Orient Pandaw, Mandalay Pagan Packet Downstream ex Mandalay to Pagan
Cruise Line Pandaw Cruises
Ship Orient Pandaw
Destination Asian Rivers
Nights 7
Departure Date 22 Feb 2020
Description 7 Night Cruise sailing from Mandalay to Pagan aboard Orient Pandaw.

A fabulous way to discover the mighty Irrawaddy River aboard a Pandaw with up to two weekly departures between the historic royal capitals with two nights moored at Pagan and three at Mandalay as well as exploring small towns and villages of lost Burma in between.

DAY 1 MANDALAY
Embark for lunch and afternoon excursion to central Mandalay visiting the palace and hill areas, craft workshops and shopping. Overnight Sagaing Jetty.

DAY 2 MINGUN - SAGAING - AMARAPURA
Set sail to Mingun for a morning walking tour around the unfinished stupa built by Amarapura’s King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intended to be the world’s largest stupa but remained unfinished since 1808 and also visit the world’s largest ringing bell.

In the afternoon, drive up to the top of Sagaing Hill and admire the bird’s eye view over the Irrawaddy river curving around Sagaing city from SoonU Ponnya Shin hill top-pagoda. Later an introduction to the Buddhist nuns’way of life at a nunnery.

Drive to Amarapura, a former capital (initially from 1783 to 1819 and subsequently from 1839 to 1852). Visit a silk and cotton weaving workshop, Amarapura’s major business.

At sunset take a local boat on Taungthaman lake at U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge.

Moor overnight at Sagaing.

DAY 3 YANDABO
Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay.

This village is well-known as the place where the first Anglo-Burmese war ended by the peace treaty signed in 1826. Morning walking tour and a visit to a pottery workshop to see first-hand the production process. This is a hands-on experience which you are welcome to try.

Visit the Pandaw supported Yandabo School (if no school holidays).

Moor overnight at Shwe Tan Tit village.

DAY 4 PAKOKKU - AYARDAW
Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk. Sail to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw. Afternoon walk around the village.

Pakkoku is a city of about 100,000 inhabitants located 30 km from Pagan. Main produce are tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanatkha (traditional make-up and sun lotion) and textiles. Visit Pakokku’s main market by Tuk Tuk.

Stop at a cheroot workshop and discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made.

Moor overnight at Tant Chi village.

DAY 5 TANT-CHI-TAUNG - SALAY
Drive up the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain to visit the hill top stupa. On the way back, watch a traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers from Tant-Chi.

Sail to Salay, a small town which was once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries.

Walk from the ship to Yoke-Sone Kyaung, the best-known teak carved monastery in Burma, stopping at Salay House on return.

Moor overnight at Salay.

DAY 6 SALAY - PAGAN
Morning cruise upstream from Salay to Pagan to explore its many temples.

The first temple visited is Ananda, known as the finest temple in Pagan in terms of ancient architecture, built in AD 1105 by King Kyansit Thar, the third king of Pagan dynasty. Explore the high standard of Pagan craftsmanship including niches with statues, glazed plaques, the standing Buddha statues and murals.

Next stop is Myingabar Gubyaukgyi temple built in AD 1113 by Prince Rajakumar, son of King Kyansit Thar. Discover the well-preserved murals which also depict typical day-to-day life in Pagan.

End the day with a walk through Phwar Saw Village; a small village with just over 500 inhabitants situated between New Pagan and Nyaung U airport. It was named after the very famous and influential queen for three consecutive Kings in Pagan’s late 13th century. The villagers rely on bean and pea farming, breeding cattle and producing small lacquerware handicrafts. A short stroll in the village under the shimmering sunshine in the late afternoon is the perfect way to capture the villagers’ way of life including fetching water, herding cattle back home and preparing for dinner.

Moor overnight Pagan.

DAY 7 PAGAN
Further exploration of Pagan and visit a lacquerware workshop.

Visit to Shwe San Daw stupa, one of only a few monuments allowing travellers to climb it, gaining a 360-degree view over the pagoda-studded plain. The next visit is to Shwe Zi Gone Pagoda, built in AD 1086 and believed to enshrine a hair relic of the Buddha.

Before returning to the ship for lunch, take a stroll around the Khay Min Ga pagoda complex to learn about the different architectural styles: Indian, Sri Lankan, Myanmar-Mon hybrid and Myanmar.

And In the afternoon, visit a Lacquerware workshop to explore the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is the specialty craft of Pagan.

Continue to the unique Payathonezu, three inter-connected temples with a narrow passage built in the late 13th century.

End the day with a visit to Dhamayangyi from AD 1170, the widest and largest temple in Pagan.

Watch the sunset from the top of Taung Guni temple before returning to the ship.

Moor overnight Pagan.

DAY 8 PAGAN
Disembarkation in Pagan.
Sailing Dates
  • 07 Sep 2019
  • 05 Oct 2019
  • 30 Nov 2019
  • 28 Dec 2019
  • 11 Jan 2020
  • 25 Jan 2020
  • 08 Feb 2020
  • 22 Feb 2020
  • 07 Mar 2020
  • 21 Mar 2020
Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

DayDateActivityArriveDepart
1 22/02 Mandalay, Myanmar
2 23/02 Mingun, Myanmar
2 23/02 Sagaing, Myanmar
3 24/02 Yandabo, Myanmar
4 25/02 Pakkoku, Myanmar
5 26/02 Salay, Myanmar
6 27/02 Pagan, Myanmar
7 28/02 Pagan, Myanmar
8 29/02 Pagan, Myanmar
All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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