Cruises Boat in Myanmar

Pandaw Myanmar

Cruise company: Irrawaddy Flotilla Company Ltd
Cruise type: Luxury, Sharing, 24 cabins
Destinations: Myanmar - Myanmar
The unique Pandaw river expedition concept evolved here from the vestiges of the colonial Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Our first ships were built here and in Burma we learnt to master river navigation at its worst. These lessons were applied to the other rivers of Asia.
Destinations: Mandalay - Yandabo - Pagan - Magwe - Minhla - Prome - KaukTaung - Danupyu - Twante

Itinerary

Day 1 : Amaparura (L, D)

  • Embark the ship and after lunch on board, we tour central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin teak carved monastery and Amarapura with the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu Ok-kyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge.

Day  2 : Yandabon (B, L, D)

  • We move on to explore the ancient capitals of Ava and cast off cruising downstream through lunch and in the late afternoon we explore Yandabo, a small rural village specialized in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.

Day 3 : Pagan (B, L, D)

  • We tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments in this important World Heritage Site and visit lacquer workshops.

Day 4 : Pagan (B, L, D)

  • Ascend Tan-chi-taungmountain by foot or by WWII jeep for the spectacular sunrise over Pagan.
  • In Sale we visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings and we explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses.

Day 5 : Magwe (B, L, D)

  • We climb the river bank and wind our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda. This pagoda is constructed with solid gold bricks.

Day 6 : Minhla & Gwechaung (B, L, D)

  • We visit Minhla Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. Thayetmyo, this pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanmar War of 1855. Many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horsecart to see the countryside and golf club.

Day 7 : Prome (B, L, D) 

  • Visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculpture.

Day 8 : KaukTaung (B, L, D)

  • Stop at the famous A KaukTaung to explore the spectacular stone carving on the cliff.

Day 9 : Danupyu (B, L, D)

  • Continue our exploration of Delta creeks and stop at Donabyu, another little known town with a busy port and bustling markets.

Day 10 : Twante (B, L, D)

  • Sail through the Rangoon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante in the afternoon. Enter to the Yangon river port.

Day 11 : Rangoon (B)

  • Disembark at Rangoon (Yangon).

Price & Booking

Include

  • Coach transfer Yangon-Prome (for upstream itinerary only, no bus transfer needed for downstream itinerary)
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits
  • Jugged coffee
  • Selection of teas and tisanes'
  • Mineral water.

Exclude

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Imported beverages such as wines
  • Premium spirits and liqueurs
  • Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
  • Espressos and cappuccinos at bar
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers
Remark:
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • Meals on board are fusion: Myanmar & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/) and New Year (31/12) & on Lunar New Year .


Destinations: Prome - Minhla Forts and Magwe - Sale Monasteries - Pagan - Yandabo - Mandalay and Amarapura - Tagaung Ancient City and Tigyang Hill - Katha - Mandalay

Itinerary

Day 1 : Prome (B)

  • Embark and sail up the Rangoon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante Town and explore city center.

Day 2 : Maubin and Nyang Don (B, L, D)

  • In morning we walk visit to Maubin bustling market and city surrounding area. Afternoon our exploration of Delta area NyaungDon city visit to see country life style.
  • Moor over night at Zakagyi.

Day 3 : Donabyu and Zalon  (B, L, D)

  • We continue our exploration of Delta creeks and stop at Donabyu, another little known town with a busy port and bustling markets. In the First Anglo Burmese War of 1825 the Burmese General Maha-Bandoola was defeated here following a long and disastrous campaign by the British. Afternoon walk in Zalon city to visit beautiful Golden Buddha image and return to ship.
  • Moor overnight at Henzada.

Day 4 : Manaung  (B,  L, D)

  • Sailing all day and we stop to visit the markets and see old colonial buildings in the sleepy Delta town of Manaung. We enter the Irrawaddy River.

Day 5 : Prome  (B, L, D)

  • Early morning we sail slowly upstream and downstream A Kaut Taung area, to view Buddha carvings on the mountainside, from the upper deck or Sundeck.
  • We reach Prome by the afternoon and travel by coach to the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, the former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculptures.

Day 6 : Thayetmyo  (B, L, D)

  • This pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanmar War of 1855. Many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. Thayet also boasts the oldest golf course in Myanmar (1885).
  • We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse cart to the golf course, passing through the former British botanical garden.

Day 7 : Minhla - Magwe (B, L, D)

  • Minhla - We visit the two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. The fight for the Minhla redoubt was the only serious action in the war and the death of a young subaltern inspired Kipling to write a poem.
  • We ride Trishaws to reach the magnificent Magwe Myat-thalon Pagoda, constructed with solid gold bricks. Of interest are the many nat shrines and hermitages within the temple precincts.

Day 8 : Sale (B,  L, D)

  • Here we visit the Yout-saun-kyaung monastery with its spectacular wood carvings; we also explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses and continue sailing upstream.

Day 9 : Pagan (B, L, D)

  • In the morning, moor at the Tan-Chi-Taung mountain and ascend by WWII jeep.
  • Afternoon, we tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments at this World Heritage Site, Pagan.

Day 10 : Pagan  (B, L, D)

  • Further exploration by coach of the monuments follow by a lacquerware workshop and visit to the local markets. Sail in the noon to upstream.
  • Evening walk at Oh Ne Kyaung village to see the local life in this typical river side community.

Day 11 : Yadanbo (B, L, D)

  • This small rural village is specialized in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School, built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.

Day 12 : Mandalay, Sagaing (B, L, D)

  • Guests will take a tour of central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung teak carved monastery. In the afternoon we visit Sagaing. The true delight of Sagaing lies in its 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries, rich in woodcarving and religious art.
  • Next we explore the ancient capital of Amarapura by coach, take a boat ride along Taungthaman lake and watch the tranquillity and serenity of this beautiful lake and its famous U-Bein Bridge at sunset.

Day 13 : Mingun (B, L, D)

  • We stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda which is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old Peoples Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.

Day 14 : Kyauk-myoung (B, L, D)

  • Sail upstream and visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50 gallon water pots are handmade. We see all stages of manufacture from the throwing of the pots to the week-long firing in huge kilns. Afternoon sailing to Mandalay.

Day 15 : Mandalay (B)

  • Disembark at Mandalay.

Price & Booking

Include

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Port dues
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral

Exclude

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Imported beverages such as wines
  • Premium spirits and liqueurs
  • Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
  • Espressos and cappuccinos at bar.
Remark:
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • Meals on board are fusion: Myanmar & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/) and New Year (31/12) & on Lunar New Year .
Destinations: Mandalay - Pagan

Itinerary

Day 1 : Mandalay (L, D)

  • Check in for a 12.00 noon departure.
  • Afternoon walk round the old colonial village of Sameikkon.

Day 2 : Pagan (B)

  • Arrive and disembark in Pagan by 10.00am.

Price & Booking

Include

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits
  • Jugged coffee
  • Selection of teas and tisanes
  • Mineral water.

Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Pre/post arrangements
  • Transfers to/from ship
  • Drinks
  • Personal laundry.
Remark:
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • Meals on board are fusion: Myanmar & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/) and New Year (31/12) & on Lunar New Year .
Destinations: Yangon - Kalemyo - Kindat - Paungbyin - Sithaung - Toungdoot - Homalin - Mawlaik - Mingkin - Monywa - Pagan - Yandabo - Ava and Amarapura - Tagaung - Shwegu et Kyun-Daw - Inn-ywa - Khanyat - Mandalay

Itinerary

Day 1 : Yangon -  Kalemyon (L, D)

  • 05:00 Registration is at Chatrium Hotel - 40 Natmauk Road - Tamwe Township - Tamwe Township
  • 05:15 AM, transfer to airport
  • Morning flight to Kalemyo, the gateway town for the Chin State. We explore Kalewa with its markets and quaint wooden architecture.

Day  2 : Kalewa - Kindat (B, L, D)

  • Stop for morning walk at Balet, a charming and typical river community.

Day 3 : Kinda – Paungbyin (B, L, D)

  • Kindat was as far as the old IFC steamers ventured outside of the Monsoon season. This part of the Chindwin valley is very sparsely populated and villages are few and far between.

Day 4 : Sithaung (B, L, D)

  • We pass the mouth of the Yu River which drains the Kubu valley. Sitthaung was the final resting place of a number of IFC steamers scuppered there in 1942.

Day 5 : Toungdoot (B,  L, D)

  • Toungdoot, or Hswang-hsup in Tain, is an ancient Shan enclave which in British times still had a ruling prince or sawbwa complete with palace and court.

Day 6 : Homalin (B, L, D)

  • We pass the Uyu River worked by gold washers on the way to Homalin, the furtherst navigable point on the Chindwin for vessels of our size.

Day 7 : Mawlaik (B, L, D)

  • Mawlaik replaced Kindat as the administrative capital. Like other towns of the Upper Chindwin, they can only be reached by boat so cars are few.

Day 8 : Mingkin (B, L, D)

  • Mingkin features Konbaung court style teak monasteries which are sumptuously decorated. Mingkin may be described as the Luang Prabang of the Chindwin.

Day 9 : Monywa (B, L, D)

  • Entering the Lower Chindwin where the river widens and the forested hills fall away to farmland, we pass a number of attractive villages. We will explore Monywa and time permitting make a quick trip to the Thanbodi Temple with its million Buddha images.

Day 10 : Pagan (B, L, D)

  • Cruise all day to the great Lower Chindwin plain.

Day 11 : Pagan (B, L, D)

  • Tour a selection of the most significant of the 3,000 Buddhist monuments found at this World Heritage Site. We will visit lacquerware manufacturers. 
  • Sail in the afternoon and evening walk in Oh Ne Kyaung village to see the local life in this typical river side community.

Day 12 : Yandabo Village (B, L, D)

  • We head upstream to the Chindwin confluence and stop in the evening at Yandabo. Here we visit the Pandaw School built with donations from past Pandaw passengers.

Day 13 : Ava and Amarapura (B, L, D)

  • In the morning we travel to Ava and explore the ruins, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a 200 year old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate wood carvings.
  • In the afternoon we travel to Mandalay for an orientation tour of the city area visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and sunset at Amarapura U-Bein Bridge. 

Day 14 : Mingun Pagoda and Belle  (B, L, D)

  • We cast off early and stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of brick building in the world.
  • We also visit the Mingun Old People's Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.

Day 15 : Kyaung-Myoung Potteries (B, L, D)

  • Visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-Myoung. We enter the Third Defile and sail upstream all day stopping at Khan-nyat village with its many Buddhist monasteries and an orphanage we support.

Day 16 : Tagaung Ancient City (B, L, D)

  • Explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications. In the evening we climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Irrawaddy.

Day 17 :  Kyaung Potteries-Myoung (B, L, D)

  • We reach the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell's Myanma Days. Katha was the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942.

Day 18 : Shwegu and Kyun-Daw (B, L, D)

  • We continue upstream to Shwegu and Kyun-daw, a midstream island of monasteries and countless small pagodas. Cruise through the 2nd Defile, the most dramatic of the three gorges, with cliffs towering over the narrow channel.

Day 19 : Inn-ywa (B, L, D)

  • Delightful walk through some of the oldest wooden village houses in Burma.

Day 20 : Khanyat (B, L, D)

  • Visit a Buddhist orphanage and the grave of an English officer assassinated here during the Pacification of Burma (1887).

Day 21 : Mandalay (B)

  • Disembark the ship between 8.00 am - 9.00 am at Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty, Mandalay.

Price & Booking

Include

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks
  • Local beer and local spirits
  • Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
  • Mineral water. Quality mountain bikes available for independent exploration on Zawgyi and Kindat Pandaws

Exclude

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Imported beverages such as wines
  • Premium spirits and liqueurs
  • Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
  • Espressos and cappuccinos at barTips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.
Remark:
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • Meals on board are fusion: Myanmar & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/) and New Year (31/12) & on Lunar New Year .
Destinations: Pagan - Yandabo - Mandalay

Itinerary

Day 1 : Pagan (L, D)

  • Check in for a 12.00 noon departure. Afternoon tour of Pakokku by trishaw. 

Day 2 : Yandabo (B, L, D)

  • Morning walk round the pottery village at Yandabo and to see the Pandaw School.

Day 3 : Mandalay (B)

  • Disembark in Mandalay at 10.00am.

Price & Booking

Include

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits
  • Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
  • Mineral water. 

Exclude

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Transfer to/from ship
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Imported beverages such as wines
  • Premium spirits and liqueurs
  • Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
  • Espressos and cappuccinos at bar
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers. 
Remark:
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • Meals on board are fusion: Myanmar & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/) and New Year (31/12) & on Lunar New Year .
  • 16 upper deck, 8 main deck staterooms
  • 170 square feet, finished in teak and brass
  • Kimonos and slippers
  • Spa-branded amenities
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Electric mini safe
  • Central AC with individual control
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
  • Premium mattresses
  • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
  • Mirror
  • Multi-configuration plugs
  • Generous closet space and under-bed storage
  • Hair dryer
  • Daily nightly turndown service
  • 24h laundry service
  • Complimentary evening canapés
Services & Facilities
General
  • 24-hour Security
  • Boutique Library
  • Conference & meeting facilities
  • Doctor on call
  • Gymnasium
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Observatory
  • Reception
  • Safety box at reception
  • Tender for sightseeing
  • Theme Cruise
Services
  • Bar
  • Beauty Services and Massage
  • Boutique shop
  • Fresh flower
  • IDD at the reception
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Restaurant
Dining Room & Bar
  • The Pandaw dining rooms are designed to open up along the sides and only at night do we close them up and use air conditioning. We know our passengers want fresh air not chilled air. The new Katha Pandaw, designed according to feedback from our passengers, has no formal dining room but rather open air dining on deck. We offer a great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods. We source supplies as locally as possible, given environmental health regulations. Breakfast is a buffet whilst lunch has a buffet soup, salad and dessert table with the main course served at the table and dinner is served at the tables. Passengers who do not like hot or spicy foods are offered European alternatives and vegetarians are well catered for. Special diets may be catered for by prior agreement. Our chefs know that the majority of passengers want to eat the best of each country they pass through.
  • Spa & Massage
  • Cooking,
  • Fruit carving and napkin arrangement demonstrations;
  • Exploring local markets with our chefs;
  • Talks from our on board guides;
  • Film presentations, with documentaries on local history and culture as well as movies;
  • Tours of the working ship and many other activities.

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