Smooth Sail­ing

DestinAsian - - FAMILY TRAVEL -

Tak­ing a well-ap­pointed river boat is an un­for­get­table way to ex­plore some of South­east Asia’s most al­lur­ing des­ti­na­tions. From July to Oc­to­ber this year, Pan­daw Cruises ( pan­daw.com) is rolling out the red car­pet for chil­dren em­bark­ing on se­lect ad­ven­tures dur­ing school breaks. Guests be­tween the ages of five and 18 can travel for free on any of the fol­low­ing seven-night itin­er­ar­ies: a clas­sic Mekong cruise be­tween Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City with a de­tour to Kratie to see en­dan­gered Ir­rawaddy dol­phins; a cruise on Myan­mar’s Ir­rawaddy River be­tween Man­dalay and Ba­gan; and a voy­age along the lesser-known Chind­win, also in Myan­mar. Trav­el­ing kids will bed down in a com­pli­men­tary sec­ond cabin and re­ceive all meals and lo­cal drinks for free, along with cul­tural per­for­mances and daily ex­cur­sions led by ex­pert guides. Also free of charge is the use of moun­tain bikes for a closer look at the vil­lages, tem­ples, and ru­ral scenery along the route.

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