RV Kalay Pandaw

Cabins : 5   |   Launched : 2013   |   Length : 28.70m (94ft)   |   Crew Members : 7

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Main Deck Cabins

No of Cabins : 4   |   Area : 17m2 (183ft2)   |   Bed : Double/Twin Beds

The Main Deck provides four 17-sqm staterooms. These staterooms are considered to be one of the most prominent aspects of RV Kalay Pandaw. Rooms are paneled with brass and teak, Main Deck premium cabins provide spacious and pleasant area, along with scenic sight through French windows.

Features +
  • Air-conditioner
  • Mini-safe
  • Luggage storage
  • Wardrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Kimono and slippers
  • Premium mattresses
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Mini DVD Players
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Upper Deck Owner’s Suite

No of Cabins : 1   |   Area : 17m2 (183ft2)   |   Bed : Double/Twin Beds

Upper Deck Owner’s Suite is the highlight of RV Kalay Pandaw with its vast space as Owner’s Suite, designed by the owner and Alberto Peyre – famous designer in Italy. What came out of this collaboration is the room of elegant and highly sophisticated Pandaw colonial design.

Features +
  • Air-conditioner
  • Mini-safe
  • Luggage storage
  • Wardrobe
  • Writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Kimono and slippers.

RV KALAY PANDAW DECK PLAN

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Dining

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Lounge

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Bar

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Excursions

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Chindwin River Cruise 7 Nights: Monywa - Homalin

Destinations: Monywa - Kanee - Mingkin - Kalewa - Mawleik - Sitthaung - Toungdoot - Homalin

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Discover Mingkin, which is considered as the Luang Prabang of Chindwin.
  • Discover Toungdoot, an ancient Shan land used to be ruled by royal family during British time.
  • Experience the life of the locals like in Mawlaik or Kanee.
  • Explore Sitthaung, where the remnants of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers still remain nowadays.
  • Enjoy the relaxing and pleasant 7-night trip full of exciting activities.

* NOTE: The itinerary is a suggested one only. The schedule can highly be changed as we travel to remote areas. If you choose this cruise, it is much recommended to prepare a flexible approach.

Day 01 MONYWA (L/D)

In the afternoon, we take on a tour around the Thandboodi Temple and Bawdhi Tahaung statue. In the evening, we explore the night market.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw

* Your transfer from Mandalay to the pier in Monywa is included in the cruise package.

Please input the following information in your booking:

For Mandalay Airport to Monywa (transfer 2.5 hours): your arrival time and flight number

For hotel in Mandalay to Monywa (transfer 3 hours): your hotel name and hotel address.

We will pick you up between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM on the day for embarkation.

Day 02 PHOWIN TAUNG (B/L/D)

In the morning, we travel to the Phowin Taung Caves via coach. Here we will be able to behold the charming paintings and Buddha statues in riches. Later on, we approach the Upper Chindwin as we cruise beyond Monywa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 03 CRUISING (B/L/D)

The river becomes narrower and the forested hills fall away to farmland as we come by several lovely villages such as Kanee, where we can take small walks.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 04 MINGKIN (B/L/D)

In 1987, Paul Strachan rediscovered Mingkin and wrote it in his book: “Mandalay: Travels from the Golden City”. For Paul, it remains as the best site for art, historical interests in Burma with its wonderfully decorated, Konbaung teak monasteries built with court-style. Mingkin can be considered as the “Luang Prabang of the Chindwin”. We will also discover Kalewa Town – the gateway for the Chin State, including markets and intriguing wooden buildings.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 05 MAWLAIK (B/L/D)

In the morning, we have an exploration trip in Mawlaik, which was formerly supposed to be the adminstrative capital of Burma instead of Kindat. It used to be the place where Bombay Myanmarh Trading Corporation settled during the 1920s and 1930s. Surrounding the golf course are the amazing “Dak Bungalows”. Cars are rare in Mawlaik and other towns of the Upper Chindwin since they can only be entered via boat. Coming to this place feels like being back in time with Pandaw time-machine. 

In the afternoon, we cross the mouth of Yu River flowing on Kubu Valley, which provided a route for Lieutenant Grant to advance to the Manipur garrison after the death of chief adminstrator of Assam during the local rebellion.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 06 SITTHAUNG (B/L/D)

Sitthaung is the place where Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers sunk in 1942 in an “Act of Denial” before the Japanese’s march. We’re hoping to recover these remnants as we did at Katha on the Irrawaddy. From here, survivors from the Japanese’s attack fled to Tamu on India border. Patha used to be an essential oil refinery of Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers). 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 07 TOUNGDOOT (B/L/D)

Toungdoot (or Hsawng-hsup in Tai), is an ancient land of Shan people where a ruling sawbwa still existed with court and palace during the British time. We will be able to find out what happened to the royal family and their homeland, and observe these Shan people’s life who live far away from their Tai-Shan homelands.

On our way to Homalin, the furthest point which can be navigated on the Chindwin for ships of our size. In 1935, Alister McCrae once wrote during his visit: “I loved the atmosphere of quiet and peaceful living there. At night I could hear greylag geese as they came in to the flooded land around us from far away north”. That said, it’s better for us to come there and discover it by ourselves.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 08 HOMALIN (B)

We disembark from the ship and transfer to Homalin airport. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

What's Included

What's Not Included

Mandalay to Bagan Cruise 10 Nights

Destinations: Mandalay - Kyauk Myaung - Khanyat - Katha - Kyunt Daw Island - Tagaung - Mingun - Ava - Bagan

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Discover Ava and the ancient capital of Amarapura, including the impressive 200-year-old royal teak monastery.
  • Visit Kyauk Myaung and see the famous traditional potteries production, including the famous handcrafted 50-gallon-water pots.
  • Explore the colonial town of Katha where the the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships’ remnants reside.
  • Explore 2nd Defile of Irrawaddy considered to be the most impressive cliff out of the three.
  • Enjoy the relaxing and pleasant 10-night trip with full of exciting activities.

* NOTE: This cruise itinerary is suggestive only. There can be changes to the itinerary as we travel to remote places. If you choose this cruise, a flexible approach is much recommended.

Day 01 MANDALAY (L/D)

We get on the ship at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung pier by 11:30 AM, then begin the excursion with a tour around Mandalay, including the Mahamuni Pagoda with the most honored Buddha images in Burma. We move on to a gold-leaf and tapestry workshop and then walk along the stone & marble carver’s street. We stop by a silk and cotton workshop. Later on, we go to the well-known U Bein Bridge, built in 1784, via bus. The bridge is 1.2-kilometer long and considered to be the longest teak bridge in the world.  We take a boat ride on Taungthaman Lake and watch the beautiful sunset.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 02 KYAUK MYAUNG (B/L/D)

In the morning, we spend the time sailing. In the afternoon, we arrive at Kyauk Myaung famous for its potteries production and the handcrafted 50-gallon-water pots. We will get to see the entire process and how the artisans work. After the tour, we back to the ship and go to the 3rd Defile of Irrawaddy.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 03 KHANYAT (B/L/D)

We arrive at the village of Khanyat and visit many Buddhist monasteries, and the former head teacher’s house, including his museum collections. Next, we enjoy the spectacular sights of the entire region and the the Upper Irrawaddy on Pagoda Hill at Tigyang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 04 KATHA (B/L/D)

We visit the colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Not much has changed ever since. One of the interesting point is the fire station’s collection of the bells taken from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships’ remnants in the Second War. Lying in Katha is the remains of the old flotilla and more than hundred ships sunk in 1942 in an “Act of Denial” before the Japanese’s march. Later on, we come to the elephant logging camp at Katha in hardwood jungle of the hills surrounding the town and further upstream.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 05 SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND (B/L/D)

We get to the village of Kyun Daw via local boat and take a trip around numerous small pagodas.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 06 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY (B/L/D)

We pass the 2nd Defile, which is considered to be the most impressive gorge out of the three with high ridges covering the narrow channel. Afterwards, we cruise downstream.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 07 TAGAUNG (B/L/D)

We take on an exploration trip around Tagaung, an ancient city, including forts, a well-known nat (ancestral spirit) shrine and an archaeological area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 08 MINGUN (B/L/D)

In the morning, we arrive at Mingun and see the Mingun Bell – the world’s biggest working bell to date and the massive, yet unfinised Mingun Pagoda. In addition, we get to the Mingun Old People’s Home built during the 1930s with the support from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Finally, we enjoy the astonishing views of the entire region and the Irrawaddy on a hilltop of Sagaing Hills.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 09 AVA (B/L/D)

In the morning, we travel to Ava and discover the area, including the ruins, and Bagaya Kyaung - a 200-year-old royal teak monastery decorated with woodcarvings. In the afternoon, we travel to Yandabo Village where we can see the traditional potteries craftsmanship using the riverbank clay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 10 PAGAN (B/L/D)

We spend the entire day exploring the World Heritage Site of Pagan, including the 3000 plus Pagan monuments via coach.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 11 PAGAN (B)

We have our final breakfast onboard, then disembark from the ship at Pagan Ayer pier at 8:30 AM.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

What's Included

What's Not Included

Bagan to Mandalay Cruise 10 Nights

Destinations: Bagan - Yandabo - Amarapura - Kyauk Myaung - Khanyat - Katha - Tagaung - Mingun - Mandalay

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Discover Ava and the ancient capital of Amarapura, including the impressive 200-year-old royal teak monastery.
  • Visit Kyauk Myaung and see the famous traditional potteries production, including the famous handcrafted 50-gallon-water pots.
  • Explore the colonial town of Katha where the the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships’ remnants reside.
  • Explore 2nd Defile of Irrawaddy considered to be the most impressive cliff out of the three.
  • Enjoy the relaxing and pleasant 10-night trip with full of exciting activities.

* NOTE: This cruise itinerary is suggestive only. There can be changes to the itinerary as we travel to remote places. If you choose this cruise, a flexible approach is much recommended.

Day 01 PAGAN (L/D)

We get on the cruise ship at Ayer pier, Pagan by 11:30 AM, and have lunch on board. After lunch, we take on a trip of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments via coach. At 17:30, we start to set sail.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 02 YANDABO (B/L/D)

We cross the junction with the Chindwin River and reach Yandabo Village. Here, we can see and experience the traditional pottery craftsmanship using the river bank clay. Afterwards, we sail upstream towards Mandalay through the afternoon.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 03 AMARAPURA (B/L/D)

In the morning, we travel to Ava and discover the area, including the ruins, and the 200-year-old royal teak monastery decorated with woodcarvings. We move on to Amarapura the ancient capital and behold the fascinating paintings in a temple.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 04 KYAUK MYAUNG (B/L/D)

We take a tour around Kyauk Myaung, famous for its potteries production and the handcrafted 50-gallon-water pots. We will get to see the entire process and how the artisans work. After the tour, we back to the cruise ship and go to the 3rd Defile of Irrawaddy.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 05 KHANYAT (B/L/D)

We arrive at the village of Khanyat and visit many Buddhist monasteries, and the former head teacher’s house, including his museum collections. Next, we enjoy the spectacular sights of the entire region and the the Upper Irrawaddy on Pagoda Hill at Tigyang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 06 KATHA (B/L/D)

We visit the colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Not much has changed ever since. One of the interesting point is the fire station’s collection of the bells taken from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships’ remnants in the Second War. Lying in Katha is the remains of the old flotilla and more than hundred ships sunk in 1942 in an “Act of Denial” before the Japanese’s march. Later on, we come to the elephant logging camp at Katha in hardwood jungle of the hills surrounding the town and further upstream.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 07 SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND (B/L/D)

We get to the village of Kyun Daw via local boat and take a trip around numerous small pagodas.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 08 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY (B/L/D)

We pass the 2nd Defile, which is considered to be the most impressive gorge out of the three with high ridges covering the narrow channel. Afterwards, we cruise downstream.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 09 TAGAUNG (B/L/D)

We take on an exploration trip around Tagaung, an ancient city, including forts, a well-known nat (ancestral spirit) shrine and an archaeological area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 10 MINGUN (B/L/D)

In the morning, we arrive at Mingun and see the Mingun Bell – the world’s biggest working bell to date and the massive, yet unfinised Mingun Pagoda. In addition, we get to the Mingun Old People’s Home built during the 1930s with the support from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Finally, we enjoy the astonishing views of the entire region and the Irrawaddy on a hilltop of Sagaing Hills.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 11 MANDALAY (B)

We have our final breakfast onboard, the get off the ship at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung pier. End of our excursion.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

What's Included

What's Not Included

7 Nights Irrawaddy Upstream Cruise

Destinations: Mandalay - Khanyat - Katha - Tagaung - Mingun - Mandalay

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Explore the village of Kyauk Myaung with its famous 50-gallon-water pots.
  • Explore Katha where the remains of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships lie within.
  • Explore Mingun with its famous Mingun Bell and the massive Mingun Pagoda.
  • Explore the 2nd Defile of Irrawaddy, considered to be the most impressive gorge of the three.
  • Enjoy the relaxing and pleasant 7-night cruise with full of exciting activities.

*NOTE: The itinerary is a suggested one only. The schedule can highly be changed as we travel to remote areas. If you choose this cruise, it is much recommended to prepare a flexible approach.

Day 01 MANDALAY (B/L/D)

By 7:00 AM, we get on cruise ship at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung pier. We start our cruise by traveling to Kyauk Myaung where we can see the famous traditional potteries craftsmanship and the handcrafted 50-gallon-water pots. We will be able to see the entire potteries production process. Afterwards, we back to the ship and reach the 3rd Defile of Irrawaddy.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 02 KHANYAT (B/L/D)

We take a tour around the village of Khanyat, including many Buddhist monasteries, the former head teacher's house and his museum collections. Next, we get to observe the spectacular sights of the Upper Irrawaddy on Pagoda Hill at Tigyang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 03 KATHA (B/L/D)

We visit the colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Not much has changed ever since. One of the interesting point is the fire station’s collection of the bells taken from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships’ remnants in the Second War. Lying in Katha is the remains of the old flotilla and more than hundred ships sunk in 1942 in an “Act of Denial” before the Japanese’s march. Later on, we come to the elephant logging camp at Katha in hardwood jungle of the hills surrounding the town and further upstream.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 04 SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND (B/L/D)

We come to Kyun Daw village via local boat where we take a visit at numerous small pagodas.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 05 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY (B/L/D)

We sail to the 2nd Defile which is considered to be the most impressive gorge of the three with high ridges covers the narrow channel. Then, we cruise downstream. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 06 TAGAUNG (B/L/D)

We take on an exploration trip around Tagaung, an ancient city, including forts, a well-known nat (ancestral spirit) shrine and an archaeological area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 07 MINGUN (B/L/D)

In the morning, we arrive at Mingun and see the Mingun Bell – the world’s biggest working bell to date and the massive, yet unfinised Mingun Pagoda. In addition, we get to the Mingun Old People’s Home built during the 1930s with the support from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Finally, we enjoy the astonishing views of the entire region and the Irrawaddy on a hilltop of Sagaing Hills.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 08 MANDALAY (B)

We have our final breakfast onboard, then disembark from the cruise ship at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung pier. End of our excursion.

Disembark after breakfast at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung Jetty.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

What's Included

What's Not Included

7 Nights Irrawaddy Downstream Cruise

Destinations: Mandalay - Kyauk Myaung - Khanyat - Katha - Tagaung - Mandalay

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Explore the village of Kyauk Myaung with its famous 50-gallon-water pots.
  • Explore Katha where the remains of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships lie within.
  • Explore Mingun with its famous Mingun Bell and the massive Mingun Pagoda.
  • Explore Mandalay and the Mahamuni Pagoda with its most honored Buddha images in the country.
  • Enjoy the relaxing and pleasant 7-night cruise with full of exciting activities.

*NOTE: The itinerary is a suggested one only. The schedule can highly be changed as we travel to remote areas. If you choose this cruise, it is much recommended to prepare a flexible approach.

Day 01 MANDALAY (L/D)

We get on the ship at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung pier by 11:30 AM, then begin the excursion with a tour around Mandalay, including the Mahamuni Pagoda with the most honored Buddha images in Burma. We move on to a gold-leaf and tapestry workshop and then walk along the stone & marble carver’s street. We stop by a silk and cotton workshop. Later on, we go to the well-known U Bein Bridge, built in 1784, via bus. The bridge is 1.2-kilometer long and considered to be the longest teak bridge in the world.  We take a boat ride on Taungthaman Lake and watch the beautiful sunset.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 02 KYAUK MYAUNG (B/L/D)

In the morning, we spend the time sailing. In the afternoon, we arrive at Kyauk Myaung famous for its potteries production and the handcrafted 50-gallon-water pots. We will get to see the entire process and how the artisans work. After the tour, we back to the ship and go to the 3rd Defile of Irrawaddy.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 03 KHANYAT (B/L/D)

We arrive at the village of Khanyat and visit many Buddhist monasteries, and the former head teacher’s house, including his museum collections. Next, we enjoy the spectacular sights of the entire region and the the Upper Irrawaddy on Pagoda Hill at Tigyang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 04 KATHA (B/L/D)

We visit the colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days. Not much has changed ever since. One of the interesting point is the fire station’s collection of the bells taken from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships’ remnants in the Second War. Lying in Katha is the remains of the old flotilla and more than hundred ships sunk in 1942 in an “Act of Denial” before the Japanese’s march. Later on, we come to the elephant logging camp at Katha in hardwood jungle of the hills surrounding the town and further upstream.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 05 SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND (B/L/D)

We come to Kyun Daw village via local boat where we take a visit at numerous small pagodas.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 06 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY (B/L/D)

We travel to the 2nd Defile which is considered to be the most impressive gorges out of the three with cliffs covering the narrow channel. Then, we cruise downstream.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 07 TAGAUNG (B/L/D)

We take on an exploration trip around Tagaung, an ancient city, including forts, a well-known nat (ancestral spirit) shrine and an archaeological area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 08 MANDALAY (B/L/D)

In the morning, we take an exploration section in Mingun, including the Mingun Bell – the world’s largest working bell to date and the massive, yet unfinished Mingun Pagoda. In the late morning, we get off the ship at Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung pier, Mandalay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: N/A

What's Included

What's Not Included

Chindwin River Cruise 7 Nights: Homalin - Monywa

Destinations: Homalin - Toungdoot - Sitthaung - Mawleik - Mingkin - Monywa

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Discover Mingkin, which is considered as the Luang Prabang of Chindwin.
  • Discover Toungdoot, an ancient Shan land used to be ruled by royal family during British time.
  • Experience the life of the locals like in Mawlaik or Kanee.
  • Explore Sitthaung, where the remnants of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers still remain nowadays.
  • Enjoy the relaxing and pleasant 7-night trip full of exciting activities.
Day 01 HOMALIN (L/D)

On our way to Homalin, the furthest point which can be navigated on the Chindwin for ships of our size. In 1935, Alister McCrae once wrote during his visit: “I loved the atmosphere of quiet and peaceful living there. At night I could hear greylag geese as they came in to the flooded land around us from far away north”. That said, it’s better for us to come there and discover it by ourselves.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw

Registration Details:

Flight to Homalin and transfer from airport to jetty at Homalin.

For flight from Yangon: Registration at 9:30 AM, Sule Shangri La Hotel, Yangon

For flight from Mandalay: You will be picked up from your hotel in Mandalay at 10:30 AM.

This domestic flight is included in the cruise price.

Day 02 TOUNGDOOT (B/L/D)

Toungdoot (or Hsawng-hsup in Tai), is an ancient land of Shan people where a ruling sawbwa still existed with court and palace during the British time. We will be able to find out what happened to the royal family and their homeland, and observe these Shan people’s life who live far away from their Tai-Shan homelands. On the way to Paungbyin. Patha used to be an essential oil refinery of Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 03 SITTHAUNG (B/L/D)

Sitthaung is the place where Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers sunk in 1942 in an “Act of Denial” before the Japanese’s march. We’re hoping to recover these remnants as we did at Katha on the Irrawaddy. From here, survivors from the Japanese’s attack fled to Tamu on India border. We cross the mouth of Yu River flowing on Kubu Valley, which provided a route for Lieutenant Grant to advance to the Manipur garrison after the death of chief adminstrator of Assam during the local rebellion.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 04 MAWLAIK (B/L/D)

In the morning, we have an exploration trip in Mawlaik, which was formerly supposed to be the adminstrative capital of Burma instead of Kindat. It used to be the place where Bombay Myanmarh Trading Corporation settled during the 1920s and 1930s. Surrounding the golf course are the amazing “Dak Bungalows”. Cars are rare in Mawlaik and other towns of the Upper Chindwin since they can only be entered via boat. Coming to this place feels like being back in time with Pandaw time-machine. Afterwards, we come and discover Kalewa Town, the gateway for the Chin State, including markets and intriguing wooden buildings.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 05 MINGKIN (B/L/D)

In 1987, Paul Strachan rediscovered Mingkin and wrote it in his book: “Mandalay: Travels from the Golden City”. For Paul, it remains as the best site for art, historical interests in Burma with its wonderfully decorated, Konbaung teak monasteries built with court-style. Mingkin can be considered as the “Luang Prabang of the Chindwin”. Later on, as we sail we will pass by several lovely villages such as Kanee, there we can talk small walking tours.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 06 MONYWA (B/L/D)

We will approach the Lower Chindwin where the river becomes wider and the forested hills fall away from farmland, as we pass by several chamring villages. Next, we take a trip around Monywa and the Thanbodi Temple with numerous Buddha images.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 07 PHOWIN TAUNG (B/L/D)

In the morning, we travel to Phowin Taung Caves via coach. Here we will be able to see many gorgeous paintings and Buddha statues in riches.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 08 MONYWA (B)

At 8:00 AM, we disembark from the cruise at Monywa IWT pier and take 3-hour drive to Mandalay. Your transfer from Monywa jetty to mandalay is included in the cruise package.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

* Please input the following information in your booking:

For Monywa to Mandalay Airport (transfer 2.5 hours): your departure time and flight number

For Monywa to hotel in Mandalay (transfer 3 hours): your hotel name and hotel address.

What's Included

What's Not Included

1. Alteration of schedule and cruise itinerary

In spite of the fact that we will do our best to assure that the announced itinerary is followed at the strictest possible level, occasionally, we might have to alter or delay the schedules and itineraries in the last minute due to the uncertainty of local weather and river conditions.

2. Change point of embarkation and disembarkation

If the cruise encounters difficulty in embarking and disembarking passengers at the scheduled points, RV Kalay Pandaw will bear no extra cost of transporting to and from the embarking and disembarking place except for the case that the passengers or their agents have purchased a package tour including our land services. Any reason for altering the place of embarkation and disembarkation will not be considered a reason for terminating this contract. 

3. Fuel surcharge

The fuel costs, which have been calculated basing on the average market price, are included in the announced ticket price. If the fuel price increases by more than 10%, the company will have the right to collect charge for fuel supplement equal to the amount by which the fuel price exceeds the price stated in the contract.

4. Deposit

If you book more than 65 days in advance of the departure date, you are required to make a 30% non-refundable deposit at the booking time. The remaining amount must be paid at least 65 prior to the departure.

If you book less than 65 days in advance of the departure date, you are required to make full payment of the fare within 48 hours.

*You may be required to make higher non-refundable deposits for certain special offers. Advice for these offers will be shown to you at the time of booking.

5. Cancellation by us

Under the circumstance that a cruise cannot be operated for passengers with confirmed bookings or departures because the number of occupied cabins is less than 5, RV Kalay Pandaw has the rights to call off the cruise. We will notify all passengers with confirmed booking about the cancellation 30 days in advance. A substitute cruise ship (with parallel itinerary and ship type) or an alternative departure date will be proposed depending on its availability. RV Kalay Pandaw will bear or compensate any extra or difference in cruise prices. If the passengers do not agree with the alternative ship or departure, we will make full refund of the deposit amounts upon the demand of the passengers. If RV Kalay Pandaw makes cancellation of a cruise after a passenger has cancelled their bookings and paid cancellation charges (and deposit), we will make full refund upon the passenger’s request.

6. Cancellation by Customer

If you intend canceling your booking, you must notify us via email or fax. The applicable policy for cancellation charge will be as follows:

If you cancel 65 days or more prior to the departure, you will be charged 30% of the total price.

If you cancel 64 days or less prior to the departure, or don’t show up, you will be charged 100% of the total price.

 * When calculating the refund for your cancellation, we will deduct the wire fees and credit card commissions.

7. Children Price & Extra Bed

Children under the age of 4 may share cabin with their parent(s) without extra charge. However, RV Kalay Pandaw cannot ensure the availability of cots. Children over the age of 4 up to 18 get:

50% reduction from adult price for 1 adult and 1 child staying in 1 cabin

50% reduction for the child for 2 adults and 1 child staying in 2 cabins (1 cabin has no single supplement)

50% reduction for the children for 2 adults and 2 children staying in 2 cabins.

For larger family groups, the price would be calculated upon request.

8. Insurance

We highly recommend that travelers have their trip cancellation covered. In this case, travelers will be repaid the cost of air ticket and other non-refundable payments for the trip. We also advise the guests to purchase insurance for medical matters, luggage loss and delay of the trip in case of unfavorable situations. RV Kalay Pandaw will not be liable for the loss of personal belongings.

9. Dietary needs

If the guests have exceptional dietary needs, they should contact with us 30 days in advance of the departure. The cruise crew will exert all possible efforts to satisfy the exceptional dietary needs and demands depending on the availability of the goods.

10. Travelers’ responsibilities

All the guests stepping on board should be responsible towards their co-travelers and the cruise crew. The guests are advised to analyze the conditions of the trip itinerary and have appropriate social conduct towards their co-travelers and crew members. They should thoroughly check all the safety requirements on board and during the trips.

KathieL

A Wonderful Experience

November 2015

It was our 3rd trip to Burma, but was our first river cruise. The Pandaw originally came from Myanmar, and personally I prefer it the most for river cruise in Myanmar.
The Pandaw Kalay has a really low draft and this design was intentional to sail on shallow rivers. The ... [More +]

Lindria42

We loved it!

February 2015

Originally our trip was supposed to go from Monywa to Homalin, but because of the low river level, we could only come to Kalaywa. The whole experience was delightful though it was our first time in Burma and or first river cruise. There were only 10 passengers with 4 cabins ... [More +]

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