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"Pickup service was good. Services on board was great, the village sightseeing was god, and guide spoke good English. If I could wish for two things; taking drink orders at the tables on top deck during nighttime and a stop or two at the floating market, not just driving by. Information and payment was good. Would recommend to friends. Thank you for a good trip, and experience. "
Mr. Henrik Sørensen Hoff & his wife on Mekong Eyes 2 days Cantho - Phu Quoc on March 26-27, 2013

Pandaw 8 Days Upper Irrawaddy (Upstream)

Boat / Cruise Ship: Pandaw Cruises (Burma) 
Itinerary: Mandalay- Mingun Pagoda and Bell - Kyaung-myoung Potteries and Khan-nyat Village - Tagaung Ancient City and Tigyang Hill - Shwegu and the Second Defile-
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Mandalay
Day 2: Mingun Pagoda and Bell
Day 3: Kyaung-myoung Potteries and Khan-nyat Village
Day 4: Tagaung Ancient City and Tigyang Hill
Day 5: Katha / Burmese Days
Day 6: Shwegu and the Second Defile
Day 7: Downstream
Day 8: Mandalay cruising
Exchange Rate:US$1=VND22,790
Cabin CategoryUpper DeckMain Deck
Depart on 12-Oct-2013 (Pandaw II)VND 56,807,625
(~US$ 2,493)
VND 44,196,600
(~US$ 1,939)
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Depart on 15-Oct-2013 (Indochina Pandaw)VND 56,807,625
(~US$ 2,493)
VND 44,196,600
(~US$ 1,939)
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Depart on 27-Dec-2013 (Katha Pandaw)VND 56,807,625
(~US$ 2,493)
VND 44,196,600
(~US$ 1,939)
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Depart on 30-Dec-2013 (Pandaw II)VND 56,807,625
(~US$ 2,493)
VND 44,196,600
(~US$ 1,939)
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Depart on 24-Jan-2014 (Tonle Pandaw)VND 58,789,868
(~US$ 2,580)
VND 43,753,028
(~US$ 1,920)
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Depart on 19-Feb-2014 (Tonle Pandaw)VND 58,789,868
(~US$ 2,580)
VND 43,753,028
(~US$ 1,920)
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Depart on 16-Mar-2014 (Tonle Pandaw)VND 58,789,868
(~US$ 2,580)
VND 43,753,028
(~US$ 1,920)
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All rates are quoted per person based on twin sharing. Prices are valid from 12th Oct 2013 to 16th Mar 2014.

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1: Mandalay
Embark at Mandalay Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty (between 10.30am - 11.30am). Lunch on board. Afternoon, coach tour of to the ancient capital of Amarapura. Crossing the U Bein Bridge to see the paintings in a temple by sampan.

Day 2:
Mingun Pagoda and Bell

We cast off early in the morning 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 Peoples Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.

Day 3: Kyaung-myoung Potteries and Khan-nyat Village
Visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50 gallon water pots are hand made. We see all stages of manufacture from the throwing of the pots to the week long firing in huge kilns. 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. If free, the village orchestra and dancers will perform for us on the sun deck after dinner.

Day 4: Tagaung Ancient City and Tigyang Hill
We explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, the shrine of Bo Bo Gyi a famous nat or spirit who protects sailors plying the river, and the archaeological area. In the evening we climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Irrawaddy.

Day 5: Katha / Burmese Days
We reach the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days, and little changed since then. Of interest is the fire station’s collection of IFC ships bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Katha was the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942 in an Act of Denial before the advancing Japanese. If permitted, we visit an elephant logging camp in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and if time allows a visit to the lake at Indaw-lay offers a glimpse of highland Myanmar with its rich bird life.

Day 6: Shwegu and the Second Defile
Travel by local speedboat to view this the largest of the three Irrawaddy gorges. In the afternoon return downstream.

Day 7: Downstream
We stop for a walk in a jungle village.

Day 8: Mandalay cruising
Disembark in afternoon.

Cruise Price Includes: Entrance fees, guide services (English language), port dues, main meals, locally made soft and alcoholic beverages, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges, imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.

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 informational 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!
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