RV Katha Pandaw Review and Specifications
Specifications of RV Katha Pandaw
|Year built||2011 / Age : 7|
|Owner||Pandaw River Expeditions|
|Speed||11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph|
|Length (LOA)||40 m / 131 ft|
|Beam (width)||9 m / 30 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||440 gt|
|Decks with cabins||2|
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 laounched in 2011. Its shallow draft allows navigation on Irrawaddy River in Middle Burma. Cruise itineraries go beyond Mandalay, and also to hard-to-reach sections of Upper Chindwin River. The boat was named after the Myanmar's port town Katha located on Irrawaddy River.
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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