Pandaw Middle & Royal Burma Cruise – 8 Days
A Pandaw river expedition is not like an ocean going cruise. There is no dressing up for dinner and no ‘captain’s table’. The atmosphere on board is very friendly and informal, more like a party on a private yacht than a cruise ship.
Nearly everything is included in the price and there are no hidden extras for excursions.. Even your drinks are included in the price of your ticket. There is an incredibly high level of personal service and care aboard, with a crew passenger ratio of 1:2.
For these reasons passengers keep coming back and exploring more of a lost South-East Asia.
With RV Katha Pandaw:
26-Oct-14, 20-Nov-14, 20-Dec-14, 14-Jan-15, 8-Feb-15, 5-Mar-15
DAY 01: PROME AND THE ANCIENT PYU
Visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former center of the Pyu civilization. We cross jungle and countryside to visit monumental Pyu stupas and the excavations of the former palace-city in this walled early center of Buddhism.
DAY 02: THAYETMYO FRONTEIR POST
This pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Burmah and British Burmah following the 2nd Anglo Burmese War of 1855 and many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period.
We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse and cart to see the countryside and golf links.
DAY 03: MINHLA FORTS AND MAGWE
In Minhla and Gwechaung we visit the two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Burmah. We climb the Gwechaung hill for the view.
In the afternoon we cruise on to Magwe where we climb the river bank and wend our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda.
DAY 04: SALE MONASTERIES
We visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings. We also explore an area of splendid colonial houses.
DAY 05: BAGAN
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 06: BAGAN MONUMENTS
Further exploration by coach of the monuments, follow by a lacquer ware workshop and visiting the local markets. Sail in the noon to upstream and evening walk in Oh Ne Kyaung village to see the local life in this typical riverside community.
This very small rural village specializes in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.
DAY 08: MANDALAY
Disembark at Mandalay at 1000.