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

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 8 Days

English    Mandalay, Bhamo

tour highlights

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

tour details

Through this 7-night Burmese Days cruise, you will discover Mandalay and its historic sites located along the river as sail up to the spectacular Ayeyarwady 2nd Defile (Gorges). The journey begins at the historic capital of Mandalay. Stops include visits of Mingun, the pottery village of Kyaw Myaung and the colonial town of Katha. The cruise ends in Bhamo (65 Km from the China Border) the upper navigable point of the Ayeyarwady.

Join In tour with departures as schedule.

Embark the ship at Gawein Jetty at 12:00 noon and enjoy your lunch. This afternoon, visit to 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, 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. Today, the original gilding has faded, but the intricate wood carvings endure, giving you a sense of how extravagant the original teak palace complex was. Proceed to the gold leaf workshop to see how thin layers of gold are made. Stop at Mingun where you will visit the unfinished pagoda; construction was abandoned at 160 feet, only a third of the planned height. You will also visit Mya Thein Tan Pagoda and the largest working bell in the world. After lunch, sail a short distance to Mandalay.

Overnight on board
Enjoy Sailing the whole morning and arrive into Kyauk Myaung in the afternoon. Take a short walking tour in this captivating pottery-making village where you can expect to learn about the traditional pottery-making process. These hand-made pots have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. After that, enter the 3rd Defile and continue sailing for the rest of the day.

Overnight on board
Enjoy Sailing the whole morning. Start your walking tour upon arrival in Tagaung, an old city which is said to be a start of Myanmar, located on the east bank of Ayeyarwady river. Visit the vegetables market and learn about the famous spirits of Myanmar.
Overnight on board
Sail to the small village of Tigyang for an afternoon walking tour through its narrow lanes. Visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views. Moor overnight at mid-river. Sail for the rest of the day.

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, produce, and more. Next, stop at the former British Club, featured in George Orwell's novel "Burmese Days". Learn a bit more about how life was here during British rule. Lastly, journey a short distance to Jingpo village, a subset of the Kachin. The villagers are one of over 100 ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. Here, you will learn about their culture, traditional dress, and their unique method of making rice wine. Sail the rest of the day.

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, school and local nunnery to interact with the friendly locals as you learn their daily lifestyle. As you continue sailing, you may catch a glimpse of the rare Ayeyarwady dolphins. Around early evening, cross the spectacular Second Defile, the largest of the Ayeyarwady gorges, with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. Tonight, join your Cruise Director and ship's crew for a farewell reception and special dinner.

Overnight on board
After Breakfast, explore Bhamo by tuk-tuk and on foot before transferring to your onward journey.


  • 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)


  • Due to water level, speed boat may be used for transfer from ship to the Jetty. Lunch box provide by the ship.
  • Please note that the flight from/to Bhamo is not included in the cruise price. Should you wish us to book this flight please let us know of the flight time of booking.
Tour code: PKMUABMDA

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