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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We travelled from Bangkok to Rangon (domestic air) and then longtail boat to Kawthaun, Myannmar. The transfer from Thailand to Myannmar was an adventure in itself! Our cruise director was waiting for us at the Kawthaun pier to helpus pass ... Read More
We travelled from Bangkok to Rangon (domestic air) and then longtail boat to Kawthaun, Myannmar. The transfer from Thailand to Myannmar was an adventure in itself! Our cruise director was waiting for us at the Kawthaun pier to helpus pass immigration and then took us, by tender to The Andaman Explorer. The ship was built, in approx 1960, as a Norwegian ice breaker ( but actually looks a little like a naval ship) There are 10 very large cabins. Whilst the cabins vary in shape and location on the ship, they are all priced the same. First in , first choice. Daily cleaning service, fresh towels and nightly turn down. The ship sails among the pristine waters of the Andaman Sea. Every day the ship tender takes passengers to beautiful white sandy beaches for snorkeling in crystal clear waters, We saw colorful corals, sea anenomes, and sea life that helped the imagination think of being in a aquarium. On board kayaks were towed by tender, and we were taken through mangroves, beach paddling and into caves. There are virtually no other tourists in the area. The itinerary is fantastic with plenty of opportunity to jump into the warm crystal clear waters. We visited about 4 small villages to see the life of Sea Gypsies and were often accompanied by local children, wanting to practice their English. As with previous Pandaw cruises that we have travelled on, the service is pretty close to excellent. The crew are warm and friendly and each one makes you feel like a very special guest. Their attention is genuinely sincere. They go above and beyond to ensure that our trip was as comfortable as could be. The chef is a fire cracker. He was young, enthusiastic and danced down the hallways. He has unstoppable energy. The menus are adjusted each trip to accommodate what ever fresh produce is available.Following one village stop, 8 live lobsters were brought on board which was entree the following day. There were only 14 passengers on our trip and the menu was varied extensively each day. Breakfast is a la carte with help yourself to cereals, fruit, and toast to help yourself. After breakfast, a menu is given so that each guest can choose their lunch and dinner. Soups, entrees and appetisers are standard with 3- 4 options for main course. The food was one of the major highlights of the cruise, and their were many highlights. There is no night time entertainment, however after the days activities, most guests were happy to relax and chill out. On our last night we had a party on the upper deck, where crew and a few guests were up dancing.There were no children on board . We would take this adventure again, as we had a wonderful time Read Less
25 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was meant to be the inaugural cruise of the MY Andaman Explorer commencing October 2nd out of Kawthaung Myanamar When we arrived we were told that the ships generator was broken and that it would not be sailing that day.We were ... Read More
This was meant to be the inaugural cruise of the MY Andaman Explorer commencing October 2nd out of Kawthaung Myanamar When we arrived we were told that the ships generator was broken and that it would not be sailing that day.We were put into a Hotel in Kawthaung for that night in the anticipation that the boat would depart the following day.The next day arrived we checked out of the hotel and did a sightseeing tour of Kawthaung.Well no surprise the boat was still not ready, it was stuck in Thailand,back to the hotel again. The following day we checked out of the hotel once more and finally we were told that the boat had left Thailand and would be arriving at Kawthaung that afternoon. Our jubilation soon evaporated once we boarded the boat. It was an utter shambles.The boat was a filthy rusting wreck,which should have been en-route for the breakers yard,certainly not a luxury cruise. It is almost difficult to give a description of what was an absolute shambles.Dirt,rust,toilets not working,chairs strewn around the decks,the decks a greasy filthy mess,the so called fitness room was a junk room,the passengers galley was trashed,our shower was black with dirt and full of mold,the toilet would not flush.My wife used the communal toilet ,there was no soap,no towels and the sink did not work.The front observation deck was missing half of the bar stools,bits were broken off,cushions had been removed. There were duct taped electrical sockets,holes in the ceilings,open hatchways with 20 feet drops into the unknown. This may sound unimaginable ,I am understating the disastrous condition of this boat. On talking to the Captain I asked him why there was damage to the starboard bow;it transpired the rudder had broken;this was apart from the generator which seems minor in comparison.We left the boat the following day before it set sail(it did not get far, the generator broke down again) Pandaw did reimburse us for the cost of the cruise after I threatened to post pictures of the boat online.They put us on a river cruise on the Irawaddy as an alternative.That boat was up to Pandaw standards although it took us another three days to get on that boat.I am truly dismayed at the the descriptions of the boat as advertized by Pandaw and other tour operators.This is really deception beyond ones wildest imagination.I wish I could attach photographs to this review. This boat needs a major overhaul before it should be considered fit for service. Read Less
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