The Golden Land (Downstream)


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    This is a very different Burma cruise. Sailing through the heart of ‘Middle Myanmar’ we pass through a varying landscape – from the lush teak plantations around Prome to the desert country south of Pagan. We visit a number of small villages and towns and see local agriculture and manufacturing at first hand. These places are remote from the modern world and offer a glimpse of a timeless, lost Myanmar far from the usual tourist track. We also visit a number of old monasteries and temples of art historical interest in this the cultural heartland of old Myanmar.

    Itinerary

    DAY 1 AMARAPURA / MANDALAY  
    Embark the ship and after lunch on board, we tour central Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin teak carved monastery and Amarapura with the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu Ok-kyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge.

    DAY 2 YANDABO
    We move on to explore the ancient capitals of Ava, cast off cruising downstream through lunch and in the late afternoon we explore Yandabo, a small rural village specialized in pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers.

    DAY 3 PAGAN
    We tour a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments in this important World Heritage Site and visit lacquer workshops.

    DAY 4 PAGAN
    Ascend Tan-Chi-Taung mountain by mini van for the spectacular sunrise over Pagan. In Salay we visit a number of teak monasteries including the Yout-Saun-Kyaung with its spectacular wood carvings and we explore an area of splendid colonial-style houses.

    DAY 5 MAGWE
    We climb the river bank and wind our way through a labyrinth of passages and paths to reach the magnificent Myat-thalon Pagoda. This pagoda is constructed with solid gold bricks.

    DAY 6 MINHLA AND GWECHAUNG
    We visit Minhla Italian built forts constructed to keep the British at bay from Royal Myanmar. Thayetmyo, this pleasant colonial town once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar following the 2nd Anglo Myanmar War of 1855. Many of the buildings including the covered market date from this period. We visit the market, see the colonial houses and ride out by horsecart to see the countryside and golf club.

    DAY 7 PROME (PYAY)
    Visit the 5th-8th century archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artifacts and sculpture.

    DAY 8 A KAUKTAUNG
    Stop at the famous A KaukTaung to explore the spectacular stone carving on the cliff.

    DAY 9 DANUPYU
    Continue our exploration of Delta creeks and stop at Donabyu, another little known town with a busy port and bustling markets.

    DAY 10 TWANTE
    Sail through the Rangoon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante in the afternoon. Enter to the Yangon river port.

    DAY 11 RANGOON (YANGON)
    Disembark at Rangoon (Yangon).

    WE-2019

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