8-Day RV Paukan Cruise_Myanmar Heritage (Downstream): Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 8 Days

English    Mandalay, Bagan

tour highlights

  • 7 Nights cruising on charming Paukan cruises from royal Mandalay to magnificent Bagan
  • Exploring countryside beyond Mandalay; the former royal capitals of Ava, Amarapura and Mingun
  • Enjoy a walking tour on U Bein bridge in Amarapura and horse cart ride in Ava
  • Discovering Monywa with its famous sacred destinations off the beaten track
  • Visiting the riverside villages to get a closer look of the rural community
  • Visit to Yandabo village where you will learn pottery making and the daily lifestyle in the village
  • Inspiring Bagan excursion, boasting beautiful ancient temples and pagodas
  • Relaxing atmosphere on the deck of the luxurious Paukan cruise

tour details

This tour is technically designed for explorers who would love to discover the hidden gems and the cultural heritages of the Golden Land Myanmar. Sailing along the Ayeyarwaddy river, you will get an opportunity to catch the panoramic river scenery and meet the simple yet beautiful local community. Visit the stunning sites beyond Mandalay with its remarkable arts and crafts. Experience the authentic horse cart ride in Ava and witness the biggest, the mass production of clay pots at Yandabo village. Talking about heritage, not to leave the beautiful Salay Yoke Sone monastery and its mesmerising wood carvings. Picture the magical Bagan where you will witness a legendary land filled with ancient temples and histories.

Join In tour with departures as schedule.

Check-in around 11:30 hours at Gawein jetty and welcome cocktail and lunch to be served on board. Sail upstream to enjoy a leisurely walking tour in the small town of Mingun. The first stop is King Bodawpaya's monumental, uncompleted giant Mingun stupa. The cracks you will see are the result of the 23 March 1839 earthquake that shook the area. Continue your walk to the Mingun Bell, which was the heaviest working bell in the world until 2000 when the Bell of Good Luck was unveiled in Henan, China. After having the opportunity to stand inside the bell as it is rung, we have time to shop in the local market, famous for its makeshift galleries that display inexpensive art from both local and internationally known artists.
Overnight on board
Morning visit in the city of Mandalay: Mandalay Hill where spiralling staircases lead to sweeping views of the city and the nearby Kuthodaw Paya, which contains the world's biggest book, and Shwe Nandaw Kyaung, then visit to the Workshops of gold leave making, tapestry making, woodcarving.
After lunch, proceed to Mahamuni Pagoda and marvel carving workshop. Continue driving to Amarapura, the penultimate Burmese Royal Capital (1783) to visit a traditional silk weaving workshop followed by U Bein Bridge, the world's longest wooden bridge (1.2 km) and enjoy the sunset there.
Overnight on board
Sail towards Sagaing where you will witness Sagaing Hill, studded with many pagodas and monasteries rich in wood carving and religious art.
In the afternoon, visit Ava by horse cart visiting the beautiful 200-year-old teak Bagaya Monastery, Nan Myint watchtower (27m high) and the Me Nu Oak Kyaung monastery.
Overnight on board
In the early morning, drive (approx. 2 'bd hours) to Monywa to visit the Pho Win Taung cave where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings dated back. Serve Lunch at local restaurant in Win Unity Hotel in Monywa. After lunch, visit the splendid Thanbudde Kat Kyaw pagoda with its more than 500,000 Buddha images. After that, drive back to Myin Mu.
Overnight on board
This morning, sail to Yandabo which is a riverside village where you will see mass production of traditional clay pots. You will have a chance to dig in the story of Yandabo that it's a place where the Peace Treaty was signed in 1826 to stop the first Anglo-Burmese war. Leisurely walk through the village and you have the opportunity to stop at the various family homes and workshops, each with its own unique style and markings. Witness the making and firing of the Yandabo pottery, famous throughout Myanmar. After that, visit another typical riverside village for a walk. Dinner followed by a Puppet Show performance sundeck.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, walk ashore at Salay, a small town founded in the 13th century with Bagan-era shrines, beautiful 19th century teak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. Explore Salay House, a restored 1906 colonial trading company warehouse on the bank of the Irrawaddy. Walk along the town's main Strand Street towards the local market before turning away from the river to visit the beautiful Yoke Sone wooden monastery where you can learn about the beautiful wood carvings and cultural heritages. Pass some interesting Bagan-era monuments on your way to visit Mann Paya, a pagoda with a beautiful lacquerware Buddha, before returning to the ship with a stroll past some of Salay's many beautiful colonial buildings.
In the afternoon, a short coach ride takes you to Gubyaukgyi Temple where the richly-coloured paintings are thought to date to the original construction period in the early 12th century and you will also see a sand painting demonstration by a local artist. Next to this temple is the gilded Mya Zedi Stupa which offers both a linguistic and a historical significance. For your final stop of the day, proceed to the Bagan Viewing Hill where you will enjoy the sunset over the pagodas and stupas of Bagan before returning to the ship.
Overnight on board
This morning, transfer by coach to Bagan's largest open market where you will see local products, sellers and buyers are dealing every day. After walking through the market, head to the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda dating to the reign of King Anawrahta, founder of the Bagan Empire. The golden stupa at its centre is said to contain a bone and tooth relic of the Buddha Next, explore some of Bagan's local markets selling wood carvings, fabric, longyis and rattan product. Stop by Thatbyinnyu Pagoda for photo shoot on the way back to ship for Lunch.
Visit the massive Htilominlo, the murals that once decorated much of the inside of this temple have only survived on the ceilings. Htilominlo boasts the finest plaster carvings which still remain undamaged on the arch pediments. Visit to Bagan would not be complete without exploring one of the most famous temples of Bagan, Ananda. Explore the cruciform of the temple, with four standing Buddhas facing north, south, east, and west. After that, stop by Dhammayan Gyi Pagoda for photo shoot. For your final stop of the day, proceed to the Bagan Viewing Hill where you will view the sunset over the pagodas and stupas of Bagan before returning to the ship.
Overnight on board
After your breakfast, morning disembarkation at Aye Yar jetty around 9:00 hours.


  • 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


  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Transfer to and ex boat
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Fuel surcharges if applicable
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13
  • 17 April
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


  • The Ayeyarwaddy and Chindwin rivers are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level.
  • In the case of water levels being too high or low an alternative itinerary will be offered to Passenger.
  • Published itineraries are indication only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop.
  • Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
  • The ship's manager and captain are jointly responsible for passengers' comfort and safety.
  • Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.
Tour code: PKMDAMMHA

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