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EXPLORE HIDDEN

BURMA

We began in Burma. 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.

Burma, after 1987 renamed by the regime Myanmar, is the largest mainland South-East Asian country and with the greatest variety of scenery from Himalayan peaks to tropical beaches. We have yet to meet a visitor to Burma who does not feel that this is the most beautiful, friendly and culturally interesting Asian country ever visited.

Most of the population live in three great river valleys encircled by impenetrable horseshoes of mountains. River life dominates the country and still to this day forms the main system of transportation, irrigation and from its rich fishing grounds the principal protein source for the majority of the population.

In the river valleys two millennia of Buddhist art, architecture and archaeology survive, including the 3000 standing monuments at Pagan. There is no other Asian country with so vast and varied a range of cultural sites. Almost everywhere there are temples and monasteries, festivals and ceremonies. The Burmese are a deeply pious people and Buddhist activities dominate every aspect of life.

The Burmese are also very warm and friendly people who since Independence in 1947 have suffered terrible impoverishment and deprivation. We do our best to support the local domestic economy and make sure our suppliers and contractors are small local businesses. We are very careful to make sure our clients’ money falls into the right hands. Sanctions and the politically correct refusal of most NGOs and international charities to work in the country has served to exacerbate deprivation and entrench the regime further.

Our Pandaw passengers believe that by visiting Burma we are doing something to help as has been proved by the many schools our passengers have built, not to mention the outstanding contribution made by our passengers after Cyclone Nargis struck in 2008. Most of the Burmese our passengers encounter tend to agree with this assumption. These cruises are the most acclaimed luxury vacations on the Irrawaddy river.

EXPEDITIONS

 

Save 50% on the Mandalay Pagan Packet River cruise when combining with this cruise

THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$3,510 pp

The classic Irrawaddy river cruise

THE GOLDEN LAND

10 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$3,676.05 pp
members from US$3,267.60 pp 

Including Mandalay, the Gorges & Katha

PAGAN AND THE UPPER IRRAWADDY

10 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$3,600 pp
members from US$3,200 pp 

Explore 'off the beaten track'

THE CHINDWIN: 7 NIGHTS

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$3,150 pp
members from US$2,940 pp 

See it all from Rangoon to Mandalay

THE IRRAWADDY

14 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$5,148 pp
members from US$4,576 pp 

Save 50% off this itinerary if booked in combination with the Mergui Archipelago.

MANDALAY PAGAN PACKET

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$1,534.50 pp
members from US$1,432 pp 

Discover the land of the Naga Warrior

A VOYAGE TO NAGALAND

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$3,307.50 pp

Discover Mandalay, scenic Gorges & Katha

THE UPPER IRRAWADDY

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$3,150 pp
members from US$2,800 pp 

Explore from Mandalay to Pagan

MANDALAY TO PAGAN FOUR NIGHT CRUISE

4 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$1,197 pp
members from US$1,064 pp 

Ideal to combine with land arrangements

PAGAN-MANDALAY OR MANDALAY-PAGAN SHORT CRUISE

2 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$670.50 pp

Perfect add-on to your land tour

MANDALAY PAGAN SHORT CRUISE

1 Night
from US$371 pp

Explore the wetlands, creeks and channels

THE GREAT IRRAWADDY DELTA

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
from US$1,905.30 pp