A slow boat to China

Thailand November 13, 2015 01:00

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Asian cruise operator Pandaw is all set to launch the RV Laos Pandaw, a 10-cabin cruiser, on the Mekong River.



A slow boat to China
Asian cruise operator Pandaw is all set to launch the RV Laos Pandaw, a 10-cabin cruiser, on the Mekong River. Offering cruises on the upper and lower Mekong, the first trip through Laos, Thailand and Myanmar is sold out but bookings for its maiden excursion on the upper Mekong into China are now open. The expedition cover seven nights, beginning in Chiang Saen in Thailand’s North. The journey continues and stops over along the border of Myanmar and Laos on its way to Jinhong in Yunnan Province. The Old Mandalay Road in Shan State, the Xiang Kok Akha Village in Laos and a tea plantation and botanical gardens are also on the itinerary. Visit www.Pandaw.com.
 
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