The Pandaw ships originate from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, which had a fleet of over 650 steamers, all destroyed in 1942 during World War II. The first Pandaw ship, a restored steamer, was revived in 1995. With over 16 years’ experience in cruising, Pandaw is the largest river cruise company in Asia, with 10 luxury ships all designed as replicas of the colonial river steamers. Pandaw offers its passengers an adventurous experience with daily shore excursions and immense comfort on board through fine dining and outstanding service. Both RV Pandaw and RV Tonle Pandaw take 56 passengers and are used on the Mekong Exploration.


The Mekong River is the 12th longest river in the world. Originating from the mountains of Tibet, it flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam before flowing into the South China Sea. As you cruise along the Mekong River you will experience the contrast between the tranquility and rich countryside of Cambodia and the endless array of waterways and floating villages of the bustling Mekong Delta in Vietnam.


One of the prime features of the Pandaw ships are the state rooms, which are the same on board each ship. The main and upper decks feature very spacious 15.6sq m cabins, all with private facilities. All cabins have air conditioning, a mini safe, storage space for your luggage, a wardrobe, writing desk and amenities such as a hairdryer and slippers. The cabins do not have minibars, internet, TVs or phones. All main and upper deck cabins have their own deck space outside the cabin.


The Pandaw ships offer a great choice of local cuisine with breakfast served as buffet-style and lunch and dinner served a la carte (your choice from a set menu). Water is provided with all meals as well as complimentary local soft drinks, beers and some spirits, depending on availability. Tea and coffee is also complimentary and available from 6am throughout the day on the Sun Deck. Local mineral water is provided daily in your cabin.


Pandaw offers daily group excursions ashore to visit the main sites and cultural attractions of the area, as well as remote villages and communities along the way. Your itinerary will list the main stops of your river expedition, however, these depend on the river conditions and other local factors. A detailed daily schedule will be posted on the ship’s notice board. When the ship is moored, passengers are welcome to come and go as they wish.