RV Zawgyi Pandaw

RV Zawgyi Pandaw started life as a floating clinic aiding a cyclone relief effort in 2008. Since then it has been renovated and now offers 10 elegant, colonial style cabins, each with sliding French doors.

The observation saloon allows wonderful views of the river and the flexible bistro area serves a range of local and international dishes.

Why we like RV Zawgyi Pandaw

With one of the shallowest drafts of all the boats, it is perfect for navigating the Chindwin River and more remote areas.


  • Observation saloon
  • Dining area
  • Complimentary mountain bikes


As well as the daily shore excursions included there is also plenty of time to relax and watch the river scenery float by from the observation deck. Onboard activities also include cooking demonstrations, daily lectures and mountain bikes are available to all guests to explore independently.


RV Zawgyi Pandaw operates a range of cruise itineraries between July and March each year. Cruises range between seven and eighteen nights and operate in the upper sections of the Irrawaddy. Remote areas such as Bhamo, close to the Chinese border as well as the far reaches of northwest Myanmar, home to forest-covered mountains and ethnic groups.

Giving back

Pandaw have their own charity, established in 2008 and have since helped build twelve schools and operate seven medical clinics providing around 5,000 free treatments a month to local people who could otherwise not afford it. All of this is entirely sponsored by profit share from Pandaw and passenger donations.

Holiday Ideas in Myanmar

You are unique, so we believe your holiday should be too.

We listen to what you want and create a personalised itinerary tailored around you.

Your holiday. Your experience. Your way.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Call our Travel Experts on +01285 880 980
Start Your Journey


  • Established for over 25 years creating journeys across 100 destinations worldwide
  • Exclusive access to the best private guides


  • We negotiate the best rates with hotels and expert guides
  • Be protected from fluctuations in exchange rates


  • Each time you travel with us we donate £5 to a local charity in the UK and £10 to an international charity

Fully Protected

  • Your monies are financially protected
  • 24/7 Emergency UK contact whilst abroad

Featured in the Press

Financial Times
The Telegraph
Sunday Times logo

Our Partners

African Parks
Galapagos Conservation Trsut
Restless Development
Save The Rhino
Tusk Trust
World Land Trsut
Gorilla Doctors

© Steppes Travel, 51 Castle St, Cirencester, GL7 1QD, United Kingdom