Pandaw, the leader in Asian river cruising, has announced that as of September 2024 all Mekong sailings will dock in central Saigon rather than in My Tho where the majority of river cruise operators dock.

The decision to dock in central Saigon was taken in order to cut the two hour transfer from My Tho which is getting busier due to increasing numbers of river cruise ships operating in the region, and to allow guests to experience the more authentic side of the Mekong river in comfort.

Pandaw sailing the Mekong River
Pandaw sailing the Mekong River

As a result of this move, guest on upstream sailings from Saigon to Siem Reap will embark from 10am and enjoy lunch onboard whilst sailing, while guests on downstream sailings from Siem Reap to Saigon will be treated to a sunset dinner onboard while sailing into central Saigon on the final evening.

Pandaw has also announced that from September 2024 cabins on all of their vessels will be upgraded with tea and coffee making facilities as well as a fridge and fully-stocked minibar.

For further information and reservations, call Pandaw on 0800 038 1029, email or visit

About Pandaw

Pandaw is the pioneer of boutique river expeditions throughout Southeast Asia.

The unique design of the small but powerful shallow-draft ships, beautifully hand-crafted in teak and brass, allows them to sail through a tapestry of remote rivers and coastal routes in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China and India.

The original company, known as the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, founded in 1865, was acquired by Paul and Roser Strachan in 1995.

Renamed Pandaw, following the discovery and acquisition of this last remaining Clyde-built steamer, the company has consistently cruised through new frontiers, pushing the boundaries beyond its original home of Burma.

Pandaw brought its unique concept and style to expeditions along the Mekong River through Indochina in 2003, and pioneered the first routes on both the Red River in Northern Vietnam and the Upper Mekong through Laos into China in 2015.

Believing in giving back to society, Paul Strachan, Founder & CEO, established the Pandaw charity in 2008 to support education and healthcare efforts in Burma.

The charity is entirely sponsored by donations from Pandaw passengers and a profit share from their expeditions.

Source: Kate Selley PR

Image:  ©2024 Pandaw Cruises Ltd. All rights reserved.

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