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The Pandaw ships originate from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, which had a fleet of over 650 steamers, all of which were destroyed during World War II.

With almost 20 years’ experience in cruising, Pandaw is the largest river cruise company in Southeast Asia, with 14 deluxe ships all designed as replicas of colonial river steamers. Pandaw offers its passengers an adventurous experience with daily shore excursions, comfort and fine dining.

There is no dressing up for dinner and no ‘captain’s table’. The atmosphere on board is very friendly and informal, more like a private yacht than a cruise ship. Nearly everything is included in the price and there are no hidden extras for excursions. Even your drinks and the crew tips are included in the price of your ticket. There is an incredibly high level of personal service and care aboard, with a crew passenger ratio of 1:2. For these reasons passengers keep coming back and exploring more of a lost South-East Asia.

Pandaw River Cruises are very different from other cruise experiences.


Curl up with a kindle and relax in our peaceful sittings areas dotted throughout the ships. Rest assured you won’t be interrupted with unnecessary PA announcements or annoying drones of TV’s in neighboring cabins. Pandaw promote a relaxed atmosphere on their ships at all cabins open on to a very social promenade deck.


Pandaw offer daily briefings to whet your appetite for the cultural events and activities available onboard. Fancy kicking back with a cocktail? That’s fine too!

All Pandaw ships have the highest public space to passenger ratio of any ship, seagoing or river, in the world. With at least one stop and excursion per day, you’re never cruising for long uninterrupted periods of time which make their cruises unique to other cruise liners.


The onboard staff do a great job of making passengers feel welcomed and fully entertained for the duration of their stay. There is a 1:2 staff passenger ratio which means staff are always on hand.

Safety is number one priority for the crew – Pandaw have a full time ex Royal Navy officer responsible for emergency drills, safety appliance checks and ship security.

Pandaw care about the towns and villages they cruise through, and do not pocket the profits, rather they distribute them to a variety of community projects. All meals are prepared onboard and nearly 100% of supplies are sourced from local producers. Pandaw work in partnership with local businesses and a number of NGO providers.


Your cruise price includes gratuity to the crew and there are no hidden extras for shore excursions.

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