Launched as a river cruiser in Myanmar in 2014, and full of colonial charm, the 132-foot long Zawgyi Pandaw is a specially-designed luxury small ship, accommodating up to 20 guests in 10 comfortable staterooms. She is notable for her shallow draught, which enables her to reach some of the more remote and hard-to-navigate areas of the upper Irrawaddy River and its tributary, the Chindwin River.
There are six staterooms on the Main Deck and four on the Upper Deck. Each is 150 square feet, air-conditioned, stylishly furnished and finished in brass and teak, with panoramic French-style windows that offer wonderful views of the passing scenery. All have twin beds, some of which convert to a double, complete with premium mattresses, quality linens, a duvet and two kinds of pillows.
In-cabin features include a wardrobe, writing desk/vanity with chair and make-up mirror, an electric mini-safe, multi-configuration plugs, individual climate controls, yoga mats for in-cabin use, and under-bed storage for suitcases All have en-suite bathrooms with hot water showers, hairdryers, and spa-branded amenities.
Meals are served bistro-style indoors and outdoors on the Upper Deck. Breakfast is buffet style, preceded by light bites, tea and coffee for early risers. Lunch is served either buffet style or sit-down, while dinners are four-course affairs, all created with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
The chef will gladly prepare personalized daily meals with lighter/leaner options. Water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits and juices are complimentary and you can also order from an extensive list of premium wines. You can look forward to a welcome cocktail reception as well as a farewell party.
On Board Features
Zawgyi Pandaw’s character features are combined with modern facilities and superb service to ensure that your journey will be a comfortable one. You will want to spend your leisure time on the aft part of the covered Upper Deck where there is an observation lounge and a bistro area, a sun deck, small library and a small curio shop. You can enjoy cookery demonstrations and local entertainment on board, such as puppet shows.
There are mountain bikes on board for independent exploration of the scenic Burmese countryside and friendly villages at your own pace. At each river stop, the crew will advise you on the best routes to follow and, if required, a member of the crew will accompany you on your cycling adventures.
The Zawgyi Pandaw Cruise offers a brilliant educational experience for youngsters, providing a great way for your kids to interact with locals and learn about Myanmar culture. Fishing rods and badminton nets are carried on board, as well as board games such as chess, Monopoly and Scrabble. Certain school holiday departures are designated as especially ‘family friendly’.
Every cruise is an adventure for couples, solo travelers, families and friends. The journey will take you as far north as Bhamo, where the Chinese border is within touching distance, and to the far reaches of northwest Myanmar where the candlelit street markets of Homalin are a beautiful reminder of how the country once existed many years ago.
Suites & Cabins
Main Deck Suite
These stylishly furnished rooms feature a sizeable French-style window that offers magnificent views of the passing scenery. Guests can enjoy comfort in these individual climate-controlled rooms that come with an ensuite bathroom equipped with spa-branded amenities.
Upper Deck Suite
Guests can enjoy their sleep in these cabins that come with the finest bedding designed for comfort. The ensuite bathrooms come fully equipped with a hot water shower, toiletries, and a hairdryer for you to enjoy after a busy day of activities.