8-Day Pandaw Cruise (Mandalay Bagan 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 Mandalay to Bagan
  • Shore excursions including Mingun, AVA, Sagaing and Pakkoku, a riverine town
  • Relax watching the scenery along the way and share the experience with the travellers on board

tour details

The Pandaw cruises will each cruise weekly between the historic cities with two nights moored at Bagan, three at Mandalay and exploring small towns and villages of lost Burma in between.

Join in tour with departure on Saturday.

Transfer from airport to the Lay Kyun Man Aung jetty and embark at 11:30 hours for lunch.
Mandalay is not only the country's second largest city, it is the religious and economical capital upper Burma's and the centre of Burmese culture. In the afternoon, you will visit the Mahamuni Pagoda and the teak Golden Palace Monastery. Later on, learn how they hammer gold leaf and walk along the marble and stone carver's street. Overnight on board.
Set sail to Mingun for a morning walking tour around the unfinished stupa built by King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intended to be the world's largest stupa but remained unfinished since 1808 and also visit the world's largest ringing bell. In the afternoon, drive up to the top of Sagaing Hill and admire the bird's eye view over the Ayeyarwady river curving around Sagaing city from Soon U Pon Nya Shin hill top-pagoda. Later an introduction to the Buddhist nuns' way of life at a nunnery. 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.
Set sail at 8.30am for Yandabo village which is famous for its production of terracotta pottery using riverbank clay. The afternoon is spent in the village watching the tradesmen at work. Sail to Shwe Than Tint to spend the night. Overnight on board.
Explore Pakokku, experiencing the local market and town centre by Tuk Tuk. Sail to the Ayardaw charity clinic supported by Pandaw. Afternoon walk around the village. Pakkoku is a city of about 100,000 inhabitants located 30 km from Pagan. Main produce is tobacco, cotton, peanuts, Thanakha (traditional make-up and sun lotion) and textiles. Visit Pakokku's main market by Tuk Tuk. Stop at a cheroot workshop and discover how traditional cheroot cigars are made. Overnight on board.
Drive up the winding road of the Tan Kyi Taung to visit the hill top stupa. On the way back, watch a traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed by the villagers. Your next scheduled stop is at Salay, once a bustling trading port but is now a sleepy village filled with colonial architectural treasures and timeless teak monasteries and home to the best-known teak carved monastery in Burma. Overnight on board.
Enjoy a day of sailing and sights along the way to Bagan where you tie up late afternoon for overnight stay. Overnight on board.
Enjoy a full day exploring Pagan and visit lacquer workshops. Overnight on board
Disembarkation at Aye Yar jetty in Bagan at 09:00 hours for your onward journey. (Please note that there is no late check out possible)


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: PDW7MBDW

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