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About Burma River Cruises

pic1Pandaw Cruises run river expeditions on three great South-East Asian rivers: Burma, on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers and through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos on the Mekong River.

A Pandaw Cruise experience is fully inclusive from start to finish in the true sense of the word. Apart from transport, accommodation and meals transfers from Bagan or Mandalay Airport to the cruise starting point and from the point of cruise completion back to the airport are also included as are drinks onboard, including locally brewed alcoholic drinks and all daily shore excursions (including entrance fees) that are organised by Pandaw. The only additional costs are gratuities, imported alcoholic drinks and beverages, (eg wine), laundry (if required) and visa costs.

Apart from only needing to unpack and pack once there is no longer any need to endure bumpy roads and checking in and out of hotels. On these extremely comfortable Pandaw ships you can simply relax and soak up the Burmese culture and scenery.

During the 8-Day/7-Night journey you will have many opportunities to experience not only the major tourist attractions but also the everyday life of the people of Burma as you travel along the river. Everyday you will be able to participate in one or two shore
excursions by smaller boat or bus, led by local English speaking guides, into the towns and villages along and around the Irrawaddy river. You will visit markets , schools, local people’s homes, factories and handicraft workshops, historical
sights and temples. From the vessel itself you will be spellbound viewing and absorbing the scenery and human and wildlife activity on the river from either the Promenade Deck just outside your cabin or the Sun Deck on the roof as the ship navigates the river. Whilst experiencing this adventure passengers are cushioned with the comforts of a home away from home on board the ship. The spacious 15 square metre cabins are tastefully finished in traditional brass and teak but have all necessary mod-cons including air-conditioning and private facilities. The dining delights on-board the ship add to your experience. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style whilst dinner is served at the tables. There is a range of food available to cater for those who want to experiment with some local dishes as well as for those that prefer to stick with the food they are used to or vegetarian options.

The staff provide an exceptional level of service and care in a very friendly atmosphere. There is one staff member for every two guests. I should also mention that there is a never ending supply of bottled mineral water provided free of charge by the staff both on and off the ship and on excursions.

I highly recommend this river journey to those who enjoy the adventure of exploring
a foreign land at a relaxed pace whilst retaining all the comforts and luxury that a real holiday should bring.

Apart from the Pandaw Cruise we are able to help you with pre and post cruise accommodation in Burma and other countries in Indochina. There are other river cruising options available in Burma with other companies that we can also assist you with. There are different types of vessels that could be of interest when the Pandaw vessels are fully booked or not operating on your desired dates.

Hans Went
Burma River Cruises @ Canadian Bay Travel
+61 (3) 9787 9001


The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature of our cruise 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.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. All our cabins have the same size and Pandaw signature amenities. Choose from Main Deck, Upper Deck or Premium Upper Deck (Mekong only).

Special to Your Stateroom

  • Fruit and flowers on arrival
  • Kimonos and slippers
  • Spa-branded amenities
  • Unlimited mineral water

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