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Pandaw River Adventures

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.

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    Pandaw River Adventures
    Kindat Pandaw
    Taj Mahal, Agra 16 Nights Exclusive Blue Water Fly-Cruise and Tour Package! Fly to Delhi, Explore Delhi, Agra, Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Guwahati, Embarkation, Sailing the Brahmaputra, Tezpur, Nameri National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Tea Gardens, Sualkuchi Silk Village, Disembarkation, Delhi and home  

    Join Pandaw for this exclusive 16-night land and river adventure in India, taking in the highlights of this magnificently vibrant and diverse country in style and comfort.

  • Halong Bay and the Red River

    Pandaw River Adventures
    Angkor Pandaw
    Halong Bay 13 Nights Exclusive Blue Water fly-cruise package! UK - Hanoi (Vietnam), Ha Long Bay, Sailing Kinh Thay River, Bát Tràng, Hanoi, Sailing Lower Red River, Sailing Lo River, Da River, Hòa Bình, Hòa Bình - Hanoi, Hanoi - UK, Ha Long Bay  

About Pandaw River Adventures

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.

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.

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