Specifications of RV Kalay Pandaw
|Year of build||2013 / Age: 10|
|Builder||Pandaw Mandalay Shipyard (Mandalay, Burma)|
|Speed||11 kn / 20 km/h / 13 mph|
|Length (LOA)||29 m / 95 ft|
|Beam (width)||7 m / 23 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||280 gt|
|Decks with cabins||2|
|Owner||Pandaw River Expeditions|
RV Kalay Pandaw Review
Review of RV Kalay Pandaw
RV Kalay Pandaw ship is one of Pandaw's smaller vessels (K-class fleet). The riverboat's shallow draft allows it to navigate along hard to reach sections of Burma's Upper Chindwin River - the largest tributary of River Irrawaddy. The boat was named after the town of Kalay (aka Karlay) located on Myittha River, upstream from Mandalay and Monywa. Myittha is a tributary of River Chindwin.
The ship has one owner suite (sized 42 m2 / 450 ft2). This accommodation is the only one located on the upper deck. The teak floor and wood-panelled walls give a rich ambience, complemented by easy chairs, vanity table, convertible double bed. The large French window and wrap-around design give panoramic viewing.
Main deck's 4 identical cabins are equally sized (17 m2 / 180 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, Kalay 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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