8-Day Pandaw Cruise (Bagan Mandalay Packet) – Group Experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • 7 Nights river cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay
  • Sightseeing of ancient temples and pagodas in old Bagan
  • Salay sightseeing and paper-mache elephant dance at Tant Kyi Taung
  • Exploring and walking in the pottery village Yandabo
  • Sunset boat trip in the beautiful Taungthaman Lake at U Bein Bridge
  • Discover the highlights in the charming city of Mandalay
  • Relax watching the scenery along the way and share the experience with the travelers onboard

tour details

This 7-night tour will bring you to the impressive tourist attractions in the central Myanmar, boasting the unique culture, the inspiring stories and the incompetent priceless heritages. Take your chance to explore the old Bagan with its century-old temples and pagodas and the riverside pottery village Yandabo, having a reputation of Peace Treaty which was signed in 1826. Whilst sailing upstream to Mandalay, stop by Ava and Amarapura for sightseeing and enjoy the panoramic scenery, passing through the first Defile. Enjoy your time discovering more about Mandalay and its smiling people at the end of your journey.

Join In tour with departure on Saturday.

Transfer from airport to Aye Yar jetty for embarkation at 11:30 hours for lunch, followed by an exploration of a selection of the 3,000-plus Bagan monuments by bicycle or coach. The first temple you are going to visit is Ananda, known as the finest temple in terms of ancient architecture, built in AD 1105 by King Kyan Sit Thar, the third king of Bagan dynasty. Explore the high standard of Bagan craftsmanship including niches with statues, glazed plaques, the standing Buddha statues and murals. Next stop is Myingabar Gubyaukgyi temple built in AD 1113 and discover the well-preserved murals. End the day with a walk through Phwar Saw Village; a small village named after the very famous and influential queen for three consecutive Kings in late 13th century. The villagers rely on bean and pea farming, breeding cattle and producing small lacquerware handicrafts. A short stroll in the village under the shimmering sunshine in the late afternoon is the perfect way to capture the villagers' way of life including fetching water, herding cattle back home and preparing for dinner.
Overnight on board
Enjoy a full day exploring Bagan and visit lacquer ware workshops. Visit to Shwe San Daw stupa, one of only a few monuments allowing travellers to climb it, gaining a 360-degree view over the pagoda-studded plain. The next visit is to Shwe Zi Gone Pagoda, built in AD 1086 and believed to enshrine a hair relic of the Buddha. Before returning to the ship for lunch, take a stroll around the Khay Min Ga pagoda complex to learn about the different architectural styles: Indian, Sri Lankan, Myanmar-Mon hybrid and Myanmar. In the afternoon, visit a Lacquerware workshop to explore the process of making lacquer handicrafts which is the specialty craft of Bagan.
Continue to the unique Payathonezu temple, three inter-connected temples with a narrow passage built in the late 13th century. Proceed to Dhamayangyi built in AD 1170, the widest and largest temple in Bagan before heading to watch the sunset from the top of Taung Guni temple.
Overnight on board
Set sail early morning to Salay, a small town which was once a bustling trading port, now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries. Walk to Yoke Sone Kyaung, the best-known teak carved monastery in Burma, stopping at Salay House on return. Sail upriver to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw then drive up the winding road of the Tan Kyi Taung to visit the hill-top stupa. Late afternoon, watch the traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers.
Overnight on board
Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk. Visit the local market and town centre by favoured mode of transport - the tuk tuk. Stop at a cheroot workshop and discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made.
Overnight on board
Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay. Morning walking tour and a visit to a pottery workshop to see first-hand the production process. Visit the Pandaw supported Yandabo School in the village (if no school holidays).
Overnight on board
Morning visit to the ancient city of Ava, which served as the capital of the Burmese kingdom for nearly 400 years, longer than any other ancient capital. Morning tour by coach to Ava jetty and across the Myit Nge (Dokhtawaddy) river by small ferry boat, followed by horse cart to Menu Oak Kyaung monastery built by the chief queen in 1822. End the morning with a visit to the splendid Bagaya Kyaung monastery built entirely of teak in 1834. Afternoon excursion to Sagaing where there are 1000 hermitages and sanctuaries rich in woodcarving and religious art. Drive to Amarapura, a former capital (initially from 1783 to 1819 and subsequently from 1839 to 1852). Visit a silk and cotton weaving workshop, Amarapura's major business. At sunset take a local boat on Taungthaman lake at U Bein Bridge, the world's longest teak bridge.
Overnight on board
Morning sail to Mingun to explore on-foot the world's largest working bell and unfinished pagoda. Spend the afternoon sight-seeing in central Mandalay with visits to the palace and surrounding hills, craft workshops and shopping. Overnight at Sagaing Jetty.
Overnight on board
By 09:00 hours, disembark in Lay Kyun Man Aung jetty and transfer to the airport.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • Airport or hotel transfers to/from ship on DAY 1 and DAY 8
  • 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 and baggage handling


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks at bar
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


Depending on water level, embarkation and disembarkation points can be changed.
    Tour code: PDW7BMUP

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