Myanmar by River – Yangon to Mandalay October 2018


What could more enthralling than sailing on the Irrawaddy River from Yangon to Mandalay? Stop at Bagan where its 2,000 pagodas are stunning in their majesty. Connecting the entire country, the river is the backbone and a vital means of trade, transport and income for the Burmese people. Observe rhythms of life and find that people-watching is as interesting as the landscape. Shore excursions give the chance to observe a variety of cottage industries from the production of glazed earthenware pots to exquisitely woven textiles. Stopping at villages, markets, schools and monasteries offers a chance to interact with locals and learn more about the country’s transition from Burma to Myanmar.  Your Pandaw river ship exudes old world colonial charm while being comfortable and relaxed.  A tour for travellers looking for new ground to explore in South East Asia.

Kevin Palmer has worked for the Calder & Lawson group for the past seven years as the accountant but also facilitating and leading large groups. At last count he has been to more than 80 countries.

Kevin caught the travel bug while a student at the University of Waikato and for the past twenty-five years has managed to incorporate his spirit of adventure and love of the new and different into a career that has enabled him to live and work in the UK, United States, Micronesia and now back in New Zealand. He has travelled extensively in South East Asia, including visiting Myanmar.

His goal is to make your journey run smoothly, working with our local guides to ensure your enjoyment and safety and getting the most out of what is sure to be an unforgettable trip to a special part of the world.

TOUR DATE Thursday 25 October – Saturday 10 November 2018 (14 nights)


  • The services of a Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 1 nights accommodation in Singapore
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • 10 night’s accommodation on board RV Pandaw II with all meals and beverages included
  • 2 nights accommodation at Inle Lake
  • 1 nights accommodation in Yangon
  • Admission fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips and gratuities


  • Airline taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage