Pandaw cruising is different from other forms of cruising. The atmosphere on board is informal and relaxed. A Pandaw cruise is a deeply tranquil experience. There are no (nonessential) Tannoy announcements and other irritations normally associated with a cruise ship. Pandaw passengers like to be smart casual at night, but do not dress up. There is no captain’s table at dinner or any of the other rituals associated with sea cruising.
RV Pandaw was built in Scotland on the Clyde by the famous ships builder Yarrow & Co on 1947 with the same design of the pre-war Quarter Wheeler steamers of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. In the 1998, the vessel was converted into a tourist pleasure luxurious river cruise vessel in the Myanma Shipyard (Sinmalite) by the revived Irrawaddy Flotilla Company Ltd. and during their management docking was performed annually at the Dalla Dockyard. In the second half of the 2003, Ayravata Cruises signed the charter agreement with Inland Water Transport and the Pandaw underwent to major renovations. Now the two ships are running under Ayravata Cruises: RV Pandaw 1947 (An original Colonial Steamer) and RV Paukan 2007 (New Charming Cruising Boutique Hotel). It offers river cruises to explore the Royal capitals around Mandalay and experience the life of the great Irrawaddy River beyond Royal Mandalay and Ancient Bagan.
The luxury river cruise ship has been created by Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express from Road To Mandalay Cruise the former MS Nederland. Since 1995 this totally refurbished ship sails between Mandalay and Bagan. The ship has a swimming pool, a large sun deck, a spacious observation lounge with large windows in addition to the excellent cabin facilities, a restaurant able to accommodate all passengers in one sitting and satellite communications.
Mahaythi is licensed by the Department of Marine Administration and Ministry of Hotels & Tourism as a passenger-carrying vessel and also licensed as a floating restaurant. Her elegance and comfort make “Mahaythi” equally suitable for business entertainment, holidays or for that special occasion such as a honeymoon cruise. Based on an antique rice and sand carrying barge, “Mahaythi” is almost totally constructed from Thingan wood and furbished with Golden Teaks; she has many unique concepts which make her stand out from the other barges on the river. After an extensive re-furbishing program, the barge “Mahaythi” is the latest, first ever, and undoubtedly, most tourist class vessel to enter the Yangon river trade. Catering to travellers and business persons alike, “Mahaythi” plies the Yangon River and Twante Canal and its tributaries, providing an unforgetable trip and facilities in a luxurious yet traditional style.