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Chindwin & Upper Irrawaddy: 20 nights in remotest Burma

Departure Dates   Itinerary

The scenery on this cruise is spectacular and we are welcomed with astonishment by the many remote communities through which we passed. Achieving our goal of Homalin, over 600 miles from the Chindwin’s confluence with the Irrawaddy, we return downstream all the way to the ancient city of Pagan just below the confluence. Then we continued a further 700 miles up the Irrawaddy past Mandalay to the great 2nd Defile, just short of the out of bounds city of Bhamo. This is the most northerly navigable point on the Irrawaddy and gateway to China.

Twenty nights on a river cruise may seem a long time, but the majority of our passengers on these expeditions are regular Pandaw passengers, and happy to spend so long in the convivial atmosphere of a Pandaw. No two days are the same with varied scenery and diverse cultural sites. This expedition is the most popular of all our cruises and as we only run one a year tends to book out quite early.

Note this expedition takes place during the Southeast Asia monsoon season which is the only time we have sufficient water levels to attempt these remote rivers. It may rain but not continuously. River banks may be muddy and slippery. This is a real expedition and the itinerary subject to sudden changes due to water levels or other local conditions.

Departure Dates

Departure DateShipDurationDirectionTwin CabinAvailable
30-Aug-14RV Katha Pandaw20 nightsItinerary9,407.40Some Availability
04-Sep-14Pandaw II20 nightsItinerary6,271.60Some Availability
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Deck Plan - Pandaw II

Chindwin & Upper Irrawaddy: 20 nights in remotest Burma via the Pandaw II from Tuesday, September 3, 2013 for 20 nights.

Deck Plan

Select a stateroom using the deck plan below. Click once to select a stateroom for two people, again for single occupancy and once more to clear your selection. Your choice will be reflected in the pricing table below the deck plan:

Prices (per Traveller)

Cruise prices per passenger are displayed below, along with the selection you have made from the deck plan above.

Cabin Type Price per Traveller Travellers Subtotal
Upper Deck Twin Sharing9,340.5000.00
Upper Deck Twin Single Use10,896.0000.00
Main Deck Twin Sharing7,127.0000.00
Main Deck Twin Single Use8,547.0000.00
Subtotal 0.00
The Irrawaddy pre cruise Rangoon (Pre-Cruise Tour) [More Info]
Option Price per Traveller Travellers Subtotal
Sharing 265.00 0 0.00
Single 500.00 0 0.00
Subtotal 0.00
The Irrawaddy post cruise Rangoon (Post-Cruise Tour) [More Info]
Option Price per Traveller Travellers Subtotal
Sharing 450.00 0 0.00
Single 710.00 0 0.00
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Additional Charges Price per Traveller Travellers Subtotal
Fuel Surcharge 85.00 0 0.00
Port Taxes 0.00 0 0.00
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Itinerary

Rangoon (with 4 star Chatrium Hotel)

  

2 September 2013: ARRIVAL IN YANGON

Transfer to hotel in Rangoon. Afternoon excursion to Shwedagon Pagoda.

3 September 2013: DEPARTURE

Breakfast

Rates include:
One night at the Chatrium Hotel including breakfast, service and taxes; transfers to / from airport and a guide-led excursion to Shwedagon Pagoda; transfer by coach to ship

Rates exclude:
Lunch and dinner which are at your own arrangement in the hotel or in one of the many nearby restaurants.Compulsory gala dinners at hotel 24DEC and 31DEC if any.

Note:
- Please advice arrival flight details in order to arrange the transfer accordingly
- Check in time to hotel at 1400hrs
- Check out time from hotel at 1200hrs
- Early check in and late check out are subject to hotel room availability

* Please note that your hotel will be confirmed after we have received your deposit payment. Prices are subject to change. Hotel subject to availability. We will try to offer you an alternate accommodation if the requested hotel would not be available.

 

CHATRIUM HOTEL YANGON
40 Natmauk Road,
Tamwe Township,
Yangon, Union of Myanmar
Tel: (+95-1) 544 500
Fax: (+95-1) 544 400
Website: http://chatrium.com/chatrium_hotel_yangon/

 

Twenty nights on board RV Pandaw II

If you would like to know more information about the river stops in this itinerary, please click on the underlined destinations.

 

3 September 2013: Yangon / Kalemyo

Morning flight to Kalemyo, the gateway town for the Chin State. We explore Kalewa with its markets and quaint wooden architecture.

4 September 2013: Kalewa / Kindat

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

5 September 2013: Kindat / Paungbyin

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.

6 September 2013: Sithaung

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.

7 September 2013: Toungdoot

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.

8 September 2013: Homalin

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.

9 September 2013: Mawlaik

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.

10 September 2013: Mingkin

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

11 September 2013: Monywa

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.

12 September 2013: Cruise to Pagan

Cruise all day to the great Lower Chindwin plain.

13 September 2013: Pagan

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.

14 September 2013: Yandabo Village

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.

15 September 2013: Ava and Amarapura

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.

16 September 2013: Mingun Pagoda and Bell

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.

17 September 2013: Kyaung-Myoung Potteries

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.

18 September 2013: Tagaung Ancient City

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.

19 September 2013: Burmese Days

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.

20 September 2013: Shwegu and Kyun-Daw

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.

21 September 2013: Inn-ywa

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

22 September 2013: Khanyat

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

23 September 2013: Mandalay

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


Cruise Price Includes: Flight from Rangoon to Kalemyo, all meals on board, beverages (water, tea and coffee), all local alcoholic beverages.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, flight from Mandalay to Rangoon, imported beverages.


River Conditions Warning!

The rivers you will sail on are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level, in some places as much as 30 metres. Water levels can change dramatically overnight and a sudden rise can impede our progress upstream considerably and even prevent us from passing under certain bridges. A sudden fall can result in our being unable to get into certain places or go as far upstream as we would hope. Groundings on sandbars are not infrequent and are part of the excitement of any Pandaw expedition. Published itineraries are indicational only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop.  Passengers are thus forewarned and expected to be flexible and patient. River cruising in Asia can be a dramatic and adventurous experience - not like cruising the controlled waterways of Europe or America. Note also that we operate in areas with little or no developed infrastructure and subject to the strictures of local officialdom. Be prepared for this and it is all more the fun!


Rangoon (with 4 star Chatrium Hotel) 

 

23 September 2013: ARRIVAL IN YANGON

Transfer from the jetty to the airport. Flight to Rangoon. Welcome by our representative and transfer to the hotel followed by excursion to explore the colonial 'Downtown' area.

24 September 2013: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, Transfer to airport for onward flights.

Rates include:
One night at the Chatrium Hotel including breakfast, service and taxes; transfers to / from airport and a guide-led excursion to Downtown; one domestic flight from Mandalay and transfers from ship.

Rates exclude:
Lunch and dinner which are at your own arrangement in the hotel or in one of the many nearby restaurants. Compulsory gala dinners at hotel 24DEC and 31DEC if any.

Note:
- Please advice departure flight details in order to arrange the transfer accordingly
- Check in time to hotel at 1400hrs
- Check out time from hotel at 1200hrs
- Early check in and late check out are subject to hotel room availability


* Please note that your hotel will be confirmed after we have received your deposit payment. Prices are subject to change. Hotel subject to availability. We will try to offer you an alternate accommodation if the requested hotel would not be available.

 

CHATRIUM HOTEL YANGON
40 Natmauk Road,
Tamwe Township,
Yangon, Union of Myanmar
Tel: (+95-1) 544 500
Fax: (+95-1) 544 400
Website: http://chatrium.com/chatrium_hotel_yangon/