Pandaw Expeditions & River Cruises

Our HOOT Cruises Team love to travel in South East Asia. We know that right now all we can do is dream about when that opportunity may return. That doesn’t stop us from checking out amazing product in this fantastic region.

Today we are going to showcase some amazing product and a few fabulous bucket list travel ideas, from our friends at Pandaw River Cruises.

Pandaw Expeditions have been operating in the region for over 25 years and operate 17 beautiful boutique river ships across six amazing countries, India, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and China. This product is not giant ocean liners, think more romantic images of days gone by. Classic Asian river boats with lots of shiny brass and polished teak.
Check out details of the Pandaw fleet

What is included on a Pandaw Cruise?
Fabulous value and a ton of inclusions, check out the extensive list below.

  • Welcome cocktail party
  • Signature hors d’oeuvres at cocktails each evening
  • Afternoon tea with cakes or cookies when cruising
  • Celebration cake and champagne on birthdays and anniversaries
  • Cookery demonstrations and classes using local produce
  • All scheduled excursions
  • At least two cultural performances per cruise
  • Tour of the engine rooms, galley and working parts of the ship
  • Film presentations on local culture and history
  • Local mineral water
  • Cold towels on deck all day
  • Jugged coffee, tea and tisanes on deck from sunrise till sunset
  • Crew gratuities are included in your cruise program price

Wondering what this experience could be like? Check out this visual snapshot of these amazing River boats and life on board

New to Pandaw? Right now we can save you 10% on select sailings with our discovery discounts. If you have cruised with Pandaw before save up to 20% on select departures. Talk to our HOOT cruises team for details on how to save

Travelling Solo? Don’t pay a Single Supplement!
We know this is a fantastic region for solo travellers. Pandaw are the perfect way to explore from the safety of your luxury river boat with a small group of like minded travellers.

Right now you can secure your Pandaw cruise with no Single Supplement on selected dates for 2021 and 2022 departures.

We have a limited number of no supplement rooms available on select departures so book early to take advantage of this huge saving

Dates vary by river and departure month.
Burma – Select dates and itineraries in January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December 2021 and January, February, March & April 2022

Laos Mekong 10 Night Itinerary select dates in January, February & March 2021

Vietnam & Cambodia – Select dates and itineraries in January, February, March, July, August, October and November 2021 and January, April, July, August, October and December 2022

India – Select dates and itineraries in October, November and December 2021 and January, February, March & April 2022

Travelling with Kids? Under 18’s can cruise FREE on Pandaw
OK so we are the first to admit that travelling with kids in Asia is a wonderful educational experience. The opportunity to experience different cultures, sample amazing culinary treats and open young minds to other worlds.
Pandaw offer a special opportunity to share this educational adventure as a family. Although not suitable for small children, this is a fantastic opportunity for older children to really experience travel in a soft adventure way.

Pandaw make travelling as a family super easy. All vessels include daily excursions, full board meals, cultural performances, movie nights and free mountain bikes to explore those rural villages, ancient temples and beautiful countryside.

We have a limited number of Kids Free Spaces on each select departure. Talk to our HOOT Cruises team for details of dates & availability where Kids under 18 can cruise FREE. If your chosen departure date is not eligible for the Kids Free offer, Pandaw offer generous family deals for accompanying children:

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.

The most popular family voyages are below, talk to our HOOT cruises team for full itinerary details and availability

The Classic Mekong between Cambodia and Vietnam and v.v
This 7 night itinerary operates between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh and offers that ultimate blend of Ancient wonders to City Chaos
Kids Cruise Free on select dates in January and February 2021

The Mandalay Pagan Packet on the Irrawaddy
A classic 7 night voyage from Mandalay to Pagan or vv. this is a cultural immersion in to a landscape of beautiful temples, paddy fields and ancient cultures
Kids Cruise Free on select dates in September, October and December 2021 plus January & February 2022

The Chindwin in Burma
This 7 night adventure includes some connecting flights from Yangon, a classic river expedition from Monywa to Homalin or vv and a road journey to Mandalay
Kids Cruise Free on select dates in January, September, October & December 2021

Health and Safety Measures On-Board – What can you expect
Pandaw have full Health and safety measures in place, ready for when cruising re-starts in the region. You can view a full copy here

Normally you would pay a 20% deposit to secure your 2021/22 Pandaw River Cruise. Right now our HOOT Cruises team can lock in your preferred travel dates and itinerary for just US$100 per person deposit. The balance of the deposit won’t be due until 31 December, when the situation around travel in the region should be much clearer.

If you have any questions regarding Pandaw River Cruises or would like to look at availability and pricing. Feel free to talk to our friendly Hoot Cruise Champions, we are happy to help!  FreePhone: 0800 99 44 88

Just quote your AA SmartFuel or AA Membership Card Number at the time of cruise payment for savings at the pump! This discount will be applied to your AA SmartFuel account within 48 hours. T&C apply

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  1. All manifest will be finalized at least one month before the departure. If there is any last minute changes, please send an email to
  2. 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.
  3. The ship’s purser and captain are jointly responsible for passengers’ comfort and safety. Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.
  4. 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.
  5. In the case of water levels being too high or low or defects to the vessel beyond the control of the company an alternative itinerary will be offered to passengers after consultation between the ship’s captain and the company’s management, subject to accommodation and meals being maintained on board the vessel unless by prior agreement with the passenger.
  6. Should it prove difficult to embark or disembark passengers at the scheduled points the company 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 can not count as a reason for cancelling this contract.
  7. Passengers should seek advice from their doctor regarding relevant inoculations and prophylactics for travel to these countries.
  8. Passengers must be fully insured to cover any risk of medical expenses and repatriation (which includes repatriation of remains) and the Company is 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 the company for the passenger.
  9. Once a booking has been received through a sales agent or directly from the passenger a contract exists between the Company and the passenger and these terms and conditions must be adhered to by both parties.
  10. 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.
  11. The company accept no liability or responsibility for loss or damage to passenger’s property whilst on board a company vessel.
  12. During the river stops the company provide a 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.
  13. The company reserve the right to refuse to allow anyone on board if a ticket can not be produced and the company can not 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.
  14. 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% the company 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.
  15. It is not permitted to allow any breed of animal on board.
  16. 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.
    Please note our cruises are not suitable for young or small children as the ships have railings but no netting.
  17. In the event of a dispute the law of the country in which the vessel is operating will apply.
  18. The company reserves the right to change the vessel without notice.
  19. 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 the company reserve the right to either cancel an existing reservation or to refuse passage in the event that these terms have not been adhered to.
  20. In the event that one passenger enters into a commercial or other form of relationship or arrangement with another passenger the company is no way liable for the obligations of one passenger to another passenger or any claim arising thereof.
  21. For cruise departures where occupancy is less than 5 cabins the company 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 the Company subsequently cancel that departure then any cancellation fees (and down payment) will be refunded in full on the request of the passenger.
  22. The company reserves 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.
  23. 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, the Company 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.
  24. As the company acts as an agent of balloon flight operating companies, the company is not liable for any optional balloon flights booked on behalf of passengers (either booked via the company 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.
  25. 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. The company 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.
  26. The company can not 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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