capture the moment of thousands of Buddha statues in Pak Ou Caves
  • Explore the ancient beauty of Luang Prabang town
  • Relax with Khaung Si waterfall and clear blue lake
  • Discover famous places and delicious dishes in Vientiane

Itinerary of RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise 10 Nights (DOWNSTREAM)

Day 1: CHIANG SAEN (D)

PLEASE NOTE: The following itinerary is just an indication of what you can expect on the cruise and subject to change. With the journey to remote land like this, there may be inevitable elements that force the cruise to change the plan.

Transfers from the hotel near the city center or the airport in Chiang Rai (2 hours) or Chiang Mai (6 hours). Upon reaching Chiang Saen, you can make a visit to the Hall of Opium in the Golden Triangle. Check-in on the cruise at 16:00 and we begin the journey.

Day 2: INTO LAOS (B, L, D)

Reaching the river border gate, we will pass through and enter Laos. Continue downstream to the Mekong River. Lunch on board followed by a short visit to a little village in the middle of the jungle in time allows.

Day 3: KHAMO VILLAGE (B, L, D)

Today visit in the morning to a Khamo Village. Then continue sailing downstream. Enjoy a cocktail on the sandbank by the evening.

Day 4: PAK OU CAVES & LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

The trip today will be to Pak Ou Caves. It holds a special significance to the Buddhists as the spacious cave houses thousands of Buddha images. Reaching Luang Prabang in the afternoon

Day 5: LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

After breakfast, take on a tuk tuk ride to the town of Luang Prabang with its many monuments that still retains the original states. First off is the National Museum followed some other Buddhist Temples. Afternoon, you will be free to explore the town on your own. Back on board in the evening to enjoy dinner and a traditional dance performance by the local artists.

Day 6: KHAUNG SI WATERFALL (B, L, D)

Wake up early today to take part in the almsgiving ceremony by the locals that donate foods for monks that go around the town every morning.

The morning will be spent on bus to the Khaung Si waterfalls with its sapphire water and lagoons as well as the butterfly garden.

Continue the journey down south

Day 7: XAYABURI DAM (B, L, D)

Today, we will cross through the water block of Xayaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant. In the afternoon, take a stroll through a typical local village.

Day 8: XANAKHAM (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we leave the ship for Ban Pha Leab for its breathtaking limestone rock formation. Next, we reach Pak Houng another Thai and Laos border for a trip to a plantation and meet the residents.

Day 9: VIENTIANE (B, L, D)

Cross the out-of-this-world scenery with the signature mountainous jungle of Laos as the river swerves around it. After a few hours of sailing, we will reach the water body of Vientiane – the capital of Laos and dock here for overnight. You can also have the chance to do your own exploration here.

Day 10: VIENTIANE (B, L, D)

Morning exploration will be the discovery of Vientiane’s highlights such as Pha That Luang Stupa, Sisaket Temple, the President’s Hall, Wat Prakeo Temple and the Phatouxay monument. Later, if you wish, will be your own exploration to the coffee shops and bistros located in narrow alleys and small roads of this colonial city. Enjoy a farewell cocktail and dinner.

Day 11: VIENTIANE (B)

Check-out from the cruise in Vientiane, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city or the airport.

What's included

Entrance fees
Guide services (English language)
Gratuities to crew
Main meals as mentioned
Locally made soft drinks, mineral water
Local beer and local spirits
Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage
International flights
Visa costs
Phnom Penh Port tax
Port dues (if levied)
Laundry
Fuel surcharges (Policies)
Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs
Fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos
Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers
No transfers in Phnom Penh, ship docks in city center at Sisowath Quay

RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise 14 Nights (Upstream)

Destination: Vientiane, Pak Lai, Ban Park Bo Village, Ban Muoang Khai Village, Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, Pak Beng, Ban Hoayxai, Golden Triangle, Ban Dom Moon, Sob Luoy, Guan Lei, Jinghong

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Explore stunning Vientiane with French-influenced monuments
  • Visit bustling local markets and join in the elephant festival
  • ​Immerse in the peaceful villages and the majestic Khaung Si waterfall
  • Experience cultural activities in the ancient city of Luang Prabang
  • Visit Hall of Opium for reminder of harmful effects of opium
  • Admire Jinghong City with its unique cultural interference

Itinerary of RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise 14 Nights (Upstream)

Day 1: VIENTIANE (L, D)

PLEASE NOTE: The following itinerary is just an indication of what you can expect on the cruise and subject to change. With the journey to remote land like this, there may be inevitable element that force the cruise to change the plan.

Check-in the cruise at 12:30 PM and you will be welcome by the reception followed by a hearty lunch before your shore excursion this afternoon.

Visit the gorgeous French-influenced city with the first stop to the golden Pha That Luang Stupa then Sisaket Temple, the Phatouxay Monument, the President’s Hall and Wat Prakeo Temple.

Enjoy dinner on board.

Day 2: CRUISING THE MEKONG (B, L, D)

Today, resume the journey upstream through the seemingly endless greenery of the remote Laos. Enjoy the morning lecture on the language of Laos and afternoon will be spent with the chef to learn the way of efficient cooking of the locals. We reach Xanakham before midnight.

Day 3: PAK LAI (B, L, D)

Morning will be leisure sailing as afternoon approaches, leave the ship for a trip to Pak Lai – the French administrative town – to see the busy local markets and of course colonial structures. The town is also famous for the elephant festival.

Day 4: BAN PARK BOR VILLAGE (B, L, D)

Morning hiking trip to a Khamo tribal village, an ordinary village so you can experience this humbling experience. We will pass the Xanyaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant.

Day 5: BAN MOUANG KHAI VILLAGE - LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

Today begins with a trip to Hmong village – Ban Mouang Khai as we sail upstream. The afternoon will be reserved for a visit to the to Khaung Si Waterfalls with the aquamarine pools with shockingly blue color due to the minerals. Make a stop at the butterfly garden nearby if you wish. Return back on board as we reach the UNESCO Heritage Town – Luang Prabang with its charming colonial buildings, quaint cafés and restaurants.

Day 6: LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

After breakfast, leave the ship and take on the tuk tuk ride to the unchanging town of Luang Prabang. Visit many Buddhist buildings in town coupled with a museum and library. The afternoon will be for your own exploration of the town. The evening, there will be a traditional Laos dance show on the open lounge area on the upper deck. Spend the night on board near Luang Prabang.

Day 7: PAK OU CAVES (B, L, D)

Wake up extra early today to catch the daily alms giving ceremony that takes places on the streets of Luang Prabang. Observe the lines of dozens of monks walk slowly around the city and receiving donations from the townsfolks. Return back on board for breakfast, then depart from the ship once again by a local boat to the immense Pak Ou Caves with their thousands of Buddha Images. Enjoy a cocktail by the riverbank in the evening before the journey resume upstream to Ban Bo.

Day 8: PAK BENG (B, L, D)

After breakfast, travel to a typical Village of Khamo ethnic. Return back on board after as the ship continues towards Pak Sit.

Day 9: BAN HOUAYXAY (B, L, D)

Enjoy a slow stroll in Khamo Village in the morning and make the way back to the ship as we reach the border of Laos and Thailand. Toward the end of the afternoon, we will enjoy a lake afternoon walk to a village in Huay Xay.

Day 10: THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE (B, L, D)

After breakfast, take a border crossing trip to the Tachilek – some call it the smuggler city of Burma – where you can find some “special” market and the Tachilek Shwedagon Pagoda.

After lunch, we visit to the Hall of Opium in the Golden Triangle. The place used to be infamous for being the major traffic point of opium. Numerous Thai organizations guided by the Royal Project and Doi Tung Development have contributed their effort to the decades-long battle against the illegal trade. The Hall of Opium was built as a reminder for everyone about the harmfulness of drugs through history and scientific evidences.

Near the end of the day, we visit the Buddha Statue by the river to watch the sunset as well as the border forks of the three country – Laos, Thailand, Myanmar.

Day 11: BAN DOM MOON (B, L, D)

We leave the Golden Triangle and advance on the Mekong River. This part is especially narrow and has faster current compared to the relative quiet part of the journey before. An afternoon hike to the Pok Lok Village before going back on board to join in a talk by the guide about the ethnics of the region.

Day 12: SOB LUOY PROVINCE (B, L, D)

This morning, we visit the Ban Pak Keo village and its residents. Take a leisure stroll up to a small hill where a pagoda perched by the top and enjoy an elevated view over the old Mekong River.

Afternoon stop at Sob Luoy Port in Ban Na Kor Village to spend the night. Near the evening, canapés and cocktails will be provided for a relaxing social opportunity on the sundeck as the passengers are entertained by the local folktales and ceremony.

Day 13: GUAN LEI (B, L, D)

The early morning, we say farewell to the crew and the ship. Take the speedboat ride through the shallow water to cross the border to China and reach Guan Lei Port in the morning. Then, you can have the morning hike for your own exploration before you pass the immigration. We will reach Jinghong today to spend the night in a 4-star hotel.

Day 14: JINGHONG (B, L, D)

Jinghong a Chinese city founded by Tai King Phanya Coeng. The culture here is especially diverse due to the influences of the Thai, Burmese and Chinese mixed residents.

The morning will be spent in the intriguing Tropical Plant Institute and for your amazement as you enter this garden of over 13,000 plants species and 35 exhibits. Next on the schedule is the Manting Park with the longest history of over thirteen decades in Xishuangbanna. Used to be a Dai Imperial Garden, this park can provide you the knowledge of the Dai’s people. Some also call Manting Park “Chunhuan Park” which bear the meaning of the place of relief for the minds and soul of all earthly burdens.

The final evening, witness the cultural show in Maxmumbani. Here, you can admire dancers from 38 different ethnic groups showing off their skills and traditions to convey the story and history of the country through the elaborative moves.

Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15: JINGHONG (B)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport or your hotel in Jing Hong.

What's included

Entrance fees
Guide services (English language)
Gratuities to crew
Main meals
Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
Transfers from Vientiane/hotel to ship in Vientiane (if any, as stated in itinerary) v.v.
Transfers from Jinghong airport/hotel to ship in Jinghong.
International flights
Port dues (if levied)
Laundry
All visa costs
Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise 14 Nights (Downstream)

Destination: Jinghong, Guan Lei, Sob Luoy, Ban Dom Moon, Golden Triangle, Khamo Village, Pak Ou Caves, Luang Prabang, Xayaburi Dam, Ban Park Bor Village, Pak Lai, Vientiane

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Explore the intriguing Tropical Plant Institute with over 13,000 plants
  • Learn about the Dai people at ancient Manting Park
  • Enjoy cultural performances with stories and country history 
  • Capture the Akha village with traditional architecture
  • Visit the Opium Hall in Golden Triangle - the major traffic point for opium
  • Witness the ancient beauty and enjoy local specialties in Luang Prabang

Itinerary of RV Sabaidee Pandaw Cruise 14 Nights (Downstream)

Day 1: JINGHONG (L, D)

PLEASE NOTE: The following itinerary is just an indication of what you can expect on the cruise and subject to change. With the journey to remote land like this, there may be inevitable element that force the cruise to change the plan.

This afternoon, you will check-in a 4-star hotel with the welcome from the guide and if you wish, a Chinese lesson to cover the basics. The afternoon will be spent for your own exploration.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 2: JINGHONG (B, L, D)

Jinghong a Chinese city founded by Tai King Phanya Coeng. The culture here is especially diverse due to the influences of the Thai, Burmese and Chinese mixed residents.

The morning will be spent in the intriguing Tropical Plant Institute and for your amazement as you enter this garden of over 13,000 plants species and 35 exhibits. Next on the schedule is the Manting Park with the longest history of over thirteen decades in Xishuangbanna. Used to be a Dai Imperial Garden, this park can provide you the knowledge of the Dai’s people. Some also call Manting Park “Chunhuan Park” which bear the meaning of the place of relief for the minds and soul of all earthly burdens.

This evening, witness the cultural show in Maxmumbani. Here, you can admire dancers from 38 different ethnic groups showing off their skills and traditions to convey the story and history of the country through the elaborative moves.

Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: GUAN LEI (B, L, D)

Take the road journey to Guan Lei Port and after the immigration formalities to reach Thailand. After we embark on the speedboat down the Mekong River to reach the ship waiting for your arrival. Along the way, stop at the Lao Lue Village and visit the local establishments like the temple and the hearthcare clinic. Many people here move from Xishuangbanna of China to Laos.

Day 4: SOB LUOY PROVINCE (B, L, D)

Begin today excursion with a visit to Ban Done Jai – a village of the Akha people who settled here from the harsh hilly landscape. En route, you have the chance to visit a Akha home with the traditional design and a Lao Lue temple.

Canapés and cocktails will be provided for a relaxing social opportunity on the sundeck as the passengers are entertained by the local folktales and ceremony.

Day 5: BAN DOM MOON (B, L, D)

Today, we sail to the Golden Triangle. A morning hike to the Pok Lok Village before going back on board to join in a talk by the guide about the ethnics of the region. Afternoon, we arrive in the Thai Immigration Office to pass the border.

The ship moors overnight in Chiang Saen.

Day 6: THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE AND INTO BURMA (B, L, D)

After breakfast, take a border crossing trip to the Tachilek – some call it the smuggler city of Burma – where you can find some “special” market and the Tachilek Shwedagon Pagoda.

After lunch, we visit to the Hall of Opium in the Golden Triangle. The place used to be infamous for being the major traffic point of opium. Numerous Thai organizations guided by the Royal Project and Doi Tung Development have contributed their effort to the decades-long battle against the illegal trade. The Hall of Opium was built as a reminder for everyone about the harmfulness of drugs through history and scientific evidences.

Near the end of the day, we visit the Buddha Statue by the river to watch the sunset as well as the border forks of the three country – Laos, Thailand, Myanmar.

Overnight in Chiang Saen

Day 7: INTO LAOS (B, L, D)

Sailing through the border gate and the crew will help you with the immigration process to enter Laos. Continue downstream toward the gems of Laos. If time allows today, we can take a walking trip to a Laos Jungle village.

Day 8: KHAMO VILLAGE (B, L, D)

Today, begin the exploration of a Khamo Village. As we continue the journey downstream and end of the day near a sandbank where you will enjoy a cocktail.

Day 9: PAK OU CAVES AND LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

Today, we will continue the voyage downstream. By the time we reach Pak Ou by a local boat to the immense caves with their thousands of Buddha Images.

The afternoon will be reserved for a visit to the to Khaung Si Waterfalls with the aquamarine pools with shockingly blue color due to the minerals. Make a stop at the butterfly garden nearby if you wish.

Day 10: LUANG PRABANG (B, L, D)

Wake up extra early today to catch the daily alms giving ceremony that takes places on the streets of Luang Prabang. Observe the lines of dozens of monks walk slowly around the city and receiving donations from the townsfolks.

After breakfast, leave the ship and take on the tuk tuk ride to the unchanging town of Luang Prabang. Visit many Buddhist buildings in town coupled with a museum and library. The afternoon will be for your own exploration of the town. The evening, there will be a traditional Laos dance show on the open lounge area on the upper deck. Spend the night on board near Luang Prabang.

Day 11: XAYABURI DAM (B, L, D)

Sail through the water lock on the Mekong by the Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Plant. After going through the lock, we continue the afternoon with a trip to a local village.

Day 12: BAN PARK BOR VILLAGE (B, L, D)

Morning hiking trip to a Khamo tribal village, an ordinary village so you can experience the humbling experience of living in a small community amidst of a jungle.

Day 13: PAK LAI (B, L, D)

The morning will be leisure on board to admire the incredible landscape by the river, followed by the afternoon visit to Pak Lai town. Used to be a French Administrative, now it is a lively town with many colonial imprints through the buildings. In February, this town also has one of the biggest elephant festival in South East Asia.

Day 14: VIENTIANE (B, L, D)

After breakfast, visit the gorgeous French-influenced city with the first stop to the golden Pha That Luang Stupa then Sisaket Temple, the Phatouxay Monument, the President’s Hall and Wat Prakeo Temple. The afternoon, you can have to explore the city on your own with its charming little cafés and restaurants.

A farewell party with hearty dinner and cocktail ensues.

Day 15: VIENTIANE (B, L, D)

After breakfast, check-out of the room and leave the ship for your onward journey.

What's included

Entrance fees
Guide services (English language)
Gratuities to crew
Main meals
Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
Transfers from Vientiane/hotel to ship in Vientiane (if any, as stated in itinerary) v.v.
Transfers from Jinghong airport/hotel to ship in Jinghong.
International flights
Port dues (if levied)
Laundry
All visa costs
Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

RV SAIBADEE PANDAW POLICY

» Payment terms

For booking with less than 3 cabins

  • Upon confirmation: 30% of a non-refundable deposit is needed to confirm the booking. The balance must be made 130 prior to the date.
  • If a booking is made less than 70 days before departure date, full payment must be accomplished within 48 hours.

For booking from 4 cabins and more

  • Please contact us for more details.

Please note that the remitting party must cover their own bank charges and the processing fees for credit card.

» Cruise Cancellation and Refund

Cancellations are only effective when we receive it in writing via email. The following are the cancellation fee that will apply:

  • From time of booking until 70 day prior to departure non-refundable deposit
  • From 60 days and less till departure, no show, late arrival or early return 100% cancellation fee

Note: We strongly recommend for your protection that you purchase a trip cancellation insurance.

Note: Above cancellation terms do not apply for charter bookings. Please contact us for more advices.

» Terms and Conditions of Carriage

1. Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.

2. The ship’s purser and captain are jointly responsible for passengers’ comfort and safety. Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.

3. Whilst our crew do everything in their power to facilitate landings, access to the ship at certain river stations can be difficult, with steep and sometimes slippery river banks. Elderly passengers should consult their doctor to ensure that they are fit for travel. Wheel chairs are not allowed.

4. In the case of water levels being too high or low or defects to the vessel beyond the control of our company an alternative itinerary will be offered to passengers after consultation between the ship’s captain and our management, subject to accommodation and meals being maintained on board the vessel unless by prior agreement with the passenger.

5. Should it prove difficult to embark or disembark passengers at the scheduled points we are not liable to bear any extra cost of transporting passengers to and from the revised point of embarkation or disembarkation unless passengers or their agents have purchased a complete package tour which includes land services from us. Any reason for changing the points of embarkation or disembarkation cannot count as a reason for cancelling this contract.

6. Passengers should seek advice from their doctor regarding relevant inoculations and prophylactics for travel to these countries.

7. Passengers must be fully insured to cover any risk of medical expenses and repatriation (which includes repatriation of remains) and we are in no way responsible for such liabilities. Passengers must settle before departure any medical bills incurred whilst on a company ship for doctor’s attendance, drugs supplied, and any other medical facilities provided by us for the passenger.

8. Once a booking has been received through a sales agent or directly from the passenger a contract exists between us and the passenger and these terms and conditions must be adhered to by both parties.

9. Unless otherwise agreed agents are responsible for the transfer of their passengers to and from the ship on time and in the event of a late arrival the ship is not obliged to delay departure thereby upsetting tight schedules.

10. We accept no liability or responsibility for loss or damage to passenger’s property whilst on board a company vessel.

11. During the river stops we provide an guide service in the English language. Foreign language guides must be pre booked and there may be extra charges for this. Personal guides must be booked at normal rates in passenger accommodation.

12. We reserve the right to refuse to allow anyone on board if a ticket can not be produced and we cannot guarantee the exact allocation of cabins and deck location which may in the event of extenuating circumstances differ from the cabin number indicated on the ticket.

13. Within the ticket price fuel costs have been calculated on average prices as of the publication of this document. Should fuel prices rise by more than 10% we will be entitled to impose a fuel supplement equivalent to the amount by which the fuel price exceeds the price allowed for in the contract.

14. It is not permitted to allow any breed of animal on board.

15. Children under 4 travel FREE if sleeping in a cot in the same cabin. Children from over 4 years up to 18 years old get:

  • 1 adult and 1 child – 1 cabin – child receives 50% reduction from adult price.
  • 2 adults and 1 child – 2 cabins – 1 cabin with no single supplement and 50% reduction for the child.
  • 2 adults and 2 children – 2 cabins – 50% reduction for both children.
  • Larger family groups – prices on request.
  • 16. In the event of a dispute the law of the country in which the vessel is operating will apply.

17. We reserve the right to change the vessel without notice.

18. Payment terms and cancellation policy is printed on an invoice issued for each booking whether for an individual or for a group. Passengers and their agents must abide these terms and we reserve the right to either cancel an existing reservation or to refuse passage in the event that these terms have not been adhered to.

19. In the event that one passenger enters into a commercial or other form of relationship or arrangement with another passenger we is no way liable for the obligations of one passenger to another passenger or any claim arising thereof.

20. For cruise departures where occupancy is less than 5 cabins we reserve the right to cancel the departure giving all passengers with confirmed bookings 30 days prior notice of this intention. An alternative departure date will be offered subject to availability. If this alternative date is not acceptable to the passenger any down payments made for the cancelled cruise will be refunded. In the event that a passenger has cancelled and paid cancellation fees and we subsequently cancel that departure then any cancellation fees (and down payment) will be refunded in full on the request of the passenger.

21. We reserve the right to change a cabin allocated without notice and in the event that a passenger is downgraded to a cheaper cabin then the difference in cost between the cabins will be refunded to the passenger or the passenger’s agents.

22. Force Majeure: in the case of circumstances beyond normal control, such as war, civil or political unrest, strikes, catastrophes, epidemics or disruption to fuel supplies for the vessel, we may cancel the cruise and there will be a full refund of all monies paid by the passenger. In the event of a cruise being cancelled as a result of the above force majeure situations following the commencement of that cruise period then monies will not be refunded.

23. As we act as an agent of balloon flight operating companies, we are not liable for any optional balloon flights booked on behalf of passengers (either booked via us or by the passenger directly with the balloon flight operator). The contract and liability for any passengers booking optional balloon flights is directly between the passenger and the balloon operating company, whose terms and conditions apply.

24. All passengers must ensure they have the correct visa for travel to any country where travel is booked. Pandaw are in no way responsible for arranging visas for passengers who have not obtained them in advance. Visa guidance is indicated on the joining instructions attached to any ticket but may not be up to date as visa policy for any country can change frequently without warning. Passengers should check with respective consular websites in order to obtain latest information. We will refuse to carry any passenger without a valid visa, if so required for their particular nationality, on any vessel whose itinerary includes a border crossing.

25. We cannot be held liable for purchases made during a Pandaw voyage, or before or after the voyage if land packages have been added to the voyage, whilst on excursion ashore, prove to be counterfeit.

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