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Pandaw to Add New Riverboat on The Upper Mekong

Indicating that river cruising is experiencing a growth spurt worldwide, luxury operator Pandaw has announced construction on a brand new ship – the Yunnan Pandaw, sister-ship to Laos Pandaw (pictured above) – launching in September 2016 on the Upper Mekong.The Laos Pandaw has been sold out for awhile. Therefore, the new riverboat, which will bring the line’s fleet to 16, is being built to meet demand and will sail from Vientiane (Laos) to Jinghong (China) and vice versa on 14-night cruises. The ship will exist as a shallow-draft K-class vessel, as first introduced in the 1880s as stern wheelers. She will exhibit teak and brass details and feature an observation deck and dining room.Accommodations will house 14 total 180 square-foot air-conditioned staterooms with private bathrooms and panoramic French sliding doors. Other amenities will encompass kimonos, slippers, a safe, luxury linens and toiletries. Additional all-inclusive perks are private excursion admissions, local cuisine, theme dinners, most complimentary drinks, cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, a ship tour and more.READ MORE: 6 Outstanding Cruises in Southeast AsiaPandaw’s founder Paul Strachan says, “we are very excited about the addition of the Yunnan Pandaw to our fleet, which we are building in response to demand. The journey from Vientiane to Jinghong is only possible with Pandaw and is one of the most memorable. The Upper Mekong is one of the most scenic rivers in Asia, traveling through lush jungle and friendly village communities where elephants can often be seen from the ship. In China, we visit the impressive Menglun Botanical Garden, discover Chinese tea plantations and meet some of China’s minorit

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