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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 Burma on a Chindwin River Cruise

Burma is simply stunning; the landscapes are as beautiful as the warm, welcoming people. Although it’s becoming increasingly more popular, this relatively untravelled country will dazzle and surprise you at every turn.

The country is awash with rivers, with the Chindwin River, Myanmar being the main tributary of the mighty Irrawaddy river. It is navigable for around 1000km and requires specially designed ships to cross the waters.

The best way to immerse yourself into the Burmese culture and experience rural, river life, is to embark on a Pandaw Chindwin River cruise. Our ultra-low draught Pandaw ships no longer have to sail only during the monsoon, we can now sail through to February.

Much of the Chindwin River winds its way through mountain ranges and dense forest and due to most of these remote areas being difficult to access, most of what you will witness is untouched.

As the river meanders through mountains and forests you can enjoy the views from the deck, relax in your stateroom and enjoy demonstrations from the local Burmese people, from cooking to dance. We will stop at quaint little towns and working villages as we make our way between Monywa and Homalin. As we pass the breath-taking landscapes, monasteries and temples you will get a real sense of the soul of Burma. Each of our ships adopts a relaxed and comfortable environment in which you will soon feel at home. You are free to roam and use the public areas to unwind, read a book, learn more about where we are travelling to or simply take in the scenery.

Your stateroom is spacious and comes with fresh fruits and flowers on arrival. We supply kimonos, slippers and spa-branded amenities to make your stay that little bit more special. A Pandaw river cruise gives you the freedom to relax and unwind whilst embracing the local cultures.

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