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Indochina Pandaw
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By David Wishart
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Indochina Pandaw Overview

Indochina Pandaw looks like a big toy boat but is in fact a luxurious yet unostentatious replica of a colonial-era vessel dating from 1865.

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About Indochina Pandaw

It has a spacious sun deck and two passenger decks with 30 identical cabins of 170 square feet. All have twin beds, air-conditioning and French windows with a table and two wicker chairs outside on the walk-around deck. Bathrooms have good showers, with bathrobes, hair dryers, and slippers provided. Cabins also have desks and safes. There is an onboard laundry and crew clean shoes after excursions.

Passengers spend their leisure time on the covered sun deck, where they can take in the sights from teak loungers with blue cushions. The upper deck also has a small, usually quiet, covered deck forward. There is an open-bridge policy.

Meals are served in the main deck restaurant, with large, floor to ceiling windows. Breakfast is buffet style but preceded by coffee, tea and light bites on the sun deck for early risers. Lunch is served either buffet style or standard sit-down, while dinners are four-course affairs. Produce is fresh, regional and seasonal. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer and domestic spirits are complimentary and served at the bar/library on the sun deck.

There is wifi, which is often slow due to the remote areas traveled. However, guides can help find internet shops in some of the riverside towns.

Indochina Pandaw has two guides who give briefings at cocktail hour every night on the sun deck, and accompany all excursions, which are daily and free. Some local entertainment is offered, such as folkloric dancing and puppet shows.

Overnights usually involve stopping at a riverbank and securing the ship with lines attached to stakes hammered into the sand. Sometimes part of the gangway is little more than a plank and sandbags, making this trip difficult for those with disabilities. But plenty of willing crew hands are always there to assist. Most passengers see Pandaw as a world away from conventional cruising and take such measures in stride.

Indochina Pandaw Ship Stats

  • Crew: 28
  • Launched: 2009
  • Decks: 3
  • Passengers: 60
  • Registry: Yangon
Indochina Pandaw Ratings
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Indochina Pandaw
debbiebl
Sail Date: Dec 2017
This is the first year the Indochina Pandaw has sailed on the Irrawaddy between Mandalay and Bagan (Pagan) giving a range of 7,4 and 2 night cruises. We chose the 7 night which fell over the New Year between...Read More
Indochina Pandaw
lawaldrep
Sail Date: Dec 2017
We chose Pandaw over other, more chic cruises because we wanted to a have a more authentic yet luxurious cruise in Myanmar. The RV Indochina and crew did not disappoint. We were the first to arrive at our ship,...Read More

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