Pandaw launches new vessel, Kalaw Pandaw

Less than one week after the river cruise line lost a ship, it gained another.

Pandaw Cruises has announced the RV Kindat Pandaw launched in Yangon this month to sail Burma’s rivers year round.

The 40-passenger ship was designed to be small enough to go where the line’s competitors can’t, including far up the Chindwin and high up the Irrawaddy.

In a statement, Pandaw Cruises explained the decision to base the ship in Burma was to offer travellers deeper access to the fast growing river cruise destination.

“As more and more river cruise ships are announced, mainly for the now congested Pagan to Mandalay sector, Pandaw are maintaining their edge going further and deeper into the real Burma,” the statement read.

“As other ships get bigger and bigger Pandaw ships get smaller and smaller!”

The ship has eight upper deck premium cabins, an open-air lounge, sundeck bar, 24-hour hospitality bar, al fresco dining, and a library with contemporary and classic literature.

Additionally, the vessel is equipped with wireless Internet in all public areas as well as fair-trading shops.

The Kalaw’s sister ship, the Kindat Pandaw will be launched from the same yard in three weeks.

News of the brand new ship couldn’t come soon enough for the line.

Last week the Pandaw Cruises was left explaining why its three-year old vessel, RV Saigon Pandaw sank as it was being towed to Singapore.

According to an official release, an official investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident, however, Pandaw Cruises assured no one was hurt during the incident.

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