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The Golden Land

11 days from $4,421 per person twin share

IRRAWADDY RIVER
One of the best ways to see Myanmar is to travel along the Irrawaddy River in the comfort of a Pandaw ship. The river flows from the north to the south of Myanmar, ending in the Andaman Sea. It is the lifeline of the country, forming a system of transportation, irrigation and rich fishing grounds. Along the river you will witness life away from the main tourist trails, giving you an insight to the lives of the local people.

PANDAW VESSELS
The Pandaw II (24 cabins) and Katha Pandaw (16 cabins) are used for The Golden Land and The Irrawaddy expeditions.

Short Stay itinerary

This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.

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 potterymaking, 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 Youtsaun-kyaung 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: MINH: & GWECHAUNG

Visit the Italian-built forts of Minhla and Gwechaung, 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, a small pottery town, 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)

Note: Please provide your arrival and departure flight details to our reservations department at the time of booking.

Price guide

From $4,421 Per person twin share based on low season #
From $4,867 Single Traveller based on low season #
CategoryTwin ShareSole Traveller
Main Deck $4,421 $4,867
Upper Deck $5,685 $6,252

Notes:

DEPOSIT PAYMENT: A deposit of 20% of total tour cost is required.

Itinerary: This itinerary is an indication only and subject to change at Pandaw’s discretion and due to water levels, according to the time of year and rainfall. A daily programme for the following day will be posted on the ships notice board each day.

Visas for Myanmar are required for Australian passport holders, the cost of which is not included in the prices above. Visas can be arranged by Wendy Wu Tours at an additional cost. Gratuities for guides and boat crew are also not included and are at your own discretion.

# Shoulder and high season surcharges apply.

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Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay RV Pandaw II Local Women, Pyay