The Golden Land Downstream


Board a traditional ship and cruise along the languid Irrawaddy River, still Myanmar's main highway, passing the unforgettable sights and rural scenes of the cultural heartlands of old Myanmar.

 

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  Twin Share Sole Traveller
Main $5,880pp $5,990
Upper $8,160pp $8,260

 

The above prices are from per person, based on low season travel. Shoulder and high season surcharges apply. Note: Itinerary is subject to change according to local conditions. Deposit Payment: A deposit of 20% of total tour cost is required. Please provide your arrival and departure flight details to our reservations department at the time of booking. A visa for Myanmar is required for Australian passport holders, the cost of which is not included in the above prices. Your visas can be arranged by Wendy Wu Tours at an additional cost.

Day 1 Depart Mandalay
Embark your Pandaw cruise ship at Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty in Mandalay. Explore central Mandalay, including the Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, and the Shwe In Bin teak carved monastery. Afterwards, discover the ancient capital Amarapura. Here you will visit the teak wood monastery of Bagaya Kyaung and walk along U Bein Bridge. (L,D)
Day 2 Yandabo
Explore the ancient capital of Ava. Cruise downstream and wander the small village of Yandabo, which specialises in pottery making, in the late afternoon. Next, visit the Pandaw School developed through the donations of Pandaw passengers. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Bagan
Tour the ancient city of Bagan, formerly known as Pagan, to see a selection of the 3,000 temples and pagodas found here. Bagan is well-known as the centre for the manufacture of laccquerware and you will have the opportunity to visit a number of local workshops this afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Bagan
Walk to the top of Tan Kyi Taung Mountain to view the sunrise (optional WWII jeep to the top available). In Salé you will see the Youtsaunkyaung and explore an area of colonial-style houses. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Magwe
Climb the river bank and wander through passages to reach the Mya Thalon Pagoda, constructed using solid gold bricks. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Minhla
Visit the Italian-built fort of Minhla, constructed to keep the British at bay. View the colonial-style houses of Thayetmyo, explore a local market and take a horse-drawn cart ride through the countryside. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Pyay (Prome)
Visit the former centre of the Pyu civilisation known as Thiri Ya Kittiya, an archaeological site, and view the Buddhist artefacts and sculptures at the museum. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Akauk Taung
Stop at the famous cliffs of Akauk Taung to view the stone cravings which are carved into the rocks along the riverbank. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Danuphyu
This morning you explore the Irrawaddy Delta creeks. Stop to visit Danuphyu, a little known town with a busy port and a bustling local market. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Twante
Sail through the Yangon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. Stop en route to visit Twante, in the afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Yangon
Disembark your Pandaw cruise ship early this morning at Botahtaung Jetty in Yangon, where your arrangements end. (B)

Tour prices are per person, twin share

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Visa fees are not included in your tour cost and it is your responsibility to arrange all necessary visas. Wendy Wu Tours can organise your visa's at an additional cost, please contact our Reservation Department for more details.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Myanmar and you will find high quality coverage. Myanmar has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping for Short Stays and Independent itineraries is not compulsory however is appreciated and normal for guides & drivers to receive them from tourists. In your final documents, Wendy Wu Tours will advise a guideline for tipping to be given to your local guides & driver. Tipping is at the discretion of each individual.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

Meals included in your tour cost are indicated on the itinerary. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. Our customers usually find that the amount served is more than ample. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 1300 318 203 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.


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