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RV KATHA PANDAW

This was a radical new design, based on the old K class used in Burma from the 1880s on. This ship is the third Katha to run on the Irrawaddy. The first was built at Dalla in 1887 but lost on the Chindwin in 1889. The second was built by Denny of Dumbarton in 1904 and decommissioned in 1937 and the third was built by us in Vietnam in 2012.

We ran her a year on the Mekong before sending to Burma. With only two decks these smaller K class ships have lower air draft so can get under bridges and supposedly a shallower draft, though in fact the Vietnam ship yards were not as successful in achieving this as the Burmese yards and later Burmese-built K class ships achieved remarkable reductions in draft.

The Katha general arrangement was radical in that we eliminated the formal indoor dining room. This led to great protests from regular passengers and indeed our staff. In the end all agree it is far more pleasant to eat outside than in a stuffy, noisy enclosed dining room and the bugs are really not that bad. Up river in Burma it can be a little cold in winter but currently we deploy this ship in Middle Burma where the cold is less of an issue.

The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

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  • Build 2011 in Saigon
  • Length: 180ft / 40m
  • Beam: 29ft / 8.8m
  • Draft: 3ft / 90cm
  • Berths: 32 pax

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6 upper deck, 10 main deck
  • 170 square feet, finished in teak and brass
  • Panoramic French window
  • Kimonos and slippers
  • Spa-branded amenities
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Electric mini safe
  • AC with individual control
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
  • Premium mattresses
  • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
  • Mirror
  • Multi-configuration plugs
  • Generous closet space and under-bed storage
  • Hair dryer
  • Daily nightly turndown service
  • 24h laundry service
  • Complimentary evening canap├ęs

WINING & DINING

  • Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team
  • Semi-buffet breakfast, semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners
  • Daily lean & light menu options
  • Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices
  • Extensive wine list with premium wines
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Farewell reception
  • Theme dinners
  • Open air lounge and bar
  • 24hrs hospitality bar
  • Onboard bakery with daily freshly baked breads and rolls

ON EXCURSIONS

  • Admissions
  • Shoe cleaning after excursions
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Cold towel service after excursions
  • Refreshing drink following excursions
  • 1st aid trained assistant guide to follow all tours and excursions

SAFETY & SECURITY

  • All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards
  • Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas
  • Fire fighting system in all ship areas
  • Expert marine superintendant
  • 24 hrs watch on duty

ONBOARD STAFF

  • Captain
  • River Pilot
  • First Officer
  • Chief Engineer
  • 1st Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Bosun & nautical crew
  • Ship manager
  • Housekeeping
  • Dining
  • Bar keeper
  • Chefs
  • Local tour guides

PUBLIC SPACES

  • Guest relation desk
  • Shop, supporting fair trade
  • Library with contemporary and classic literature

DECK PLAN

CRUISES ON BOARD THE RV KATHA PANDAW

 

The classic Irrawaddy river cruise

THE GOLDEN LAND

10 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$3856.50 pp

 

See it all from Rangoon to Mandalay

THE IRRAWADDY

14 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$5391.00 pp

 

Save 50% off this itinerary if booked in combination with the Mergui Archipelago.

MANDALAY PAGAN PACKET

7 Nights - No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$1995.00 pp

 

Ideal to combine with land arrangements

PAGAN-MANDALAY OR MANDALAY-PAGAN SHORT CRUISE

2 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$741.00 pp

 

Perfect add-on to your land tour

MANDALAY PAGAN SHORT CRUISE

1 Night
from US$371.00 pp

 

Explore the wetlands, creeks and channels

THE GREAT IRRAWADDY DELTA

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$1905.30 pp
members from US$1693.60 pp