10-Day RV Paukan Cruise_Treasure of Golden Myanmar (Upstream): Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 10 Days

English    Yangon, Pyay, Mandalay

tour highlights

  • 9 Nights river cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Prome (Pyay) to Mandalay
  • Exploring the unique archaeological site at Sri Ksetra in Pyay
  • Explore the highlighted sites and hidden gems in Central Myanmar; Bagan and Mandalay
  • Explore the town of Thayet with Tuk Tuk and trishaw tour in Magwe
  • Observing daily lifestyle of local people and visiting the pottery village Yandabo
  • Authentic horse cart ride in Ava and sunset troll at U Bein Bridge
  • Relaxing atmosphere on the deck of the luxurious Paukan cruise

tour details

Get pampered on the luxurious Paukan cruise during 10-day Irrawaddy Explorer journey while sailing upstream on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy river. Drive from Yangon to Prome (Pyay) where you will have a historical and archaeological sightseeing and start sailing towards Mandalay. Pass through typical riverside villages including Hnaw Gone and Yandabo, a pottery village where the Peace Treaty was signed to stop the first Anglo-Burmese war in 1826. Explore the rarely-discovered destinations and the countryside of Mandalay where you will learn the ancient quality architectures and inspiring history.

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Transfer meeting point is at Sule Shangri-La Hotel (07:00 hours). Guests will enjoy a scenic drive from Yangon to Prome (Pyay). Arrive in Prome by the afternoon and travel by coach to the 5th and 9th century archaeological site of Sri Ksetra, the former centre of the Pyu civilization with a fascinating museum of early Buddhist artefacts and sculptures, including Hindu deities, Buddha images from as far back as the 6th century, Pyu beads, and silver coins.
Overnight on board
This morning, you will be put on Tuk Tuk to visit the charming town of Thayet, stopping at the oldest golf course of Myanmar with a fascinating history (guests may hit from the first tee). Then, visit the local market, passing colonial homes constructed during the British colonization of Burma before returning to the ship for an afternoon of scenic cruising.
Overnight on board
This morning, venture out into the district capital city of Magwe aboard Trishaws (three wheeled bicycle where one person sits alongside the driver). A short walk takes you to the local market. After some time to explore and shop at the market, board your trishaws for a ride through the city to visit Mya Tha Lun pagoda. Mya Tha Lun is a beautifully gilded stupa on Naguttama Hill which offers a wonderful view of the river and surrounding area.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, walk ashore in Salay, a small town founded in the 13th century with Bagan era shrines, beautiful 19th century teak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. Explore Salay House, a restored 1906 colonial trading company warehouse on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river. This walk will take you along the town's main Strand Street towards the local market before turning away from the river to visit the beautiful Yoke Sone wooden monastery. Pass some interesting Bagan era monuments on your way to visit Mann Paya, a pagoda with a beautiful lacquerware Buddha, before returning to Paukan with a stroll past some of the beautiful colonial buildings.
Afternoon tour starts with the massive Htilominlo in Bagan, the murals that once decorated much of the inside of this temple have only survived on the ceilings. A visit to Bagan would not be complete without exploring one of the most famous temples of Bagan, Ananda. Explore the cruciform of the temple, with four standing Buddhas facing north, south, east, and west.
Overnight on board
Visit Bagan viewing tower to see the scenic view of Bagan. After that, climb aboard traditional, ceremonial oxcart for a short ride through the temples of Bagan. After lunch, visit a local lacquerware workshop and witness the demonstration of the labour-intensive process required in making each piece, you have time to shop before continuing on your tour. A short coach ride takes you to Gubyaukgyi Temple where the richly-coloured paintings are thought to date to the original construction period in the early 12th century and you will also see a sand painting demonstration by a local artist. Next to this temple is the gilded Mya Zedi, which offers both a linguistic and a historical significance. For your final stop of the day, proceed to the Bagan Viewing Hill and enjoy the sunset over the pagodas and stupas of Bagan before returning to the ship.
Overnight on board
Transfer by coach to Bagan's largest open local market. You have the opportunity to watch the negotiations and transactions taking place. Walk through the market and proceed to the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda. This important religious site dates to the reign of King Anawrahta, founder of the Bagan Empire. The golden stupa at its centre is said to contain a bone and tooth relic of the Buddha, a gold image of Anawrahta and a Chinese emerald Buddha.
This afternoon, sail to the village of Hnaw Gone, a typical river village, with friendly residents and adorable children. During your exploration of the village, stop to see the local handicraft of bamboo cane basket weaving. Watch the villagers as they expertly split bamboo and skilfully weave the strands into baskets or larger panels for building homes. Return back to board and dinner to be served afterwards.
Overnight on board
Sail towards Yandabo, a picturesque village famous for its pottery. On 24 February 1826, the peace treaty of the first Anglo-Burmese War was signed at Yandabo. You will have the opportunity to stop at the various family homes and workshops, each with its own unique style and markings, to witness the making and firing of the Yandabo pottery, famous throughout Myanmar.
Overnight on board
Explore the town of Ava by horse cart, visiting the beautiful 200-year-old teak Bagaya Monastery, Nan Myint watchtower (27 metres high) and the Yadanar Hsimee pagoda complex. After visiting Ava, continue to visit Sagaing by coach, an important religious site with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Stop on your way to see Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda at the top of Sagaing Hill for stunning views of the Ayeyarwaddy and across to Mandalay. Proceed to a Nunnery to witness life in a local nunnery. After Lunch, travel by coach to the penultimate Burmese royal capital of Amarapura to visit a silk workshop before driving to U Bein Bridge, believed to be the world's longest and oldest teakwood bridge. Local sampans wait to take us on a leisurely cruise of the lake while admiring the sunset over the bridge.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, you will enjoy a leisurely walking tour in the small town of Mingun. The first stop is King Bodawpaya's monumental, uncompleted giant Mingun stupa. The cracks you will see are the result of the 23 March 1839 earthquake that shook the area. Continue your walk to the Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest working bell in the world until 2000 when the Bell of Good Luck was unveiled in Henan, China. After having the opportunity to stand inside the bell as it is rung, we have time to shop in the local market, famous for its makeshift galleries that display inexpensive art from both local and internationally known artists.
After that, proceed to Mandalay where you will visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, which contains the world's biggest book, as well as the Shwe Nan Daw Monastery, the only original monastery left from the royal era. Then, visit a workshop that produces the gold leaf commonly used to adorn Buddha images at temples throughout Myanmar and Mahamuni Pagoda, to see how the gold leaf is used.
Overnight on board
After your breakfast, disembark at Gawein Jetty in Mandalay by 08:00 hours.


  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Tours with English-speaking on board guide (all tours are join-in)
  • Service charges, room tax


  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Transfer to and ex boat
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Fuel surcharges if applicable
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13
  • 17 April
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


  • The Ayeyarwaddy and Chindwin rivers are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level.
  • In the case of water levels being too high or low an alternative itinerary will be offered to Passenger.
  • Published itineraries are indication only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop.
  • Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
  • The ship's manager and captain are jointly responsible for passengers' comfort and safety.
  • Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.
Tour code: PKYUATGMA

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