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HANDCRAFTED LUXURY

OUR SHIPS

We have sixteen beautifully crafted Pandaw ships in operation that we built ourselves – plus our first coastal ship the Andaman Explorer. Each ship, hand-finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen, is itself an object of great beauty.

The secret of our success is that, whilst luxury and comfort are ever-present, on our ships it is the colonial-era character and friendly atmosphere that predominate. All our Pandaws have ultra-shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas, which are unreachable by other passenger-carrying vessels, let alone overland.

K CLASS

K-CLASS SHIPS WERE FIRST INTRODUCED BY THE IRRAWADDY FLOTILLA COMPANY IN THE 1890's WITH ULTRA-SHALLOW DRAFTS OF JUST A COUPLE OF FEET.

The K-class dated back to the 1880s and were comprised of stern wheelers designed to reduce draft, their boilers placed in the bow to improve trim. Smaller than the great line steamers of the age, the K-class ships were used on the Chindwin and upper reaches of the Irrawaddy. Where possible we have reused the old IFC names and many of these original K-class ships had fascinating histories, through times of war and peace.

P CLASS

P-CLASS SHIPS WERE DEVELOPED BY THE IRRAWADDY FLOTILLA COMPANY IN THE 1930's FOR THE MANDALAY-BHAMO RUN WITH A THREE FOOT DRAFT. AFTER THE WAR SEVERAL REPLACEMENTS WERE ORDERED FROM SCOTLAND AND ALL NAMED WITH A P. THE PANDAW, OUR FIRST SHIP, WAS BUILT BY YARROWS OF GLASGOW AND WE HAVE SINCE REPLICATED THE DESIGN IN SEVERAL NEW BUILT SHIPS ON THE IRRAWADDY AND MEKONG.

The original P-class ships were built by Yarrows of Glasgow in the late 1940s to replace the ships of the old Irrawaddy Flotilla Company lost in the war. The design was based on earlier 1930s designs with side paddles and the addition of a flying bridge. All the ships had a name beginning with a P and one of these was the original Pandaw that we acquired in 1998 and lovingly restored. The P-class ships with their broad beam and shallow draft were all deployed on the Bhamo to Mandalay routing.

COASTAL SHIPS

SMALL SHIPS AND MOTOR YACHTS FOR COASTAL EXPEDITIONS INTO REMOTE AND RARELY-VISITED AREAS.

PARTNER SHIPS

PARTNER SHIPS ARE NOT OWNED OR MANAGED BY PANDAW BUT ARE ON CHARTER TO US.

We have visited and inspected these vessels and believe them to be compatible with our own ship, though with the proviso that service levels may not be on a Pandaw level. We therefore recommend them to the Pandaw passenger community.

Please Note: Local soft drinks, local beer, local spirits and crew gratuities are not included in our prices on our partner ships. These will be charged on board as extras.