Our favourite river cruising company in Burma, Pandaw, offers a range of longer cruises that ply the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers for different durations on various boats. Onboard a Pandaw boat you will travel deep into the interiors of these little developed nations and explore a pristine eco environments inaccessible by anything other than a river boat.
The boats have fixed departures throughout the year. Please contact your Oasis Travel specialist consultant for more information on departure dates and inclusions.
Beyond Bhamo - Bhamo Mandalay : 7 nights - RV Kindat Pandaw
Chindwin & Upper Irrawaddy: 20 nights in remotest Burma - RV Katha Pandaw/Pandaw II
Chindwin Monwya-Homalin : 7 Nights - RV Kalay Pandaw/RV Kha Byoo
Exploring Ancient Arakan : 7 nights - RV Katha Pandaw
From Pyay to Kalay: 14 nights on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin - RV Katha Pandaw/Pandaw II
From Rangoon to Kalay: 18 nights on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin - Pandaw II
Mandalay Bagan Packet : 7 nights - RV Orient Pandaw/RV Kalaw Pandaw
The Golden Land: 10 Nights - RV Katha Pandaw/Pandaw II
The Irrawaddy: 14 nights, 600 miles - RV Katha Pandaw/Pandaw II
Pandaw have beautifully crafted self built ships in operation. Each ship, hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen are in themselves objects of great beauty. The secret of their success is that on the ships, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate. All Pandaws have ultra shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas, which would be unreachable by other vessels, let alone overland.
The Pandaw stateroom (cabin) is the most celebrated feature of the ships. Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are very spacious at 168 square feet. Much loved by all passengers Pandaw have ensured that in each ship the stateroom remains the same. The cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV’s, internet or phones. There is a 24 honesty bar on the sundeck. Pandaw passengers usually want to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels. They ensure that crews never to arrive in port early and sit there tied up - indeed better to slow down if ahead of schedule.
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Where you go and what you see is intrepid in extreme.