RV Indochina Pandaw Review and Specifications
Specifications of RV Indochina Pandaw
|Year built||2009 / Age : 10|
|Owner||Pandaw River Expeditions|
|Speed||11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph|
|Length (LOA)||52 m / 171 ft|
|Beam (width)||10 m / 33 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||700 gt|
|Decks with cabins||2|
|Sister-ships||Bassac Pandaw, Orient Pandaw|
Review of RV Indochina Pandaw
RV Indochina Pandaw ship cruises on Chindwin and Irrawaddy rivers in Myanmar. The riverboat was built in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam and launched in 2009. In 2011, the ship was transferred to Burma. This vessel is also operated under charter by Viking Cruises on Mekong River itineraries between Mandalay and Prome. Indochina's sisterships are Bassac Pandaw (2012) and Orient Pandaw (2008).
The ship has a total of 30 identical cabins (sized 16 m2 / 170 ft2). All staterooms offer as standard amenities twin beds (some converting to double, all with premium mattresses, quality linens, duvet, two kinds of pillows), French windows, air-conditioning, spacious wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), writing desk (vanity with chair and make-up mirror), under-bed storage (for suitcases), en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, washbasin, hairdryer, towels, slippers, bathrobes/kimonos, Spa-branded amenities), unlimited bottled water, Yoga mats (for in-cabin use), nightly turndown service. Onboard 24-hour laundry is also available. On all shore excursions are provided shoe cleaning and cold towel services (after), bottled water (Pandaw-branded aluminium bottles as giveaways), first aid-trained assistant guide.
Like on similar Pandaw ships, Indochina Pandaw passengers are able to spend leisure time on the aft part of the covered upper deck. Meals are served bistro-style indoor and outdoor on the upper deck. Breakfast is buffet style but preceded by light bites, tea and coffee for early risers. Lunch is served either buffet style or sit-down, while dinners are 4-course affairs. Pandaw's food ingredients are locally sourced and always fresh.
Domestic beers, spirits, soft drinks, coffee and tea are complimentary and served on the upper deck at the bar/library lounge. An open-bridge policy is in place. Wi-Fi is slow because of the remote regions travelled. However, some riverside ports in the cruise itinerary feature Internet shops.
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In February 2019, Pandaw River Expeditions announced a new (twice-weekly) cruise for Indochina Pandaw, starting September 2019 onwards. In the previous years, the shorter itinerary was available for booking as a segment of the 7-day "Classic Mekong" itinerary connecting Saigon with Siem Reap. Due to increased demand, the company decided to dedicate the riverboat Indochina Pandaw for the short-break cruise, which allows travellers to make their own hotel arrangements (in either Saigon or Phnom Penh) before and after the voyage.
Before its new deployment, Indochina Pandaw was extensively drydock refurbished. The short voyage covers much of Mekong Delta and features sampan (flat bottomed wooden boat) trips (through bamboo forests and mangroves), horse cart rides (through the countryside) and a boat trip (through Gao Giong bird sanctuary).