RV Katha Pandaw

RV Katha Pandaw Review and Specifications

Specifications of RV Katha Pandaw

Year built2011  /  Age : 8
OwnerPandaw River Expeditions
OperatorPandaw Cruises
Speed11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph
Length (LOA)40 m / 131 ft
Beam (width)9 m / 30 ft
Gross Tonnage440 gt
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2018

Review of RV Katha Pandaw

RV Katha Pandaw ship is one of Pandaw's smaller vessels in the K-class fleet. The riverboat was built in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and launched in 2011. Its shallow draft allows navigation on Irrawaddy River in Middle Burma. Initially, boat's cruise itineraries were from homeport Mandalay, also going to hard-to-reach sections of Upper Chindwin River.

In 2019, the ship was relocated to India for Lower Ganges River cruises leaving from homeport Kolkata. The boat was named after Myanmar's port town Katha located on Irrawaddy River. Katha Pandaw became the 3rd Pandaw ship (together with Kalaw and Orient) relocated from Myanmar to India in 2019.

The ship has 2 walk-around (promenade) passenger decks and identical cabins (sized 16 m2 / 170 ft2). All staterooms are with twin beds (some converting), French windows, air-conditioning, safes, desks, hairdryers, slippers and bathrobes in the en-suite bathrooms. An onboard laundry is available, too.

During construction, Katha Pandaw's general arrangement was changed by eliminating the indoor restaurant (dining room). The decision was made after consideration with the company's boat service staff and after numerous protests by regular customers preferring to serve / eat outside (on the upper / sun deck) than in a stuffy indoor dining room.

Like on similar Pandaw river cruise ships, Katha 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 traveled. However, some riverside ports along the cruise itinerary feature Internet shops. The ship provides quality mountain bikes available complimentary for passenger use on independent shore trips.

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Pandaw Expeditions arranged a new deployment for the newly refurbished (in 2018) Katha Pandaw, with planned Upper Ganges cruises in India starting January 2019. However, due to issues with exporting the boat from Myanmar, the scheduled program was postponed to March 2019. To all January and February bookings were offered a full refund or rebooking on alternative Pandaw cruisetours in India or other destinations.

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