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Sail Date: October 2017
This 7-night cruise was part of a two-week visit to Myanmar, and a highlight of it. We boarded at Bagan, having spent a day among its 2000+ temples and pagodas, and sailed upriver to Mandalay, stopping off daily to visit villages, cottage ... Read More
This 7-night cruise was part of a two-week visit to Myanmar, and a highlight of it. We boarded at Bagan, having spent a day among its 2000+ temples and pagodas, and sailed upriver to Mandalay, stopping off daily to visit villages, cottage industries, temples and pagodas. The ship is beautiful and small enough (we had 26 passengers) to feel like a family outing. The teak-lined cabins are cleverly designed to provide maximum storage space and the sun deck is just delightful. But the principal reason for loving the trip was the crew, who couldn't have been kinder, more attentive and generally charming; we were treated like royalty. Food was excellent, too, with a delicious salad buffet at lunch time to accompany the main courses and varied dinner options. Various entertainments - Burmese cooking, traditional dress, films about the Pandaw company's history - were provided for rainy days. Cocktail hour on the sundeck was eagerly anticipated and we were treated daily to a different drink. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We did a 7 day trip from Mandalay to Bagan. Cabins: small but with quite generous storage. Beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was bigger than expected with a huge storage cupboard, and a large shower. Due to the room opening onto ... Read More
We did a 7 day trip from Mandalay to Bagan. Cabins: small but with quite generous storage. Beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was bigger than expected with a huge storage cupboard, and a large shower. Due to the room opening onto a promenade deck , curtains needed to be drawn for privacy, so could have been dark, but the lighting was very good. Food: This was exceptional. At breakfast fruit, cereals, bread and pastries were on the buffet, and then you ordered your hot breakfast. Lunch and dinner had a choice of usually 3 options for the main course, ordered at the previous meal sitting. Some courses at lunch were buffet. It was all freshly cooked and nicely presented. Drinks: Tea, coffee, beer, water, local spirits and a small selection of soft drinks were free flowing and included. Each day there was a cocktail hour with cocktail of the day. Excursions: these were included and ranged from walks through villages, coach rides amongst the temples and local transport experiences. All high quality. Staff and Crew: Amazing! All went out of their way to help you. So friendly. Some of our group had food allergies which were catered for exceptionally well. We will always remember Party Night, when everyone danced round the deck with the Captains Hat passing from person to person. Maintenance: we had a big issue as the air con was not working on the first night, by midday the following day a new unit had been installed - very impressive . Laundry: we did not use this facility, as we did not know it would be available. It was very cheap (e.g. a T-shirt $2 and trouser $ 2.75) and from what we heard it was very efficient. It could have saved us some luggage. In summary we had a great time and would recommend Pandaw to anyone, in fact we plan to use them again in other countries. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
We did a short 2 night cruise from Bagan to Mandalay. The ship can accommodate ca 60 passengers but there were only 5 couples on board (3 Brits, 1 Australian and 1 German). The fact that we all got on so well compensated for other ... Read More
We did a short 2 night cruise from Bagan to Mandalay. The ship can accommodate ca 60 passengers but there were only 5 couples on board (3 Brits, 1 Australian and 1 German). The fact that we all got on so well compensated for other disappointments. The ship is very well appointed, the staff are helpful and the cabins are fine for a couple of nights but are on the small side for any longer. The best feature of the ship was the bathroom shower! Our cabin was 301, front port side, one of the 2 best positions on the ship. Considering the cost of the cruise it was not good value for money. Overall, the food was very average, the coffee almost undrinkable, the pastries solid and although there is unlimited free local beer and spirits, no house wine was provided; Myanmar wine was $23/bottle. Only one excursion (Yandabo pottery-making village) was worthwhile and the quality of guide/excursions was not good for the price paid. There was confusion about tipping - some guests had it included, others didn't. The staff seemed to expect it. Having previously cruised down the Mekong and had a very good experience, this short cruise was a bit of a disappointment for us, especially considering that it was far more expensive on a per diem basis. Read Less
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