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THE CLASSIC IRRAWADDY RIVER CRUISE

THE GOLDEN LAND

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This is a very different Burma cruise. Sailing through the heart of ‘Middle Myanmar’ we pass through a varying landscape – from the lush teak plantations around Prome to the desert country south of Pagan. We visit a number of small villages and towns and see local agriculture and manufacturing at first hand. These places are remote from the modern world and offer a glimpse of a timeless, lost Myanmar far from the usual tourist track. We also visit a number of old monasteries and temples of art historical interest in this the cultural heartland of old Myanmar.

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EXTENSIONS

PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

IRRA Pre cruise Rangoon

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Undiscovered Burma's South - Strand Moulmein

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

IRRA Post cruise Rangoon

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Northern Shan State Adventure 4 Nights

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2 Nights Mystical Inle Lake Post Tour

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

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2 Nights Southern Shan State Adventure - Kalaw Hill Lodge

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OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADDONS

Private Dining

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Pre-Bookable House Wine Package

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Free Flow Drinks

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Free Flow Drinks & Wine Package

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ITINERARY

Upstream      Downstream

DAY 1 PROME (PYAY)

We reach Prome by the afternoon and travel by coach to the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, the former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculptures.

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DAY 2 THAYETMYO

This pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanmar War of 1855. Many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. Thayet also boasts the oldest golf course in Myanmar (1885). We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse cart to the golf course, passing through the former British botanical garden.

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DAY 3 MAGWE

Minhla - We visit the two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. The fight for the Minhla redoubt was the only serious action in the war and the death of a young subaltern inspired Kipling to write a poem.We ride Trishaws to reach the magnificent Magwe Myat-thalon Pagoda, constructed with solid gold bricks. Of interest are the many nat shrines and hermitages within the temple precincts.

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DAY 4 SALE

Here we visit the Yout-saun-kyaung monastery with its spectacular wood carvings; we also explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses and continue sailing upstream.

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DAY 5 TAN-CHI-TAUNG

In the morning, moor at the Tan-Chi-Taung mountain and enjoy the view. Continue with one of the highlights of your trip with a tour of a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments at this World Heritage Site, Pagan.

DAY 6 PAGAN

Further exploration by coach of the monuments follow by a lacquerware workshop and visit to the local markets. Sail in the noon to upstream. Evening walk at Oh Ne Kyaung village to see the local life in this typical river side community..

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DAY 7 YANDABO

This small rural village is specialized in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School, built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.

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DAY 8 MANDALAY, SAGAING AND AMARAPURA

Guests will take a tour of central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung teak carved monastery. In the afternoon we visit Sagaing. The true delight of Sagaing lies in its 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries, rich in woodcarving and religious art. Next we explore the ancient capital of Amarapura by coach, take a boat ride along Taungthaman lake and watch the tranquillity and serenity of this beautiful lake and its famous U-Bein Bridge at sunset. 

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DAY 9 MINGUN

We stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda which is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. We also visit the Mingun Old Peoples Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.

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DAY 10 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 week-long firing in huge kilns. Afternoon cruise back downstream to Mandalay.

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DAY 11 MANDALAY

Disembark at Mandalay.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Coach transfer Yangon-Prome (for upstream itinerary only, no bus transfer needed for downstream itinerary), entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 PROME (PYAY)

Meeting point at Sule Shangri La Hotel in Yangon at 06.00am, followed by coach transfer to Prome. Please note that this transfer can take up to 6 hours.

DAY 11 MANDALAY

Disembark the ship between 8.00 am - 9.00 am at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung Jetty, Mandalay.

TESTIMONIALS

I can thoroughly recommend a trip on the Irrawaddy with Pandaw and would consider this company first if I take another river cruise - posted by Daphne Hossle

Everything about this trip was so good that it is difficult to know where to begin - posted by Catherine Nash

This was one of my most awsome trips I ever made - posted by Silvia and Christian Jakob

Put simply, our Pandaw cruise was excellent, 5 out of 5 - posted by Jerry and Susan Lampert

Myanmar left footprints on our hearts. We'll be back - posted by Kirsty Simmonds

The food was delicious, the boat beautifully looked after and we were sad to say goodbye - posted by Judy Coates

This is one of the hardest service cultures to build in a team. Well done - posted by Janet & Alan Collingwood

High level excellence all the way around - posted by Gerry Martin

Pandaw occupies a very special place in our lives, and we intend to return again and again - posted by Denzil O'Brien & Annie Shepherd

I would like to thank you and your organization for a wonderful holiday cruise - posted by Helen Salmon

I recently had a wonderful trip on the Orient Pandaw from Prome to Mandalay - posted by Pat Ferdinands

Your guests were impressed – congratulations and thank you - posted by Norman & Lynette Bunn

Back in Aus after a really great trip to Burma and Singapore - posted by Graham Mccrae

Overall a wonderful experience on a lovely vessel - posted by Mr & Mrs Pearson

I will certainly be telling my friends what a great holiday I had - posted by Mrs Lawther

A holiday I can recommend, wholeheartedly - posted by Mr & Mrs Deakin

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