Myanmar River Cruise

Delta Queen

deltaqueen cruiseDelta Queen River CruiseDelta Queen River CruiseDelta Queen is 148 ft. long with a bean of 28 ft. The vessel draws 5 ft of water and has been specifically designed for plying the waters in the Delta Region of the mighty Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River of Myanmar. The vessel was constructed primarily for the transportation of V.I.P. dignitaries and is ideal for tourist transportation services. The steel hulled vessel consists of 12 comfortable air-conditioned twin cabins and 2 family cabins with share shower and toilet facilities.

The Captains Lounge is situated on the middle deck, over the bow section of the ship and offers an ideal air-conditioned area for viewing life on the river while perhaps enjoying a refreshing drink. The covered dining area is situated on the mid deck in the aft section of the vessel. The Captains Bar and Sundeck are on the upper deck and provide the perfect spot for reclining on a sun lounge, sipping on a long cool cocktail or just passing the time of day as untouched Myanmar passes by.

Malikha Cruise

malikha boatMalikha CruiseModern, cruise, faster speed with 32 nautical miles an hour, the Malikha operates 2 x boats with capacity around 130 seats. This cruise service connects easy between Ngapali beach and capital city of Rakhine Sittwe [approx 7 hour] as well as between Sittwe and the ancient city of Mrauk U [approx 2 hour].




Pandaw River Cruises and the Irrawaddy Flotilla

pandaw01RV PandawThe Irrawaddy Flotilla Company was established by Scot’s merchants in 1865. The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in its heyday in the 1920s was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world. Lost in the war, the flotilla wa s revived in the mid 90s and is now the largest river cruise company in Myanmar. The company restored in teak and brass an original colonial river steamer called the RV Pandaw. This was so successful that they went on to build new two further colonial-style river ships. With great craftsmanship and wonderful local materials the Pandaw ships offer alternative standards of comfort and design finish to any other large ships afloat. The Pandaw Concept, as it became known, offered a new travel experience quite unlike other forms of travel: combining an expedition atmosphere with an elegant base afloat. But what made the Pandaw style unique was the ability of these shallow draft ships to penetrate and explore remote areas of the country and enable real cultural exchange between the "Click here to View Pandaw Map"traveller and the inhabitants of the great river valleys of Myanmar.

Pandaw has offered this popular cruise to passengers seeking a shorter cruise as part of a land tour rather than for those seeking a longer river expedition. It ply four times a week between the ancient capital of Pagan with its 3000 Buddhist monuments and Mandalay the last royal capital at Mandalay. It stop for shore excursions by foot at the villages of Theingone and Yandabo where the Pandaw passengers have built schools. You will experience real village life, pot making, agriculture and visit Buddhist monasteries. Many land travelers find our short cruises a welcome and tranquil holiday within a holiday.

Sample Itinerary for Pandaw River Cruises 2008-09 (Bagan-Mandalay)

Days : 3 Days
Departure Mandalay : Monday



 Day 01 Bagan - Pakokku
Transfer to jetty after the Breakfast, and boarding on RV Pandaw. Commence the journey to Mandalay when the siren sounded. Start viewing the scenic beauty of river bank as Pandaw set sail for Pakoku. Late afternoon, dock in Pakokku, the port city set south of the Chindwin confluence. Visit the important market, local pagodas, cheroot factory and weaving cottage industry, and shops by trishaw. Lunch, dinner and overnight on boat.
Pandaw Restaurant

Day 02 Pakokku - Yandobo - Sameikkon

Sailing for Yandabo, a most rarely visited small village with no road access to the world. This village is famous for production of terracotta pottery made from river bank mud. You will observe the pottery making process and some local monastery. The cruise continues past the Chindwin to Sameikkon. Walk around the delightful village and once a wealthy trading post during colonial era, leaving a legacy of a number of splendid houses. There is a wonderful network of teak footbridges that connect the village to the local monastery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight on boat.

Pandaw Bedroom

Day 03 Sameikkon - Mandalay 

Pandaw continue sailing for Mandalay. Mandalay has long been known as a centre of skilled craftsmanship and in former times supplied the royal courts. It is also the last capital of Burmese Monarchy, and the centre of Myanmar cultural, tradition, arts and crafts. Disembark the cruise and transfer to your hotel. After a brief fresh up at your hotel you may visit traditional handicraft workshops such as woodcarving, stone carving, gold leaf making, Kalaga tapestry making. At the foot of Mandalay hill, there come the World largest Book, now known as Kuthotaw Pagoda famous for its' 729 marble stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures, and Shwenandaw Monastery noted for intricate wood carvings and once it was the apartment of Kind Mindon, the founder of Mandalay Palace. Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay hill. Overnight in Mandalay.


Pandaw Sun Desk



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