Derek Rham from the UK.
Vietnam Red River Delta.
# OF NIGHTS
DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS
May 2018, from Halong Bay, Vietnam.
5 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)
-Food Rating: 5
-Cabin Rating: 4
-Service/Crew Rating: 5
-Itinerary Rating: 3
HAVE YOU BEEN ON A SMALL SHIP CRUISE BEFORE?
I’ve been on 3 small ship cruises.
This was our 3rd Pandaw expedition and other than the revised low water itinerary, didn’t disappoint. The ship, crew and food were all excellent, there were a few minor early irritations with the cabin that were sorted by the efficient purser. The low water revision to the itinerary meant that some of the locations weren’t what we were expecting but the two on-board guides did a great job with what they were left with.
The highlight was the 3 days meandering around Ha Long bay with the opportunity to cycle, swim and kayak amongst the stunning scenery.
🐧 QuirkyCruise.com’s Pandaw Review
Pandaw has been offering high-quality expedition-style river cruises in Asia aboard traditional-style boats for more than 20 years. The growing fleet comprises 16 nearly identical-looking teakwood riverboats built in Myanmar and Vietnam in the spirit of the 19th-century Scottish-crafted paddle steamers that plied Burma’s rivers at the height of the British Empire. Each boat carries 10 to 60 passengers and has an ultra-shallow draft, two or three decks, and flat tops so they can slip under bridges and easily navigate small rivers, even when water levels are low. Wood-paneled nautical-style cabins are roomy and very comfortable and meals are tasty enough. In every way, the Pandaw experience is solid, authentic and eminently comfortable just like the boats, with the focus on the destination, not fussy décor or cloying service. Step on board and breathe in the refreshing scent of teak wood before wiping your sweaty brow with a chilled face towel handed out by crew at the gangway. Read more.
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