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Pandaw River Adventures

Traditional small ships for river expeditions

Teak panelled cabins and public spaces with brass fittings are distinctive features of Pandaw ships. They recapture the spirit of the colonial Irrawaddy Flotilla Company which by 1920 had over 600 ships on the rivers of Burma.

With extremely comfortable cabins and modern facilities, Pandaw ships range from 10 to 48 passengers, giving a small hotel feel, yet with top quality service and dining. Their itineraries can travel into remote areas of Vietnam, Laos, Burma and India, offering a true sense of adventure.

  • Typical Pandaw 3-deck ship
  • Typical Pandaw 2-deck ship
  • French window cabin
  • Open-air lounge
  • Open-air dining
  • Most drinks included
  • Attentive crew
  • Beautiful cabins
  • Interesting included excursions

About Pandaw River Adventures Cruises

Pandaw River Ships

There are thirteen beautifully crafted Pandaw ships in operation. Each ship is hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen, and offers luxury and comfort with a colonial character. The ships have ultra shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas unreachable by other vessels or even by land.

On a Pandaw ship the atmosphere on board is very friendly and informal, and there is no dressing up for dinner. Everyone can dine together, alfresco style in an open-air environment. Nearly everything is included in the price and there are no hidden extras for excursions. Even drinks and crew tips are included. With a crew passenger ratio of 1:2 there is an incredibly high level of personal service and care aboard.

Sailing on a Pandaw is essentially an outdoor experience. Whilst the staterooms are very comfortable and roomy, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the observation deck. With at least one stop and excursion per day, you’re never cruising for long uninterrupted periods of time.

Cabins

The Pandaw cabin is a renowned feature of our ships. Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are very spacious at 168 square feet (15.6 sqm), and on each ship we build the cabin remains the same. Our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TVs, internet or phones. If you’re feeling in need of refreshment there is a bar service on the sundeck open from dawn to dusk.

Dining

The Pandaw dining rooms are designed to open up along the sides and only at night do we close them up and use air conditioning. Our chefs know that the majority of passengers want to eat the best of each country they pass through, so we offer a great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods. European alternatives are available and vegetarians are well catered for. Special diets may be catered for by prior agreement.

All meals are single seating. Breakfast is a buffet and buffet lunch has a soup, salad and desert table with the main course served at the table. Dinner is served at the tables. Breakfast and lunch are open-air, dinners are candlelit and any indoor dining rooms are air-conditioned. New smaller ships have outdoor dining. There is no captain's table at dinner.

Excursions

Excursions ashore accompanied by expert guides are a key part of any Pandaw river expedition. These may be in the form of a good walk through countryside and villages, further explorations by boat going deeper into jungle or up river, horse cart rides in Burma or cyclos in Cambodia. We try not to use cars or coaches wherever possible. Our included excursions are optional, so you can create your own adventures if you wish.

We care about the towns and villages we cruise through, and support a variety of community projects. All meals are prepared onboard and nearly 100% of supplies are sourced from local producers.

Full details of Pandaw river ships are shown in the details of the relevant cruise.

Cruise Collection

Burma Cruises

  • Highlights of Burma

    12 Nights - Bagan to Mandalay

    Pandaw River Adventures Ship - Katha Pandaw Choice of Ships

    Explore the best of Burma on this Irrawaddy river cruise and discover magnificent temples, ancient royal capitals and fascinating cultures. Includes return flights from the UK, 1-night hotel stay in Yangon, a 2-night stay in Inle Lake, guided excursions and overseas transfers. 2017 - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Exclusive Blue Water package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Highlights of Burma Fly Cruise Package
    From £3745pp
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  • Chindwin River Expedition

    12 Nights - Monywa to Homalin

    Pandaw River Adventures Ship - Kha Byoo Pandaw Kha Byoo Pandaw

    Explore untouched and remote regions of northern Burma on this unique Chindwin river cruise and discover spectacular temples, ancient monasteries and traditional village life. Includes return flights from the UK, 3-night hotel stay in Mandalay, guided excursions and overseas transfers 2017 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb
    Exclusive Blue Water package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Chindwin River Expedition Fly Cruise Package
    From £3995pp
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  • Vietnam and Mekong River Cruises

  • Halong Bay and the Red River

    12 Nights - Hanoi and back

    Pandaw River Adventures Ship - Angkor Pandaw Angkor Pandaw

    This 12-night adventure travels well off the beaten track into the highlands and mountain villages of northern Vietnam. In contrast visit bustling Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, plus an overnight cruise in the amazing limestone island scenery of Halong Bay. Includes flights from the UK, transfers, and excursions. 2017 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    No single supplement on selected departures!

    Halong Bay and the Red River Fly Cruise Package
    From £3345pp
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  • Laos and Mekong Adventure

    12 Nights - Vientiane to Chiang Mai

    Pandaw River Adventures Ship - Laos Pandaw and Champa Pandaw Laos Pandaw and Champa Pandaw

    Cruise the upper Mekong river through the mountains and forests of Laos on this 12-night fly-cruise holiday. Includes visits to the Laos capital Vientiane, two nights in historic Luang Prabang and the 'Golden Triangle' of Laos, Burma and Thailand. Flights from the UK, transfers, excursions and crew gratuities included 2017 - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Exclusive Blue Water Package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Laos and Mekong River Cruise Adventure Fly Cruise Package
    From £4195pp
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