11-Day Pandaw Cruise_The Golden Land (Upstream): Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 11 Days

English    Pyay, Mandalay

tour highlights

  • 10 Nights river cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Pyay to Mandalay
  • Exploring the unique archaeological site at Sri Ksetra in Pyay
  • Explore the highlighted sites and hidden gems in Central Myanmar; Bagan and Mandalay
  • Luxurious atmosphere on the deck of one of the colonial boat reliquary of the PANDAW Flotilla

tour details

During this 10-night cruise journey, explore a number of small villages and towns along the Ayeyarwaddy river and observe river life, local agriculture, 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. Sail upstream from Pyay to visit a number of old monasteries and temples of art historical interest in this the cultural heartland of old Myanmar and end your journey in Mandalay.

Join In tour with departures as per schedule.

This morning, meeting point at Sule Shangri La Hotel in Yangon at 06:00 hours and transfer to Pyay to embark on Pandaw cruise. Arrive in Prome by the afternoon and travel by coach to the 5th - 8th century archaeological site of Sri Ksetra, the former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artefacts and sculptures.
Overnight on board
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. Thayet also boasts the oldest golf course in Myanmar (1885). Continue visiting the local market. Afterwards, see the colonial houses and ride out by horse cart to the golf course, passing through the former British botanical garden.
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Min Hla - visit the two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. The fight for the Min Hla redoubt was the only serious action in the war and the death of a young subaltern inspired Kipling to write a poem. Ride Trishaws to reach the magnificent Magwe Myat-thalon pagoda, constructed with solid gold bricks. Of interest are the many nat shrines and hermitages within the temple precincts.
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Today, you will visit the Yokesone Monastery with its spectacular wood carvings; also explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses and continue sailing upstream.
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In the morning, moor at the Tan-Chi-Taung mountain and ascend by WWII jeep. Afternoon, tour around a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments at this World Heritage Site, Bagan.
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Further exploration by coach of the monuments follow by a lacquer ware workshop and visit to the local market. Sail in the noon to upstream. Evening walk at Oh Ne Kyaung village to see the local life in this typical river side community.
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Yandabo - this small rural village is specialized in pot making. Visit the Pandaw School, built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.
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Make a tour of central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung, teak carved monastery. In the afternoon, visit Sagaing. The true delight of Sagaing lies in its 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries, rich in woodcarving and religious art. Next, explore the ancient capital of Amarapura by coach, take a boat ride along Taungthaman lake and watch the tranquillity and serenity of this beautiful lake and its famous U Bein Bridge at sunset.
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Make a stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda which is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. Also visit the Mingun Old People Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.
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Visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk Myaung where the famous 50-gallon water pots are handmade. See all stages of manufacturing from the throwing of the pots to the week-long firing in huge kilns. In the afternoon, cruise back downstream to Mandalay.
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Disembark at Mandalay for your onward journey.


  • Coach transfer Yangon-Prome
  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • 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


  • International flights
  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • 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: PKPUPTGLA

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