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Pandaw Cruises

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The Pandaw experience is all about exploring remote and often hard-to-navigate rivers and coasts in specially-designed luxury small ships. Pandaw operate their own luxury small ship river cruises on the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia; the Red River and Hal...

The Pandaw experience is all about exploring remote and often hard-to-navigate rivers and coasts in specially-designed luxury small ships. Pandaw operate their own luxury small ship river cruises on the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia; the Red River and Halong Bay in Vietnam; Laos, China and Thailand on the Upper Mekong; the Irrawaddy & Chindwin rivers in Burma. We also operate boutique ships with partners on the Amazon in Brazil and the Brahmaputra, Hooghly and Ganges in India. Each ship, hand-crafted in brass and teak, is an object of beauty in itself. A Pandaw adventure is very different from that offered on an ocean-going cruise. The ships are small scale, and the atmosphere is informal, and very friendly.

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About Pandaw Cruises

The Pandaw experience is all about exploring remote and often hard-to-navigate rivers and coasts in specially-designed luxury small ships. Pandaw operate their own luxury small ship river cruises on the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia; the Red River and Halong Bay in Vietnam; Laos, China and Thailand on the Upper Mekong; the Irrawaddy & Chindwin rivers in Burma. We also operate boutique ships with partners on the Amazon in Brazil and the Brahmaputra, Hooghly and Ganges in India. Each ship, hand-crafted in brass and teak, is an object of beauty in itself. A Pandaw adventure is very different from that offered on an ocean-going cruise. The ships are small scale, and the atmosphere is informal, and very friendly.

Pandaw Cruises videos

  • Pandaw River Expedition 2014
  • Pandaw River Expedition 2017
  • The Mergui Archipelago
  • Myanmar
  • Halong Bay and Red River
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Pandaw River Expedition 2014

About Pandaw

Why Pandaw?

no fewer than 45% of our passengers have sailed with us before, many of them several times. They tell us that they come back for the special ambiance and old-world beauty of our ships as much as for the amazing scenery we sail through, or the onshore cultural treasures we explore together. While the craft may be small, we have the highest passenger-to-deck- space ratio of any cruise ships afloat. There are plenty of quiet spots to be discovered where you can read a book, write your travel journal, or simply mediate on the spectacular passing landscape or to chat with like-minded travellers friends old and new. Pandaw designs its ships with 360-degree promenade decks that allow our passengers the freedom to interact as much, or as little, as they like. It all adds to the famous 'Pandaw spirit' that brings so many guests back on board time and time again. When it comes to dining, passengers are welcome to eat on their own or with family or with friends. They can do so either in our dining room or on deck. Most dietary requirement are catered for. Here as elsewhere, the level of service on a Pandaw craft is a travel industry legend. It is a level of quality of which we are extremely proud, and we are constantly working hard to maintain. Our stewards and other crew are totally dedicated to your comfort. Pandaw has an all-inclusive policy so there are no hidden extras for excursions. Most drinks are included in the price of your ticket. Our cruises are family-friendly and offer plenty to do for the active and outdoorsy of all ages, as well as for those who wish to take it easy. We offer mountain biking and some challenging and exciting trekking ashore. These expeditions are particularly well-suited for older children who gain valuable life experiences from interacting with local kids when we stop in the villages. While passengers are free to do their own thing onshore, transportation, sometimes in the form of a cyclo or sampan, is provided for those who prefer a led excursion in the capable hands of our expert guides. By now it may be clear that if your idea of a cruise demands private balconies, big flat screen TVs in your room, thick carpets and dressing up for "the captain’s table", then Pandaw is not for you. If, on the other hand, you seek unforgettable moments of tranquillity interspersed by conviviality and cultural richness, whilst gliding through some of the world’s most amazing scenery, then welcome on board!

The Team

The Pandaw Group of Companies is entirely owned by the Strachan family. Paul and Roser Strachan remain closely involved in ensuring that their high standards are rigorously maintained. They regularly travel on the ships taking a strong interest in their design and style and enjoying interacting with our guests. Pandaw was the first operator since the Second World War to offer pioneering cruises on Burma's spectacular Irrawaddy River, reaching Bhamo, one thousand miles from the sea. We then went on to be the first to offer cruises on the stunningly attractive Chindwin river. As a family business the company has no borrowings, and thus runs on a very solid financial foundation. Paul takes personal charge of the Pandaw Charity, and a significant portion of the company's profits goes into maintaining current educational and medical projects in Burma.

Life Onboard

Sailing on a Pandaw ship is an outdoor, fresh air experience. However comfortable and roomy the staterooms, passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. Unlike most other cruise ships, every window on board (except for the portholes on the lower deck) can be opened and closed to suit your comfort. As we sail, we find that our passengers like to sit on deck, absorbed by the awe-inspiring riverside panoramas that unfold before them. From the comfortable vantage point of a teak-floored Pandaw deck, it's hard not to become hypnotised by the unceasing human and wildlife activity that characterises the great rivers of Asia.

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • Are the ships air-conditioned?

    All the ships in the Pandaw fleet are air-conditioned including the cabins, dining rooms and lower deck cabins.

  • Is there internet and wifi onboard?

    Internet is available on all ships as there are computers which can be used on sundeck however WiFI can only be accessed in certain locations which the crew will advise on.

  • Is there double beds in the cabin?

    Each cabin is based on twin beds however if you prefer a double this can be arranged, just let your cruise specialist know at the time of booking.

  • How do I know which cabin to book?

    The layout of all the cabins on the ship are the same, it is just the location that is different. You might prefer the right-hand side of the ship as it is closer to the sundeck and further away from the anchor but it really is your own personal preferences, which cabin you choose.

    The main advantage of cabins on the upper decks and main decks is that you have windows and space outside your cabin to sit and look out on to the river. In the lower deck there are no windows, just portholes and have no space outside the cabin to relax.

    As you cruise downstream or upstream there are lots to be seen on both sides of the river and many of the stops along the river can be on either side of the river too so all cabins offer similar views.

  • Is a triple cabin available?

    The ships do not offer triple cabins as they are all based on twin cabins, however, Pandaw does allow infants below the age of 4 years to sleep in a cabin with their parents on an additional mattress.

  • Is this cruise suitable for children?

    Children are welcome onboard the ships and generally will have a fantastic time. Please contact our cruise specialist for more information on pricing for children.

  • What are the additional charges onboard?

    Whilst onboard the following services are an additional cost - Espresso and cappuccino bar
    Spa service including foot, head and body massages (Mekong cruises only)
    Personal laundry service
    Selected wines from the Pandaw Wine List, and imported mineral waters.

  • How large are the beds in the cabins onboard?

    The mattress dimensions of the cabin beds are: (90 x 199 x 22) cm.

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