MYANMAR BURMA - Destinations & Hotels
Irrawaddy River Cruises (Mandalay - Bagan 1 & 2 nights)
Please double check the below information with your consultant as some of the Pandaw ships have committed to the long term relief effort to the Cyclone Nagis victims.
Pandaw & Paukan Cruises
Since 1998 Pandaw & Paukan Cruises have offered this popular cruise to passengers seeking a shorter cruise as part of a land tour rather than for those seeking a longer river expedition. They ply four times a week between the ancient capital of Bagan with its 3000 Buddhist monuments and Mandalay the last royal capital at Mandalay. They stop for shore excursions by foot at the villages of Theingone and Yandabo where the Pandaw passengers have financed the building of schools. You see real village life, pot making, agriculture and visit Buddhist monasteries. Many land travellers find the short cruises a welcome and tranquil holiday within a holiday. Short cruises operate between November and March during the High Season.
Pandaw have four beautifully crafted self built ships in operation. Each ship, hand finished in brass and teak by traditional craftsmen are in themselves objects of great beauty. The secret of their success is that on the ships, whilst luxury and comfort are discreetly present, it is the colonial character and friendly atmosphere that predominate. All Pandaws have ultra shallow drafts and can travel to remote areas, which would be unreachable by other vessels, let alone overland.
The Pandaw stateroom (cabin) is the most celebrated feature of the ships. Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are very spacious at 168 square feet. Much loved by all passengers Pandaw have ensured that in each ship the stateroom remains the same. The cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV’s, internet or phones. There is a 24 honesty bar on the sundeck. Pandaw passengers usually want to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels. They ensure that crews never to arrive in port early and sit there tied up - indeed better to slow down if ahead of schedule.
Many passengers describe life on board a Pandaw more like being a guest on a private motor yacht than a cruise ship. Where you go and what you see is intrepid in extreme.
Bagan to Mandalay 2 night cruise itinerary.
12.00 depart Bagan with cruising through lunch and the afternoon
Explore the villages of Theingone in the morning and Yandabo in the afternoon
Arrive at Mandalay at 10.00
There are also some one night sailings between Mandalay and Bagan