Pandaw Expeditions recapture the golden era of colonial river travel throughout Southeast Asia on their small but beautifully hand-crafted teak and brass ships, offering guests a unique opportunity to explore remote landscapes and rural communities. As pioneers of river expeditions with over twenty years of experience, Pandaw provides the perfect blend of relaxation and personalised service on the shaded deck of its fifteen shallow-draft ships which range from five to thirty cabins. Being small ships, the atmosphere on board is informal and friendly.
Pandaw expedition managers are constantly carrying out reconnaissance on the routes they sail in search of undiscovered treasures for inquisitive guests to explore. Their varied excursion programs and complimentary mountain bikes entice guests to get in touch with local communities and to step off the beaten tourist track. There are a great variety of rivers to explore in Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and even China which can only be navigated by Pandaw.
With such a variety of expeditions on offer, 45% of Pandaw guests are returning customers, enjoying the special atmosphere and comforts on board while participating in well organised excursions to discover the stunning landscapes and rural communities along the riverside of these richly historic countries. Pandaw ships offer the highest passenger to deck space ratio of any river ships so there are plenty of quiet spots to read a book, simply observe the breathtaking landscape or chat with like-minded passengers. Promenade decks circle many of the ships which allow guests to interact and make the most of the panoramic views.
Dining is another special occasion as top chefs offer a wonderful variety of both local and western dishes, catering for any special dietary requirements. Locally grown ingredients and spices are used whenever possible. Dinner can be an individual or group affair by prior arrangement. The level of service on a Pandaw is unrivalled; stewards and staff are dedicated to guest comfort and satisfaction. An all-inclusive policy means there are no hidden extras for excursions and local alcoholic drinks are included in the price of your ticket. Retiring to your comfortable cabin after an eventful day is also a treat.
Family friendly, these expeditions are great for older kids who are enriched by their interaction with other children from a contrasting way of life when visiting rural villages. Each excursion is arranged to enhance the experience of guests seeking the combination of soft adventure with cultural knowledge. By cyclo, sampan and often leisurely on foot, guests enjoy a great variety of excursions, assisted by the knowledge of Pandaw’s expert guides.
In summary, if you are inspired to explore The Irrawaddy, The Chindwin, The Mekong or The Red River, Pandaw Expeditions will ensure you enjoy a fascinating adventure with many stories to recount.