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Pandaw II

This much-loved riverboat has a cult following, and classic features crafted in teakwood and brass.

Overview

Built in 2001, the Pandaw II is a characterful, river cruiser ‒ a luxurious replica of a colonial-era vessel dating from 1865. The ship provides an intimate experience for up to 42 guests as she journeys the Irrawaddy River through some of Myanmar’s most picturesque landscapes, traveling to remote regions to observe a different side of Myanmar – one that is timeless and lost to larger cruise vessels.

About The Pandaw II

The atmosphere aboard this beautiful boutique ship is relaxed and informal. She has a covered sun deck and two passenger decks and is furnished with local hardwoods, period furniture and collections of historic prints, antiques and artefacts, complemented by a host of modern amenities.

Based on the original Pandaw design, this much-loved vessel is something of a cult ship with a considerable following, therefore, her character has been preserved, showcasing the original Pandaw cabins with their classic ship beds and old door and window arrangements.

Cabins

You’ll find 16 air-conditioned cabins on the Upper Deck and eight on the Main Deck, each offering 170 square feet of living space and an en-suite shower-room with hot water. The cabins are fitted with traditional teak twin beds, some of which convert to doubles, all have premium mattresses, quality linens, duvets, and two kinds of pillows.

Rattan chairs and marble-top tables are positioned outside of each cabin, on the broad promenade decks, to provide you with a fantastic vantage point.

On Board Dining

Meals are served in the restaurant, with large, floor to ceiling windows, while coffee, tea and light bites are provided on the Sun Deck for early risers. Breakfast and lunch served in a semi-buffet style, plus a set menu and themed dinners in the evenings featuring Asian and European cuisine, prepared by experienced chefs with an emphasis on local seafood.

Produce is fresh, regional and seasonal, complete with a variety of fresh rolls and breads from the bake house. Vegetarian, low calorie and light options are available at every meal and a comprehensive wine list is offered.

Life On Board And Ashore

Much of your leisure time will be spent on the Sun Deck, where you can take in the sights from teak loungers and get drinks from the bar. Additionally, the Upper Deck has an air-conditioned bar and a viewing area offering fascinating insights to daily life along this historic river. There is also a quiet spa area with a spa therapist offering a wide range of treatments.

You can look forward to cultural entertainment, interesting cooking demonstrations, fun beach barbecues and informative guided shore excursions to explore traditional markets and visit local communities and stunning temples On-board mountain bikes are provided for adventurous shore explorations. Pandaw II has two guides who will accompany all excursions, which are daily and free.

Great for families and friends, couples and solo travelers, the Pandaw II Cruise operates along the classic Irrawaddy route between Yangon and Mandalay, revealing an incredible country that is unhurried to mirror the modern world.

Itineraries & Prices

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8-Day
8-Day

8 Day / 7 Night - Bagan to Mandalay

itinerary map

Embarkation

PM: Transfer from the airport or your hotel in Bagan to the ship for lunch, followed by an exploration of a selection of the 3000 plus Bagan monuments by bicycle or coach.

The first temple visited is Ananda, known as the finest temple in Bagan in terms of ancient architecture, built in AD 1105 by King Kyansit Thar, the third king of Bagan dynasty. Explore the high standard of Bagan 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 Bagan.

End the day with a walk through Phwar Saw Village; a small village with just over 500 inhabitants situated between New Bagan and Nyaung U airport. It was named after the very famous and influential queen for three consecutive Kings in Bagan’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 Bagan.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Bagan to Mandalay - Day One - Cruising along Irrawaddy River
Location
Bagan
Day
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Bagan

AM: Further exploration of Bagan and visit a lacquerware workshop. Visit Shwe San Daw stupa, one of only a few monuments allowing travelers 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.

PM: In the afternoon, visit a Lacquerware workshop to explore the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is the specialty craft of Bagan. 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 Bagan. Watch the sunset from the top of Taung Guni temple before returning to the ship.

Overnight mooring in Bagan.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Bagan to Mandalay - Day Two - Chef Preparing Meals for Guests
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Irrawaddy River
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Salay, Ayardaw & Tant-Chi-Taung

AM: Set sail early morning to Salay, a small town that was once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries. Walk to Yoke-Sone Kyaung, the best-known teak carved monastery in Burma, stopping at Salay House on return.

PM: Sail upriver to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw II then drive up the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain to visit the hill-top stupa.

Late afternoon, watch the traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers from Tant-Chi. Moor overnight near Nyaung U.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Bagan to Mandalay - Day Three - Local Market
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Irrawaddy River
Day
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Pakokku

AM: Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town center by Tuk Tuk. 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.

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

Moor overnight at Aung Pan Chaung near the Chindwin confluence.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Bagan to Mandalay - Day Four - Local People
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Irrawaddy River
Day
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Yandabo

AM: Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the riverbank 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 that you are welcome to try.

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

PM: Afternoon sailing and moor overnight at Pauk-taw Pauk-myaing village near Ava.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Bagan to Mandalay - Day Five - Life on Boat of Local People on Irrawaddy River
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Irrawaddy River
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Ava, Sagaing & Amarapura

AM: Morning visit to the ancient city of Ava, which served as the capital of the Burmese kingdom for nearly 400 years, longer than any other ancient capital. Morning tour by coach to Ava jetty and across the Myit Nge(Dokehtawady) river by small ferry boat, followed by horse carts to Menu Oak Kyaung monastery built by the chief queen in 1822. End the morning with a visit to the splendid Bagaya Kyaung monastery built entirely of teak in 1834.

PM: Afternoon excursion to Sagaing where there are 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries rich in woodcarving and religious art. From Sagaing Hill admire the bird’s eye view over the Irrawaddy river curving around Sagaing from Soon U 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.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Bagan to Mandalay - Day Six - Temple in Myanmar
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Irrawaddy River
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Mingun, Mandalay

AM: 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. Drive to Mandalay in the afternoon. Mandalay is not only the country’s second largest city but also the religious centre of Burmese culture.

The excursion starts with a visit to Mahamuni Buddha Image, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar. The statue was brought here in 1785 by King Bodawapaya after the invasion of the Arakan Kingdom in 1784. To pay respect to the Buddha image, male devotees apply gold leaf to the image. As a result, the Mahamuni Buddha Image has been covered with a thick layer of gold leaf (about 15 cm). The walk continues along the street renowned for its marble carvers.

PM: Continue to Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) which was built in 1857 and was originally part of the royal palace before it was moved to the present site in 1879.

Explore UNESCO listed Kuthodaw Pagoda, with the world’s biggest book. It accommodates 729 marble slabs engraved with the Buddha’s Parli Scriptures housed in shrines.

After the gold leaf hammering workshop, stop by the moat surrounding the Royal Palace for a great photo opportunity with a backdrop of Mandalay Hill.

Moor overnight at Sagaing.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Bagan to Mandalay - Day Seven - Sunrise on Irrawaddy River
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Irrawaddy River
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Disembarkation

AM: By 09:00am disembark in Mandalay and transfer to either hotel or airport.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Bagan to Mandalay - Day Eight - Boat Side View
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Mandalay
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8 Day / 7 Night - Mandalay to Bagan

itinerary map

Embarkation

PM: Transfer from the airport or your hotel to the ship for lunch, followed by excursion to Mandalay which is not only the country’s second largest city but also the religious centre of Burmese culture.

The excursion starts with a visit to Mahamuni Buddha Image, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar. The statue was brought here in 1785 by King Bodawapaya after the invasion of the Arakan Kingdom in 1784. To pay respect to the Buddha image, male devotees apply gold leaf to the image. As a result, the Mahamuni Buddha Image has been covered with a thick layer of gold leaf (about 15 cm). The walk continues along the street renounced for its marble carvers.

Continue to Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) which was built in 1857 and was originally part of the royal palace before it was moved to the present site in 1879.

Explore UNESCO listed Kuthodaw Pagoda, with the world’s biggest book. It accommodates 729 marble slabs engraved with the Buddha’s Parli Scriptures housed in shrines.

After the gold leaf hammering workshop, stop by the moat surrounding the Royal Palace for a great photo opportunity with a backdrop of Mandalay Hill.

Moor overnight at Sagaing.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Mandalay to Bagan - Day One - Pandaw II at Dusk
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Mandalay
Day
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Mingun, Sagaing & Amarapura

AM: 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.

PM: 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.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Mandalay to Bagan - Day Two - Local Market
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
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Yandabo

AM: Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the riverbank 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 that you are welcome to try.

PM: Visit the Pandaw supported Yandabo School (if no school holidays). Moor overnight at Shwe Tan Tit village.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Mandalay to Bagan - Day Three - Sunset on Irrawaddy River
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
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Pakkoku, Ayardaw

AM: Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk. Sail to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw.

PM: 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.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Mandalay to Bagan - Day Four - Locals Fishing on Irrawaddy River
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
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Tant-Chi-Taung, Salay

AM: Drive up the winding road of the Tant-Chi-Taung mountain to visit the hilltop stupa. On the way back, watch a traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers from Tant-Chi.

PM: Sail to Salay, a small town that 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.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Mandalay to Bagan - Day Five - A Temple in Myanmar
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
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Salay, Bagan

AM: Morning cruise upstream from Salay to Bagan to explore its many temples.

The first temple visited is Ananda, known as the finest temple in Bagan in terms of ancient architecture, built in AD 1105 by King Kyansit Thar, the third king of Bagan dynasty. Explore the high standard of Bagan 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 Bagan.

PM: End the day with a walk through Phwar Saw Village; a small village with just over 500 inhabitants situated between New Bagan and Nyaung U airport. It was named after the very famous and influential queen for three consecutive Kings in Bagan’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 Bagan.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Mandalay to Bagan - Day Six - Locals Waiting for Boat at a Dock
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
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Bagan

AM: Further exploration of Bagan and visit a lacquerware workshop.

Visit to Shwe San Daw stupa, one of only a few monuments allowing travelers 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.

PM: In the afternoon, visit a Lacquerware workshop to explore the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is the specialty craft of Bagan. 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 Bagan. Watch the sunset from the top of Taung Guni temple before returning to the ship.

Moor overnight Bagan.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Mandalay to Bagan - Day Seven - Lunch On Board
Location
Irrawaddy River
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: By 09:00am disembark in Bagan and transfer to either hotel or airport.

Pandaw II's 8-Day Mandalay to Bagan - Day Eight - Elephants by River Bank
Location
Bagan
Day
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Bar
Sun Deck
Deck
Restaurant
Restaurant
Sun Deck Bar
Sun Deck Walkway
Lounge
Outside deck
Bartender pouring a drink
A woman on a deck
View to the cabin from the deck
Restaurant with buffet set up
Tables in the restaurant
Waiter with a drink on the deck
Walkway on the sun deck
People in the lounge on the deck
Outside deck

Suites & Cabins

Pandaw II's Main Deck Suite Pandaw II's Main Deck Suite Pandaw II's Main Deck Suite - Bathroom

Main Deck Suite

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 172 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

Enjoy a stay in this stylishly furnished suite that comes with unlimited mineral water, a spacious closet, and an electric mini safe for your belongings. The ensuite shower room comes with hot water, slippers, kimonos, and various amenities.

Pandaw II's Upper Deck Suite Pandaw II's Upper Deck Suite - Bathroom

Upper Deck Suite

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 172 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

These spacious suites are designed to ensure guest comfort. They come with a yoga mat for guests who want to meditate or keep fit. The ensuite bathroom features spa-branded amenities, kimonos, slippers, and a hot refreshing shower.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Lecture room
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details