Trip Type : River Cruise
Pagan And The Upper Irrawaddy tour

Pagan And The Upper Irrawaddy

Pandaw
By Pandaw
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 3,000 $ 273 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery
  • Explore Bagaya Kyaung, a 200-year-old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings
  • Climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Upper Irrawaddy River
  • Chersih visiting the enchanting colonial town of Katha

Short Description

Our new programme enables relaxed exploration of the magnificent temples of Pagan, the highlights of Mandalay and the scenic and remote Upper Irrawaddy. We journey off the beaten track for 10-nights all the way to Katha, nearly 1000 miles from Rangoon and once home to George Orwell and the setting for Burmese days. Other highlights will be passage through the 3rd and 2nd defiles, not to mention visits to enchanting local towns and villages.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Pagan
End City Mandalay

Destinations

Cities & Attractions

Chindwin River Mandalay

Activities

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Trip Includes

Cruise Price Includes:

  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1: Pagan

Embark for lunch and followed by exploration of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by coach. The ship will leave Pagan at 17:30.

Day 2: Yandabo

Cruise past the confluence with the Chindwin River and arrive at Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the riverbank clay. Cruise through afternoon upstream towards Mandalay.

Day 3: Amarapura

Morning visit to Ava and explore the ruins, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a 200-year-old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings. Continue to visit the ancient capital of Amarapura and admire the paintings in a temple.

Day 4: Kyauk-Myoung

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 weeklong firing in huge kilns. We return to the ship and enter the third defile of Irrawaddy.

Day 5: Khanyat

Stop at Khan-nyat village with its many Buddhist monasteries and visit the former head teacher's house, which also includes his small museum collections. We go ashore and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Upper Irrawaddy River.

Day 6: Katha

We reach the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Little has changed since then. Of interested are the fire station’s collections of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s ship’s bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Katha was the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942 in an Act of Denial before the advancing Japanese. We also visit an elephant logging camp at Katha in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and further upstream.

Day 7: Sail Upstream Kyunt Daw Island

Transfer by Local boat and visit Kyun Daw village where we will visit countless small Pagodas.

Day 8: 2nd Defile Of Irrawaddy

Cruise through the 2nd Defile, the most dramatic of the three gorges with cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Sail downstream.

Day 9: Tagaung

Walking tour of the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, a famous nat or spirit shrine and the archaeological area.

Day 10: Mingun

Slip our moorings early in the morning 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. Drive through the beautiful Sagaing hills to the hilltop to enjoy an amazing view over the region and Irrawaddy River.

Day 11: Mandalay

Disembark after breakfast at the Jetty.

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Ship Name

Rv Kha Byoo Pandaw / Rv Kindat Pandaw

Ship Stats

Rv Kha Byoo Pandaw

  • Built in 2016 in Yangon
  • Length: 133ft / 40m
  • Beam: 23ft / 7m
  • Draft: 2.6ft / 79cm
  • Berths: 18 guests (as of August 2017 32 guests)

Ship Description

Rv Kha Byoo Pandaw

Accommodation

  • 5 upper deck staterooms, 5 main deck staterooms
  • As of August 2017: 8 upper deck staterooms, 8 main deck staterooms
  • Staterooms are 170 square feet (16sqm), finished in teak and brass
  • Panoramic French window
  • Kimonos and slippers
  • Spa-branded amenities
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Electric mini safe
  • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows
  • Premium mattresses
  • Convertible bed configuration
  • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift
  • Make-up mirror
  • Multi-configuration plugs
  • Generous closet space and under-bed storage
  • Hair dryer
  • Daily nightly turndown service
  • 24hr laundry service
  • Complimentary evening canapés

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Transfers & Joining

Day 1: Pagan

Embark at Pagan (Ayer jetty) by 11:30am.

Day 11: Mandalay

Disembark at the Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung Jetty.

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

Cruise Cancellation and Refund

Cancellations for all or any part of the trip will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Pandaw. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply:

From time of booking until 61 day prior to departure non-refundable deposit

From 60 days and less till departure, no show, late arrival or early return 100% cancellation fee

Note: We strongly recommend for your protection that you purchase a trip cancellation insurance.

Burma, China & Thailand

Cancellation of a Pandaw Pre or Post Reservations is cancellation is subject to 10% of total amount or a $50 per person administrative fee (whichever is higher) from the time of booking through 93 days prior to your scheduled Pandaw trip.

From 92-63: the penalty fee is 30% of the total Trip Cost

From 62-33: the penalty fee is 50% of the total Trip Cost

From 32 days to "no show" the penalty fee is 100% of the total Trip Cost

Because these cancellation policies are strictly enforced, we strongly recommend for your protection that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Trip ID#:

PagUppPan

Trip Excludes

Cruise Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs
  • Fancy soft drinks like Perrier
  • Espressos and cappuccinos at bar and tips to tour guides
  • Local guides
  • Bus drivers
  • Boat operators and cyclo drivers

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