RV Kalay Pandaw

Launched: 2013   |   Length: 28.70m (94.0ft)   |   Crew Members: 7   |   Staterooms: 05

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Main Deck Staterooms

No of Cabins: 4   |   Area: 17M2   |   Bed: Double/Twins   |   Location: Main Deck

The RV Kalay Pandaw cabins are the most celebrated feature of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Finished in brass and teak, the main deck premium rooms are spacious, offering a panoramic view through French windows. 

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

Upper Deck Owners Suite

No of Cabins: 01   |   Area: 17M2   |   Bed: Double/Twins   |   Location: Upper Deck

The highlight of the RV Kalay Pandaw is without any doubt the enormous Owner’s Suite which has been designed by the owner in collaboration with the well-known Italian designer Alberto Peyre. The result is a design that can meet the most difficult navigational challenges with elegance and style that takes the Pandaw colonial marine tradition to new heights of sophistication. 

Features +
  • Air-conditioner
  • Mini-safe
  • Luggage storage
  • Wardrobe
  • Writing desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Kimono and slippers.

RV KALAY PANDAW DECK PLAN

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Joining a cruise on Pandaw, you will not only have private space in your comfortable cabin, your journey is also filled with a lot of outdoor experience. There are many vantage points on board allows you to get a panoramic views of the river and observe the world go by such as the promenade decks, observation deck or sitting places outside. The special thing of this ship is that you could open window (except port holes on the lower deck) to enjoy spectacular views while the ship sail forward.

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RV KALAY PANDAW RESTAURANT

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Capacities: 10 

The restaurant offers a great choice to relish local cuisine and exotic delights while enjoying the beautiful passing scenery. The chief and his team set great importance on fresh products and source the supplies as locally as possible. Breakfast and lunch are provided in buffet style, while the dinner is served a la cart

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ACTIVITIES ON BOARD

Sailing on the ship, you have great chance to take part in various activities - an indispensable part of any Pandaw river expedition including cooking, talks on local culture and history, cultural performances, film presentations. In addition, with any expedition, there are a number of social events for passengers such as a welcome dinner, cocktail parties on deck or a farewell dinner.

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EXCURSIONS

Excursion ashore is an indispensible part of any Pandaw river cruise. This maybe the most interesting part in your journey on Pandaw because there are varied activities for passengers to take part in. It could be a leisurely cycling tour through beautiful villages and countryside or other more adventurous exploration with speed boat or horse drawn cart.

RV KALAY PANDAW OVERVIEW

The RV Kalay Pandaw is the smallest ship of the Pandaw River Cruises family (Kalay in Burmese means ‘baby’), including just 4 staterooms and 1 lavish Owners Suite.

With a design based on the original river cruisers of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in 19th century, this beautifully crafted boat was built in 2013 by local craftsmen. They built this boutique ship with colonial style in brass and teak. RV Kalay Pandaw features an observation deck and a promenade deck, designed to offer panoramic views of the destinations.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM RV KALAY PANDAW

The RV Kalay Pandaw cabins don’t feature TV’s or phones, so there’s no distraction from the surrounding scenery, which is visible from all cabins through large windows. And the suites have no mini-bars, thus you’re encouraged to be sociable. The size of RV Kalay Pandaw and the shared experience makes itself to own a convivial atmosphere, especially during meal times when you’re enjoying delicious dishes.

The RV Kalay Pandaw cruise operates on the Chindwin River passing scenery quite different to the Irrawaddy River. Incidentally, Pandaw Cruises was the first company to operate cruises on this river. The ship travels between Monywa and Homalin where very close to the shared border with India; passing through mountain and forest scenery, remote local villages and riverside pagodas. The Chindwin River cruise can operate 9 months of the year and can access more remote and hard-to-reach areas. Shore excursion of RV Kalay Pandaw is a key part of the experience and there will be at least once per day exploring the landscapes, visiting famous sites and local villages.

As most Pandaw River Cruises, there are no hidden extra fees when it comes to price. The cruise offers all meals and drinks (apart from wine and imported spirits), shore excursions and the crew tips. In addition, the RV Kalay Pandaw fare also includes most of lavish services in shore excursions to ensure travellers to have the most comfortable experience in their Myanmar River Cruise.

For these reasons, travellers can enjoy an unforgettable cruise in Burma with most convenient and luxurious services on RV Kalay Pandaw.

PAGAN AND THE UPPER IRRAWADDY: MANDALAY - KATHA - BAGAN

Destinations: Mandalay - Kyauk Myoung - Khanyat - Katha - Tagaung - Mingun - Ava - Mandalay - Bagan

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Day 01 MANDALAY (L/D)

The first stop you will make is the Mahamuni Pagoda. The Mahamuni Pagoda or Mahamuni Buddha temple is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Burma. The temple houses the Mahamuni Buddha image, the most highly revered Buddha image in the country.

Continue to a gold leaf and tapestry work shop and walk along the marble & stone carver’s street. Take time to visit a silk and cotton weaving work shop to learn more about traditional crafts of the locals.

Afterwards, you will take a bus transfer to “U Bein” bridge-a beautiful 1.2 kilometre structure built from teak planks and said to be the longest of its type in the world. To finish your day of experience, you take a small boat to travel over the Taungthaman Lake and enjoy the sunset.

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

Day 02 KYAUK - MYOUNG (B/L/D)

In the morning, set sail to visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung which you will reach in the afternoon.  Kyauk Myaung is a small town which is famous for its glazed pottery including large Martaban Jars. These jars are used as containers to hold water, cooking oil and rice and are seen throughout Myanmar. Visiting the town, you have chance to observe the making process of potteries.

Then, you continue travel through the third defile of the Irrawaddy. This area is covered with dense teak forest.

Day 03 KHANYAT (B/L/D)

Today, you will make a stop to explore the small village of Khan-nyat for studying history and culture of the region through many Buddhist monasteries. You also visit the former head teacher’s house to chat and see his museum collections.

Afterwards, you transfer to Tigyang and climb the Pagoda Hill to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Irrawaddy River.

Day 04 KATHA (B/L/D)

Today, you will have plenty of time to explore the enchanting colonial town of Katha. Situated on the west bank of the Irrawaddy in northern Sagaing Division, it remains a charming and remote riverside town.

Further afield, the local villages and picturesque countryside make Katha a perfect place to explore. Continue to visit an elephant logging camp at Katha in the lush jungle.

Day 05 SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND (B/L/D)

Today, you will take a local boat to transfer to Kyun Daw village. You will get the opportunity to interact with friendly locals and visit pagodas to learn more about the culture and history of the region.

Day 06 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY (B/L/D)

In the morning, your cruise will pass by the second Defile. At this place the river banks become a steep cliff. The scenery is amazing and offers beautiful scenery. Continue to sail downstream.

Day 07 TAGAUNG (B/L/D)

Today, you will take a walking tour to discover the ancient city of Tagaung. Tagaung is a town in Mandalay Region and situated on the east bank of the Ayeyarwady River, 127 miles north of Mandalay.  The ruins of Tagoung still exist and there is no reason for doubting that it was the earliest seat of the Burman monarchy. Take your time for sightseeing at Tagaung.

Day 08 MINGUN (B/L/D)

In the morning, continue your journey to Mingun- a little town along the Ayeyarwady River. Here you will visit Mingun Bell. The bell is housed nearby the Paya in a Zayat, an intricate Burmese style pavilion with a multi tiered roof. The bell measuring almost 4 meters high is the largest working bell in the world.

Continue onto Mingun Pagoda. The Mingun Pagoda is a massive unfinished pagoda built at the end of the 18th century, and was the largest pagoda in the country

You will also visit the Mingun Old People’s Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s.

Take a drive to the hilltop of Sagaing hills to enjoy stunning views of the region and the Irrawaddy River.

Day 09 AVA (B/L/D)

This morning, you will visit Ava- a city in the Mandalay Division of Myanmar, situated just to the south of Amarapura on the Ayeyarwady River. Make a visit to Bagaya Kyaung which was constructed on the model of the old monastery. The monastery decorated with splendid Myanma architectural works is in the ancient city of Innwa. Continue to explore the ancient capital of Amarapura.

Continue onto Amarapura- situated 11 kilometres south of Mandalay. You can find ruins of the city gate, the palace, and tombs of old kings. There are also numerous stupas to be seen in the area.

Day 10 PAGAN (B/L/D)

Spend all day taking a coach to explore the World Heritage Site - Bagan (Pagan) which is located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, in the Mandalay Region of Burma. The thousands of temples that are spread across the plains of Bagan combine to form one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and provide views quite unlike anywhere else on earth.

Day 11 PAGAN (B)

Today, you will disembark from the ship.

What's Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water
  • Jugged coffee
  • Teas & tisanes

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • All beverages except local mineral water
  • Jugged coffee
  • Teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Pre - extension

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YANGON - BAGAN 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Yangon - Bagan

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MANDALAY 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay

2
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YANGON 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Yangon

Post - Extension

3
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MANDALAY - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Ava - Amarapura - Yangon

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INLE LAKE - 4 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon

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BAGAN - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Bagan - Yangon

PAGAN AND THE UPPER IRRAWADDY: BAGAN - KATHA – MANDALAY

Destinations: Bagan - Yandabo - Amarapura - Kyauk-Myoung - Khanyat - Katha - Tagaung - Mingun - Mandalay

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Day 01 PAGAN (L/D)

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

Embark at Pagan (Ayer jetty) by 11:30am. Embark for lunch and followed by exploration of the 3000 plus Pagan monuments by coach. The ship will leave Pagan at 17:30.

Day 02 YANDABO (B/L/D)

Cruise past the confluence with the Chindwin River and arrive at Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the riverbank clay. Cruise through afternoon upstream towards Mandalay.

Day 03 AMARAPURA (B/L/D)

Morning visit to Ava and explore the ruins, visiting Bagaya Kyaung, a 200-year-old royal monastery made of teak with elaborate woodcarvings. Continue to visit the ancient capital of Amarapura and admire the paintings in a temple.

Day 04 KYAUK-MYOUNG (B/L/D)

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 return to the ship and enter the third defile of Irrawaddy.

Day 05 KHANYAT (B/L/D)

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. We go ashore and climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning views of the Upper Irrawaddy River.

Day 06 KATHA (B/L/D)

We reach 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 the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s 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 also visit an elephant logging camp at Katha in the hardwood forests of the hills that surround the town and further upstream.

Day 07 SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND (B/L/D)

Transfer by Local boat and visit Kyun Daw village where we will visit countless small Pagodas.

Day 08 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY (B/L/D)

Cruise through the 2nd Defile, the most dramatic of the three gorges with cliffs towering over the narrow channel. Sail downstream.

Day 09 TAGAUNG (B/L/D)

Walking tour of the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications, a famous nat or spirit shrine and the archaeological area.

Day 10 MINGUN (B/L/D)

In the morning, continue your journey to Mingun- a little town along the Ayeyarwady River. Here you will visit Mingun Bell. The bell is housed nearby the Paya in a Zayat, an intricate Burmese style pavilion with a multi tiered roof. The bell measuring almost 4 meters high is the largest working bell in the world.

Continue onto Mingun Pagoda. The Mingun Pagoda is a massive unfinished pagoda built at the end of the 18th century, and was the largest pagoda in the country. You will also visit the Mingun Old People’s Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. Take a drive to the hilltop of Sagaing hills to enjoy stunning views of the region and the Irrawaddy River.

Day 11 MANDALAY (B)

Disembark after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water
  • Jugged coffee
  • Teas & tisanes

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • All beverages except local mineral water
  • Jugged coffee
  • Teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Pre - extension

3
days
YANGON - BAGAN 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Yangon - Bagan

2
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MANDALAY 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay

2
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YANGON 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Yangon

Post - Extension

3
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MANDALAY - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Ava - Amarapura - Yangon

4
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INLE LAKE - 4 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon

3
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BAGAN - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Bagan - Yangon

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

A Wonderful Experience

Nov 2018

The Pandaw Kalay is a very shallow draft ship, designed specifically for the shallow rivers of Burma. With just 5 cabins, the small ship offered an intimate cruising experience. We were in the huge owner's cabin, with windows curving across the front of the cabin. It was a lovely space. 

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Lindria42

We loved it!

Feb 2018

It was our first visit to Burma and our first river trip and we found the whole experience a delight. There were only 10 passengers – 4 cabins on the first deck and the Owner’s cabin on the second deck which is where we were. Dining was al fresco – a buffet breakfast, part buffet lunch and a full service dinner. The food was excellent and introduced us to some of the hotter flavours of Burmese cuisine. We were well looked after by the boat manager, Win.

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