A Pandaw river expedition in Burma and on the Mekong is not like an ocean going cruise.
There is no dressing up for dinner and no ‘captain’s table’. The atmosphere on board is very friendly and informal, more like a party on a private yacht than a cruise ship. Nearly everything is included in the price and there are no hidden extras for excursions. Even your drinks and the crew tips are included in the price of your ticket. There is an incredibly high level of personal service and care aboard, with a crew passenger ratio of 1:2. For these reasons passengers keep coming back and exploring more of a lost South-East Asia.
Pandaw Cruises Ltd is incorporated in Singapore. The company is an independent one, wholly owned by the Strachan family. Paul and Roser Strachan remain involved in ensuring that their high standards are rigorously maintained and regularly travel on the ships taking a strong interest in their design and style.
We were the first since the Second World War to offer pioneering cruises on Burma’s spectacular Irrawaddy River, reaching Bhamo, one thousand miles from the sea, and went on to be a first on the stunningly attractive Chindwin River.
As a family business the company has no leveraging at all, and thus runs on a very solid financial foundation. Paul takes care of the Pandaw Charity and a fair portion of the company’s profits go into maintaining current educational and medical projects in Burma. Paul talks about his passion for the South East Asia below.