Morning Excursion: 2nd Defile of the Irrawaddy & Kyun Daw
Sunrise by the entrance of the gorges and cast off. We will sail upstream through the spectacular Second defile, the largest of the Irrawaddy gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel till the end of it where we will turn around.
Further downstream we will stop at the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw where over 7,000 Stupas surround the monastery. Take a Walking Tour for memorable encounters with the villagers and visit a school to interact with the children. You will also visit a nunnery to present the nuns with food purchased the day before at the market in Katha. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food.
Back to the ship for lunch.
Afternoon Excursion: Katha
In the afternoon, we will arrive at the enchanting colonial town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s book “Burmese Days “and the place wherein 1942, hundreds of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships were scuttled before the Japanese could seize them. Katha had been an important center for the Teak trading since the colonial days. We explore the old streets, a fresh market, the former British Club and the Tennis Court featured in the novel, “Burmese Days”, to learn more about how life was, during the British Rule. We then visit what is claimed to be the Bungalow where George Orwell resided when he was posted here as a policeman. It has now been turned into a small museum. We drive a short distance to visit a Kachin ethnic Village where you will see their traditional houses and learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine.
Moor overnight in Katha.