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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Pandaw River Adventures

Teak panelled cabins and public spaces with brass fittings are distinctive features of the traditional small 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 60 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

Each beautifully crafted Pandaw river 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.

Sailing on a Pandaw ship 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.

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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.


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 dessert 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 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 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.

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020 / 2021

  • Halong Bay and the Red River

    10 Nights - Hanoi and Back

    Angkor Pandaw Angkor Pandaw

    This 10-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 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2021 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr No single supplement!

    Viet Tri, Vietnam Cruise Only
    From £2560pp
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  • Laos and Mekong Adventure

    11 Nights - Vientiane to Chiang Sean

    Champa Pandaw Choice of Ships

    Cruise the upper Mekong river through the mountains and forests of Laos on this 11-night holiday. Includes visits to the Laos capital Vientiane, two nights in historic Luang Prabang and the 'Golden Triangle' of Laos, Burma and Thailand 2019 - Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2021 - Jan, Feb, Mar No single supplement!

    Pha That Luang, Vientiane Cruise Only
    From £3091pp
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  • Highlights of Burma

    12 Nights - Bagan to Mandalay

    Indochina 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. 2019 - Apr Exclusive Blue Water package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Shwedagon Pagoda Fly Cruise Package
    From £3745pp
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  • Chindwin River Expedition

    12 Nights - Monywa to Homalin

    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

    Pagoda, Mandalay View Full Details

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