Every detail of this 7 night stay on Kindat Pandaw was first class. Both embarkation and disembarkation were seamless. We did a morning tour of Bagan before embarking and received a phone call from Kindat purser to determine if we needed lunch held for us! The boat is beautifully designed - functional and beautiful to look at. The cabin was well appointed with lots of storage to enable unpacking, bathroom of adequate size - we were a couple sharing. All areas of the boat were incredibly clean all of the time.
The chef is talented and committed to providing a varied selection of food choices for all meals. The selection was broad enough to address most palates. The wait staff are well trained and attentive ALL of the time. Service was impeccable.
Entertainment was appropriate, varied and kept short i- approx. 1 hour. Other activities on board addressed different cultural nuances - wearing the longye, food, history - were all interesting and gave us a better understanding of the country.
I loved the shore excursions into the smaller villages where we observed clay pot making and some other traditional economic activity. The people were so incredibly friendly, inclusive and were enthusiastic to interact with us.
We were incredibly fortunate to be on the Irrawaddy during the Water Festival. We were included in the activity on shore and on board - making this a memorable experience for me.All port excursions were well organized with embarkation and disembarkation well managed by the ships crews. A minimum of 1 crew member always accompanied us on a shore excursion.
A couple of the passengers had some challenges physically - the crew were very attentive and did everything in their power to facilitate mobility.
Cocktail hour was always a blast, with special concoction - tasty and colorful. All passengers had ample opportunity to interact - passengers and crew soon became an intimate group.
I would welcome another opportunity to cruise on a Pandaw boat.