SINGAP0RE, December 20, 2021: Pandaw Expeditions is making a comeback after securing funding to restart cruises in September 2022, overturning an earlier decision to shut down the company.
A pioneer of luxury river cruises in Southeast Asia and India, the company announced last November its closure after the Covid-19 pandemic immobilized the entire fleet of riverboats in India, Mayanmar in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for more than two years.
A statement released by Pandaw founder Paul Strachan confirmed that the company has secured funding to run it through September 2022, when it intends to restart operations on Asian waterways.
The Strachan family, owners of Pandaw, have been successful in securing additional funding to cover the costs of downtime and refurbishing the ship for a restart scheduled for next fall. They plan to keep the business in the family and revive the marketing activity once all remaining travel restrictions are lifted.
Strachan commented, âIf 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 thrown in the towel. A big thank you to all our supporters for upping their spirits after almost two years of hell “.
Meanwhile, the destinations where Pandaw offers river cruises are slowly reopening, with India, Thailand and Cambodia taking the lead in welcoming vaccinated travelers. Parts of Laos and Vietnam will be accessible in January 2022 to vaccinated travelers, leading to a full return of river cruises by September 2022.