RV Bassac Pandaw

Why cruise on this ship?

The third of these rather grand Vietnamese sisters, along with the Orient and Indochina, and the only sister remaining on the Mekong.

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Dining

The Pandaw dining rooms are designed to open up along the sides to allow cool breezes to waft through. Only at night we do close them up and turn on the air-conditioning. We know our passengers prefer fresh air to chilled air. The new Katha Pandaw, designed in response to feedback from our passengers, has no formal dining room but rather an open air dining space on deck.
At Pandaw we pride ourselves on offering a great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods. We source supplies and ingredients as locally as possible, always in accordance with strictly-monitored environmental health standards.

Breakfast is a buffet, while lunch features a buffet, plus soup, salad and a desert table, with the main course served at the table. Dinner is by waiter-service at the table.

We are happy to cater for individual dietary preferences. Passengers who prefer not to be served hot or spicy foods are offered delicious European-style alternatives and vegetarians are especially well catered for. Other special diets may be accommodated, by prior arrangement. Our chefs know that most passengers want to sample versions of the best, most characteristic dishes of each country they pass through.

Restaurant

Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team
Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners
Daily lean & light menu options
Complimentary local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
Extensive wine list with premium wines
Welcome drink on arrival
Welcome cocktail
Farewell reception
Theme dinners
24hrs hospitality bar
Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Regional

Entertaining

From its earliest days, the Pandaw concept has been deeply rooted in cultural and historical expertise, worn lightly. On any Pandaw river expedition, daily briefings are hosted by your purser and guide, which provide a forum to discuss the day's events and plans.

Most sailings will feature at least one cultural performance: in Burma it is the marionette theatre; in Cambodia the Royal Khmer Ballet; in Laos villagers perform a dance on deck.

We also offer a range of onboard activities including: cooking demonstrations, fruit carving, napkin tying and a tour of the working ship.

Themed movie nights are also popular - the film Indochine in Vietnam, The Killing Fields in Cambodia and The Lady in Burma are some of the favourites.

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Entertainment Activities

Whilst the peace and tranquillity of our passengers is our priority and many passengers prefer to read, write or engage in painting or photography, we do offer a number of social activities that have become a traditional part of any Pandaw river expedition.
There are a number of social events during an expedition which will include a welcome dinner, cocktail parties on deck, a farewell gala dinner and dinners themed with local menus and costume. In the Burma dry season we often tie up on a sandbank and have a barbeque beach party on the sands, usually around a bonfire in winter.

Features

  • Local Entertainment

Sundeck

Sundeck bar with complimentary ice cream from sunrise to sunset.
Pool table on sundeck.

Features

  • Sun Deck

Art Gallery

Art gallery featuring local art and artists

Features

  • Lounge

Shop

Shop, supporting fair trade

Features

  • Shop

Library

Library with contemporary and classic literature

Features

  • Library

Enrichment

When moored you are welcome to come and go from the ship as much as you like. Our next sailing time will be advised on the Daily Schedule and passengers are requested to note this before disembarkation. Group shore excursions are organised by the Purser and you will be accompanied by a member of the ship’s company. Details of these are posted on the Daily Schedule. Fifteen minutes prior to casting off the captain will sound the ship’s horn to warn you to return to the ship. Passengers should hang their keys on the key board hanging adjacent to the gang plank when disembarking so that we know if anyone has not returned. If you go ashore with your cabin keys and we leave without you we can not be held responsible for this. We will attempt to devise on shore time in the cool of the early morning or late afternoon

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Excursions

Excursions ashore are a key part of any Pandaw river expedition. These may take the form of a good walk through the countryside and villages; further explorations by speedboat going deeper into jungle or up river; horse cart rides in Burma or cyclos in Cambodia.
We try not to use cars or coaches wherever possible and in some places only the most basic local transportation is available, like at Katha in Burma where you may find yourself in the back of a truck looking for a working elephant camp.

We stop at least once a day, and usually twice. On the Mekong we will spend a day and a night in exciting Phnom Penh; in Burma we need at least a day and a half in both Pagan and Mandalay. Our expert guides will accompany you on these explorations ashore or you are welcome to make individual excursions as there are no issues of safety or security in any of the ports we visit.

All scheduled excursions are accompanied by members of the crew with first aid kits, water and cold towels
Entrance fees for sights included in the itinerary
Comprehensive fact sheets or 'trip books' provided
Passengers can visit Pandaw Charity projects along the way and interact with the local communities who welcome us
There is an opportunity to travel to local markets with the Pandaw Head Chef at least once during the cruise programme
We provide crew assists for those who require them in areas where river banks are steep and slippery
While individual excursions are encouraged, passengers are asked to rejoin the ship at the appointed time to avoid delays in our schedule

Features

  • Excursions
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Cycling

Imagine making your own discoveries by bike though the pagodas and temples of Pagan or exploring the scenic Burmese countryside and friendly villages at your own pace.

Pandaw offers high quality Giant brand mountain bikes on all Pandaw ships, for departures from December 2015. At each river stop, the Pandaw crew will advise travellers on the best routes to follow for independent exploration and if required, a member of the crew will accompany travellers on their cycle adventures.

Features

  • Bikes

Lectures and Culture

From its earliest days, the Pandaw concept has been deeply rooted in cultural and historical expertise, worn lightly. On any Pandaw river expedition, daily briefings are hosted by your purser and guide, which provide a forum to discuss the day's events and plans.

Most sailings will feature at least one cultural performance: in Burma it is the marionette theatre; in Cambodia the Royal Khmer Ballet; in Laos villagers perform a dance on deck.

We also offer a range of onboard activities including: cooking demonstrations, fruit carving, napkin tying and a tour of the working ship.

Themed movie nights are also popular - the film Indochine in Vietnam, The Killing Fields in Cambodia and The Lady in Burma are some of the favourites.

Features

  • Local Experience

Visiting Schools

Sports items: basket balls, soccer balls, badminton sets are always great for the children to stay fit and play together.
Educational items: writing pads, pencils, pens are always necessities for facilitating learning.
English learning DVD’s with Cambodian instructions, kindergarden and primary school English books are useful.
Personal Care: shampoo, soaps, laundry detergent, toothpaste, tooth brushes, band aids, mosquito nets are always in need.

Features

  • Local Experience

Health and fitness

There are no dedicated health and fitness facilities on board.

Kids and teens

Contrary to some perceptions, Pandaw river expeditions are not just for the more mature. They offer brilliant educational experiences for younger people. Given that all our sailing areas are very safe and secure and the local people are friendly, these sailings provide a great way for your kids to interact with locals and learn about different cultures.

Accommodation

The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature of our ships, combining splendid colonial-era character with exquisite contemporary comfort.

Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are a spacious 168 square feet (15.6 sqm), with the exception of the Zawgyi Pandaw which is 150 square feet (14 sqm). As the space is much loved by all our passengers, we have ensured that with each ship we build, the stateroom remains essentially the same. Be advised: our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV's, internet access or telephones. Passengers tend to choose Pandaw in order to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.

All our cabins are the same size and all contain Pandaw's signature amenities. Passengers can choose from the Main Deck or Upper Deck.

- Fruit and flowers on arrival
- Kimonos and slippers
- Spa-branded amenities
- Unlimited mineral water
- Free use of mini DVD player on request and selection of DVDs from our library (subject to availability)

Upper Deck

170 square feet, finished in teak and brass
Panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space
Kimonos and slippers
Spa-branded amenities
Unlimited mineral water
Electric mini safe
Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
Premium mattresses
Convertible bed configuration
Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
Make-up mirror
Multi-configuration plugs
Generous closet space and under-bed storage
Hair dryer
Daily nightly turndown service
24h laundry service
Complimentary evening canapés

Features

  • Double or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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Main Deck

10 main deck staterooms
170 square feet, finished in teak and brass
Panoramic French window, leading to personal deck space
Kimonos and slippers
Spa-branded amenities
Unlimited mineral water
Electric mini safe
Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
Premium mattresses
Convertible bed configuration
Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
Make-up mirror
Multi-configuration plugs
Generous closet space and under-bed storage
Hair dryer
Daily nightly turndown service
24h laundry service
Complimentary evening canapés

Features

  • Double or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Upper Deck

  • Upper Deck Staterooms
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Main Deck

  • Gallery
  • Store
  • Dining Room
  • Main Deck Staterooms

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Ship facts
Passengers
60
Crew
Launched
2012
Last refit
Tonnage
t
Length
50m
Width
10
Speed
12kts
Decks
3
Wheelchair cabins
No
Currency
USD