11-Day Pandaw Cruise (The Golden Land-Downstream_Mandalay to Yangon) – Group Discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 11 Days

tour highlights

  • 10 Nights river cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay to Yangon
  • Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin Pagoda
  • Climb the impressive Tan-chi-Taung Mountain
  • Discover the spectacular Yot-sone-kyaung in Sale
  • Visit to Yandabo village
  • Wonder around the ancient city, Bagan
  • Sail down the tranquil Yangon River

tour details

This is a very different Burma cruise. Sailing through the heart of ‘Middle Myanmar’ we pass through a varying landscape – from the ancient city called Mandalay to our commercial city, known as Yangon. 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.

Join-in tour with departures as per schedule.

Embark the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty, Mandalay and after lunch on board, tour around central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin teak carved monastery and Amarapura with the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu Ok-kyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge. Embark on the Pandaw at Shwe Kyet Yet Jetty Mandalay.
Move on to explore the ancient capitals of Ava and cast off cruising downstream through lunch and in the late afternoon we explore Yandabo, a small rural village specialized in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.
Visit a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments in this important World Heritage Site and visit lacquer workshops.
Ascend Tan-chi-Taung mountain by foot or by WWII jeep for the spectacular sunrise over Bagan. In Sale we visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yot-sone-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings and we explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses.
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.
Visit Minhla Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. Thayetmyo, this pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanmar War of 1855. Many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horsecart to see the countryside and golf club.
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.
Stop at the famous A KaukTaung to explore the spectacular stone carving on the cliff.
Continue your exploration of Delta creeks and stop at Danupyu, another little known town with a busy port and bustling markets.
Sail through the Yangon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante in the afternoon. Enter to the Yangon river port.
Moor at Yangon river and disembark at Yangon "Botahtaung" Jetty.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Tours with English-speaking on board guide (all tours are join-in)
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • International flights
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks at bar
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)



The rivers you will sail on are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level, in some places as much as 30 metres. Water levels can change dramatically overnight and a sudden rise can impede our progress upstream considerably and even prevent us from passing under certain bridges. A sudden fall can result in our being unable to get into certain places or go as far upstream as we would hope. Groundings on sandbars are not infrequent and are part of the excitement of any Pandaw expedition. Published itineraries are informational only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop. Passengers are thus forewarned and expected to be flexible and patient. River cruising in Asia can be a dramatic and adventurous experience
  • not like cruising the controlled waterways of Europe or America. Note also that we operate in areas with little or no developed infrastructure and are subject to the strictures of local officialdom. Be prepared for this and it is all more the fun!
Tour code: PDW10TGL

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