Pandaw sets new Myanmar cruise dates

Guest Writer

Pandaw Cruises are pleased to announce that dates have been fixed for their selection of Irrawaddy river cruises for the 2011/12 season.  Departures are now available for bookings until March 2012.

In August 2009, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader dropped her opposition to tourism to Burma and Pandaw welcome this.   As many of our supporters know, Pandaw do our best to support the local domestic economy and make sure our suppliers and contractors are small local businesses.    We and our passengers believe that by visiting Burma we are doing something to help, as has been proved by the many schools our passengers have built, not to mention the outstanding contribution made by our passengers after Cyclone Nargis struck in 2008.

The Irrawaddy
The Irrawaddy is our most popular Burma cruise, taking passengers on an outstanding 14 night, 600 mile journey between the delightful city of Prome on the edge of the Delta and Mandalay with its royal palace and many sights.
Prices from $3,720 per person sharing a main deck cabin     

Chindwin & Upper Irrawaddy
20 nights in remotest Burma: Rangoon (Yangon) / Kalemyo to Mandalay
Prices from $5,350 per person sharing a main deck cabin     

The NEW Upper Irrawaddy
7 nights - Mandalay / Katha / Mandalay
Prices from $2,231 per person sharing a main deck cabin     

New Golden Land
8 nights from Mandalay to Prome
Prices from $2,125 per person sharing a main deck cabin     

Middle & Royal Burmah
7 nights from Prome to Mandalay via Pagan
Prices from $2,231 per person sharing a main deck cabin     

Road to Mandalay
14 nights from Rangoon to Mandalay
Prices from $3,178 per person sharing a main deck cabin     

For detailed itineraries, dates and prices for all our Burma cruises please visit:

Pandaw River Cruises was begun in Burma nearly 15 years ago when Burmese historian Paul Strachan revived The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company.

The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company was established by Scots merchants in 1865. By the 1920s the company ran over 650 vessels on the rivers of Burma. It had become the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world. Mainly paddle steamers, the largest class of vessels were 350ft long and licensed for 4,000 passengers. In 1942 the fleet in its entirety was scuppered as an Act of Denial when the Japanese invaded.

Paul Strachan first set about restoring an original Clyde-built steamer called the Pandaw, then going on to build four brand new replicas and a unique concept and style of river cruising was created.

Gantgar Clinic in Burma
A few months ago Pandaw announced the opening of the new Pandaw clinic at Gantgar, south of Pagan.  We have since heard the good news that not only is the clinic now servicing the villages it was built for, but people are travelling from miles around to visit the clinic.  At the weekends, the clinic can have over a hundred patients visiting each day.

Read about our Pandaw Charity projects online by visiting

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