Ayeyarwaddy Exploration 01 - RV Pandaw
A journey on Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy River is one of the life’s great travel experiences. The river is honored as “Mother of the country” since it provides a lot of water to irrigate the rice cultivation and we used for transportation since several century. The landscape that time overlooked will remain imprinted in the memory forever.
RV Pandaw was powered by a stern paddle, now replace by model engines. Conserving many original features, the comfortable cabins are added, with air-condition and en suite shower rooms. There is a spacious observation lounge in the force and dining room at. An open observation deck extends aft of the flying bridge.
Finished in local hard works, and furniture with period pieces, the Pandaw will house the collection of historic prints and antiques. Promenade decks enable passengers to sit outside their cabins. The intension has been to create the atmosphere and character of the first classic river steamer.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Gawin jetty and
embark on the Pandaw. And then, start for the tour central Mandalay visiting the
Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwe-im-bin teak carved monastery. Ship moves to Amarapura
where we rejoin the ship for lunch. In afternoon we explore the ancient capitals
of Ava and Amarapura by coach or sampan visiting the teak Bagaya Kyaung, Menu
Okkyaung and crossing the U Bein Bridge for sunset. Overnight on board.
Breakfast on board. Sailing for the day and we stop at Yandabo a very small rural village that is interesting to see for pot making. We visit the Pandaw School and the new dispensary both built with past donations from Pandaw passengers. In the evening we cross the river to visit Oh Ne Kyaung, a very different village where we hope to build another school attached to the local monastery. Overnight on board.
Breakfast on board. Arrive at Bagan and disembarking at Bagan jetty.