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Revived by Paul Strachan in 1995 from the original 1865-1942 Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, this a href="/river-cruises">river cruise operator was renamed Pandaw in 1998 and has since pioneered river cruising in a href="/asia-cruises">Southeast Asia with their fleet of intimate vessels. Being the first operator of river cruises on the Irrawaddy since colonial Burma, Pandaw River Cruises have led the way in luxury river cruising along these remote waterways just waiting to be discovered. With over 45% of guests returning, there is no doubt that Pandaw provide an excellent balance of relaxation and adventurous excursions.

What's included

Stand out Pandaw River Cruises' Inclusive Features:
• Welcome cocktail parties
• Daily hors d’oeuvres
• Excursions
• Onboard performances
• Bottled water and hot drinks
• Gratuities


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Pandaw River Cruises Ships

Pandaw’s fleet of expertly crafted colonial river ships will bring you to these hard-to-reach shores thanks to their shallow drafts, creating moments that very few will experience in their lifetime. The elegance in which these vessels navigate the waters is a truly remarkable feat in itself, so be sure to take an in-depth tour of the ship at work during your river cruise.

Onboard Pandaw’s ships, passengers will find a refreshing, open-air atmosphere. With numerous vantage points for sightseeing and lounging, as well as windows in cabins that can be opened and closed, Pandaw has taken care to ensure you take in plenty of fresh air. What's more, you’ll find no more than 56 passengers on their largest river vessel, while many of Pandaw’s ships only hold 36 or 48 passengers, creating a non-crowded, intimate cruise experience.

In spacious Pandaw staterooms guests can enjoy all the necessities required for a comfortable stay, as well as some extra touches of class:

  • A selection of fresh fruit and flowers
  • Toiletries and spa amenities
  • Kimonos
  • Mini DVD player with a range of DVDs on request


Pandaw River Cruises Dining

The cuisine provided by Pandaw River Cruises is a delectable reflection of regional dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. There are also European-style options, as well as vegetarian alternatives, ensuring you are always spoiled for choice onboard a Pandaw river cruise. Chefs are also happy to make arrangements for any other dietary needs while still giving you a taste of Southeast Asia.

Breakfast is served as a buffet, while lunch is a buffet alongside soup, salad and desserts. At dinner time, guests can expect waiter-service at the table.

During the day, the dining rooms on Pandaw ships open up along the sides so that the breeze can waft through and cool the space down, making for a comfortable dining experience.

Pandaw River Cruises Entertainment

Many guests like to use the peaceful hours cruising down the rivers to admire the stunning landscapes as they read a book, take pictures or do some painting. There are also a variety of board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble, perfect for whiling away afternoons onboard the ship with other guests.

On every river expedition, there are daily briefings led by the guides to discuss the plan for the day and give an insight into the destination being visited. Here, you can chat with other guests and ask questions in preparation for the day ahead of you.

Throughout your river cruise you will experience the vibrant culture through the range of onboard entertainment. From insightful, enriching lectures to traditional dances, these performances will provide you with a fun learning experience that you’ll remember for years to come. When in Burma, expect a show from the marionette theatre or in Laos, a dance on the deck by Laos villagers.

Meanwhile, Pandaw River Cruises creates many opportunities to socialise with other guests during the cruise. These events include a welcome and farewell dinner, cocktail parties on the deck and even barbeque beach parties on the sand with a bonfire in the colder winters.

Pandaw River Cruises Destinations

Pandaw river cruise ships sail the Mekong, Rajang, Irawaddy and Ganges rivers, as well as the Red River and the Upper Mekong, with stops in India, Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma. There is at least one stop per day, often two, allowing you to spend as much time as possible exploring the destination, as well as relaxing sightseeing from the sundeck.

Thanks to the specially-designed fleet of ships and careful planning, Pandaw River Cruises is able to create unique itineraries you will not find anywhere else. Where possible, Pandaw travels by local transportation, such as a speedboat in the depths of the jungle or a horse and cart in the village. As a result, you’ll meet people and places along the way that have truly incredible stories to tell.

Knowledgeable guides will always be on hand to ensure you get the most out of your trips ashore, but passengers are also welcome to design their own programme of activities. Whether you grab a mountain bike and go solo, or join the group for a day of enriching activities, there is a lot to see and do in every port of call. Take a journey through Burmese villages and meet the local communities, or join the head chef on your ship as they gather the freshest ingredients from bustling markets. Whatever you do with Pandaw, you will find yourself at the heart of cultural experiences and welcomed by warm hospitality.

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