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Burma (Myanmar) is a land of rivers. Not just the Irrawaddy river, navigable for 1000 miles, or its main tributary the Chindwin river, navigable for 600 miles, but other rivers too.

The Salween river is actually the longest river in Burma. The Kaladan system in the Arakan contains a thousand hundred miles of navigable waterway. The Great Irrawaddy Delta, with its seven main channels and several hundred lesser ones, is a vast water-world covering over 10,000 square miles.

In Burma for over one thousand years nearly all movement of people and goods, not to mention invaders, have travelled by river. In British colonial times the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company launched 1,200 vessels and became the largest fleet of privately owned ships in the world, ever.

Still to this day, despite the construction of railways in colonial times or roads in more recent times, the rivers remain key to transportation and for the traveller the only way to see the country. Like the Nile in Egypt, nearly all the vestiges of past Burmese dynasties are sited along the banks as our the great Buddhist sanctuaries, the most famous of which is Pagan (Bagan).

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River Cruise itinerary for The Golden Land

The Golden Land

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Pagan and The Upper Irrawaddy

Upper Irrawaddy Pagan - Mandalay - Katha - Bhamo

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Off the Beaten Track

River Cruise itinerary for The Chindwin: 7 Nights

The Chindwin: 7 Nights

Chindwin Monywa - Homalin

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Chindwin & The Upper Irrawaddy

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Mergui Archipelago & Irrawaddy Delta

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Britain's Longest Retreat - A trip up the Chindwin River

By General Mike Riddell Webster The Japanese first bombed Rangoon on the 23rd of December 1941. Between then and late April/early May 1942,....

River Cruise Stops

 

Amarapura

Amarapura is a classical Pali name and means ‘The City of Immortals’. Founded by King Bodawpaya in1783, the year after he came to the throne, an....

 

Ava

“And here it may be said that of all the ruined capitals of Burma which make their appeal on behalf of the transitoriness of life. . . Ava is th....

 

Bassein

Pathein, also called Bassein, is a port city with a 2004 population estimated at 315, 600, and the capital of the Ayeyarwady Region, Burma. It l....

 

Bogale

Bogale is a small city located in the Bogale Township, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar. It is located on the southwestern part of Myanmar/Burma on th....

 

Danupyu

Little known town with a busy port and bustling markets....

 

Homalin

You will pass the Uyu River, which was worked by gold washers on route to Homalin, the furthest navigable point on the Chindwin for vessels of o....

 

Kalewa

Kalewa is one of the largest ports on the Chindwin River and an important trans-shipment point for goods going to and coming from nearby India.....

 

Katha

The enchanting colonial town of Katha was setting for George Orwell’s Myanma Days. Katha was also the final resting place of the old flotilla an....

 

Kawthaung

Kawthaung is in the southernmost part of Myanmar, located in Tanintharyi Region. During British rule in Burma between 1824 and 1948, it was know....

 

Khamti

Khamti is known as ‘the land full of gold’.....

 

Khanyat

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

 

Kindat

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 an....

 

Kyauk-Myoung

Visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung We enter the Third Defile and sail upstream all day stopping at Khan-nyat village with its man....

 

Magwe

At Magwe we climb the river bank and wend our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda. This pa....

 

Mandalay

Though Rangoon is the modern day capital, Mandalay, or Yadanapura — the ‘City of Gems’, remains the Golden Land’s spiritual capital. To know Man....

 

Maubin

Ma-ubin or Maubin is a town in the Ayeyarwady Division of south-west Burma. It is the seat of the Ma-ubin Township in the Ma-ubin District. T....

 

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.....

 

Mergui

The Mergui Archipelago is an archipelago in far southern Myanmar (Burma) and is part of the Tanintharyi Region. It consists of more than 800 isl....

 

Mergui (Myeik)

Mergui (Myeik) is a city in Tanintharyi Region in Burma (Myanmar) located in the extreme south of the country on the coast of a peninsula on the....

 

Mingkin

Mingkin, with its Konbaung court style teak monasteries are sumptuously decorated. Mingkin may be described as the Luang Prabang of the Chindwin....

 

Mingun

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 b....

 

Minhla and Gwechaung

These are two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Burmah. These were captured by the British in the 3rd Anglo ....

 

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....

 

Moulmein (Mawlmyine)

Moulmein (Mawlamyine) also spelled Mawlamyaing is the fourth largest city of Burma (Myanmar), situated 300 km south east of Rangoon and 70 km so....

 

Myaungmya

Myaungmya is a town in Myaungmya Township, Irrawaddy Region, Burma. The town is home to the Myanmar Union Adventist Seminary, a Seventh Day Adve....

 

Nagaland

Nagalan is a state in Northeast India. The state capital is Kohima, and the largest city is Dimapur.....

 

Pagan

Pagan is one of the richest archeological sites in the world and the highlight of every tour through Myanmar. In between 11th and 13th century t....

 

Pakokku

We are visiting the local market and town center by Tuk Tuk....

 

Phowin Taung

We are exploring the caves of Phowin with its beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues....

 

Prome (Pyay)

We visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early B....

 

Pyapon

Pyapon is a town and seat of Pyapon District in the Irrawaddy Division of Myanmar, along the Pyapon River, a tributary of the Irrawaddy River. I....

 

Rangoon (Yangon)

“Rangoon owes its history to two factors, the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and the River. The former made it a place of note in earlier ages; the latter ha....

 

Salay and Salay House

Salay can truly claim to have stepped off the beaten tourist track.  It first emerged during the 12th and 13th centuries as an overspill of Old ....

 

Sale

Here we visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings; we also explore an area of splendi....

 

Sitthaung

Near 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 i....

 

Tagaung

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

 

Tavoy (Dawei)

Tavoy (Dawei) is a city in southeastern Burma (Myanmar) and capital of Tanintharyi Region, formerly Tenasserim Division located about 614. 3 km ....

 

Thayetmyo

A pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Burmah and British Burmah following the 2nd Anglo Burmese War of 1855, many of th....

 

Toungdoot

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

 

Wakema

Wakema is a town in the Ayeyarwady Division of south-west Myanmar. It is the seat of the Wakema Township in the Myaungmya District. It is home....

 

Yandabo

Here we visit the Pandaw School built with donations from past Pandaw passengers and see potteries, the main industry for this village.....

River Cruise Ships

MY Andaman Explorer river cruise ship

The Andaman Explorer was built as the MV Atlantic Guard in 1963 in Norway as a Norwegian coast guard vessel. She is 61 meters long with her orig....

RV Indochina Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Orient and Bassac, the IP was built in Vietnam in 2009 and transferred over to Burma in 2011. The ship has quality mountain bikes ....

RV Kalaw Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Kindat and identical in design the Kalaw was launched with her in 2014 Kalaw is named after the PS Kalaw launched in 1917 and sunk....

RV Kalay Pandaw river cruise ship

The Kalay Pandaw was built in Mandalay in 2013 by our own team from within the company. This river yacht was built for private friend and family....

RV Kha Byoo Pandaw river cruise ship

This ten cabin K class was completed in 2016 and is currently serving as the Pandaw Academy training ship at Pagan. Like so many of our K class ....

RV Kindat Pandaw river cruise ship

The original Kindat was built in 1886 by Yarrows in London and sank in 1920. She was named after a small Upper Chindwin town. Following experime....

RV Pandaw II river cruise ship

Pandaw II was our first ever new build back in 2001. Though our oldest ship she is still young in river terms – her prototype the old Pandaw is ....

RV Zawgyi Pandaw river cruise ship

We acquired this Z craft in 2008 and fitted her out as a floating clinic as part of the Cyclone Nargis relief effort. Returned to us by the NGO ....

Rivers in Burma

The Mergui Archipelago

Coastal cruises through the isolated Mergui Archipelago, a group of 800 islands in the Andaman Sea off Burma's southern coast, are a new venture....

 

Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea, glimpsed at from the sandy shores of Phuket and southern Thailand is traversed only by the most intrepid of yachtsman. The sea ....

 

Chindwin River

The Chindwin River flows down from the Burma – Assam border area, its waters rising from the Himalayan foothills. It is the main tributary of th....

 

Irrawaddy Delta

The Irrawaddy Delta covers an area of over 1000 square miles with Rangoon, its most famous port and capital of all Burma from 1886 to 2005. Orig....

 

Irrawaddy River

The Irrawaddy River in Burma ranks as the 55th longest river in the world at 2, 170km but it is in the top ten rivers in terms of discharge at 1....

 

Burma Climate

Burma climate chart

Optional Extensions

2 Nights Mystical Inle Lake

Inle is one of the biggest lakes in Burma. It’s famous for its stunning location between the hills of Shan State, easy access by air (domestic f....

2 Nights Southern Shan State Adventure - Kalaw Hill Lodge

Shan State is one of the most famous regions in Burma. While it’s southern part is most famous for amazing Inle Lake, relatively easy access by ....

Avista Phuket Resort & Spa Phuket 2 Nights Northbound

Avista Phuket Resort & Spa is perched on a verdant hill overlooking the aquamarine expanse of the Andaman Sea and pristine white sands of Kata B....

Avista Phuket Resort & Spa Phuket 2 Nights Southbound

Avista Phuket Resort & Spa is perched on a verdant hill overlooking the aquamarine expanse of the Andaman Sea and pristine white sands of Kata B....

Burma's Undiscovered South  - The Strand

The mighty Salween River and Burma’s Southern Land is a region of stunning natural beauty, but decades of restrictions on travel have meant few ....

Eskala Resort 3 Nights Inwards

Ngwe Saung is a very popular beach resort for foreign travellers with a beautiful, unspoiled 15 km stretch of silvery sand and several deluxe ho....

Eskala Resort 3 Nights Outwards

Ngwe Saung is a very popular beach resort for foreign travellers with a beautiful, unspoiled 15 km stretch of silvery sand and several deluxe ho....

Mystical Inle Lake & Southern Shan State Adventure (4 nights) - Kalaw Hill Lodge

Shan State is one of the most famous regions in Burma. On this trip you will visit mesmerising Inle Lake, old British colonial hill station (Kal....

Ngwe Saung Yacht Club & Resort 3 Nights Inwards

Ngwe Saung is a very popular beach resort for foreign travellers with a beautiful, unspoiled 15 km stretch of silvery sand and several deluxe ho....

Ngwe Saung Yacht Club & Resort 3 Nights Outwards

Ngwe Saung is a very popular beach resort for foreign travellers with a beautiful, unspoiled 15 km stretch of silvery sand and several deluxe ho....

Night stay on board

Extend your stay and board one day earlier bed & breakfast on board your Pandaw vessel for an extra night. Enjoy the experience and perspective ....

Northern Shan State Adventure 4 Nights

Shan State is one of the most famous and beautiful regions in Burma. While it’s southern part is famous mostly for Inle Lake and often crowded w....

Oriental Residence Bangkok & Ranong 2 Nights

This is a private tour. Easily reach your departure point for ‘Burma Coastal Expedition’ with this well organised and exciting extension in Bang....

Sule Shangri-La Hotel Yangon 1 Night Southbound

Well located in the center of Yangon and yet only 10 minutes drive from Shwedagon Pagoda, the elegant Sule Shangri-La Hotel is the perfect base ....

The Sarojin Khao Lak

This is a private beach extension. In the spirit of the legendary Lady Sarojin, this exceptional boutique beach resort carries forward her embod....

Undiscovered Burma's South  - The Strand

The mighty Salween River and Burma’s Southern Land is a region of stunning natural beauty, but decades of restrictions on travel have meant few ....

Undiscovered Burma's South - Strand Moulmein

Burma’s South is one of the most interesting and picturesque areas of the country. Since the government’s permissions to visit are no longer req....

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