Pandaw launches Borneo river expedition


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Pandaw, the luxury river ship operator, has launched a new ‘Into the True Heart of Borneo’ seven-night river expedition on the Kapuas River System in western Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo.

The river system is the largest in Borneo flowing over 1100km, fringed with rainforest and surrounded by mountain ranges. The seven-night expedition on the RV Katha Pandaw takes in the upper part of the Kapuas, a voyage of over 500km that includes traversing the Danau Sentarum system of lakes that connect to the river and are now a national park.

Pandaw’s ship, the RV Katha Pandaw, has 16 well-appointed state rooms, open deck dining, self-service bar and panoramic round ship promenade decks.

Commenting on the new cruise, Pandaw’s founder Paul Strachan said: “This will be a truly pioneering expedition into a rarely visited area where the main attraction will be the scenery, wildlife and tribal village life”.

Passengers fly in via Kuching in Sarawak (in Malaysian Borneo), which has excellent connections to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Kuching is a highly recommended stop over with its Brooke Raj colonial buildings, fascinating museum and colourful China town. Alternatively, there is the option to fly into Pontianak, the capital of Western Kalimantan, which has daily flights to Jakarta.

Cruise-only prices for the ‘Into the True Heart of Borneo’ seven-night cruise start from USD $2,350 per person, based on two people sharing a main deck twin cabin.

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