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
  • Shore excursions including Pakokku, a riverine town and famous pottery village Kyauk Myaung
  • Relax watching the scenery along the way and share the experience with the travelers onboard

tour details

The Pandaw cruises will each cruise weekly between the historic cities with two nights moored at Bagan and three at Mandalay and exploring small towns and villages of lost Burma in between. Enjoy the unique sights on and along the river on this 8-day cruise. Morning walk through Yandabo village, which is famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay, shouldn’t be missed.

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. Overnight on board.
Further explorations of Bagan and visits to a lacquer workshop. 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.
Visit the local market and town centre by favoured mode of transport - the tuk tuk. We moor overnight near the Chindwin confluence at Aung Pan Chaung. Overnight on board.
Explore Yandabo village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay. Afternoon sailing to moor near Ava at Pau Taw Pauk Myaing. 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 on board.
By 09:00 hours, disembark in Mandalay Shwe Kyet Yet 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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