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Oct 26th, 2014, 12:48 PM
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Mekong River Cruises

Has anyone had experience with the booking company Luxury Mekong River Cruises? They book Mekong River cruises offered from many companies. They seem to offer significant discounts.
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Oct 26th, 2014, 01:10 PM
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I don't know the company. But if I was going to Book a Mekong Cruise, I'd opt to go with Pandaw.
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Oct 27th, 2014, 11:52 AM
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We had an excellent experience with AMA waterways.
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Oct 27th, 2014, 06:45 PM
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From looking at this site online, I see that it acts as a go-between for cruise companies it considers luxurious and prospective clients. I suppose gathering information about several companies in one place has its advantages, although that strategy leaves out other cruise companies that might offer competitive advantages, but I myself would rather deal with an individual line rather that going through a proxy.

Having said that, I recommend that you consider the Pandaw company that I used in September, 2014, for a twenty-night cruise on two rivers in northern Burma. (You can read my report on this site.) I met some of the staff members who oversee the entire operation and are helping to plan the expansion of trips on the Mekong, along the Burmese coast, and elsewhere. They seemed competent and enthusiastic.

I have also a recommendation about the length of a trip. From my memory of scanning the Mekong trips that Pandaw offers, this issue probably won't matter, but I found my trip too long. Were I to do it again, I would go on a ten-night cruise, up either the Chinwin River or the Irrawaddy, but not both. There is too much sameness to make twenty nights interesting. A final suggestion to you as you consider cruises, think about the configuration of the boat. I saw three or four other Pandaw boats close-up (sometimes we were docked next to each other). My boat, the RV Pandaw II, had an enclosed air-conditioned dining room, with a sun lounge on the top deck (the boat could hold 48 passengers, but there were only 30 on my cruise). There was also an air-conditioned enclosed lounge. Other Pandaw boats were smaller, dining was al fresco, and, as best as I could figure, lacking in air-conditioned lounges. Considering the humidity and, in the monsoon season, the torrential rains, I would not have liked the latter accommodation.

There are probably other cruise lines comparable in quality to Pandaw, so choose what you believe is best for you. ZZ
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Oct 27th, 2014, 08:09 PM
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The Mekong is dirtier than you think so be ready for that, we where going to do the cruise but then saw the river so jumped on the speed boat!

Having said that part of the river are really nice, it just wasn't what we were expecting!
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