The new 20 cabin Kalaw and Kindat Pandaws cruise weekly between Pagan and Mandalay covering the main historical cities and sites of old royal Burma. Then changing ship in Mandalay, with a night in a 4 star local hotel, we join the 10 cabin Kha Byoo, that launches in November this year, for an expedition into the wilds of the Upper Irrawaddy. Highlights will be passage through the 3rd and 2nd defiles, not to mention visits to enchanting local towns, most favorite being Katha, once home to George Orwell and the setting for Burmese days.
Bhamo is now a big trading town with a strong Chinese influence. We will then continue on the Pandaw, if water conditions permit, or by local boat to enter the awesome 1st defile with its cataracts and towering gorges. One domestic flight to/from Bhamo included, either to Mandalay or Rangoon.