New investment revives Pandaw River cruises
Southeast Asia’s luxury river cruise operator Pandaw closed its doors in October, waving the white flag after being battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But a fresh injection of investment will see the river cruise pioneer resurrected, with plans to start sailing again in autumn 2022.
The company closed on October 26, saying it could not get the funding needed to service the decommissioned ships. Pandaw has also been badly affected by the closure of key destinations including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and India.
Pandaw says it is reopening its 2022-23 season with Thailand, India and Cambodia as destinations. Only fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed on board.
For new bookings made through March 2022, Pandaw is offering a reduced deposit of $100, designed to mitigate the risk of cancellation due to Covid-19.
Founder Paul Strachan thanked loyal customers who helped attract new investors.
“If it hadn’t been for the incredible support from members of the Pandaw community, with so many kind words evoking memories of amazing experiences with us, I think we would have given up. Many thanks to all of our supporters for lifting spirits after almost two years of hell,” Strachan said.