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RV Pandaw Cruise

We have five luxury river cruise ships in operation that we built ourselves. Each ship, hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen are in themselves objects of great beauty. The secret of our success is that on our ships, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate. All our Pandaws have ultra shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas unreachable by other vessels, let alone overland.
Pandaw Mekong River Boat

Life Onboard

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 vast observation deck above. Unlike other cruise ships, every window (except port holes on the lower deck) can open.
 
When sailing our passengers sit on deck and become absorbed by great panoramas as they unfold around them. Spellbound, one cannot help but to meditate upon the unceasing human and wildlife activity of these teaming water worlds.
 

Your Stateroom

The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated 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). Much loved by all our passengers we have ensured that with each ship we build the stateroom remains the same. Our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV’s, internet or phones. Pandaw passengers usually want to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.
 
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Where we go and what we see is intrepid in extreme. What you come back to is a floating base of discreet comfort, caring service and all the good things one looks for in life.
  • Fruit and flowers on arrival
  • Kimonos and slippers
  • Spa-branded amenities
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Free use of mini DVD player on request and selection of DVDs from our library (subject to availability)
All our cabins are the same size and have Pandaw signature amenities. Choose from Main Deck, Upper Deck or Premium Upper Deck (Mekong only).
 

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. We know our passengers want fresh air not chilled air. The new Katha Pandaw, designed according to feedback from our passengers, has no formal dining room but rather open air dining on deck.
 
We offer a great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods.  We source supplies as locally as possible, given environmental health regulations. Breakfast is a buffet whilst lunch has a buffet soup, salad and desert table with the main course served at the table and dinner is served at the tables. Passengers who do not like hot or spicy foods are offered European alternatives and vegetarians are well catered for. Special diets may be catered for by prior agreement. Our chefs know that the majority of passengers want to eat the best of each country they pass through.
  • All meals are single seating
  • Table service is complimented with fresh salads, fruits and deserts (at lunch) on our buffet
  • Attire is smart casual
  • Breakfast and lunch are open-air
  • Dinners are candlelit and indoor dining rooms are air-conditioned
  • At least two theme dinners, in addition to our Farewell Gala Dinner
  • individual or group tables
  • new smaller ships have outdoor dining
 

Spa 

Currently only available on our Mekong ships, the Pandaw Spa offers head massage, foot massage and body massages in dedicated spa areas on each ship.
 
Due to lack of space we only carry one spa lady on each ship so be sure to book in advance as they can be in good demand.
 

Activities

Whilst the peace and tranquility of our passengers is our priority and many passengers prefer to read, write or engage in painting or photography we do offer a number of unobtrusive activities that have become a traditional part of any Pandaw river expedition.
 
These include: cooking, fruit carving and napkin arrangement demonstrations; exploring local markets with our chefs; talks from our on board guides; film presentations, with documentaries on local history and culture as well as movies; tours of the working ship and many other activities.
 
During the expedition there will be at least one cultural performance on board  whether the Royal Khmer Ballet in Cambodia, the Marionette Theater in Burma or Iban tribal dances in Borneo. On longer cruises there will be at least two performances per cruise.
 
There are a number of social events during an expedition which will include a welcome dinner, cocktail parties on deck, a farewell gala dinner and dinners themed with local menus and costume. In the Burma dry season we often tie up on a sandbank and have a barbeque beach party on the sands, usually around a bonfire in winter.
 

Excursions

Excursions ashore 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 speed boat going deeper into jungle or up river; horse cart rides in Burma or cyclos in Cambodia.
 
We try not to used cars or coaches wherever possible and in some places only the most basic of local transportation is available, like at Katha in Burma where you may find yourself in the back of a truck looking for a working elephant camp.
We stop at least once a day, usually twice. On the Mekong we will spend a day and a night in exciting Phnom Penh; in Burma we need at least a day and a half in both Pagan and Mandalay. Our expert guides will accompany you on these explorations ashore or you are welcome to make individual excursions as there are no issues of safety or security in any of the ports or stops we visit.
  • All scheduled excursions accompanied by members of the crew with first aid kits, water and cold towels
  • Entrance fees for sights included in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive fact sheets or ‘trip books’ provided
  • Visit Pandaw Charity projects along the way and interact with the local communities who welcome us
  • Opportunity to travel to local markets with the Pandaw Chef at least once during the cruise program
  • Crew assists in areas where river banks are steep and slippery
  • Individual excursions welcomed, but please rejoin the ship on time
 

The Fleet

RV Indochina Pandaw

Specification:
  • Length: 180ft / 55m; Beam: 34ft / 10m; Draught: 3ft / 90cm; Berths: 60 pax on Main and Upper Decks; Decks: 4: Lower,  Main, Upper, Bridge; Engines: 2 x 400bhp Cummins inboard propulsion; Built: 2008 in Saigon
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: VIRES (Vietnam)
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.

RV Pandaw II:

Specification
  • Length: 180ft / 55m; Beam: 34ft / 10m; Draught: 3ft / 90cm; Berths: 48 pax; Decks: 3: Main, Upper, Sun; Engines: 2 x 350 bhp Catepillar; Propulsion: Schotel outboard; Built: 2001
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers

RV Mekong Pandaw

Specification
  • Length: 200ft / 60m; Beam: 36ft / 11m; Draught: 4ft / 1.5m; Berths: 64 pax; Decks: 4: Lower, Main, Upper, Sun; Engines: 2 x 550bhp Isuzu; Propulsion: Inboard system; Built: 2003
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.

RV Tonle Pandaw

Specification
  • Length: 180ft / 55m; Beam: 34ft / 10m; Draught: 3ft / 90cm; Berths: 66 pax; Decks: 3: Main, Upper, Sun; Engines: 2 x 400 bhp Cummins; Propulsion: Schotel outboard; Built: 2002
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.

RV Orient Pandaw

Specification
  • Length: 180ft / 55m; Beam: 34ft / 10m; Draught: 3ft / 90cm; Berths: 60 pax on Main and Upper Decks; Decks: 4: Lower, Main, Upper, Bridge; Engines: 2 x 400bhp Cummins inboard propulsion; Built: 2008 in Saigon
  • Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
  • Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
  • Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
  • Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
  • Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
  • Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
  • Class: VIRES (Vietnam)
  • Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
  • Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
  • Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
  • Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.
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Route: Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Cu Lao Gien - Chau Doc - Border Crossing - Phnom Penh
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Saigon to Phnom Penh by the RV Pandaw Cruise 4 Days/3 Nights

Route: Siem Reap - Kampong Cham - Kampong Cham Area - Tonle River - Kampong Chhnang - Phnom Penh
 
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Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by the RV Pandaw Cruise 5 Days/4 Nights

Route: Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be - Chau Doc - Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham - Tonle River - Tonle Sap
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Saigon to Siem Reap by the RV Pandaw Cruise 8 Days/7 Nights

Route: Siem Reap - Kampong Cham - Chhlong - Kratie and the Doplhin Sanctuary - Sam Bor - Kampong Cham Area - Tonle River - Kampong Chhnang - Phnom Penh - Border Crossing - Chau Doc - Cu Lao Gien - Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho - Saigon
 
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Siem Reap to Saigon by the RV Pandaw Cruise 11 Days/10 Nights

Route: Tonle Sap - Kampong Cham - Kampong Chhnang - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Cai Be - My Tho - Saigon
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Siem Reap to Saigon by the RV Pandaw Cruise 8 Days/7 Nights

Route: Saigon - My Tho - Cai Be - Cai Be - Sa Dec - Cu Lao Gien - Chau Doc - Border Crossing - Phnom Penh - Tonle River - Kampong Chhnang - Cruising the Mekong River - Wat Hanchey - Chhlong - Kratie and the Dolphin Sanctuary - Sam Bor - Kampong Cham Area - Siem Reap
 
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Saigon to Siem Reap by the RV Pandaw Cruise 11 Days/10 Nights

Route: Phnom Penh - Tonle River / Kampong Chhnang - Kampong Cham / Mekong River - Kampong Cham Area - Transfer to Siem Reap
 
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Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by the RV Pandaw Cruise 5 Days/ 4 Days

Route: Phnom Penh - Cruising The Mekong - Boder Crossing - Chau Doc - Cu Lao Gien - Sa Dec - Cai Be - My Tho - Saigon
 
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Phnom Penh to Saigon by The RV Pandaw Cruise 5 Days/4 Nights

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