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 to Mingun, Ava and Amarapura
  • Sunset boat tour at U Bein bridge to enjoy the dream-like scenery
  • Village walking tour in Yandabo, famous for its pottery industry and Peace Treaty of Yandabo
  • Enjoy a traditional paper-mache elephant dance performed in Tant Kyi Taung
  • Visit ancient temples and pagodas in old Bagan
  • Relax watching the scenery along the way and share the experience with the travellers on board

tour details

The rural area in the central Myanmar is unique with its own traditions, cultures and inspiring old stories. This tour is a perfect combination to explore the beautiful former capitals of Myanmar, on an enchanting river cruise Pandaw. Visit the historic and cultural highlights of Mandalay and the countryside area featuring sightseeing in Mingun and sunset boat trip at U Bein bridge. Sightseeing in the old Bagan will bring you back to the old days and exploring in the village of Yandabo will make you discover more about the local people and their typical ways of life.

Join In tour with departure on Saturday.

Transfer from airport to Sagaing Lay Kyun Man Aung jetty and embark on RV Pandaw at 11:30 hours.
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. The excursion starts with a visit to Mahamuni Buddha Image, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Myanmar. Walk along the street renowned for its marble carvers. Proceed to Shwe Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery) which was built in 1857 and was originally part of the royal palace before it was moved to the present site in 1879. Explore UNESCO listed Kuthodaw Pagoda, with the world's biggest book. It accommodates 729 marble slabs engraved with the Buddha's Parli Scriptures housed in shrines. After the gold leaf hammering workshop, stop by the moat surrounding the Royal Palace for a great photo opportunity with a backdrop of Mandalay Hill.
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, the major business of the region. At sunset, take a local boat on Taungthaman lake at U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge of the world.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, explore Yandabo village which is famous for its production of terracotta pottery using riverbank clay and for having the reputation of Peace Treaty which was signed to stop the Anglo-Burmese war in 1826. 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
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 Bagan. 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
Morning cruise upstream from Salay to Bagan to explore its ancient temples. 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
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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