The Golden Land 11 days by Pandaw

Pandaw 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.

Destinations: Burma – Mandalay – Pagan – Pray (Prome) – Rangoon (Yangon) – Mekong Delta
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights
Departure: 2013: Aug 3, 7 | Sep 21 | Oct 16 | Nov 10 | Dec 5.. 2014: Jan 4, 7, 29 | Feb 2, 23 | Mar 1, 20, 27.

  • Itinerary
  • Booking & Conditions
  • Day 1: Upstream Upper Mandalay
    10:00 – 11:00 AM Embark the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty, Mandalay in the morning for luncheon stream upstream and moore overnight at a jungle village north of Mandalay.
    Day 2: Pottery Village and Mingun
    Arrive to Ngwe Nyein village. Visit the spectacular potteries nearby, where can see manufacturing stages of the famous 50 gallon, handmade water pots and return downstream to visit Mingun to view the Pagoda and largest working bell in the world.
    Day 3: Mandalay, Ava and Amarapura
    We tour central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin teak carved monastery. We move on to explore the ancient capitals of Ava and Amarapura, visiting the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu Ok-kyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge.
    Day 4: Yandabo Potteries Village
    Yandabo is a very small rural village that specialises in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers
    Day 5 : Pagan Monuments
    We tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments in this important World Heritage Site and visit lacquer workshops.
    Day 6: Tan Kyi Taung Mountain and Salé
    Ascend Tan-chi-taung mountain by foot or by WWII jeep for the spectacular sunrise over Pagan. In Sale we visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings and we explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses.
    Day 7: Taung Ba Lu School and Magwe Gold Bricks
    If river conditions permit, morning visit to Taung Ba Lu School project sponsored by Noble Caledonia and Pandaw Cruises. In the afternoon, we climb the river bank and wind our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda. This pagoda is constructed with solid gold bricks.
    Day 8: Minhla Forts
    We visit Minhla and Gwechaung, two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. We climb the Gwechaung hill for the view.
    Day 9: Thayetmyo Frontier Post
    This pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanma War of 1855 and many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse and cart to see the countryside and golf links.
    Day 10: Prome and the Ancient Pyu
    Visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculpture.
    Day 11: Prome / Yangon
    Disembark at Prome and transfer to Chatrium Hotel Yangon by coach (included in cost of cruise). Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon (Around 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm)

    Important Notes:

    Embarkation Time & Place : Between 10.00 Am to 11.00 Am at Shwe-Kyat-Yet Jetty, Mandalay
    Disembarkation Time & Place : Destination at Chatrium Hotel Yangon at 1-2 pm in the afternoon


    • Quote Price:From US$2120 / PersonWhat’s Includes:Entrance fees
      Guide services (English language)
      Gratuities to crew
      Main meals
      Locally made soft and alcoholic beverages
      Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
      Mineral water.
      Transfers between the meeting point and the ship at the start and end of a voyage (In Saigon: Renaissance Riverside Hotel / In Siem Reap: Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa).What’s Excludes:Phnom penh port tax: 65 USD/ pax
      International flights
      Airport transfers
      Port dues
      All visa costs
      Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
      Imported beverages such as wines
      Premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar.Cancellation Policy:Cancellation before 120 days prior to the start of the cruise:30 % of the total rate
      Between 120 and 61 days prior to the start of the cruise: 50 % of the total rate
      Between 60 and 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 70 % of the total rate
      Less than 30 days prior to the start of the cruise: 90 % of the total rate

      Children Price & Extra Bed:

      Free of charge for children below 5 years old, in parents’ room and using existing bedding.
      Baby cots are available.
      Children above 5 ears must occupy a separate bed and pay full rate (Single or double occupancy).