Welcome life in the slow lane, by cruising down the Red River of Vietnam with the Angkor. Surrounded by interesting myths and legends, guests will soon find themselves bewitched by the natural charm of this fascinating river. With only 32 guests on board, passengers will form friendships with their fellow travellers and make unforgettable memories with this journey of a lifetime.
Categorised as a K class ship, the Angkor Pandaw cruise ship is smaller than the majority of other river cruise vessels. This handsome craft holds an ultra-shallow draft of just a couple of feet, which allows it to reach shallow parts of the river otherwise inaccessible. First introduced in the 1890s, the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company has thoroughly explored the Chindwin and upper reaches of the Irrawaddy, meaning that they are well versed in the ways of the rivers. After spending some time cruising the mighty Mekong River, the Angkor has now taken on the adventure of discovering the Red River of North Vietnam.
The 16 staterooms are anything but average, with a large bed that allow its occupant to drift off into a peaceful night’s sleep, undisturbed by the warm Asian night with a controllable air-conditioning service. Refresh yourself in a natural stone bathroom, complete with an elegant kimono and gorgeous slippers.
The meals on board the Angkor comes second only to the stunning views the panoramic windows of the main deck offers. Fully connect to the outdoors by experiencing fresh, regional and seasonal cuisine, created by the local master chef and international culinary team. Offering both Asian and Western cuisine, begin your day with a beautiful breakfast buffet, while lunch offers a selection of soups, creative salads and an exciting dessert table. For your evening meal, guests will experience a four-course delight, sampling the best of what the local region has to offer. Let the sights and smells of freshly baked breads and rolls take you away with the on board bakery. Quality coffee, fine teas, and an array of soft drinks are complimentary and available 24-hours, as are local beers and spirits.
Dedicated to providing its guests with rich, authentic experiences of the destinations, Pandaw organises a number of excursions for passengers to enjoy. Lead by expert local guides, passengers will be able to ask any question with the assurance that they will receive an informed response. The excursions ashore provide entry into a whole new world, be it wandering through the spectacular countryside and remote villages, or taking advantage of the mountain bikes available for an off-road independent discovery. In keeping with the informal atmosphere, the on board entertainment remains low-key and relaxed. Educational talks from expert speakers will enrich and surprise you, while the cooking demonstrations and ship tours will inspire and delight. Throughout the cruise, guests will be invited to themed dinners, which are perfect opportunities for passengers to interact both with each other, and the members of staff, forming friendships that last longer than the cruise itself.
While the emphasis remains heavily on the natural delights of the Mekong river, there are several social events that have become part of the Pandaw expedition tradition. A welcome dinner will introduce you to your fellow passengers and exceptional staff, and a number of cocktail parties will transform those introductions into new found friendships. At the end of the journey, a farewell gala is held where fantastic food and drink is served and guests can reflect on their remarkable adventure.