7-Day RV Paukan Cruise_The Royal Capitals (Upstream): Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 7 Days

English    Salay, Bagan, Mandalay

tour highlights

  • 6 Nights cruising on charming Paukan cruises from Salay to royal Mandalay
  • Inspiring Bagan excursion, boasting beautiful ancient temples and pagodas
  • Visiting the riverside villages of Hnaw Gone and Yandabo to get a closer look of the rural community
  • Exploring countryside beyond Mandalay; the former royal capitals of Ava, Amarapura and Mandalay
  • Enjoy a walking tour on U Bein bridge in Amarapura and horse cart ride in Ava
  • Relaxing atmosphere on the deck of the luxurious Paukan cruise

tour details

During this 7-Day upstream cruise adventure, you will experience the river life and get a chance to discover the beautiful gems in the former capital cities of royal Myanmar. Visit the stunning sites and the most important destination like Bagan with inspiring century-old pagodas and temples and also set your feet beyond Mandalay where you will purely get inspired by the fascinating architectures and the old history. Visit villages off of the usual tourist trails adding to your trip an unforgettable experience.

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Board the ship in Salay at 10:30 hours and enjoy your Welcome Cocktail. Lunch will be followed before afternoon excursion in Bagan. Start the tour with the massive Htilominlo, boasting finest murals and plaster carvings which still remain undamaged on the arch pediments. 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
After breakfast, you will be brought to Bagan viewing tower to see the scenic view of Bagan. Then, you will be climbing aboard traditional, ceremonial oxcart for a short ride through the temples of Bagan. Visit a local traditional lacquerware workshop to witness a demonstration of the labour-intensive process required in making each piece. 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 Myazedi Stupa which offers both a linguistic and a historical significance. For your final stop of the day, proceed to the Bagan Viewing Hill where you will enjoy the sunset over the pagodas and stupas of Bagan before returning to the ship.
Overnight on board
This morning, transfer by coach to Bagan's largest open market where you will see local products, sellers and buyers are dealing every day. After walking through the market, head to the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda dating to the reign of King Anawrahta, founder of the Bagan Empire. The construction of this complex spanned both King Anawrahta's lifetime, as well as his son and successor King Kyanzittha's lifetime. The golden stupa at its centre is said to contain a bone and tooth relic of the Buddha. This afternoon, sail to the village of Hnaw Gone, and enjoy your second leisurely walk of the day. Hnaw Kone is a typical, rural, river village, with friendly residents and adorable children. During our exploration of the village we will stop to see the local handicraft of bamboo cane basket weaving. You will watch the villagers as they expertly split bamboo and skilfully weave the strands into baskets or larger panels for building homes.
Overnight on board
This morning, sail to Yandabo which is a riverside village where you will see mass production of traditional pots. You will have a chance to dig in the story of Yandabo that it's a place where the Peace Treaty was signed in 1826 to stop the first Anglo-Burmese war. Leisurely walk through the village and you have the opportunity to stop at the various family homes and workshops, each with its own unique style and markings. Witness the making and firing of the Yandabo pottery, famous throughout Myanmar.
Overnight on board
After your breakfast, explore Ava (Innwa) by horse cart, visiting the beautiful 200 years old teak Bagaya Kyaung Monastery, Nan Myint Watchtower (27 metres high) and Yadana Hsimee pagoda complex. After that, continue to visit Sagaing by coach, an important religious site with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Here, stop to see Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda at the top of Sagaing Hill for stunning views of the Ayarwaddy and across to Mandalay. Next continue onto a Nunnery to witness life in a local nunnery. After Lunch, transfer 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, enjoy a leisurely walking tour in the small town of Mingun. The first stop is King Bodawpaya's monumental, uncompleted Mingun stupa. Had it been completed, it would have been the largest in the world. Continue to walk to the Mingun Bell the largest working bell in the world. Make a stop at the local market, famous for its makeshift galleries that display inexpensive art from both local and internationally known artists. Enjoy an afternoon tour in Mandalay. 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. Proceed to a workshop that produces the gold leaf commonly used to adorn Buddha images at temples throughout Myanmar, and the Mahamuni Pagoda, to see how the gold leaf is used. Farewell dinner to be served afterward.
Overnight on board
After your breakfast, disembark at Gawein jetty, 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: PKSUATRCA

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