Pandaw is targeting agents and tour operators with its private charter programme, allowing them to offer clients the chance to be master of their own ship on the rivers and coasts of Southeast Asia.

The company's small but powerful shallow-draught ships give passengers the opportunity to reach remote areas that other operators cannot and, now, clients and operators can charter their own ship and carve out a bespoke itinerary in a choice of destinations including Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China.

The line's vice president of sales and marketing, Marco Rosa, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer the travel trade the opportunity to sell our private charter product. Tour operators have the option to book an entire Pandaw ship, offering cabins exclusively to their customers to provide a bespoke itinerary in the company of like-minded guests. “We pay an enhanced commission on the charter business, so travel agents can reap the rewards of selling a private charter to a client looking for a really special experience with his or her friends and family.”

All 16 – soon to be 17 – ships in the fleet can be privately hired and they range in size from the intimate, five-cabin, RV Kalay Pandaw, sleeping up to ten guests, to the 30-cabin RV Orient Pandaw and RV Indochina Pandaw, sleeping up to 60.

Onboard, guests are wined and dined by expert staff offering authentic local cuisine, daily excursions and entertainment with on-board activities and cultural performances. Every ship is also equipped with mountain bikes, ideal for families who want to explore each port of call.

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