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Pandaw Cruises

62 Reviews
Kindat Pandaw

About Pandaw Cruises

Pandaw spearheaded small ship cruising in Asian destinations and one of the only lines offering sailings in remote areas, such as the Upper Chindwin in Myanmar (Burma) and the Upper Mekong in Laos. The line's river vessels replicate the traditional brass and teak ships of the old Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. The line is known for its "go with the flow" vibe.

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RV Kalaw Pandaw

7 Night
The Upper Ganges River

7 Reviews
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Kindat Pandaw

10 Night
The Full Brahmaputra

6 Reviews
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Bassac Pandaw

7 Night
Classic Mekong

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Mekong Pandaw

4 Night
Phnom Penh And Siem Reap

11 Reviews
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10 Night
The Laos Mekong

2 Reviews
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16 Night
Best Of Laos & Northern Thailand

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21 Night
Halong Bay, Red River & Laos Mekong

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10 Night
The Laos Mekong

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14 Night
The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River

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7 Night
The Lower Ganges River

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7 Night
Classic Mekong

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7 Night
Classic Mekong

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7 Night
Classic Mekong

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21 Night
Halong Bay, Red River & Laos Mekong

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21 Night
Halong Bay, Red River & Laos Mekong

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Pandaw Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on Pandaw cruise ships?

Pandaw primarily attracts mature and well-traveled people, all sharing a sense of adventure. Most are from the U.S., U.K., Australia and mainland Europe, and friendships develop quickly over shared experiences and the ships' intimate atmosphere.

Do I have to dress up on a Pandaw cruise?

No. The atmosphere is informal and relaxed, and the main requirement is for passengers to dress for comfort. Most people change for dinner, but again the emphasis is on casual rather than chic attire. Layers and long sleeves are needed to sit out on the deck at night.

Is everything free on Pandaw cruises?

Almost. Pandaw offers a mostly inclusive experience -- all bottled water, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and locally produced beer and spirits are included. Daily shore excursions (followed by a complimentary shoe cleaning service) and all meals are included in the cruise fares, as well. Wines and imported spirits are available at an additional cost. Tips are also extra.

What are Pandaw’s most popular activities?

From its earliest days, the Pandaw concept has been deeply rooted in discovering local culture and history. Among the most popular activities are the daily briefings, countryside walks, jungle speedboat and ox cart rides, and cultural performances. Onboard cooking demonstrations usually draw an audience but, generally speaking, most passengers prefer to spend their time sitting outside, on the promenade decks relaxing and socializing.

Why go with Pandaw?

  • Ships offer promenade decks with panoramic views.
  • Itineraries feature remote, hard-to-reach destinations.
  • Fares include daily shore excursions.
  • Complimentary (most) beverages, local beer, spirits.

Best for: Adventurous, active travelers interested in exploring remote places

Not for: Big-ship cruisers for whom the ship is the main draw, and anyone with mobility issues

Pandaw River Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Amazing

It was a great experience, not just walking around the market and looking, but coming into contact with the people.The service on board is incredible.Read More
Jutta Margartete

2-5 Cruises

Age 56s

Extraordinary Service on the Brahmaputra River

This was our second Pandaw cruise and each time we have been amazed by the quality of service and the dedication of every crew member we encountered.Simple but extremely comfortable accommodations matched with friendly, impeccable service from every member of the crew.Read More
thom2154

6-10 Cruises

Age 82s

A Trip of a Lifetime

This 12 night and 13 day cruise on the Ganges River in India was the trip of a lifetime.Actually this was our fourth cruise with Pandaw and we had the same conclusion from each previous cruise.Read More
Thailand Bill

2-5 Cruises

Age 81s

Vientiane/Laos to Chiang Khong/Thailand, Mekong River, Ship Pandaw Sabaidee, 22.12.2023-01.01.2024

A great and very relaxing trip for me on the Mekong in Laos and Thailand came to end last week.the great Sabaidee Pandaw crew that worked professionally and compentently, the team in the Pandaw overhead, the great Hotel La Seine in Vientiane and the Rachamankha in Chiang Mai, both of them are very highly recommended.Read More
CLa2611

6-10 Cruises

Age 63s

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