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RV Mekong Pandaw Cruise is known as most spacious ship with wider promenades, a larger dining hall and more public space per passenger

Built in Rangoon in 2002, the Cruise was sailed round to Saigon under her own power and many a drama described in Paul Strachan’s Pandaw Story. This ship was designed specially for the Mekong and unlike other P class ships does not have a flying bridge. The reason was so she could get under a road bridge. She did actually scrape under on her maiden but it was so scary that Paul Strachan, then standing on the bridge, never dared attempt it again. As a result, we ended up with this incredible 750 square meter teak deck that even has a full size billiard table.

In 2012 she was refitted and lower deck cabins removed in favour of a professional spa, gym, library lounge and office. She is quite justifiably the most splendid ship on the Mekong and the envy of anything that floats by.

The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.


Build 2002 in Yangon, refit 2012

Length: 200ft / 60m

Beam: 36ft / 11m

Draft: 4ft / 1.5m

Berths: 48 pax



18 upper deck, 6 main deck staterooms

170 square feet, finished in teak and brass

Panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space

New bathrooms with natural stone shower and branded quality fittings

Kimonos and slippers

Spa-branded amenities

Unlimited mineral water

Electric mini safe

Central AC with individual control

Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows

Premium mattresses

Convertible bed configuration

Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift


Multi-configuration plugs

Generous closet space and under-bed storage

Hair dryer

Daily nightly turn down service

24h laundry service

Complimentary evening canapés



Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team

Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners

Daily lean & light menu options

Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices

Extensive wine list with premium wines

Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour

Welcome drink on arrival

Welcome cocktail

Farewell reception

Theme- and gala dinners

Spacious, air-conditioned saloon bar with nightly entertainment

Sundeck bar with complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset

Pool table on sundeck

24hrs hospitality bar

On board bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls




Shoe cleaning after excursions

Bottled drinking water

Cold towel service after excursions

Refreshing drink following excursions

Maximum 24 guests per guide on all excursions

Full-size motor coach on all excursions (maximum of 24 passengers per coach)

Deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee

Comfortable “Pandaw Explorer” excursion boat

1st aid trained assistant guide to follow all tours and excursions



All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards (VIRES)

Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas

Fire fighting system in all ship areas

Expert marine superintendant

24 hrs watch on duty

Certified hygiene standards for all areas (Johnson & Diversey)




First Officer

Chief Engineer

1st Engineer


Bosun & nautical crew

Ship manager



Bar keeper


Spa therapist

Local tour guides


Guest relation desk

Largest public space to passenger ratio of any cruise ship in the world

Shop, supporting fair trade

Lecture and meeting room with oversized flat screen TV, LSD projector and sound system

Art gallery featuring local art and artists

Library with contemporary and classic literature

Wireless internet in all public areas

Quick Inquiry Each tour can be tailored.