• River Cruise Experiences

    River Cruise Experiences

    River Boats give a totally different perspective of a country to the traveller….life slows down as days laze into one another….but all is not relaxation! Excursions include exciting mini voyages of discovery - including tiger spotting, bird watching, local sightseeing and cultural highlights. All the boats are luxuriously outfitted - many rekindling the days of colonial splendour. Discover the Mekong River - the lifeblood of the land and visit incredible Angkor Wat. Cruise the Irrawaddy, to see magnificent teak Monasteries and solid gold pagodas. In India travel the mighty Brahmaputra; sail down the Hugli River between Calcutta and the Ganges, or relax aboard 'kettuvallam' - traditional rice barges in Kerala.
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The Irrawaddy Experience

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Bangkok Yangon Prome Pyu Thayetmyo Frontier Post  Sale Monasteries Pagan Yandabo Mandalay Amarapura Mingun  Kyaung-myoung Potteries Tagaung Ancient City Katha Shwegu and the Second Defile Mandalay Yangon Bangkok

Day 1. To Yangon via Bangkok
Morning departure on direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok.

Day 2. Yangon
Arrive Bangkok and connect to Yangon. Afternoon excursion to Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight at The Chatrium Hotel.

Day 3. Prome and Pyu
Morning coach tour to visit the 5th -8th C. archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, see the monumental Pyu stupas. Join the cruise. 14 nights on board.

Day 4. Minhla Forts and Magwe
Visit Thayetmyo, a Colonial town that once guarded the border between Royal Burma and British Burma. Wander the colourful market and take a horse and cart ride to see the countryside.

Day 5. Minhka Forts and Magwe
In Minhla and Gwechaung visit the two Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Burma. Climb the Gwechaung hill. Later visit Magwe to see the magnificent Myatthalon Pagoda constructed with solid gold bricks!

Day 6. Sale Monasteries
Visit a number of teak Monasteries including the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings, and see splendid Colonial style houses.

Day 7. Bagan
Moor at the Tan-Chi-Taung Mountain. Afternoon tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments at this World Heritage site.

Day 8. Bagan Monuments
Explore by coach more monuments, visit a lacquer ware workshop and local markets. Sail upstream with evening walk in Oh Ne Kyaung village.

Day 9. Yandabo Village
This rural village specialises in pot making. Visit the Pandaw School.

Day 10. Manadlay and Amarapura
Tour Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung teak carved Monastery. Explore the ancient capital of Amarapura, ride in a sampan and cross the U Bein Bridge to see Temple paintings.

Day 11. Mingun Pagoda and Bell
At Mingun see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished Pagoda. Visit the Mingun Old People’s Home established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company.

Day 12. Kyaung –myoung and Khan-nyat village
Visit the potteries near Kyauk-myoung Then sail upstream stopping at Khan-nyat village with its Monasteries.

Day 13. Tagaung Ancient City and Tigyang Hill
Explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung, the shrine of Bo Bo Gyi and the archaeological area. Later climb the Pagoda Hill.

Day 14. Katha – ‘Burmese Days’
Colonial Katha was the setting for George Orwell’ ‘Burmese Days’. Of interest is the fire station’s collection of IFC ships bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War.

Day 15. Shewegu and the Second Defile
Travel by speedboat to view the largest of the three Irrawaddy Gorges.

Day 16. Downstream
En route stop for a Jungle walk. Last night onboard.

Day 17. Mandalay
Disembark in Mandalay. Transfer to the airport to board flight to Yangon. Overnight at The Chatrium Hotel.

Day 18. To London via Bangkok
Depart Yangon in the morning to Bangkok with onward connection to London on Thai Airways.

The Cost From

Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis                      £3,995.00

Single room supplement                                                  £990.00


Cost Includes:

  • International & internal flights in economy class.

  • Accommodation with en-suite facilities.

  • Daily breakfast throughout. Full board meals whilst on the Pandaw Cruise

  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.

  • Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.

  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.

  • Full ATOL Bonding.


Cost does not include:

  • Visa Fee.

  • Any optional Excursions.

  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

  • Travel Insurance.


Take to the skies
As dawn breaks take to the skies in a hot air balloon floating silently over the immortal Temples in Bagan


  • Enjoy sightseeing in Yangon with a difference aboard the Elephant Coach, a meticulously restored Chevrolet bus from the 1940s.
  • Outside Sule Pagoda, visit a palm reader or buy a few of the little doves anxiously trapped in cages, waiting to be liberated. It’s a Buddhist practice based on the idea of earning merit by setting free captive birds.
  • Learn the art of pottery making in Yandabo
  • The brilliantly restored Strand Hotel is another reminder of colonial architecture. Grab a seat at the bar, order a Dagon lager or a Pimms cup and channel the ghosts of legendary literary guests past — Somerset Maugham, George Orwell, and Noël Coward.

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  •   quote-mark  We were very pleased with the organisation of our visit to Kamptee. With such short notice, you did a great job getting the contacts with the gentleman, Father Sebasti who in turn made contact with Noel Joseph and in turn George Taj. We were thrilled that our guide Irfan and driver Mr Singh, rearranged our afternoon so that we could wait till Noel could return to Kampti in the afternoon. We enjoyed a fill-in drive and visit to Ramtek temple. Guide Irfan and driver Roshan were most accommodating, as our day didn't finish til 5.50pm back in Nagpur. Noel took us back to the cemetery. He had arranged for us to go to the Nagpur Diocese office the next day, where he had arranged with George to view the archived books and registers kept there from the Garrison Church in Kampti. Several officials helped us in Nagpur. We were thrilled to find our family Baptism registrations and some extra information, which proved our ancestor had been in the Army at Kampti a gunner in the D Troop, Horse Artillery, Kampti. quote-mark2

    J Armsrong - India Tour April 2019 – reseraching her ancestors in India

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