RV Kalay Pandaw

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

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⇒ Complementary welcome airport pick up on your first day arriving Myanmar or drop -  off at your last day in Myanmar. (Except programs of 1 night and 02 night cruise)

 
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Pandaw Cruises offer you a chance to contemplate Myanmar waterways in the most comfortable and interesting way with its 10 boutique vessels. The video shows you a brief introduction of the ships' details, onboard activities and wonderful excursions. 

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  • Phone: 0084.987.975.514
  • Email: info@myanmarrivercruises.net 
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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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A Voyage to Nagaland - Upstream 7 Nights

Destinations: Kalewa - Mawleik - Kindat - Sitthaung - Toungdoot - Khamti - Nagaland - Homalin

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Visit the villages of Nagaland which are not used to the appearance of international travelers.
  • Explore Sitthaung, where the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers sunk in 1942 in an “Act of Denial” before the Japanese’s march.
  • Explore Toongdout where the ruling sawbwa still existed with court and palace during the British time.
  • Explore Kindat where the old colonial post office still exists, but as a school.
  • Enjoy the relaxing and pleasant 7-night trip 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 KALEWA (L/D)

You will be transferred to Kalewa to embark on your Pandaw cruise ship. Then, we explore on shore, visit the local market, and enjoy the whole sights of the Chindwin from a hilltop.

Fly from Yangon or Mandalay to Kalay is included in the cruise price.
For a flight from Yangon: Registration at Sule Shangri-La Hotel at 10:30 AM.
For a flight from Mandalay: You will be picked up from your hotel in Mandalay between 12:30 - 1:00 PM.

» To be noted that, there might be changes to flight times.

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

We travel to the lovely village of Ma Sein, then move on to Mawlaik, which was formerly the occupied by the Bombay Burma Corporation for timber extraction operations of the Chindwin Area. Here, we can still see the old headquarter standing.

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

We sail onward to Kindat (roughly translated as “military outpost” in the Burmese language). Here we can see an old post office from the colonial period, which is now has become a school. Next, we come to Yuwa Village where visitors can enjoy a friendly welcome and atmosphere from the locals.

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

We sail upstream to Sitthaung, 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 fleeing to Tamu on India border. Patha used to be an essential oil refinery of Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers). In addition, we take a trip around the village of Paungpyin, including the market and the charming wooden houses.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 05 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 lifes who live far away from their Tai-Shan homelands. 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 into the flooded land around us from far away north”.

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

We continue upstream to the remote region of Nagaland. In the afternoon, we will be in Khamti. Because of the prevalence of gold panning in the nearby tributary of the Chindwin, the place is also called as “the land full of gold”. We take a tour around the town, including the monastery and interact with the Tai-speaking locals.

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

In the morning, we take a look at the Khanpti market. Later on, as we cruise on the Chindwin towards Homalin, we will pass by villages which are not used to the appearance of Westerners.

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

In the morning, we arrive at the town of Homalin which is near Indian border with charming forested mountains on both sides. Some have the height of 9,000 feet. Irrawaddy Flotilla Company used to be here, also during the WW II, Homalin was under the control of the Japanese. In the afternoon, we disembark from the cruise ship and transfer to the airport for your flight.

» Flight to Mandalay is included. There can be changes to flight times.

What's Included

  • Domestic flights Yangon/Mandalay to Kalewa and Homalin to Mandalay
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes.
  • Quality mountain bikes available for independent exploration

What's Not Included

  • 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
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

A Voyage to Nagaland - Downstream 7 Nights

Destinations: Homalin - Nagaland - Khamti - Toungdoot - Sitthaung - Kindat - Mawleik - Kalewa

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Visit the villages of Nagaland which are not used to the appearance of international travelers.
  • Explore Sitthaung, where the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers sunk in 1942 in an “Act of Denial” before the Japanese’s march.
  • Explore Toongdout where the ruling sawbwa still existed with court and palace during the British time.
  • Explore Kindat where the old colonial post office still exists, but as a school.
  • Enjoy the relaxing and pleasant 7-night trip 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 HOMALIN (L/D)

Fly to Homalin and get on your Pandaw ship for your 7-night cruise.

» Fly from Mandalay to Homalin is included in the cruise price. You will be picked up from your hotel in Mandalay between 9:00 - 10:00 AM. To be noted that, there can be changes to flight times.

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

We sail to the North into the remote and interesting tribal area of Nagaland. We will stop by villages which are not used to the appearance of international visitors.

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

We arrive at Khamti, which is also called as “the land full of gold” because of the prevalence of gold panning in the nearby tributary of the Chindwin. We take a trip around the town, including the monastery and interact with the Tai-speaking locals. Afterwards, we cruise downstream to Homalin.

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

We arrive at the town of Homalin which is near Indian border with charming forested mountains on both sides. Some have the height of 9,000 feet. Irrawaddy Flotilla Company used to be here, also during the WW II, Homalin was under the control of the Japanese. 

Later on we come to Toungdoot (or Hsawng-hsup in Tai) - 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. 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”.

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

We will discover villages which are not visited much as we cruise on the Chindwin River. We take a trip around the village of Paungpyin, including the market and the charming wooden houses. Next, we move on to Sitthaung, 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). Afterwards, we sail downstream and stay the night at Yuwa Village.

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

In the morning, we take a walk around Yuwa Village, then sail onward to Kindat (roughly translated as “military outpost” in Burmese language). Here we can see an old post office from colonial period, which is now has become a school, and interact with the friendly and welcoming locals.

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

In the morning, we arrive at Mawlaik, which was formerly the occupied by the Bombay Burma Corporation for timber extration operations of the Chindwin Area. Here, we can still see the old headquarter standing. Later on, we sail to Kalewa – the gateway town to the Chin State. We will get to visit the gorgeous wooden buildings, the local market, then behold the grand sights of  the Chindwin from a hilltop.

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

We have our last breakfast, then disembark from the ship and get transferred to Kalay airport for your domestic flight to Yangon or Mandalay (cruise price included). To be noted that, there can be changes to the flight times.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

What's Included

  • Domestic flights Yangon/Mandalay to Kalewa and Homalin to Mandalay
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Quality mountain bikes available for independent exploration

What's Not Included

  • 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
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Pagan & The Upper Irrawaddy - Downstream 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 11 PAGAN (B)

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

What's Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes

What's Not Included

  • 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
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Pagan & The Upper Irrawaddy - Upstream 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes

What's Not Included

  • 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
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Mandalay Pagan Packet - Downstream 7 Nights

Destinations: Mandalay - Mingun - Sagaing - Amarapura - Yandabo - Pakkoku - Ayardaw - Tant Chi Taung - Salay - Bagan

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights of Itinerary

  • Experience the famous terrocotta pottery production in Yandabo.
  • Explore the village of Salay full of charming colonial buildings and a beautiful teak monasteries
  • Discover some of the best temples in Bagan and learn about the traditional lacquerware making process.
  • Pay a visit to the highlights of Mandalay including Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe Kyuang Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda
  • Enjoy the relaxing and comfortable 7 - night cruise with RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 01 MANDALAY (L/D)

You will be transfered from the airport/hotel to embark ship at Mandalay Saggai Lay Kyun Man Aung pier around 11:30am. Then, lunch will be served onboard.

In the afternoon, we take on an excursion around Mandalay visiting its most famous highlights. Our first stop is Mahamuni pagoda where to feature the most revered Buddha statue in Myanmar. The image is now covered in a thick layer of gold leaf applied by the male devotees in order to show their respect to the Buddha. Next, our walk continues to the well - known street of marble carving.

Afterwards, we pay a visit to the Golden Palace Monastery - Shwe Kyuang. Constructed in 1857, this monument is the only building of the ancient Royal Palace survived until the present days.  

Proceed to visit the world's biggest book - Kuthodaw Pagoda next with 729 marbles slabs inscribed with Buddha teachings in Pali language. Then, learn how they make the thin gold leaf at the gold leaf beating worshop. Before return to the ship, you will have a chance to catch some gorgeous pictures of the Royal Palace's outer wall with the beautiful setting of the Mandalay Hill. 

The ship drops the anchor at Sagaing.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 02 MINGUN - SAGAING - AMARAPURA (B/L/D)

This morning, we cruise to Mingun to explore Mingun Bell – the world’s biggest working bell and Mingun Paya – the largest brick stupa in the world, yet left unfinished in 1808 due to a bad prohecy about the King's death and the completion of the building. 

In the afternoon, proceed to visit the hill - top pagoda Soon U Ponnya on Sagaing Hill to catch the panoramic view of the Irrawaddy river and the surrounding areas. Then, visit  a nunnery for a lecture about the monastic life.

Amarapura - an ancient capital of Burma is our next stop. Here, we will pay a visit to the silk and cotton weaving workshop and see the artisans’ work.

The ship docks in Sagaing.

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

Today morning, the ship continues to cruise to Yandabo village where you can see the terracotta pottery production from the river bank's clay. The village is also known for the place where the peace treaty was signed in 1826 putting an end to the first Anglo - Burmese war.

In the afternoon, we spend the time exploring the village and observing the working craftsmen. Afterwards, we move to visit the Pandaw sponsored Yandabo School (not available on school holiday).

The ship docks at Shwe Than Tint village.

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

Have a day tour in Pakokku, browsing at local markets and downtown on a Tuk Tuk. This city is home for 100,000 people, which located 30 kms from Bagan. Its specialties are tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanaka (Burmese traditional cosmetic) and textiles. After a visit to the local market, we head to a cherrot workshop where to learn how they make Burmese cigars.

Next, we set sail to visit Pandaw sponsored Ayardaw charity clinic. Then, we will take a stroll around the village to experience the local life as well.

The ship drops the anchor at Tant Chi village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Kalay Pandaw
Day 05 TANT CHI TAUNG - SALAY (B/L/D)

This morning, you will be transferred to Tant - Chi - Taung mountain to visit a gorgeous hill - top stupa. Later, enjoy the dancing show of paper elephants, which is performed by the Tant - Chi people on the way back. Next, we continue cruising to Salay –  a lovely little town which used to be a busy trading port. Although the hustle bustle ambience is no longer exist in this village, the charming colonial buildings still remain as well as the beautiful teak monasteries. 

Next, continue strolling to Yoke - Sone Kyaung where to find the sophisticated teak wood carvings - one of the finest in Myanmar. After that, we will have a short break at Salay House when return to the ship.

Stay overnight at Salay.

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

Enjoy the river view as we sail up the river from Salay to Bagan. 

Upon arrival in Bagan, our first place to visit is Ananda temple which is considered to be the finest in the temple plain in term of architecture. Contemplate the outstanding Buddha images at the 4 main entrances of the building as well as mural paintings, glazed plaques and many small Buddha statues placed in the niches of the wall.

Our next stop is the Myingabar Gubyaukgyi temple where to preserve the most beautiful and intact mural paintings in Bagan.

The sightseeing continues to Phwar Saw village located in between New Bagan and Nyaung Oo airport. With just over 500 residents whose life rely on bean and pea growing, breeding cattles and making lacquerware. Take a walk through the village under the last sunshine of the day is the best way to observe the simple life of the locals.

The ship docks in Bagan tonight.

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

We spend this entire day exploring Bagan including the visit to the lacquer workshop and experiencing their masterful craftsmanship.

In the morning, we pay a visit to Shwesandaw Pagoda - one of a few constructions in Bagan that still allows tourists to climb on. Up next, we move to visit Shwezigon Pagoda where to preserve the Buddha relics. Khay Min Ga pagoda complex is our last stop this morning. Here, you will have an opportunity to learn about the differences between Indian, Sri Lankan, Myanmar - Mon hybrid and Myanmar styles.

Our afternoon starts with a visit to the lacquerware workshop. This is a great chance for you to observe and learn about the traditional techniques of making lacquer items. We procced to Payathonezu next to contmplate the 13th century temple complex of three buildings via a narrow passage. Then, continue to visit Dhamayangyi temple - the largest constructions in Bagan temple plain. And when the day comes to an end, enjoy the magnificent sunset at Taung guni temple.

Back to Kalay Pandaw. Moor overnight in Bagan.

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

At 9:00am, disembark from the ship at Ayar pier, Pagan. You will be transferred to the airport/ hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

What's Included

  • Airport or hotel transfers to/from ship on DAY 1 and DAY 8.
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes.

What's Not Included

  • 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
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

RV Kalay Pandaw Policy

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.

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Mighty Ayeyarwaddy

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Ayeyarwaddy is fresh water river. It is longest river in Burma.It is very important for Myanmar as their economy is based on agriculture. It is not only important for agriculture butalso for tourism. We all tourists can go from Northern to Southern. I strongly recommend to flow with Ayeyarwaddy. You ... [More +]

Helen A

Greater Melbourne, Australia

Express boat Mandalay to Bagan

04/2019

Caught the Pandaw River Cruise between Mandalay and Bagan. Breakfast was coffee, tea and toast with creamy butter and jam. Lunch was a delicious vegetarian fried rice. Beer, soft drinks and water were available for sale on the lower deck.
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MandY1943

Derby, United Kingdom

Wonderful, marvellous, excellent, superb and I could go on

02/2019

The 2 night trip from Mandalay to Bagan was one of the most amazing experiences my wife an I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. From the initial welcome on board to deparure in Bagan, this will live in our memories for a very long time. Our cabin was ... [More +]

KathieL

Austria

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.
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Canada

We loved it!

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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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