Explore a little-visited region of
northern Burma (Myanmar), sailing
from Mandalay to Katha, where George
Orwell was once stationed as an imperial
policeman. Visit charming local towns
and riverside villages, uncover Buddhist
monasteries and small pagodas and
marvel at the beautiful and dramatic
riverside scenery. All the while you
will learn about daily life along one of
Indochina’s most important waterways.
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Fly from London to Mandalay, via Bangkok, with
Thai Airways. (N)
Arrive in Mandalay and transfer to the
Mandalay Hill Resort for 2 nights. (N)
Half-day private tour to Amarapura visiting the
Mahagandayon monastery and the iconic U
Bein bridge. (B)
Board your Pandaw vessel this morning for
the 7-night Upper Irrawaddy cruise. Visit the
potteries near Kyauk-myoung, where the famous
50-gallon water pots are made by hand. Return
to the ship and enter the third defile of the
Irrawaddy. (B, L, D)
Stop at Khan-nyat village with its Buddhist
monasteries. Climb Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with
superb views of the Upper Irrawaddy river. (B, L, D)
The colonial town of Katha was the setting for
George Orwell’s Burmese Days, and little has
changed since then. Here, the local fire station
houses a collection of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s ships’ bells, taken from sunken ships in
the second world 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 forces. (B, L, D)
Transfer by local boat and visit Kyun Daw, a small
village with numerous small pagodas. (B, L, D)
Cruise through the most dramatic of the three
gorges where cliffs tower over the narrow
channel. (B, L, D)
Disembark for a walking tour of the ancient city
of Tagaung. See the town’s fortifications, a nat or
spirit shrine, and the archaeological area. (B, L, D)
Visit the unfinished pagoda at Mingun, home of
the largest working bell in the world, then drive
to the Sagaing hills to enjoy a views over the
region and the Irrawaddy river. (B, L, D)
In the morning, disembark in Mandalay and fly
back to London via Bangkok, or extend your stay
with a flight south to Rangoon (Yangon). (B)
Morning arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This itinerary uses a 4-star hotel
in Mandalay. Cruise accommodation, service and
facilities should also be considered as Superior.
When on board the
cruise, the transfers and excursions relevant to
that cruise are operated as a group with other
passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings
For a price quote based
on alternative accommodation standards
or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary,
please call 020 7808 6786 or email email@example.com.
Pandaw vessels have been custom-built for river
cruising, designed and finished as replicas of
colonial river steamers with interiors hand-finished
in brass and teak by traditionally skilled craftsmen.
Facilities include a cocktail bar and a sun deck.
Pandaw has long pioneered navigation on the
rivers of Burma. This continues today, Pandaw
being the only operator providing weekly
departures. Trips include classic journeys from
Rangoon up to Mandalay, cruises between
Pagan (Bagan) and Mandalay, and journeys
to more remote destinations, such as sailing
the Chindwin river to Homalin, then continuing
further on the Upper Irrawaddy to Katha.
All these cruises are on small and brand new
vessels, and can be combined to create a full
exploration of the rivers of Burma.
Mandalay Hill Resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas, the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Guest rooms and suites are decorated in warm colours and fitted with modern amenities. Facilities include a selection of restaurants and bars, an extensive spa, swimming pool, fitness centre and tennis...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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