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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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.
Pandaw River Expeditions Fleet information & picture Galleries
Cruising Asia’s most famous Rivers; the mighty Mekong, Red River, Irrawaddy River and the Chindwin – a Pandaw River Expeditions is not an ocean cruise. Dressing up for dinner is not compulsory nor is there a ‘captain’s table’!
The atmosphere on board is friendly and informal, more like a party on board a private yacht than a cruise ship. Mostly everything is included in the pre-paid price and there are no hidden extras for shore excursions. Even most of your drinks are included in the price of your ticket!
With a crew passenger ratio of 1:2 there is an incredibly high level of personalised service and care. For all these reasons, passengers keep coming back and exploring more of a lost South-East Asia.
Pandaw River Expeditions have 15 vessel’s cruising in China, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma) with itineraries ranging from short 3 night cruises to the longer 10-14 nights.
Pandaw’s popular, mostly unique colonial-era character ships, are well known for their friendly and efficient crew and definitive style. There is an itinerary that will fit any budget or style you may wish for.
All of the Pandaw River Expeditions ships have ultra-shallow drafts which enable travel to remote areas, otherwise unreachable by other passenger-carrying vessels.
Our Pandaw River Expeditions experts have travelled to most Pandaw destinations and know the ships and area very well. You are very welcome to call and discuss in detail the variety of itineraries on offer.
Below is a photo gallery of all 15 ships, click the below ship name and find out more about each vessel!!!