MY Andaman Explorer

The MY Andaman Explorer was built as the MV Atlantic Guard in 1963 in Norway as a coast guard vessel. She is 61 meters long with her original Rolls Royce engines. The hull is built to ‘ice class’ with extra thick plates and has the power to withstand north Atlantic storms. Very handy when cruising in tropical waters!  She retired from coast guard duties in 1998 and was then owned by an Italian Family who lavished millions on her. The ship was then completely refitted with eleven very generous suites.

Much of MY Andaman Explorer is floored with Carrara marble, pleasantly cool under foot for those who go unshod. In recent times she has belonged to a powerful shipping family based in Dubai who maintained the ship to a very high standard. Today the MY Andaman Explorer is owned by Pandaw River Expeditions and cruises the Mergui Archipelago on a 7-night expedition. The MY Andaman Explorer offers 10 generously proportioned suites with separate sitting room area, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning.

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RV Champa Pandaw

Built in 2016, the RV Champa Pandaw was constructed to withstand the upper extremes of the mighty Upper Mekong River. She therefore was able to deliver Southeast Asia’s first-ever “four countries” river expedition. She features a total of 2 upper decks and 12 main deck staterooms, each spanning 170sq ft and finished in brass and teak.

All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, French windows, desks, safes, storage and have the option of twin or double beds Cabins. Broad promenade decks run around the outside of the accommodation to provide each guest with a fantastic vantage point. The RV Champa Pandaw offers Bistro style al fresco dining, observation deck, open-air lounge and bar, and WiFi (free/limited). The 10 night Laos Mekong Cruise allows travellers to explore parts of Laos that many few have travelled before.

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RV Laos Pandaw

Built in 2015, the RV Laos Pandaw was constructed to withstand the upper extremes of the mighty Upper Mekong River and is traditionally styled to reflect the river’s rich colonial history. Featuring just 10 Main Deck staterooms, the vessel provides an intimate experience with personalised service to match. Each spanning 150sq ft and finished in brass and teak, the cabins are well appointed, spacious and comfortable. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, French windows, desks, safes, storage and have the option of twin or double beds Cabins.

Broad promenade decks run around the outside of the accommodation to provide each guest with a fantastic vantage point. The RV Laos Pandaw offers al fresco dining, observation deck, open-air lounge and bar, and WiFi (free/limited). Offering 2 cruises a year on the Upper Mekong – The cruise between Laos and Thailand (and vice-versa) takes 10 nights and the cruise between Laos and China (and vice-versa) takes 14 Nights.

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RV Angkor Pandaw

Built in 2012, the RV Angkor Pandaw has 16 cabins split between the main and upper deck, each spanning 170sq ft, and finished in teak and brass. The upper deck includes 6 premium staterooms, a spacious open-air lounge, air-conditioned dining room, observation deck. A library is stocked with contemporary and classic literature.

The main deck is home to 10 staterooms. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, French windows, desks, safes, storage and have the option of twin or double beds Cabins. Broad promenade decks run around the outside of the accommodation to provide each guest with a fantastic vantage point. Dining is exemplary, with a local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team who will cater for every passenger’s taste; and the boat also has a very well stocked cellar including some of the finest wines and premium brands. The 10 night Halong Bay & Red River Cruise allows travellers to explore parts of Northern Vietnam that no other cruise vessel has travelled before. Be a pioneer!

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RV Tonle Pandaw

Built in 2002, the RV Tonle Pandaw has a total of 18 upper deck and 10 main deck staterooms, each spanning 170sq ft. All cabins are spacious and designed with your comfort as the number one priority. They are finished in teak and brass making a luxurious and inviting place to stay.  All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, French windows, desks, safes, storage and have the option of twin or double beds Cabins.

Broad promenade decks run around the outside of the accommodation, with chairs and tables outside each cabin to provide each guest with a fantastic vantage point. With her gorgeous upper deck saloon, observation decks and formal dining room this ship is an old favourite with a rich ambiance.  In 2013 she was fully refitted and the number of cabins reduced to just 28 in order to create a professional spa and library on the lower deck. She is not a small ship but despite her size, she has a shallow draft and can usually get up river into low water areas when other vessels are stuck well below. Pandaw is the only operator to explore Kratie and its river dolphins in the north of Cambodia (during high water level July-January). The cruise between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap (and vice-versa) takes 7 nights, or for those short of time 3 and 4-night cruises operate, breaking the journey in Phnom Penh.

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RV Mekong Pandaw

Built in 2003, the RV Mekong Pandaw was the first vessel to attempt the journey between Vietnam and Cambodia and the only operator to explore Kratie and its river dolphins in the north of Cambodia (during high water level July-January). The vessel has been lovingly restored to an incredibly high standard. This ensures the extraordinary journey between Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor Wat is a truly remarkable experience.

The RV Mekong Pandaw has a total of 18 upper deck and 6 main deck staterooms, each spanning 170sq ft. Each has been cleverly designed to allow both space and privacy whilst you journey along the Mekong River. In keeping with the feel and style of all of Pandaw’s ships, cabins have traditional interiors. All are equipped with the modern conveniences you would expect on a luxury boat.

All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, French windows, desks, safes, storage and have the option of twin or double beds Cabins. Broad promenade decks run around the outside of the accommodation. Chairs and tables are placed outside each cabin to provide each guest with a fantastic vantage point.

In 2013 she was refitted and all lower deck cabins were removed in favour of a professional spa, gym, library lounge and office. The RV Mekong Pandaw has the largest sun deck on the River and the biggest public-space-to-passenger-ration. She is quite justifiably the most splendid ship on the Mekong and the envy of anything that floats by. The cruise between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap (and vice-versa) takes 7 nights, or for those short of time 3 and 4 night cruises operate, breaking the journey in Phnom Penh.

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Pandaw Cruise – Burma Coastal Voyage

The 10 night Burma Coastal Voyage will cruise the entire distance between Rangoon and Kawthaung on board a classic 1960’s motor yacht. This cruise will include exciting stops at the old coastal ports of Moulmein, Mergui and Tavoy. In addition, we will explore several little known islands with opportunities to snorkel or kayak up rivers into the mangrove forests.

We have now fully recce’d these lively coastal ports, so evocative of Kipling, Maugham and Collis. Find them full of architectural interest, whether colonial or Buddhist.

Likewise we have identified key islands, some with communities of Baptist Karens loyal to the KNU, others with the Mokkein sea gypsies who speak a strange sort of Malay. But the majority are totally deserted with pristine white beaches, coral and diverse bird and sea life, not to mention the odd reptile like giant monitor lizards.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant for availability, latest offers, pre and post cruise touring options and flights.

Day 1: Rangoon

Embark in Rangoon for lunch and set sail in afternoon down the Rangoon River and out to sea for the 90nm crossing to Moulmein (Mawlamyaing).

Day 2: Thanbyuzayat

Moor in the estuary at Kaikkame and transfer ashore to travel by car to Thanbyuzayat to visit the war graves there and then on to Moulmein for lunch and the day exploring this important colonial outpost that was annexed by the British in 1824. Visit old colonial churches and a splendid wood-carved royal monastery on the hill.

Day 3: Cruising

Cruising all day with an island stop to swim and explore ashore.

Day 4: Tavoy (Dawei) Creek

Anchor in the mouth of the Tavoy (Dawei) creek and continue to visit this little known but once important town by tender.

Day 5: Myeik

Anchor off Mergui (Myeik) for a full day exploring the many architectural marvels of this old British port town. Visit the house of the author Maurice Collis which is in fact on the site of the house of Siamese White, the 17th century English pirate who came to be governor of the province for the King of Siam.

Day 6: Lun Lun Island

Morning visit Port Maria in Lun Lun Island. This populated island is Karen and the KNU flag flies above each door and the local government is run by the KNU not Yangon. The Baptist Karens are very welcoming and keen to show their church. We also explore by tender or kayak the system of bays and creeks reaching inland from Port Maia. Afternoon sail to Bailey Island for spectacular snorkelling or swimming in this most lovely of bays.

Day 7: Cruising The Archipelago

A day cruising through the Archipelago with a stop to swim and snorkel.

Day 8: Tann Shey Island

Visit Tann Shey Island, forming the main part of Lampi marine national park. Explore the mangroves by kayak where you may see wild monkeys.

Day 9: Phi Lar Island

Sail the Loughborough Passage where dolphin sightings are common. Stop to visit a Mokkein sea gypsy village on Phi Lar Island. This is a great place to buy giant lobsters that we serve fresh at dinner.

Day 10: Coxcombe Island

Moor off Coxcombe Island to explore the secret lagoon, by swimming or kayak, depending on a low tide. Continue to Kawthaung, entry here depends on a mid to high tide but hopefully allowing an afternoon or evening walk about this bustling port city.

Day 11: Kawthaung

Disembark at Kawthaung for transfer to Kawthaung Airport for your departuare flight.

Inclusions 
Meals: All meals & locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
Accommodation:10 nights on-board the Pandaw Cruise
Equipment:Kayaks & snorkelling equipment
Guide: English Speaking Guide
Gratuities: Gratuities to crew on board the Pandaw Cruise
Entrance Fees & Touring: Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Myanmar (Burma)

Burma (Myanmar) is a land of rivers. Not just the Irrawaddy River, navigable for 1000 miles, or its main tributary the Chindwin river, navigable for 600 miles, but other rivers too.

The Salween river is actually the longest river in Burma. The Kaladan system in the Arakan contains a thousand hundred miles of navigable waterway. The Great Irrawaddy Delta, with its seven main channels and several hundred lesser ones, is a vast water-world covering over 10,000 square miles.

In Burma for over one thousand years nearly all movement of people and goods, not to mention invaders, have travelled by river. In British colonial times the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company launched 1,200 vessels and became the largest fleet of privately owned ships in the world, ever.

Still to this day, despite the construction of railways in colonial times or roads in more recent times, the rivers remain key to transportation and for the traveller the only way to see the country. Like the Nile in Egypt, nearly all the vestiges of past Burmese dynasties are sited along the banks as our the great Buddhist sanctuaries, the most famous of which is Pagan (Bagan).

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The Mergui Archipelago with its 800 islands is one of those areas that remain almost totally unvisited by foreigners.

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We are pleased to offer a convenient four-night Pandaw Cruise on the irresistible Irrawaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay discovering the ancient Royal capitals, riverside villages, lively local markets and stunning scenery and sunsets.

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A fabulous way to discover the mighty Irrawaddy River aboard a Pandaw Cruise with up to two weekly departures between the historic royal capitals Bagan Mandalay.

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The Chindwin is Burma’s loveliest rivers. In the past we only offered this during the monsoon season due to water levels, but now our ultra low draught Pandaw Ships can sail through to February.

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The Chindwin is Burma’s loveliest rivers. In the past we only offered this during the monsoon season due to water levels, but now our ultra low draught Pandaw Ships can sail through to February.

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The Irrawaddy Delta covers an area of over 1000 square miles with Rangoon, its most famous port and capital of all Burma from 1886 to 2005.

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Our new Pandaw Cruise program enables relaxed exploration of the magnificent temples of Pagan, the highlights of Mandalay and the scenic and remote Upper Irrawaddy.

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The 10 night Burma Coastal Voyage will cruise the entire distance between Rangoon and Kawthaung on board a classic 1960's motor yacht.

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The Irrawaddy Delta covers an area of over 1000 square miles with Rangoon, its most famous port and capital of all Burma from 1886 to 2005.

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Laos & China

The Mekong River flows through six countries and on this section of the river three smaller Pandaw cruise ships cover from Vientiane in Laos to Jinghong in Yunnan, South-West China, stopping in Chiang Rai province of North Thailand and Keng Tung State in the Shan Hills of Burma.

Highlights include the French colonial Laos capital of Vientiane, the temple city of Luang Prabang and the Menglun botanical gardens of Yunnan. We stop at several remote tribal villages to be warmly received and see local handicraft production and experience day to day rural life.

But the most exciting part of any Upper Mekong river expedition must be the river cruise itself that passes through dramatic scenery with the river weaving through mountains and forests, gorges and rapids.

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Enjoy a three country expedition as we traverse Laos to touch Thailand and Burma at the once notorious Golden Triangle. From Vientiane (the old French capital) and so redolent as L’Indochine Pandaw will be the first river expedition since pre-war days to cross all Laos.

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This cruise makes it possible for travellers to sail on the mighty Upper Mekong River, all the way from Vientiane to China. This is an incredible, pioneering 14-night river expedition discovering charming villages, stunning scenery, pristine jungle, the Golden Triangle and a very different emerald green Mekong in China’s Yunnan province.

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Vietnam & Cambodia

The Mekong River flows through six countries and Pandaw Cruises are proud to now offer river cruises through all of these, though sadly not joined up due to the natural barrier of a waterfall on the Laos Cambodia border.

Our most popular route remains from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia. With this you see the best of Indochina, from the French colonial cities of Saigon and Phnom Penh to the World Heritage Site of Angkor with its amazing Khmer temples.

We pass through a richly varying riverscape from the vast Mekong Delta with floating markets, bustling trading towns and vibrant river life to the silence of the Cambodian Mekong river with its delightful rural life.

We explore the Tonle River to the edge of the Tonle Lake and spend a couple of days tinkering in Phnom Penh, with its temples, palaces, museums and buzzing night life not to mention shopping.

Perhaps the most exciting moment of this voyage is a visit to the Dolphin grounds at Stuc Treng. Only we can go there because of the special shallow draft design of our river cruise ships.

Also in Vietnam we ply the Red River system that flows down from Tonkinese Alps to Hanoi and on to Halong Bay. This small ship river cruise provides an illuminative insight into North Vietnamese life and culture.

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Take in the striking cultural contrasts of the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of rural Cambodia on board Pandaw Cruise. Depart Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Cruise the mighty Mekong River to Cambodia's bustling capital Phnom Penh on a 3 night cruise.

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Depart Cambodia's bustling capital Phnom Penh on a 4 night Pandaw Cruise to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with Pandaw Cruises.
Set sail with Pandaw Cruises along the mighty Mekong River through the tranquility of rural Cambodia and into Vietnam and into the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon.

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Combine the ancient temples of Angkor in Siem Reap with Cambodia’s bustling capital city Phnom Penh with a Pandaw Cruise expedition on the Tonle and Mekong Rivers. Cruise as far as Kratie, where only Pandaw ships can navagate and discover the dolphin grounds and the national park protected areas.

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There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquility of Cambodia.

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Explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam by Pandaw Cruise river ship, traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries, connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitements of downtown Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track.

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Explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam by Pandaw Cruise river ship, traversing the Red River delta and its main tributaries, connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitements of downtown Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track.

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