A journey on Burma's Irrawaddy River is one of life's great travel
experiences, and no vessel could be more appropriate for this than
the RV Pandaw. Built in Scotland in 1947, the Pandaw is one of the
same design as the original Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers
that coped so well with the difficult conditions of the river.
Pandaw sails between the ancient capitals of Bagan and Mandalay,
offering a tranquil and stimulating Myanmar experience. The
Pandaw is 150 ft long and was powered by a stern paddle, now
replaced by modern engines. Up till last year she still carried
local cargo and passengers. Conserving many original features,
16 comfortable cabins with air-conditioning and en suite shower
rooms have been added. Finished in local hardwoods, and furnished
with period pieces the Pandaw is home to a collection of historic
prints and antiques. Promenade decks enable passengers to sit
outside their cabins in rattan chairs. The intention has been
to recreate the atmosphere and character of the first class
deck of a classic river steamer.
For those wishing
to spend longer cruising there are a number of special river expeditions
running for ten days on the upper Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers.
Similar cruises are available on the more luxurious Eastern & Oriental
Express Road to Mandalay'. Please contact us for further details.