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Due to the ongoing situation in Burma, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all scheduled Burma departures until further notice. To read the full statement by Paul Strachan, please click here.

In the meantime, we will be focussing our efforts in Burma on our Pandaw Clinics appeal which is providing medical assistance to those injured in the violence. More details about our humanitarian work and our appeal can be found at

You can still register your interest for our expeditions below and we will contact you to discuss your arrangement once travel to Burma returns.

Discover the majestic world of Burma

Burma is a majestic country. A country less travelled compared to its neighbours. The Burmese people are amongst the warmest and most welcoming of any you’ll meet in Southeast Asia. The best way to immerse yourself in their rich history and culture is on a river cruise.

Burma, now known as Myanmar, is awash with rivers. The largest and the countries most important is the Irrawaddy River. It’s 2,210km and navigable for over 1,600km.

The Chindwin River is the main tributary of the Irrawaddy and is navigable for 965km.

The Salween is approximately 2,815 km but the people who live on the river are extremely segregated because it’s only navigable up to 90 km from the mouth.

The Sittaung is only 420km, strong currents make it less valuable as a means of transport so the river is used primarily to float timber for export. The river is navigable for 40 km year-round and for 90 km during three months of the year.

And lastly the Mekong. The Mekong is the twelfth longest river in the world, running from the Tibetan Plateau the river runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Its estimated length is 4,350km.

With so many rivers running through one country, the best way to experience the life of the Myanmar people is to embark on a river cruise. Our ships allow you to sail through the heart of Burma, through the breath-taking landscapes, past working villages, and awe-inspiring monasteries and temples. We’ll take you off the beaten track to a seemingly forgotten world.

Our ships and our staff will have you relaxed and comfortable from the moment you step onboard. Your staterooms are spacious and come with fresh fruit and flowers on arrival. We supply kimonos, slippers and spa-branded amenities to make your stay extra special. We go above and beyond to make sure your time on our river cruise is enjoyed exactly as you wish; we provide a peaceful setting as well as arranged talks and demonstrations from the local people.

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An Irrawaddy Voyage

By Paul Strachan, Pandaw Founder   By the 1920s, travel to Burma became all the rage. To give an idea of the destination's popularity,....

Burma Climate

Burma climate chart

Burma Optional Extensions

Mystical Inle Lake

Mystical Inle Lake

Inle is one of the biggest lakes in Burma. It’s famous for its stunning location between the hills of Shan State, easy access by air (domestic f....
Southern Shan State Adventure

Southern Shan State Adventure

Shan State is one of the most famous regions in Burma. While it’s southern part is most famous for amazing Inle Lake, relatively easy access by ....
Pre Night Stay on board

Pre Night Stay on board

Extend your stay and board one day earlier bed & breakfast on board your Pandaw vessel for an extra night. Enjoy the experience and perspective ....
Undiscovered Burma's South

Undiscovered Burma's South

Burma’s South is one of the most interesting and picturesque areas of the country. Since the government’s permissions to visit are no longer req....