Kalay Pandaw

The Kalay Pandaw is the ultimate in luxury family or small group river crusing in Myanmar. This five stateroomed vessel based in Mandalay can cruise north to Katha, or south to Bagan, she is a fun and charming ship.

With a masterchef on board, all meals can be personalised and paired with an extensive wine list. The shallow draft allows off the beaten track cruising on the Upper Chindwin and exploration of tribal Nagaland.

Why we like Kalay Pandaw

An intimate cruising experience, with truly exceptional dining experiences makes this ship perfect for private charters.


With only one upper deck, and four main deck staterooms, service is impeccable even down to the shoe cleaning service after excursions.

  • Air conditioning 
  • French windows leading out to walk around decking.
  • Bathrobes, hairdryers, slippers and luxury toiletries
  • Al fresco four course dining affairs served on the upper desk
  • Cocktail hour every night


All shore based excursions are accompanied by a private guide and transportation. The ship has quality mountain bikes for independent exploration. Excursions vary and may include a visit to the local night market, a village walk and for historians amongst us, many historical reference points of WWII along the journey. Please note the river banks and village walks demand a level of fitness, as often moorings are against steep banks.


The loveliest of rivers, the Chindwin carves north to the border of India, at Homalin. A weekly departure sails between Monywa and Homalin. The starting point can be reached easily by a three-hour car journey from Mandalay. Now sailing between July and August and then again between October and February. This area of Myanmar requires permits which can take up to three weeks to obtain.

Client endorsements

"Our cruise was on the Chindwin River, far off the tourist track. We saw no other westerners from the time we boarded our ship in Monywa until we disembarked in Homalin."- Traveller 

Limited Offer
  • Take advantage of no single supplement on selected departures this year. A further saving of 10% is also available on some sailing. Both offers can be combined. Please contact our Travel Experts for T&Cs.

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