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RV Katha

Cruise Ships in Myanmar : RV Katha Pandaw

Part of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company's high-quality fleet, the charming RV Katha Pandaw has a traditional colonial style. Smaller than some of the other Pandaw boats, with just 16 cabins, it evokes a personal and intimate atmosphere without compromising on comfort.

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The Katha Pandaw is a workhorse on the Ayeyarwady, plying the stretch of river between Bagan and Mandalay with the occasional venture down to the busy city of Yangon. As with other Pandaw vessels it is a resplendent replica of the old Irrawaddy Flotilla fleet and oozes colonial charm, with old prints, maps and oil paintings decorating the rooms, adding to the authentic atmosphere on board.

These historical roots, trusted service and traditional comfort elevate the experience both on board and on land. Highlights such as the Bagan archaeological site, Mingun Pagoda, U-Bein Bridge and Mandalay Hill are brought to life by the resident Pandaw guide. Pandaw also supports local charity projects, so by travelling on board their vessels you’ll be helping the communities that line your route.


Six cabins are found on the upper deck and ten are located on the main deck, each offering around 16 square metres of living space. All 16 cabins are air conditioned and have en suite shower rooms with hot water, traditional teak ship cots and panoramic French windows to make the most of the passing scenery.


  • Dining room on the upper deck with fold-back doors
  • Breakfast and lunch served in a semi-buffet style, plus set menu and themed dinners in the evenings featuring Asian and European cuisine, with an emphasis on local seafood
  • Open-air bar
  • 24 hour bar
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and local beer and spirits
  • Complimentary evening canapés
  • Bakery 


  • Ayeyarwady River — 1, 2, 7 and 10 nights between Bagan and Mandalay.
  • Ayeyarwady River — 10 and 14 nights between Yangon and Mandalay and vice versa.

Suggested itineraries

  • RV Pandaw Katha

    Our specialists suggest:
    7 nights aboard RV Katha Pandaw as part of our 20-day "Highlights of Myanmar & the far north" itinerary, from £6,870pp.
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We haven’t had the opportunity to cruise on the RV Katha yet, but we have a long-established relationship with the Pandaw Line, a high-quality fleet whose crew have extensive knowledge of the Ayeyarwady River.


  • Cultural performances
  • Educational talks
  • Cooking classes
  • Ship tours


  • Observation deck
  • Open-air lounge
  • Library
  • Fair trade shop
  • Laundry service