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RV Kalay Pandaw

Cabins : 5  |  Launched : 2013  |  Length : 28.70m (94ft)  |  Crew Members : 7

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Main Deck Cabins

No of Cabins: 4   |   Area: 17m2 (183ft2)   |   Bed: Double/Twin Beds

The premium cabin on the main deck of Kalay Pandaw cruise will definitely bring the most wonderful sensation to its guests when cruising on Burma rivers. Having an area of 17 square meters, the room not only features an elegant colonial design but also high - class amenities along with a big window, private bathroom and a lot of storages. 

Features +
  • Air-conditioner
  • Mini-safe
  • Luggage storage
  • Wardrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Kimono and slippers
  • Premium mattresses
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Mini DVD Players
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Upper Deck Owner’s Suite

No of Cabins: 1   |   Area: 17m2 (183ft2)   |   Bed: Double/Twin Beds

The most outstanding feature of RV Kalay Pandaw is the Upper Deck Owner’s suite. The cabin is well – appointed with teak and brass and designed by the ship’s owner and a renowned Italian designer – Alberto Peyre. Thus, this room has the sophisticated as well as elegant of Pandaw colonial design.

Features +
  • Air-conditioner
  • Mini-safe
  • Luggage storage
  • Wardrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Kimono and slippers
  • Premium mattresses
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Mini DVD Players

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Lounge

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Excursions

Pagan And The Upper Irrawaddy: 10 Night Pagan – Katha – Mandalay (Upstream)

Destinations: Bagan (Pagan) - Yandabo - Amarapura - Kyauk-Myoung - Khanyat - Katha - Kyunt Daw Island - 2nd Defile of Irrawaddy - Tagaung - Mingun - Mandalay

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights itinerary:

  • Visit many famous places in Myanmar like Yandabo, Amarapura, Khanyat, Katha and more.
  • Enjoy 11 days onboard with luxurious facilities and many exciting activities.
  • Explore how beautiful the 2nd defile of Irrawaddy is.
  • Learn about Myanmar’s culture through Religion and pottery.
Day 01 Pagan (L/D)

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary of this voyage can be changed as we access to the remote areas.

We have a delicous lunch onboard and then take a coach to discover the magnificent plain of Pagan. The cruise will start at 17:30 from Bagan.

Day 02 Yandabo (B/L/D)

To come to the lovely Yandabo village, we have to cruise past the confluence with the Chindwin River. This village is the homeland of various productions of terracotta ceramics from the riverbank clay. And when the sun goes down, we cruise upstream towards Mandalay.

Day 03 Amarapura (B/L/D)

You will never want to miss the chance to discover the ruins of Ava. We visit Bagaya Kyaung, a special 200-year-old royal monastery which is made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings. Then, we have time to visit Amarapura – one of Burmese’s former capitals and contemplate the paintings in a temple.

Day 04 Kyauk-Myoung (B/L/D)

You will never believe in your eyes until you visit the magnificent potteries near Kyauk-myoung. This place is where the 50 gallon water pots are made by hand. In here, we will see the whole making process from throwing the pots to burning them in huge kilns during week-long. 

Afterwards, we embark the ship and go into the third defile of Irrawaddy.

Day 05 Khanyat (B/L/D)

Khan-nyat village is the homeland of numerous Buddhist monasteries. After exploring some notable sites, we will visit a special house of a former head teacher where features a lovely museum collections. Then, for anyone who want to see the spectacular view of the Upper Irrawaddy River, go onto land and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang.

Day 06 Katha (B/L/D)

On this day, we visit a charming colonial town which apprears in the novel - Burmese Days of George Orwell – Katha. Surprisingly, it did not change much until now. One interesting truth about this place is that it is the final resting place of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s ships. Here, you can find the interesting collections of the bells taken from the sunken ships in the WWII. After that, we will pay a visit to the elephant camp located in the lush forest of Katha.

Day 07 Sail Upstream Kyunt Daw Island (B/L/D)

We take a boat trip to come to the lovely village of Kyun Daw. In there we will have many time to visit a great number of small pagodas.

Day 08 2nd Defile of Irrawaddy (B/L/D)

We all know that the three defiles of Irrawaddy River are beautiful but the second gorge is truly the most wonderful ones. We will cruise through it and enjoy lots of magnificent views like cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Then we move on sailing downstream.

Day 09 Tagaung (B/L/D)

Upon arrival in Tagaung, we will visit the ancient city which is overlooking the manificent fortifications. This area is also famous for nat or spirit shrine and an amazing archaeological zone.

Day 10 Mingun (B/L/D)

Mingun is our next destination. It is well-known for the largest working bell in the world and an unfinished gigantic pagoda which is also happened to be the largest brick building. Then, you will never want to miss the chance to visit the Mingun Old People’s Home. It was originally founded with the support of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. 

Next, we drive to the top of the Sagaing hill to get the great view over the region and Irrawaddy River.

Day 11 Mandalay (B)

Disembark from the ship at the jetty after enjoying a delicious breakfast.

What's Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks
  • Local beer and local spirits
  • Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
  • Mineral water
  • Quality mountain bikes

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar 
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Pagan And The Upper Irrawaddy: 10 Night Mandalay – Katha – Pagan (Downstream)

Destinations: Mandalay - Kyauk-Myoung - Khanyat - Katha - Kyunt Daw Island - 2nd Defile of Irrawaddy - Tagaung - Mingun - Ava - Bagan (Pagan)

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights itinerary:

  • Visit many famous places in Myanmar like Yandabo, Amarapura, Khanyat, Katha and more.
  • 11 days with a lot of memorable sights like Minhla, Sagaing hills, ancient city of Tagaung.
  • Explore how beautiful the 2nd defile of Irrawaddy is.
  • Learn about Myanmar’s culture through Religion and pottery.
  • Many exciting activities onboard.
Day 01 Mandalay (L/D)

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary of this voyage can be changed as we access to the remote areas.

Begin our first tour in Mandalay with an amazing visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda where is well-known for the most venerated Buddha statue in this country. Then, we move on visiting a gold leaf and tapestry workshop, and enjoy a walking tour in the marble & stone carver’s street.

Furthermore, we will have more time to sightsee many beautiful products in a silk and cotton weaving workshop. One of the most exciting experiences in Mandalay is looking at the famous “U Bein” bridge. This bridge is about 1.2 km in length and known for the world’s longest teak bridge. It was put into operation in 1784. You will be transferred by bus. And afterwards, we take a small boat and sail on the Taungthaman Lake in the magical sunset.

Day 02 Kyauk-Myoung (B/L/D)

We will spend this whole morning sailing. And in the afternoon, you will have a chance to visit the magnificent potteries near Kyauk-myoung. This place is where the 50 gallon water pots are made by hands. In here we will see all the steps of making a product from throwing the pots to burning them in huge kilns during week-long. Afterwards, we embark the ship and go into the third defile of Irrawaddy river.

Day 03 Khanyat (B/L/D)

Khan-nyat village is the homeland of numerous Buddhist monasteries. After exploring some notable sites, we will visit a special house of a former head teacher where features a lovely museum collections. Then, for anyone who want to see the spectacular view of the Upper Irrawaddy River, go onto land and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang.

Day 04 Katha (B/L/D)

On this day, we visit a charming colonial town which apprears in the novel - Burmese Days of George Orwell – Katha. Surprisingly, it did not change much until now. One interesting truth about this place is that it is the final resting place of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s ships. Here, you can find the interesting collections of the bells taken from the sunken ships in the WWII. After that, we will pay a visit to the elephant camp located in the lush forest of Katha.

Day 05 Sail Upstream Kyunt Daw Island (B/L/D)

We take a boat trip to come to the lovely village of Kyun Daw. In there we will have many time to visit a great number of small pagodas.

Day 06 2nd Defile of Irrawaddy (B/L/D)

We all know that the three defiles of Irrawaddy River are beautiful but the second gorge is truly the most wonderful ones. We will cruise through it and enjoy lots of magnificent views like cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Then we move on sailing downstream.

Day 07 Tagaung (B/L/D)

Upon arrival in Tagaung, we will visit the ancient city which is overlooking the manificent fortifications. This area is also famous for nat or spirit shrine and an amazing archaeological zone.

Day 08 Mingun (B/L/D)

Mingun is our next destination. It is well-known for the largest working bell in the world and an unfinished gigantic pagoda which is also happened to be the largest brick building. Then, you will never want to miss the chance to visit the Mingun Old People’s Home. It was originally founded with the support of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. 

Next, we drive to the top of the Sagaing hill to get the great view over the region and Irrawaddy River.

Day 09 Ava (B/L/D)

You will never want to miss the chance to discover the ruins of Ava. We visit Bagaya Kyaung, a special 200-year-old royal monastery which is made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings. When the sun goes down, we pay a visit to the lovely Yandabo village where is the homeland of various productions of terracotta ceramics from the riverbank clay. 

Day 10 Pagan (B/L/D)

Today experience promises to be an amazing one when you have an opportunity to explore the highlights of the temple plain of Bagan. Transferred by coach.

Day 11 Pagan (B)

Enjoy your farewell breakfast onbroad before disembark from the ship.

What's Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks
  • Local beer and local spirits
  • Jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
  • Mineral water
  • Quality mountain bikes

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar 
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

7 Nights Bagan - Mandalay Packet (Upstream)

Destinations: Pagan - Pagan - Salay - Ayardaw – Tant Chi Taung - Pakokku - Yandabo - Ava - Sagaing – Amarapura - Mingun – Mandalay

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights itinerary:

  • Discover the key sites of the ancient temple plain of Bagan like Ananda temple or Shwesandaw Temple
  • Join in the fabulous excursions to the former capitals of Myanmar including Mingun, Ava, Amarapura and Mandalay.
  • Visit the lesser – known villages by the bank of the Irrawaddy river.
  • Experience the interesting pot and lacquer making procedures.
Day 01 Pagan (Bagan) (L/D)

You will be transferred from the airport to the ship for the embarkation. A delicious lunch will be servered on board. Then, you can choose to take a bicycle or coach to visit the temple plain of Bagan.

We pay a visit to a famous temple known as the most beautiful architechtures in Pagan – Ananda. It was built in AD 1105 under the order of the third king of Pagan dynasty - King Kyansit Thar. Here, you can have a chance to contemplate the Pagan high standard craftsmanship through the sophisticated interior of mural paintings, outstanding Buddha images and glazed plaques.

Myingabar Gubyaukgyi temple is chosen to be the second destination. It was built in AD 1113 in the reign of Prince Rajakumar, son of King Kyansit Thar. You can see many gorgeous pictures depicting the daily life of Pagan people painted on the walls.

Finally, a walking tour around Phwar Saw Village is a perfect way to end a busy sightseeing day. This is a small village of more than 500 residents located between New Pagan and Nyaung U airport. It is said that the village was named after a very famous queen of Pagan who had great influence on 3 Kings in the late 13th century. The life of the villagers here depends on pea and bean cultivation, breeding cattles and making small lacquer items. 

When the day comes to an end, your stroll becomes more interesting than ever when you see a truly authentic picture of the local life. People come back from their work with their cattles and then busy preparing the dinner. 

The ship docks at Pagan for a night.

Day 02 Pagan (B/L/D)

We continue to visit the key sites of Bagan today and then move to a lacquerware workshop. There are few stupa in Pagan allowing visitors climb. And luckily, Shwe San Daw will permit us to gain a 360-degree view over the red brick Buddhist constructions. Visting Shwe Zi Gone Pagoda will bring to us an exciting experience about the place preserving a hair relic of the Buddha which was built in AD 1086.

Before returning to the ship and have a sumptuous lunch, we visit the Khay Min Ga pagoda complex which is known as the combination of many architectural styles: Indian, Sri Lankan, Myanmar-Mon hybrid and Myanmar.

For anyone who is interested in lacquerware, do not miss the chance to visit a lacquerware workshop in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to discover the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is so famous in Pagan and Myanmar in general.

We move on visiting a special complex of 3 temples constructed in the late 13th century - the one and only Payathonezu.

At the end of day, we pay a visit to Dhamayangyi temple which is known for the massive architecture and unique design.

The sunset in Pagan is always one of the most memorable moments in the visitors’ heart, especially from the top of Taung Guni temple. See it with your own eyes and save it with your camera. 

Back to the ship.

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 03 Salay - Ayardaw – Tant Chi Taung (B/L/D)

Have you ever wondered about the change of time?

Let’s come to Salay, a lovely small town which used to be one of the busiest trading port in the past. Now, it is a quaint village filled with colonial architectural riches and ancient teak monasteries.

Then, join in an exhilarating walking tour to Yoke-Sone Kyaung – one of the most intricated teak carved monasteries in Burma. Then, on our way back, we stop at Salay House.

Afterwards, we cruise upstream to the Ayardaw charity clinic which was donated by Pandaw. Then, We have an interesting visit to the stupa located on the top of the hill by passing through the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain.  

Late afternoon will be the most expective time of the day. We enjoy beautiful night with the traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers from Tant-Chi.

Our ship anchors overnight near Nyaung U.

Day 04 Pakokku (B/L/D)

If you are looking for the best tobacco in Myanmar, Pakokku is always an amazing choice. The spot is a city of about 100,000 residents situated 30 km from Pagan. Pakokku produces many items like tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanaka (traditional comestic) and textiles. We can take a tuk tuk to go around the main market of Pakokku.

Next, we move to a cheroot factory where you can learn more about this traditional product and how it made. 

We anchor at Aung Pan Chaung near the Chindwin confluence.

Day 05 Yandabo (B/L/D)

Yandabo - a lovely small rural village is truly the ideal place for you with a various selection of production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.

The village was quite well-known in marking a hictorical event where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. In the morning, relax yourself by a waking tour to a pottery workshop ad see first-hand the production process. In here you are welcome to try making a pot by hands.

And you can see what the kindness can do when you visit the Pandaw school. This school was built by the donations of the passengers.

In the afternoon, we sail and moor overnight at Pauk-taw Pauk-myaing village near Ava.

Day 06 Ava - Sagaing – Amarapura (B/L/D)

There are many ancient capitals in Burma but the old city of Ava is truly special. Why? It is served as the capital of the Burmese kingdom for about 400 years, longer than any other ancient capitals. Today morning is quite busy as we have to change the means of transport several times to get to the attractions. First, we take a coach to Ava jetty then pass the Myit Nge(Dokehtawady) river by small ferry boat. Then, we visit the beautiful Menu Oak Kyaung monastery by horse carrige. End of the morning, we will have a short tour to the splendid Bagaya Kyaung teak monastery which was constructed in 1834.

In the afternoon, we proceed to Sagaing – the religious center of the country where is famous for a great number of monasteries bearing beautiful woodcarvings and elaborate religious arts. Next, we climb to Soon U Ponnya Shin pagoda on the top of the hill to catch the great view of the surrounding area and the mighty Irrawaddy river.   

Afterwards, we take part in a lecture about the lifestyle of the nun at a nunnery. 

Amarapura – one of Burmese former capitals is our next stop (first period: 1783 – 1819; second period: 1839 - 1852). Here, you will have an opportunity to see the signature produces of the ancient city: silk and cotton are made. 

One of the most romantic scenery in Amarapura is taking a local boat on Taungthaman lake at sunset watching U Bein Bridge – the world’s longest teak bridge diving in the magical orange glow.

We dock overnight at Sagaing.

Day 07 Mingun – Mandalay (B/L/D)

This morning, we take a walking tour around Mingun exploring its highlighted sites. The gigantic brick building constructed by King Bodawpaya in 1790 is our first stop. It is recognized as the largest stupa in world but unfortunatlety, left unfinished since 1808. We also have chance to visit the the world’s second largest ringing bell. 

In the afternoon, we drive back to the second largest city of Myanmar - Mandalay. This beautiful city is also known as the religious center of the country. 

We will learn about Buddhism in Myanmar by visiting Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the holiest sites of the country where features one of the 5 most likeliness Buddha images in the world. The believers put the gold leaf onto the statue to express their respect so that the image now has a thick golden layer of about 15cm. Then relax by walking along the street which is famous for the marble carvers.

Next, we visit the Golden Palace Monatery – Shwe Kyaung. Constructed in 1857, the architecture used to be a part of the Royal Palace until it was moved to the present location in 1879. 

The UNESCO site – Kuthodaw Pagoda and the world’s largest book will definitely amaze you with the outstanding appreance and high religious value. Seizing a massive area under the foot of Mandalay hill, the gilded pagoda Kuthodaw was surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscipted with Buddha teachings. 

Afterwards, we pay a visit to a gold leaf beating workshop. Then, you will have a chance to save a lot of beautiful pictures at the moat surrounding the Royal Palace with magnificient background of the Mandalay Hill.

Anchor at Sagaing overnight.

Day 08 Mandalay (B)

Disembark from the ship around 9:00am.

What's Included

  • Airport or hotel transfers to/from ship on DAY 1 and DAY 8.
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks
  • Local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
  • Mineral water.

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar 
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

7 Nights Mandalay – Pagan Packet (Downstream)

Destinations: Mandalay - Mingun - Sagaing – Amarapura - Yandabo - Pakokku – Ayardaw - Tant Chi Taung – Salay – Pagan (Bagan)

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights itinerary:

  • Discover the key sites of the ancient temple plain of Bagan like Ananda temple or Shwesandaw Temple
  • Join in the fabulous excursions to the former capitals of Myanmar including Mingun, Ava, Amarapura and Mandalay.
  • Visit the lesser – known villages by the bank of the Irrawaddy river.
  • Experience the interesting pot and lacquer making procedures.
Day 01 Mandalay (L/D)

You will be transferred from the airport to the ship for the embarkation. A delicious lunch will be servered on board. Then, an excursion to the second largest city of Myanmar - Mandalay will begin. This beautiful city is also known as the religious center of the country. 

We will learn about Buddhism in Myanmar by visiting Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the holiest sites of the country where features one of the 5 most likeliness Buddha images in the world. The believers put the gold leaf onto the statue to express their respect so that the image now has a thick golden layer of about 15cm. Then relax by walking along the street which is famous for the marble carvers.

Next, we visit the Golden Palace Monatery – Shwe Kyaung. Constructed in 1857, the architecture used to be a part of the Royal Palace until it was moved to the present location in 1879. 

The UNESCO site – Kuthodaw Pagoda and the world’s largest book will definitely amaze you with the outstanding appreance and high religious value. Seizing a massive area under the foot of Mandalay hill, the gilded pagoda Kuthodaw was surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscipted with Buddha teachings. 

Afterwards, we pay a visit to a gold leaf beating workshop. Then, you will have a chance to save a lot of beautiful pictures at the moat surrounding the Royal Palace with magnificient background of the Mandalay Hill.

Dock at Sagaing overnight.

Day 02 Mingun - Sagaing – Amarapura (B/L/D)

This morning, we take a walking tour around Mingun exploring its highlighted sites. The gigantic brick building constructed by King Bodawpaya in 1790 is our first stop. It is recognized as the largest stupa in world but unfortunatlety, left unfinished since 1808. We also have chance to visit the the world’s second largest ringing bell. 

In the afternoon, we proceed to Sagaing – the religious center of the country where is famous for a great number of monasteries bearing beautiful woodcarvings and elaborate religious arts. Next, we climb to Soon U Ponnya Shin pagoda on the top of the hill to catch the great view of the surrounding area and the mighty Irrawaddy river.   

Afterwards, we take part in a lecture about the lifestyle of the nun at a nunnery. 

Amarapura – one of Burmese former capitals is our next stop (first period: 1783 – 1819; second period: 1839 - 1852). Here, you will have an opportunity to see the signature produces of the ancient city: silk and cotton are made. 

One of the most romantic scenery in Amarapura is taking a local boat on Taungthaman lake at sunset watching U Bein Bridge – the world’s longest teak bridge diving in the magical orange glow.

We anchor overnight at Sagaing.

Day 03 Yandabo (B/L/D)

Yandabo - a lovely small rural village is truly the ideal place for you with a various selection of production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.

The village was quite well-known in marking a hictorical event where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. In the morning, relax yourself by a waking tour to a pottery workshop ad see first-hand the production process. In here you are welcome to try making a pot by hands.

And you can see what the kindness can do when you visit the Pandaw school. This school was built by the donations of the passengers.

We dock at Shwe Tan Tit village overnight.

Day 04 Pakokku – Ayardaw (B/L/D)

Upon arrival in Pakokku, take a tuk tuk to go around the town exploring the vivid market and the center. 

Afterwards, we cruise to the Ayardaw charity clinic which was donated by Pandaw.

In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely walk around the town. 

If you are looking for the best tobacco in Myanmar, Pakokku is always an amazing choice. The spot is a city of about 100,000 residents situated 30 km from Pagan. Pakokku produces many items like tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanaka (traditional comestic) and textiles. We can take a tuk tuk to go around the main market of Pakokku.

Next, we move to a cheroot factory where you can learn more about this traditional product and how it made. 

Anchor overnight at Tan Chi village.

Day 05 Tant Chi Taung – Salay (B/L/D)

We have an interesting visit to the stupa located on the top of the hill by passing through the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain.  After that, we enjoy an exhilatating night with the paper – mache elephant dance performance by the inhabitants from Tant-Chi on the way back.

Cruise to Salay, a lovely small town which used to be one of the busiest trading port in the past. Now, it is a quaint village filled with colonial architectural riches and ancient teak monasteries.

Then, join in an exhilarating walking tour to Yoke-Sone Kyaung – one of the most intricated teak carved monasteries in Burma. Then, on our way back, we stop at Salay House.

Dock overnight at Salay.

Day 06 Salay – Pagan (B/L/D)

Today morning, we sail upstream from Salay to Pagan to discover its famous higlights. 

First, we pay a visit to a famous temple known as the most beautiful architechtures in Pagan – Ananda. It was built in AD 1105 under the order of the third king of Pagan dynasty - King Kyansit Thar. Here, you can have a chance to contemplate the Pagan high standard craftsmanship through the sophisticated interior of mural paintings, outstanding Buddha images and glazed plaques.

Myingabar Gubyaukgyi temple is chosen to be the second destination. It was built in AD 1113 in the reign of Prince Rajakumar, son of King Kyansit Thar. You can see many gorgeous pictures depicting the daily life of Pagan people painted on the walls.

Finally, a walking tour around Phwar Saw Village is a perfect way to end a busy sightseeing day. This is a small village of more than 500 residents located between New Pagan and Nyaung U airport. It is said that the village was named after a very famous queen of Pagan who had great influence on 3 Kings in the late 13th century. The life of the villagers here depends on pea and bean cultivation, breeding cattles and making small lacquer items. 

When the day comes to an end, your stroll becomes more interesting than ever when you see a truly authentic picture of the local life. People come back from their work with their cattles and then busy preparing the dinner. 

The ship anchors at Pagan for a night.

Day 07 Pagan (B/L/D)

We continue to visit the key sites of Bagan today and then move to a lacquerware workshop. There are few stupa in Pagan allowing visitors climb. And luckily, Shwe San Daw will permit us to gain a 360-degree view over the red brick Buddhist constructions. Visting Shwe Zi Gone Pagoda will bring to us an exciting experience about the place preserving a hair relic of the Buddha which was built in AD 1086.

Before returning to the ship and have a sumptuous lunch, we visit the Khay Min Ga pagoda complex which is known as the combination of many architectural styles: Indian, Sri Lankan, Myanmar-Mon hybrid and Myanmar.

For anyone who is interested in lacquerware, do not miss the chance to visit a lacquerware workshop in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to discover the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is so famous in Pagan and Myanmar in general.

We move on visiting a special complex of 3 temples constructed in the late 13th century - the one and only Payathonezu.

At the end of day, we pay a visit to Dhamayangyi temple which is known for the massive architecture and unique design.

The sunset in Pagan is always one of the most memorable moments in the visitors’ heart, especially from the top of Taung Guni temple. See it with your own eyes and save it with your camera. 

Back to the ship.

We anchor overnight at Pagan.

Day 08 Pagan (B)

Disembark from the ship around 9:00am.

What's Included

  • Airport or hotel transfers to/from ship on DAY 1 and DAY 8.
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks
  • Local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes
  • Mineral water.

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar 
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

4 Night Pagan – Mandalay Cruise (Upstream)

Destinations: Pagan (Bagan) - Salay - Ayardaw – Tant Chi Taung - Pakokku - Yandabo - Sagaing

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights itinerary:

  • Relax and enjoy 4 memorable cruising nights among the spectacular scenery of Irrawaddy River.
  • Get a glimpse into the local life through the exciting excursions to the vivid markets and riverside villages.
  • Discover the notable monuments in the temple plain of Bagan.
  • Explore the ancient royal capitals of Burma.  
Day 01 Pagan (L/D)

We will broad on the ship before lunch time.

For anyone who is interested in lacquerware, do not miss the chance to visit a lacquerware workshop in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to discover the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is so famous in Pagan and Myanmar in general.

We move on visiting a special complex of 3 temples constructed in the late 13th century - the one and only Payathonezu.

At the end of day, we pay a visit to Dhamayangyi temple which is known for the massive architecture and unique design.

The sunset in Pagan is always one of the most memorable moments in the visitors’ heart, especially from the top of Taung Guni temple. See it with your own eyes and save it with your camera. 

Overnight in Bagan.

Day 02 Salay - Ayardaw – Tant Chi Taung (B/L/D)

Have you ever wondered about the change of time?

Let’s come to Salay, a lovely small town which used to be one of the busiest trading port in the past. Now, it is a quaint village filled with colonial architectural riches and ancient teak monasteries.

Then, join in an exhilarating walking tour to Yoke-Sone Kyaung – one of the most intricated teak carved monasteries in Burma. Then, on our way back, we stop at Salay House.

Afterwards, we cruise upstream to the Ayardaw charity clinic which was donated by Pandaw. Then, we have an interesting visit to the stupa located on the top of the hill by passing through the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain.  

Late afternoon will be the most expective time of the day. We enjoy beautiful night with the traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers from Tant-Chi.

Our ship anchors overnight near Nyaung U.

Day 03 Pakokku (B/L/D)

If you are looking for the best tobacco in Myanmar, Pakokku is always an amazing choice. The spot is a city of about 100,000 residents situated 30 km from Pagan. Pakokku produces many items like tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanaka (traditional comestic) and textiles. We can take a tuk tuk to go around the main market of Pakokku.

Next, we move to a cheroot factory where you can learn more about this traditional product and how it made. 

We anchor at Aung Pan Chaung near the Chindwin confluence.

Day 04 Yandabo (B/L/D)

Yandabo - a lovely small rural village is truly the ideal place for you with a various selection of production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.

The village was quite well-known in marking a hictorical event where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. In the morning, relax yourself by a waking tour to a pottery workshop ad see first-hand the production process. In here you are welcome to try making a pot by hands.

And you can see what the kindness can do when you visit the Pandaw school. This school was built by the donations of the passengers.

In the afternoon, we sail and moor overnight at Pauk-taw Pauk-myaing village near Ava.

Day 05 Sagaing (B)

We disembark from the ship at Sagaing after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Transfers to/from ship on DAY 1 and DAY 5 as described. 
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks
  • Local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes.
  • Mineral water.
  • Use of quality mountain bikes for independent exploration.

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar 
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

4 Nights Mandalay – Pagan (Downstream)

Destinations: Mandalay - Yandabo - Pakokku – Ayardaw - Tant Chi Taung – Salay – Pagan (Bagan)

Departure date of itinerary: Contact us for details

Highlights itinerary:

  • Relax and enjoy 4 memorable cruising nights among the spectacular scenery of Irrawaddy River.
  • Get a glimpse into the local life through the exciting excursions to the vivid markets and riverside villages.
  • Discover the notable monuments in the temple plain of Bagan.
  • Explore the ancient royal capitals of Burma.  
Day 01 Mandalay (D)

Around 16:00pm, we embark on the ship at Sagaing. Then, a sumptuous dinner will be served.

Anchor overnight at Sagaing.

Day 02 Yandabo (B/L/D)

Yandabo - a lovely small rural village is truly the ideal place for you with a various selection of production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.

The village was quite well-known in marking a hictorical event where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. In the morning, relax yourself by a waking tour to a pottery workshop ad see first-hand the production process. In here you are welcome to try making a pot by hands.

And you can see what the kindness can do when you visit the Pandaw school. This school was built by the donations of the passengers.

We anchor at Shwe Tan Tit village overnight.

Day 03 Pakokku – Ayardaw (B/L/D)

Upon arrival in Pakokku, take a tuk tuk to go around the town exploring the vivid market and the center. 

Afterwards, we cruise to the Ayardaw charity clinic which was donated by Pandaw.

In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely walk around the town. 

If you are looking for the best tobacco in Myanmar, Pakokku is always an amazing choice. The spot is a city of about 100,000 residents situated 30 km from Pagan. Pakokku produces many items like tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanaka (traditional comestic) and textiles. We can take a tuk tuk to go around the main market of Pakokku.

Next, we move to a cheroot factory where you can learn more about this traditional product and how it made. 

Anchor overnight at Tan Chi village.

Day 04 Tant Chi Taung – Salay (B/L/D)

We have an interesting visit to the stupa located on the top of the hill by passing through the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain.  After that, we enjoy an exhilatating night with the paper – mache elephant dance performance by the inhabitants from Tant-Chi on the way back.

Cruise to Salay, a lovely small town which used to be one of the busiest trading port in the past. Now, it is a quaint village filled with colonial architectural riches and ancient teak monasteries.

Then, join in an exhilarating walking tour to Yoke-Sone Kyaung – one of the most intricated teak carved monasteries in Burma. Then, on our way back, we stop at Salay House.

Anchor overnight at Salay.

Day 05 Salay - Pagan (B/L)

In the morning, we sail upstream to Pagan. And after lunch, disembark from the ship for your next journey in the Golden Land.

What's Included

  • Transfers to/from ship on DAY 1 and DAY 5 as described. 
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Locally made soft drinks
  • Local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes.
  • Mineral water.
  • Use of quality mountain bikes for independent exploration.

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • Imported beverages such as wines, premium spirits and liqueurs, fancy soft drinks like Perrier, espressos and cappuccinos at bar 
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

RV Kalay Pandaw Policy

1. Alteration of schedule and cruise itinerary

In spite of the fact that we will do our best to assure that the announced itinerary is followed at the strictest possible level, occasionally, we might have to alter or delay the schedules and itineraries in the last minute due to the uncertainty of local weather and river conditions.

2. Change point of embarkation and disembarkation

If the cruise encounters difficulty in embarking and disembarking passengers at the scheduled points, RV Kalay Pandaw will bear no extra cost of transporting to and from the embarking and disembarking place except for the case that the passengers or their agents have purchased a package tour including our land services. Any reason for altering the place of embarkation and disembarkation will not be considered a reason for terminating this contract. 

3. Fuel surcharge

The fuel costs, which have been calculated basing on the average market price, are included in the announced ticket price. If the fuel price increases by more than 10%, the company will have the right to collect charge for fuel supplement equal to the amount by which the fuel price exceeds the price stated in the contract.

4. Deposit

If you book more than 65 days in advance of the departure date, you are required to make a 30% non-refundable deposit at the booking time. The remaining amount must be paid at least 65 prior to the departure.

If you book less than 65 days in advance of the departure date, you are required to make full payment of the fare within 48 hours.

* You may be required to make higher non-refundable deposits for certain special offers. Advice for these offers will be shown to you at the time of booking.

5. Cancellation by us

Under the circumstance that a cruise cannot be operated for passengers with confirmed bookings or departures because the number of occupied cabins is less than 5, RV Kalay Pandaw has the rights to call off the cruise. We will notify all passengers with confirmed booking about the cancellation 30 days in advance. A substitute cruise ship (with parallel itinerary and ship type) or an alternative departure date will be proposed depending on its availability. RV Kalay Pandaw will bear or compensate any extra or difference in cruise prices. If the passengers do not agree with the alternative ship or departure, we will make full refund of the deposit amounts upon the demand of the passengers. If RV Kalay Pandaw makes cancellation of a cruise after a passenger has cancelled their bookings and paid cancellation charges (and deposit), we will make full refund upon the passenger’s request.

6. Cancellation by Customer

If you intend canceling your booking, you must notify us via email or fax. The applicable policy for cancellation charge will be as follows:

If you cancel 65 days or more prior to the departure, you will be charged 30% of the total price.

If you cancel 64 days or less prior to the departure, or don’t show up, you will be charged 100% of the total price.

 * When calculating the refund for your cancellation, we will deduct the wire fees and credit card commissions.

7. Children Price & Extra Bed

Children under the age of 4 may share cabin with their parent(s) without extra charge. However, RV Kalay Pandaw cannot ensure the availability of cots. Children over the age of 4 up to 18 get:

50% reduction from adult price for 1 adult and 1 child staying in 1 cabin

50% reduction for the child for 2 adults and 1 child staying in 2 cabins (1 cabin has no single supplement)

50% reduction for the children for 2 adults and 2 children staying in 2 cabins.

For larger family groups, the price would be calculated upon request.

8. Insurance

We highly recommend that travelers have their trip cancellation covered. In this case, travelers will be repaid the cost of air ticket and other non-refundable payments for the trip. We also advise the guests to purchase insurance for medical matters, luggage loss and delay of the trip in case of unfavorable situations. RV Kalay Pandaw will not be liable for the loss of personal belongings.

9. Dietary needs

If the guests have exceptional dietary needs, they should contact with us 30 days in advance of the departure. The cruise crew will exert all possible efforts to satisfy the exceptional dietary needs and demands depending on the availability of the goods.

10. Travelers’ responsibilities

All the guests stepping on board should be responsible towards their co-travelers and the cruise crew. The guests are advised to analyze the conditions of the trip itinerary and have appropriate social conduct towards their co-travelers and crew members. They should thoroughly check all the safety requirements on board and during the trips.

KathieL

Norway

A Wonderful Experience

November 2017

It was our 3rd trip to Burma but was our first river cruise. The Pandaw originally came from Myanmar, and personally, I prefer it the most for a river cruise in Myanmar.
The Pandaw Kalay has a really low draft and this design was intentional to sail on shallow rivers. The ship only has 5 cabins an ... More +

Lindria42

Malaysia

We LOVED it!

February 2018

Originally our trip was supposed to go from Monywa to Homalin, but because of the low river level, we could only come to Kalaywa. The whole experience was delightful though it was our first time in Burma and our first river cruise. There were only 10 passengers with 4 cabins on the main deck and the ... More +

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