8-Day RV Paukan Cruise_Burmese Days (Downstream): Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 8 Days

English    Bhamo, Mandalay

tour highlights

  • 7 Nights luxury river cruise from Bhamo to Mandalay
  • Sail up to the spectacular Ayeyarwady 2nd Defile (Gorges)
  • Explore the quiet town Bhamo by a local tuk-tuk
  • Sightseeing in Katha to observe the remains of colonial heritages
  • Walking tour in the rural villages throughout the cruise journey
  • Explore Kyauk Myaung village and learn the tradition pottery making process
  • Discover the highlights in the charming city of Mandalay and its countryside areas
  • Scenic sunset boat in Taungthaman lake at U Bein bridge
  • Relax watching the scenery along the way and enjoy the on-board facilities

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. Discover Mandalay and its historic sites located along the river, sail up to the spectacular Ayeyarwady 2nd Defile (Gorges). The journey starts in the old quiet town of Bhamo and eventually ends at the historic capital of Mandalay. Stops include visits of Ava, Amarapura, Mingun, the pottery village of Kyaw Myaung and the colonial town of Katha.

Join In tour with departures as schedule.

Arrive Bhamo by flight in the morning and start your excursion by a tuk-tuk and on foot. Embark the ship at 12:00 hours and lunch will be served later. Sail through the dramatic Second Defile with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. Welcome dinner in the evening.

Overnight on board
After breakfast, visit the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw, where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a walking tour for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit to fisherman's home and a school to interact with the friendly locals as you learn their daily lifestyle. You will also visit a nunnery to present the nuns with food purchased the day before at the market in Bhamo. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food. As you continue sailing, you may catch a glimpse of the rare Ayeyarwady dolphins. Arrive Katha and moor overnight.

Overnight on board
Start your day with a visit to the local market in Katha, where you will see the locals buying and selling fish, meat, produces, and more. Next, stop at the former British Club, featured in George Orwell's novel "Burmese Days". You will learn a bit more about how life was here during British rule. Lastly, take a short excursion to Jingpo village, a subset of the Kachin. Local people are one of over 100 ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. Learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine. Sail to the small village of Tigyang for an afternoon walking tour through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views.

Overnight on board
This morning, visit the village of Tagaung with its many Buddhist monasteries. Here you will INTERACT WITH THE MONKS at a local monastery. Each morning they don their distinctive saffron-colored robes and walk through the streets to collect alms, offerings of food, like cooked rice and curry. This is a truly memorable experience as you present alms to the monks and witness their lunch ritual. Sail the rest of the day and overnight at midriver.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, take a walking tour through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung where you will learn about the traditional pot-making process. Most interesting part is the eye-catching 50-gallon variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times. These pots have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. Return back to Strand Cruise and continue sailing to Mingun

Overnight on board near Mingun
After breakfast, arrive in Mingun and visit the unfinished pagoda where construction was abandoned at 160 feet only a third of the planned height. Transfer to Mya Thein Tan Pagoda and the largest working bell in the world. After lunch, sail a short distance to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar, your visit focuses on the famous U Bein bridge, a three-quarter-mile-long teak bridge built in 1783. The bridge is still a cornerstone of the community as locals and monks use it daily to cross Taungthaman Lake while fishermen and farmers go about their daily work below. Take a sampan ride on the lake for memorable views of the sunset behind the iconic bridge.

Overnight on board
After breakfast, set off to visit a tapestry and woodcarving workshops to learn more about local cottage industries and meet the skilled artisans at work. Then, stop at Mahamuni pagoda, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive gold-leaf-covered Buddha. In the afternoon, visit Kuthodaw pagoda and Shwenandaw monastery, which is the only remnant of former King Mindon's "Golden City" to survive the bombing of World War II. Lastly, stop at a Gold Leaf workshop to see how thin layers of gold are made. Back on board, enjoy a traditional dance performance by Mandalay Art School after Dinner on the Sundeck.

Overnight on board
After breakfast, disembark at Gawein jetty in Mandalay by 09:00 hours.


  • All sightseeing and excursions as mention in the program
  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Tours with English-speaking on board guide (all tours are join-in)
  • Port charges
  • Service charges and room tax


  • Domestic and International flights
  • Airport or hotel transfers to/from the ship
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals, drinks and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


  • The Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level. In such events, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
  • Due to water level, speed boat may be used for transfer from ship to the Jetty. Lunch box provide by the ship.

Tour code: PKODABMDA

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