RV Zawgyi Pandaw

Launched: 2014   |   Length: 40.58m (133ft)   |   Crew Members: 10   |   Staterooms: 10

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FREE airport pick up on your first day arriving Myanmar or drop -  off at your last day in Myanmar (Except programs of 1 night and 02 night cruise)

Main Deck

No of Cabins: 06   |   Area: 14 M2   |   Bed: Double/ Twin   |   Location: Main Deck

The RV Zawgyi 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

No of Cabins: 04   |   Area: 14 M2   |   Bed: Double/ Twin   |   Location: Upper Deck

The RV Zawgyi Pandaw cabins are the most celebrated feature of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Finished in brass and teak, the upper 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

RV ZAWGYI PANDAW DECK PLAN

RV Zawgyi Pandaw deck plan

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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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, exploring local markets, 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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SALOON

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DINING

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BAR

RV ZAWGYI PANDAW - ONE OF NEWEST MEMBERS OF RV PANDAW FAMILY

Built in 2014, the RV Zawgyi Pandaw is one of the newest boats of RV Pandaw Cruises with luxurious quality and great specifications. The ship is beautifully designed in colonial style, furnished with teak and classic brass and equipped with comfortable air-conditioned cabins and French-style windows.

The ship first designed with six cabins that can accommodate 12 passengers, then added an upper deck with further cabin for 24 guests now. In addition, the RV Zawgyi Pandaw also has a flexible bistro area and an observation saloon to offer the most fabulous views of the Irrawaddy River as well as its surrounding regions.

RV ZAWGYI PANDAW OFFERS HIGH - STANDARD SERVICES

The ambience on board is really sociable and cozy which bring relaxed feeling to passengers like spending enjoyable time on a private yacht instead of a cruise vessel. Thus, guest can feel casual and comfortable during the day. In addition, onboard RV Zawgyi Pandaw also offers high quality dining and excellent beverage which enhance the luxurious experience in the Myanmar river cruise.

The ship also features convenient services including laundry, boutique shop, mini-bar, spa-branded amenities with highest class. All these utilities on RV Zawgyi Pandaw are offered by a thoughtful and friendly staff to ensure that travellers have most comfortable experiences in their journey.

The RV Zawgyi Pandaw ship is designed to operate in the upper section of the Irrawaddy River, a stunning cruise between Mandalay and Bhamo with various remote and exotic areas visits. Its convenient structure of shallow draft allows the ship to pass through enchanting gorges. Moreover, diverse daily shore excursions will be a great experience about local way of life.

Every day of RV Zawgyi Pandaw cruise is an amazing adventure, and the voyage will take passengers as far north as Bhamo, where the Chinese border is within a touching distance, as well as to the far reaches in the northwest of Burma, where the candle lit street markets of Homalin is a beautiful reminder of how the country once has been existed many years ago. RV Zawgyi Pandaw is truly a perfect choice for those who would like to discover the hidden charm of Burma with a fantastic floating voyage.

17 NIGHTS CHINDWIN & THE UPPER IRRAWADDY

Destinations:  Monywa - Kyauk Ka Village - Kanee - Mingkin - Kalewa – Mawlaik - Mandalay - Kyauk Myoung - Khanyat - Katha - Kyunt Daw Island - 2nd Defile Of Irrawaddy - Tagaung - Mingun - Ava - Bagan

Departure date of itinerary:

Month Year JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
2020 25
JAN 25
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Highlights of Itinerary:

  • Visit Thandboodi Temple and Bawdhi Tahaung statue.
  • Stroll around the night market.
  • Visit Phowin Taung caves with many beautiful mural paitings and Buddha images inside. 
  • Explore the teak wood forest outside Mawlaik by Tuk tuk
  • Discover the Pyar Swe Elephant Camp
  • Explore Kyauk Myoung where people make the famous 50 galloon water pots
  • Climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang and contemplate the beautiful Irrawaddy from above
  • Pay a visit to Tagaung, the ancient city with charming nat and spirit shrine
  • Visit the famous unfinished pagoda and the largest working bell in the world
  • Visit to Ava and explore its ruins as well as 200 year okd royal monastery 
  • Explore over thousands of Bagan's monuments 
Day 01 MONYWA (L/D)

You will have lunch on board. 

In the afternoon, we will visit Thandboodi Temple and Bawdhi Tahaung statue.

Tonight, enjoy the bustling atmospherer of the night market.

*NOTICE: This itinerary is only for reference. Because we will cruise to the remote areas, the itineray will be changed without pior notice.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 02 PHOWIN TAUNG & KYAUK KA VILLAGE (B/L/D)

This morning, we will pay a visit to Phowin Taung Hill by coach to visit Phowin Taung caves with many beautiful mural paitings and Buddha images inside. 

In the afternoon, we will find out the process of making of black lacquer by visiting the Kyauk Ka village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 03 KANEE (B/L/D)

This morning, let's take part in cooking class to learn how to prepare a traditional Burmese Ginger Salad taught by ship's head chef.

In the afternoon, we will reach Kanee and take a walking tour around the village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

Day 04 MINGKIN (B/L/D)

We keep sailing the whole morning. 

In the afternoon, we visit to Mingkin which was rediscovered in 1987 and called Luang Prabang of the Chindwin. The town remains untouched and pristine with many interesting sites including the sublime Konbaung court style teak monastery.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

 

 

Day 05 KALEWA (B/L/D)

This morning, we take a walking tour around Minkin and then the ship keep sailing to Kalewa and we will enjoy the walking tour in here.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

Day 06 MAWLAIK (B/L/D)

In the morning, we will sail to Mawlaik after paying a visit to Masein Village. Mawlaik is the town which was choosen to be the administrative capital replacing Kindat. There are the company houses owned by the Scottish and ran by Bombay Myanmar Trading Corporation in the 1920's and 1930's in Mawlaik.

Besides, a stunning golf course can be found here with a lot of stunning "Dak Bungalows". We can only approach Mawlaik and other towns of the Upper Chindwin by boat so that few cars can be spotted. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

 

 
Day 07 MAWLAIK ELEPHANT CAMP (B/L/D)

This morning, we will explore the teak wood forest outside Mawlaik by Tuk tuk or coach. Then, the Pyar Swe Elephant Camp is our next destination where the elephants are protected in their natural habitat. 

We keep sailing and stay overnight in Kalewa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

Day 08 KALEWA - MANDALAY (B/L/D)

We will get off the ship at Kalewa pier and visit this place by exploring the local markets and beautiful wooden buildings. Then, you will be transfered to Kalay airport for the flight to Mandalay to move to second Pandaw ship.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

Day 09 KYAUK MYOUNG (B/L/D)

We will sail the whole morning.

In the afternoon, we will pay a visit to Kyauk Myoung where people make the famous 50 galloon water pots. You will have a chance to watch the process of making pots.

Then, we come back to the ship and sail to the third defile of the Irrawaddy.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

Day 10 KHANYAT (B/L/D)

We will visit Khanyat, the village with many Buddha monasteries. We explore the house of the former head teacher and his small museum collections as well. 

Next, we will climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang and contemplate the beautiful Irrawaddy from above.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 11 KATHA (B/L/D)

Today, we will arrive at Katha, the beautiful colonial town of Myanmar. It was the final resting place of the old fleets of the famous Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. In 1942, they destroyed the ships as an Act of Denial before the Japanese invader. 

Next, we will visit Katha's elephant logging camp which is located in the hardwood forests surrounded the town.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

Day 12 SAIL UPSTREAM KYUNT DAW ISLAND (B/L/D)

We will move to Kyunt Daw village by local boat. In this village, we will visit many small pagodas.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

Day 13 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY (B/L/D)

Today, we will sail through the sublime 2nd Defile - the most magnificent one of the 3 Irrawaddy's defiles which is highlighted by incredible rock formations. Then, we will sail downstream.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
 
Day 14 TAGAUNG (B/L/D)

Today, we will pay a visit to Tagaung, the ancient city with charming nat and spirit shrines, the oustnading fortification and the impressive archaeological site.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 15 MINGUN (B/L/D)

Today, we will set off early and arrive at Mingun to visit the famous unfinished pagoda and the largest working bell in the world. Besides, we will also pay a visit to Mingun Old People's Home which was founded with the donation of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Then, we will reach the hilltop of Saging Hill to contemplate the Irrawaddy zone from above.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 16 AVA (B/L/D)

This morning, we will visit Ava and explore its ruins as well as 200 - year - old monastery which was made entirely of teak - Bagaya Kyaung. 

In the afternoon, we will move to Yandabo, a village famous for making pottery.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 17 BAGAN (B/L/D)

We will explore over thousands of Bagan's monuments by coach whole day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 18 BAGAN (B)

We will get off the ship after breakfast.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/a
 

What's Included

  • One way domestic flight Kalewa-Mandalay.
  • 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.
  • 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
days
MANDALAY 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay

2
days
YANGON 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Yangon

Post - Extension

3
days
MANDALAY - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Ava - Amarapura - Yangon

4
days
INLE LAKE - 4 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon

3
days
BAGAN - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Bagan - Yangon

10 NIGHT PAGAN AND THE UPPER IRRAWADDY: BAGAN - KATHA - MANDALAY

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

Departure date of itinerary:

Month Year JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
2020 24
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP 24
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NOV
DEC
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Day 08 2ND DEFILE OF IRRAWADDY

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

Day 09 TAGAUNG

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

Day 10 MINGUN

Slip our moorings early in the morning and stop at 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. We also visit the Mingun Old People’s Home originally established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1930s. Drive through the beautiful Sagaing hills to the hilltop to enjoy an amazing view over the region and Irrawaddy River.

Day 11 MANDALAY

Disembark after breakfast.

Pre - extension

3
days
YANGON - BAGAN 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Yangon - Bagan

2
days
MANDALAY 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay

2
days
YANGON 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Yangon

Post - Extension

3
days
MANDALAY - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Ava - Amarapura - Yangon

4
days
INLE LAKE - 4 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon

3
days
BAGAN - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Bagan - Yangon

07 NIGHT THE CHINDWIN: HOMALIN - MONYWA

Destinations: Homalin - Taungdoot - Sitthaung - Mawlaik - Mingkin - Monywa - Phowin Taung - Monywa

Departure date of itinerary:

Month Year JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
2020 04 07 21 19
2021 02 16 30
JAN 04
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV 07 21
DEC 19
JAN 02 16 30
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Highlights of Itinerary:

  • Explore the highlights of Monywa including Thandboodi Temple, Bawdhi Tataung statue and Phowintaung caves
  • Pay a visit to Mingkin - "Luang Prabang of Myanmar"
  • Take a sightseeing tour around Mawlaik through the old colonial buildings and an ancient golf court.
  • Unveil the stories of the IFC ships' remnants in Sittaung.
  • Discover Toungdoot and the life of Shan people
Day 01 HOMALIN (L/D)

You will be transferred t Homalin - the furthest point of Chindwin river that we can sail to. This place was described in the book of Alister McCrae that prossess the serene atmosphere and peaceful life.

To be noted that, the water levels run low in December as we cannot approach Homalin. An alternative excursion will be arranged. You will take a flight to Kalay (domestic flight includes in cruise price) and embark the ship in Kalewa. Then, we will cruise northwards to Mawlaik and navigate down the river to Monywa.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 02 TAUNGDOOT (B/L/D)

Today, we will explore Toungdoot or also known as Hsawng-hsup which once was ruled by the royal mornachy called Sawbaw. You will have a chance to see how life is going here, especially those of Shan  people who live far away from their Tai-Shan homelands. 

En - route to Paungbyin, we stop for a visit to Patha - a major oil refinery belonging to the Indo-Burma Petroleum Co.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 03 SITTHAUNG (B/L/D)

Today, we will pay a visit to Sitthaung where to find the remnants of the IFC's steamers. The ship was scuppered here in 1942 to avoid the Japaneses army took advantages of. 

We continue sail through the mouth of the Yu River.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 04 MAWLAIK (B/L/D)

In the morning, we will sail to Mawlaik which was choosen to be the administrative center replacing Kindat. You can find many company houses owned by the Scottish who ran the Bombay Myanmar Trading Corporation in the 1920's and 1930's here. There is also a gold court surrounded by the "Dak Bungalows". Mawlaik can only be reached by boat so that you can see few cars as well as tourists.

We will pass the mounth of Yu river this afternoon

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 05 MINGKIN (B/L/D)

Some people said that Mingkin is the Luang Prabang of the Chindwin for its tranquil ambience and beautiful old architecture. Rediscovered in 1987 by Paul Strachan, Mingkin was described gorgeously in his book of Mandalay: Travels from the Golden City. The area owns a stunning teak monastery in Konbaung court style.

We proceed to Kalewa next with a visit to the local markets and the wonderful wooden architecture.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 06 MONYWA (B/L/D)

Today, we will approach the lower Chindwin with forested hills, serene landscapes and rustic villages. Then, pay a visit to theThanboddhi Temple in Monywa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 07 PHOWIN TAUNG (B/L/D)

This morning, we will be transfered to Phowin Taung caves by coach. It is well - known for containing hundreds of Buddha images and stunning mural paintings inside. 

Then, we access the Upper Chindwin.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 08 MONYWA (B)

Say goodbye to the crew and get off the ship at Monywa IWT jetty at 8:30 am. You will be transfered to Mandalay within 3 hours of driving (include in cruise price).

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

 

What's Included

  • One way domestic flight
  • 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
  • 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
days
MANDALAY 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay

2
days
YANGON 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Yangon

Post - Extension

3
days
MANDALAY - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Ava - Amarapura - Yangon

4
days
INLE LAKE - 4 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon

3
days
BAGAN - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Bagan - Yangon

07 NIGHT THE CHINDWIN: MONYWA - HOMALIN

Destinations: Monywa - Phowin Taung - Mingkin - Maulaik - Sitthaung - Taungdoot - Homalin

Departure date of itinerary:

Month Year JANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJULAUGSEPOCTNOVDEC
2020 25 14 28 26
2021 09 23
JAN 25
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV 14 28
DEC 26
JAN 09 23
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Highlights of Itinerary:

  • Explore the highlights of Monywa including Thandboodi Temple, Bawdhi Tataung statue and Phowintaung caves
  • Pay a visit to Mingkin - "Luang Prabang of Myanmar"
  • Take a sightseeing tour around Mawlaik through the old colonial buildings and an ancient golf court.
  • Unveil the stories of the IFC ships' remnants in Sittaung.
  • Discover Toungdoot and the life of Shan people
Day 01 MONYWA (L/D)

Today, afternoon tour includes visiting Thandboodhi Temple, Bawdhi Tahaung statue. In the evening, we will stroll around the night market.

*This cruise itinerary is for reference only. If you decide to book this cruise, keep in mind that the itinerary can be changed at anytime due to travel to the remote areas.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 02 PHOWIN TAUNG (B/L/D)

This morning, we will be transfered to Phowin Taung caves by coach. It is well - known for containing hundreds of Buddha images and stunning mural paintings inside. 

Then, we access the Upper Chindwin.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 03 CRUISING (B/L/D)

Today, we will sail through many picturesque landscapes of the Chindwin river as well as beautiful villages like Kanee where we stop for a leisurely walk.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw

 

 

 

Day 04 MINGKIN (B/L/D)

Some people said that Mingkin is the Luang Prabang of the Chindwin for its tranquil ambience and beautiful old architecture. Rediscovered in 1987 by Paul Strachan, Mingkin was described gorgeously in his book of Mandalay: Travels from the Golden City. The area owns a stunning teak monastery in Konbaung court style.

We proceed to Kalewa next with a visit to the local markets and the wonderful wooden architecture.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 05 MAWLAIK (B/L/D)

In the morning, we will sail to Mawlaik which was choosen to be the administrative center replacing Kindat. You can find many company houses owned by the Scottish who ran the Bombay Myanmar Trading Corporation in the 1920's and 1930's here. There is also a gold court surrounded by the "Dak Bungalows". Mawlaik can only be reached by boat so that you can see few cars as well as tourists.

We will pass the mounth of Yu river this afternoon

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 06 SITTAUNG (B/L/D)

Today, we will pay a visit to Sitthaung where to find the remnants of the IFC's steamers. The ship was scuppered here in 1942 to avoid the Japaneses army took advantages of. Pantha was the major oil refinery belonging to the Indo - Burma Petroleum Co.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 07 TAUNGDOOT (B/L/D)

Today, we will explore Toungdoot or also known as Hsawng-hsup which once was ruled by the royal mornachy called Sawbaw. You will have a chance to see how life is going here, especially those of Shan  people who live far away from their Tai-Shan homelands. 

Next, we continue crusing to Homalin - the furthest point of Chindwin river that we can sail to. This place was described in the book of Alister McCrae that prossess the serene atmosphere and peaceful life.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: RV Zawgyi Pandaw
Day 08 HOMALIN (B)

 We will get off the ship and you will be transfered to Homalin airport. 

To be noted that, the water levels run low in December as we cannot approach Homalin. An alternative excursion will be arranged. We will sail to Mawlaik and the return to Kalewa where you can catch a flight to Yangon or Mandalay.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/a

What's Included

  • One way domestic flight
  • 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
  • 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
days
MANDALAY 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay

2
days
YANGON 2 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Yangon

Post - Extension

3
days
MANDALAY - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Ava - Amarapura - Yangon

4
days
INLE LAKE - 4 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Mandalay - Inle Lake - Yangon

3
days
BAGAN - YANGON 3 DAYS

Tour Type: Private Tour

Visit: Bagan - Yangon

RV ZAWGYI 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 Zawgyi 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 Zawgyi 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 Zawgyi 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 Zawgyi 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 Zawgyi 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 Zawgyi 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.

Lucia Emma Poloni

Australia

CRUISED ON JANUARY 2013

JANUARY 2013

Positive :

  • The cabin and other on board facilities were very comfortable
  • The crew were friendly and efficient. They were always ready to accommodate us
  • The itinerary was interesting with at least one shore excursion each day
  • The local guide was knowledgeable and very friendly
  • The meals on board were excellent with delicious dishes provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • On-board activities such as cooking demonstration, cocktail parties, entertainment were impressive

Negative:

  • The air-conditioners in the cabins were quite noisy
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Mr Bob H

Australia

CRUISED ON NOVEMBER 2013

NOVEMBER 2013

Positive:

  • The ship was wonderful, well decorated, traditional style combined with modern amenities
  • The passengers were open and friendly
  • The food was excellent with a variety of choices, high quality
  • The itinerary was great with amazing stops at villages, markets and temples
  • The crew members were very friendly and helpful.
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silverswimmer

The magical river Chindwin-away from the tourist trail

January 2017

I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who wants to experience real Burmese working towns and villages

Go before it changes

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Raycr

Myanmar from the Irrawaddy

March 2018

Chose this cruise as the itinerary looked very interesting. Could not have imagined just how interesting the cruise was in reality. Pandaw provided a luxury river cruise up the Irrawaddy taking in sites on both banks of the river, ending at Bagan (or Pagan). 

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