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Bassac Pandaw
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Passengers
60

Crew
28

Passenger to Crew
2.14:1

Launched
2012

Shore Excursions
13
Sails To
Asia
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David Wishart
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Bassac Pandaw Overview

Bassac Pandaw is a handsome four-deck riverboat, a luxurious yet unostentatious replica of a colonial-era vessel dating from 1865.

The sun deck is a marvelous place to watch Asia go by, and this is where most passengers spend their time, relaxing on teak loungers and helping themselves to free drinks (and ice cream) from the bar, or browsing the library. There is an open-bridge policy.

The upper deck and main deck have cabins of 170 square feet, all with air-conditioning and French windows, and beds that can be set up as twin or double. The upper deck also has two premium suites. Bathrooms have good showers, with bathrobes, hair dryers, and slippers provided. Cabins also have desks and safes. There is an onboard laundry and crew clean shoes after excursions.

Meals are served in the air-conditioned main deck restaurant, with panoramic views. Breakfast is buffet style but preceded by coffee, tea and light bites on the sun deck for early risers. Lunch is served either buffet style or standard sit-down, while dinners are four-course affairs. Produce is fresh, regional and seasonal. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, ice cream, beer and domestic spirits are complimentary and served at the main bar on the upper deck.

There is Wi-Fi, which is often slow due to the remote areas traveled. However, guides can help find Internet shops in some of the riverside towns. Tipping is optional.

Bassac Pandaw’s guides give briefings at cocktail hour every night, and accompany all excursions, which are daily and free. Some local entertainment is offered, such as folkloric dancing and puppet shows. DVDs and mini-players can be borrowed from the library. Spa deck has a treatment room, library and big-screen TV.

Overnights usually involve stopping at a riverbank and securing the ship with lines attached to stakes hammered into the sand. Sometimes part of the gangway is little more than a plank and sandbags and the trip can be tough for those with disabilities. But plenty of willing crew hands are always there to assist. Most passengers see Pandaw as a world away from conventional cruising and take such measures in stride.

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