Boutique river cruise company Pandaw has announced a new itinerary for the Irrawaddy. The line, which sails into shallow water giving passengers an immersive experience, announced a new excursion to the Pagan-era village of Salay which is one of the least visited areas in Burma.
Salay thrived during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and remains as an active religious centre. It has almost fifty monasteries and many Pagan-era shrines which offers a great insight into the Buddhist community.
“Visitors to Salay can truly claim to have stepped off the tourist trail,” Pandaw founder, Paul Strachan told ITCM.
“Our Pandaw expedition managers are constantly carrying out reconnaissance on new routes we sail, in search of undiscovered treasures for inquisitive guests to explore. When we came across the secrets of Salay, I was so impressed by the wealth of history, preserved temples and sheer beauty, that I decided it was an essential addition to the Irrawaddy itinerary.”
Pandaw’s seven-night ‘Mandalay Pagan Packet’ itinerary departs from Pagan to Mandalay (upstream) or from Mandalay to Pagan (downstream), from February to March 2017, from September 2017 to March 2018, and from July 2018 to April 2019. The ports of call between Pagan and Mandalay include Salay, Pakokku, Yandabo, Amarapura, Sagaing and Mingun. The ships that sail the itinerary are RV Kalaw Pandaw, RV Orient Pandaw and RV Kha Byoo Pandaw.
Prices start from US$1,535 per person, based on twin share. The price includes airport or hotel transfers to/from the ship, excursions and entrance fees, guide services, gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and a selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. International flights are additional.