Two New Myanmar Adventures

Luxury river cruise operator, Pandaw will operate two new cruise programmes exploring Myanmar’s Salween River and the fascinating Irrawaddy Delta. Both programmes will operate weekly from October 2016 to March 2017 and can easily be combined together or with Pandaw’s cruises on the Irrawaddy or Chindwin rivers.

The Mighty Salween River is the longest river in Myanmar at 1,749 miles from itssource in Tibet. The Salween is only navigable by larger vessels for about 100 miles between its mouth at Martaban and the Karen hill station of Hpa-an. However,there is much to explore in this undiscovered area of the country including Moulmein, the first British capital of former Burma, home to fascinating old churches and splendid royal Buddhist monasteries; the war graves at Thanbyuzayat; beautiful scenery and charming undiscovered villages; the Karen capital of Hpaan andthe dramatic Mount Zwekabin with its Karen dancing school. In addition Pandaw guests will stop at the Golden Rock Pagoda of Kyaikhtiho and Pegu with its splendid Shwemadaw Pagoda, the tallest in Burma.


The KalayPandaw, with her ultra-low draft, is the ideal luxury vessel to explorethe Salween River. She has four main deck staterooms, an upper deck owner’s suiteand dining room.

The second itinerary explores the Irrawaddy Delta, which was originally a vast inhabited wetland and jungle, much of which was cleared  and cultivated by the British who annexed Lower Burma in 1855. It subsequently became the rice basket ofAsia, effectively feeding much of the Indian Raj. During this period of prosperity anumber of rice towns developed in the colonial style, the most famous of which was Bassein. By the 1920s The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company operated over 100 creeksteamers across the Delta connecting these towns and villages at a time when therewere neither roads nor bridges.

Pandaw has recreated this experience with two short cruises (four-nights outwardsand two-nights inwards) from Rangoon to Bassein. These short cruises are ideal tocombine with a relaxing stay at the beautiful Ngwe Saung Beach, where there is achoice of two deluxe hotels (the Eskala Hotel or the Ngwesaung Yacht Club).

Pandaw’s Irrawaddy Delta programme will operate on the Katha Pandaw, which was built in Vietnam in 2012 to offer 16 staterooms ranging over two decks. With opendeck dining suited to the Southeast Asian climate, this is one of the most popular ships in the Pandaw fleet. Passengers will be able to explore these great wetlandsand visit some of its pretty towns, markets, temples, churches and mosques as well as see the regions profuse bird life in the less populated areas.


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