8-Day Pandaw Cruise (The Upper Ayeyarwaddy-Downstream_Mandalay to Katha) – Group Adventure

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • 7 Nights river cruise along the upper Ayeyarwaddy from Mandalay-Katha-Mandalay (Downstream)
  • Cruise through the 2nd Defile, regarded as one of the most scenic places on the river
  • Visit the city of Tagaung, with its many fortifications
  • Learn about unique local traditions

tour details

This charming boutique cruise will sail from Mandalay to Katha nearly 1000 miles from Yangon and once home to George Orwell and the setting for his novel Burmese days. Highlights will be passage through the 3rd and 2nd defiles, not to mention visits to enchanting local towns and delightful villages. Wonder around a gold leaf and tapestry work shop and walk along the marble & stone carver’s street. A visit to an elephant logging camp at Katha in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and further upstream could be a memorable one.

Join In tour with departures as per schedule.

Embark at Shwe Kyet Yet or Sagaing (Laykyunt Manaung) Jetty by 11:30Hrs. We start our Mandalay tour with a visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda with one of the country's most venerated Buddha images. Continue to a gold leaf and tapestry work shop and walk along the marble & stone carver's street. Visit a silk and cotton weaving work shop. Travel by bus to the famous "U Bein" bridge, it is about 1.2 km long and is said to be the world's longest teak wood bridge. It has been built in 1784. With small boats we sail over the Taungthaman Lake and enjoy the sunset.
Morning cruising. Afternoon visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung where the famous 50 gallon water pots are handmade. We see all stages of manufacture from the throwing of the pots to the weeklong firing in huge kilns. We then third defile of the Ayeyarwaddy.
Stop at Khan-nyat village with its many Buddhist monasteries and visit the former head teacher's house, which also includes his small museum collections. Later we go ashore and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Ayeyarwaddy.
Arrive at the enchanting colonial town of Katha, setting for George Orwell's Burmese Days. Little has changed since then. Of interested are the fire station's collections of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ship's bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Katha was the final resting place of the old flotilla and here over a hundred ships were scuppered in 1942 in an Act of Denial before the advancing Japanese. We continue to an elephant logging camp at Katha in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and further upstream.
Transfer by local boat to visit Kyun Daw village where we visit countless small Pagodas.
Cruise through the 2nd Defile, the most dramatic of the three gorges with cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Sail downstream.
We explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, a famous nat or spirit shrine and the archaeological area.
Morning visit to Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of brick building in the world. Disembark late morning in Mandalay.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, 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 and baggage handling


Not included are:

  • International flights,
  • No flights included to/from Mandalay
  • 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)


Important Notes:

The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible apporach is required if you book this cruise.
    Tour code: PDW7MKMDW

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