|In 2003, with the Mekong Pandaw, we were the first ship to attempt this extraordinary journey in its entirety surmounting complex bureaucratic and navigational obstacles. In 2004 we brought the former Pandaw III now renamed the Tonle Pandaw over from Myanmar to join the Mekong Pandaw. The two Pandaws explore two countries, two cultures and two ways of life linked by one great river. This is the only luxury cruises vacation on the Mekong River.|
The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature of our ships. Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are very spacious at 168 square feet (15.6 sqm). Much loved by all our passengers we have ensured that with each ship we build the stateroom remains the same. Our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV’s, internet or phones. There is a 24 honesty bar on the sundeck. Pandaw passengers usually want to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Where we go and what we see is intrepid in extreme. What you come back to is a floating base of discreet comfort, caring service and all the good things one looks for in life.
Length: 200ft / 60m
Beam: 36ft / 11m
Draught: 4ft / 1.5m
Berths: 64 pax
Decks: 4: Lower, Main, Upper, Sun
Engines: 2 x 550bhp Isuzu
Propulsion: Inboard system
Comms: Cell phones, Sat phones (where permitted by local authorities) VHF and SSB radio, internal phone system, PA system and tannoy system for navigation purposes.
Safety: Smoke detectors in all cabins and public places, emergency lighting and generator, fire pump, hydrants and hoses, fire extinguishers, life jackets for all on board and life rafts.
Navigation: Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight, GPS, Radar (where permitted by local authorities).
Amenities: On board laundry, bakery, fully equipped galley and refrigeration units; air conditioning for all inside areas.
Water: Treatment plants for desalination, desedimentation and purification using UV and osmosis.
Sewage: Microbiotic treatment plants.
Class: Myanmar DMA Inland Water (based on Lloyds Inland Water Class).
Flag: Country flags in areas of operation.
Insurance: Ship Owners UK: P&I policies with over USD45 million per vessel.
Crew: 28 per vessel of mixed Asian nationalities.
Management: European expatriate experts employed directly by Pandaw Cruises supervising experienced Asian Pursers.