Southeast Asia river cruise operator Pandaw is back in business after
the company shut down in October due to hardships brought on by the
In a 17 December statement, Pandaw said it has secured funding to restart operations on Asian waterways in fall 2022.
The news comes just two months after Pandaw said on 26 October 2021
that the company was forced to shutter because it could not secure the
necessary funding to maintain laid-up ships.
Pandaw had been hurt by the closure of destinations in Vietnam,
Cambodia, Laos and India as well as the political and humanitarian
crises in Myanmar.
Pandaw is reopening its 2022-23 season with Thailand, India and
Cambodia. The cruises will be available to fully vaccinated travellers.
Travellers booking new trips through March 2022 are encouraged to
take advantage of the $100 deposit, which mitigates the risk of
cancellation due to Covid-19.
An outpouring of support from Pandaw's community of regular
passengers helped attract new investors to acquire the brand and keep
Pandaw, founded by Paul Strachan and owned by the Strachan family,
said with the help of new investors, the company will be able to remain a
"If it were not for the incredible support from the members of the
Pandaw community, with so many kind words evoking memories of incredible
experiences with us, I think we would have thrown in the towel. A big
thank you to all our supporters for raising morale after nearly two
years of hell," said Paul Strachan.
Source: Travel Weekly