Pandaw sails ships to India

BANGKOK, 14 March 2019: Pandaw Cruises has three riverboats offering sailings out of India after one of its ships, Kindat Pandaw, sailed from Myanmar across the Bay of Bengal to the Ganges in India earlier this month.

The Kindat joins sister ships the Kalaw and Katha that transferred to India earlier in the year.

The company is now concentrating on offering seven-night cruises of the Lower Ganges exploring West Bengal while offering 14-night cruises of the Upper Ganges to Varanasi that feature land excursions to the sacred Buddhist sites of Bodh Gaya.

Offering more cruises on the Ganges in India comes at the expense of Myanmar where Pandaw has reduced its fleet possibly in response to a decline European visitors over the last two years.

Most river cruise passengers joining trips in Southeast Asia are from Europe, while Asian tourists prefer shorter sea cruises on luxury cruise ships out of Singapore.

The shallow draft ‘K Class’ ships can make it all the way up the Ganges to Varanasi throughout the sailing season and due to having just two decks they can negotiate the low bridges during the heavy monsoon season.

Pandaw offers river cruises throughout Southeast Asia. Using a fleet of shallow-draft ships it allows cruises to remote rivers and coastal routes in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China and India.

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