RV Kalaw Pandaw

Specifications of RV Kalaw Pandaw

Year of build2014  /  Age: 10
BuilderPandaw Mandalay Shipyard (Mandalay, Burma)
Speed11 kn / 20 km/h / 13 mph
Length (LOA)57 m / 187 ft
Beam (width)9 m / 30 ft
Gross Tonnage640 gt
Decks with cabins2
Sister-shipsAngkor Pandaw, Kanee Pandaw, Katha Pandaw, Kindat Pandaw
OwnerPandaw River Expeditions
OperatorPandaw Cruises

RV Kalaw Pandaw Review

Review of RV Kalaw Pandaw

RV Kalaw Pandaw ship was built in Yangon (Rangoon) and launched in 2014. This is a shallow-draft design riverboat able to access from Mandalay the northernmost navigable sections of Irrawaddy River, Bhamo, near the China-Burma border. The itinerary included Katha. In 2019, the ship was relocated to India for Lower Ganges cruises leaving from Kolkata. Kalaw Pandaw became the 3rd Pandaw ship (together with Katha and Orient) relocated from Myanmar to India in 2019.

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RV Kalaw Pandaw has 2 walk-around passenger decks and identical cabins (each 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, Kalaw 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 Upper Deck. Breakfast is buffet-style and preceded by light bites, tea and coffee for early risers. Lunch is either buffet-style or sit-down (with a la carte menu items available for ordering), while dinners are 4-course and waiter-served. Pandaw's food ingredients are locally sourced and always fresh.

Domestic beers, spirits, soft drinks, coffee and tea are complimentary and served on Upper Deck at the Bar Lounge/Library. An open-bridge policy allows access to the Wheelhouse (boat's Navigation Bridge). Wi-Fi is slow because of the remote regions travelled. However, some riverports along the cruise itinerary have Internet shops. The ship provides quality mountain bikes available complimentary for all passengers to use on independent tours ashore.

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