Day 1. Arrival Mandalay
Arrival Mandalay and meet our guide at the airport. Transfer from airport to hotel in Mandalay. Enjoy the rest of the day and get ready to see Mandalay City & its environs tomorrow. ( Dinner can be arranged upon request )
Day 2: Mandalay- Bahmo
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Mandalay International Airport to fly to Bahmo with morning flight. Arrive at Bahmo, is a small quiet town on the banks of the Irrawaddy in Kachin State and very mixed with various ethnic groups including Chinese and Bamar.
Visit to the evening market by three-wheelers along the Irrawaddy River; observe the local life, products, foods as well as beautiful old wooden houses, some of them still remaining ingood condition. Explore to the Sanpanago Myohaung (old capital of Shan kingdom) near Terpen River. Visit to Shwekyina Pagoda by walking on the bamboo made bridge beside the river, become much popular among the local pilgrims in Bahmo and around.
Tour Sites: Bahmo Town, Sanpanago Myohaung (old capital of Shan kingdom), Shwekyina Pagoda
Day 3: Bahmo – Shwegu – Katha
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to our charter boat berthed on The Ayeyarwaddy river. The river boat will continue to set sail downstream. The second defile of the legendary river is located between Bahmo and Katha. The part of the river is famous for its breath taking scenic views. The depth of the river is 180 feet in the rainy season. On the way, see the Nat Myet HnaTaung (Nat’s Face Mountain) where the river becomes narrowest. After that, see the famous rock parrot’s beak being regarded to measure the water level by local people. When the water level reaches to the parrot’s beak (like the parrot is drinking river water), it is usually impossible for boats to go up river because of the strong current and whirl-pools.
Just north of the town Shwe Gu, visit to Kyun Taw, the sublime pagoda on the island and its festival is annually celebrated in March. Just after passing second defile, the boat stops at Shwegu which is famous for pottery. We will discover the local village depending on the water level up and down. In the late afternoon, the ship will anchor off the old market town of Katha became famous by George Orwell in “Burmese Days”. The main economy of the town is fisheries and farming of kidney beans.
Tour Sites: Sites along Ayeyarwaddy River
Day 4: Katha – Hti Gyaik –Maung Kone
At early morning, we will take you with a local van to visit to Nat Pauk Elephant Camp. After 25 minutes driving, reach to the camp; touch with unspoiled natural beauty by riding elephants. You would see world famous Natural Teak forest along the road. Drive back to Katha. Explore the town by local transport through the market place and visit to the George Orwell’s house and town jail by three wheelers or bike.
Then the boat continues sailing down to the beautiful river port of Hti Gyaik. Disembark at the jetty to walk for minutes to see typical life of upper Myanmar. This town is glorified as a small replica of Sagaing. Then, the boat will sail down to Maung Kone for night stop.
Tour Sites: Sites along Ayeyarwaddy River.
Day 5: Maung Kone - Tagaung -Kyauk Myaung
Then, proceed sailing to Tagaung, the ruined capital Pyu kingdom who would be Burmar later, which stood earlier before Bagan. Sightseeing to explore the famous town for Myanmar history by bike or three-wheelers including local market.
Enjoy a full day of sailing down into the vast stretches of the river with many interesting rural villages on its shore. Set sail along the mighty river and entering the 3rd defile between ThabeikKyin and (once, a heavy fighting place in 1945) Kyauk Myaung. On the way, the ship will sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw (One of the most famous and revered island pagodas). In the late afternoon, the boat will anchor off the town of Kyauk Myaung. Enjoy overnight on boat near Kyauk Myaung.
Tour Sites: Sites along Ayeyarwaddy River.
Day 6: Kyaukmayaung- Indaung
This morning, take biking or walking tour in Kyauk Myaung (the biggest pot-making workshop in upper Myanmar) for the opportunity to see the traditional clay pot sculpting.
Then, we will sail down to Myitkangyi Village, to see mostly local fishermen’s lives, cultivated islands, oil production, and others. The area is where you might have a chance to see fresh water Ayeyarwaddy dolphins. Take local small boat to watch the cooperative fishing between local fisherman and dolphins. Approximately, it takes about 1 hour long. Tonight, the boat will anchor-off the village jetty at Indaung to make nights stop.
Tour Sites: Sites along Ayeyarwaddy River, Ayeyarwaddy Dolphin Watching
Day 7: Indaung- Mingun-Mandalay
After breakfast, keep continue sailing downstream to Mandalay; you will finally reach to Mingun (residence of king). You will have a chance to visit very massive unfinished Mingun Pagoda, largest ringing bell called Mingun Bell, two broken gigantic lion statues facing with the river and very unusual structure Myatheindan White-washed Pagoda with circular round shaped compound.
Continue sailing for thirty minutes to Mandalay around 5pm and disembark at Gawein Jetty. You may have time to take photos background Ayeyarwaddy River with beautiful sunset. Transfer hotel.
Tour Sites: Mingun Pagoda & Bell, Myatheindan Pagoda
Day 08: Departure
This morning is free for you to enjoy the city in your way. Transfer to Mandalay International Airport for your flight. Goodbye Myanmar and we hope to serve you once again.
Why to choose this tour; This boating tour is really recommended from October to March. During the tour, clients can taste of boating in relaxation, the beauty of river, typical river-side villages, lively view of fishing & loaded boats, rafting, local products, historical site, cooperative fishing with dolphins and others.
- Private local boat for a 5 days / 4 nights cruise from Bhamo to Mandalay on Irrawaddy River,
- 03 Nights hotel accommodation in Mandalay & Bhamo (twin/double share)
- Domestic flights: Mandalay to Bhamo
- Meal as per program (mentioned as B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- All Transportation for sightseeing as per specified in the program
- All Transfer charges from jetty/airport/hotel
- Hire local fishermen for demonstration and small boat to watch the dolphin
- Local English-Speaking Tour Guide
- Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program
- Water, Coffee, Tea on board
- Brand new Bed sheet, pillows and towels, blankets
- International flight tickets
- Early check-in & late check-out surcharge
- Travel insurance, Visa stamp fees, Personal expenses
- Tips & gratuities for guide and driver
- Services not specified in the itinerary,
- Sightseeing may be changed due to the water level and weather condition
- In order to guarantee your reservation; we accept non refundable deposit which would be 50 % of full payment through our Bank Account in Myanmar.
- The remaining balance must be settling upon your arrival.
To be noted that
Name list are required to send Ministry of Defence (Nay Pyi Taw) and early booking are safe for your guests.