MYANMAR RIVER CRUISES
Road to Mandalay
||Road To Mandalay
||BHAMO CRUISE SECRET OF THE AYEYARWADDY
||11 NIGHTS CRUISE
Upon morning arrival at Mandalay, transfer to the ‘Road To Mandalay’ berthed on
the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet opposite the beautiful Sagaing Hills
studded with numerous white pagodas. The ship’s Captain, Hotel Manager and staff
will greet you before you settle into the comfort of your private cabin,
complete with en-suite facilities. After lunch, the ship will get underway on
its voyage to northern Myanmar (Burma). Pass by Mandalay lying to the east of
the river with a clear view of Mandalay Hill in the distan ce. The ship anchors
off Mingun and a shore excursion is organized to view the largest brick-built
pagoda in the world and the world’s largest un-cracked bell. Back on the ship,
dinner is served in the Restaurant followed by local entertainment on the upper
The ship makes an early start, transiting the plain to the north and west of
Mandalay before entering the 3rd Defile (gorge) at Singu around midday. The
‘Road To Mandalay’ then passes the town of Kyaukmyaung and the picturesque
island pagoda of Thihadaw. Relax on the top deck, sip a cool drink and watch the
countryside pass by – distant hills and many small river habitations call to be
photographed. In the late afternoon the ship will be brought to anchor off the
delightful and picturesque village of Male, with its curious blend of Indian and
Burmese cultures. After anchorage, join the sunset tour ashore. In the evening,
enjoy the cocktail party on the ship’s upper deck and get to know your fellow
The ship makes an early start to continue the journey up river. Sailing further
north, vast stretches of the river spread before you with many interesting rural
villages on its shores. During the afternoon get to know the secrets of Thanaka
and enjoy the Lecture in the Forward Lounge. Tonight the ship will be anchored
off the old market town of Katha famous as the site where, in May 1942, the
Irrawaddy Flotilla Company scuttled as many as 75 ships to deny them to the
Visit Katha by trishaw in the early morning and watch the local market greet
another day. Afterward, ‘Road To Mandalay’ will continue its journey north
through the expansive scenery, with the distant mountains marking the 2nd Defile
coming into view in the afternoon. The ship anchors off the splendid island
pagoda of Shwe Paw just north of the town of Shwegu. Boats will take you ashore
to explore the ancient site. After dinner, join a lecture in the Observation
Lounge punctuated with anecdotes about the country.
Today the ship passes through the magnificent 2nd Defile, with its green-clad
mountains reaching down to the narrowing channel. The ship holds close to one or
other of the banks to avoid the main strength of the current under the guidance
of the Captain and Pilots, while they take the ship past logging camps and an
old colonial village at Zinbon. You may be witness to some of the local fauna -
monkeys chattering in the trees, elephants and water buffaloes ashore, or the
Irrawaddy Dolphins. The ship will pass the famous Parrot’s Beak rock in the
early morning. Having cleared the 2nd Defile, we pass to the west of Bhamo at
mid-morning and continue north towards the challenging 1st Defile. ‘Road To
Mandalay’ will sail up as far north as possible and will then turn around and
drop anchor off Bhamo. The scenery in this un-spoilt area is spectacular.
Returning, you will have the opportunity of visiting Bhamo with Mr. “Bannarjee”.
For those who want to see more of the magic of Myanmar, we have the Royal
Acrobatic Show on the upper deck, after dinner.
Visit the town of Bhamo, contested over the years by Burmans, Kachins, Chinese,
British, Japanese and Americans. The famous Ledo Road ran through Bhamo to
China. The town is barely 50 miles, as the crow flies, from the Chinese border
in the Foothills of Yunnan that can be clearly seen to the east. Mid morning,
Dyna trucks will carry you into the countryside, past paddy fields and towards
the mountains before returning to the ‘Road To Mandalay’ for an early afternoon
departure. The ship will run swiftly through the 2nd Defile and anchor in a
quiet stretch of river to the north of Katha.
The ship will anchor off Katha in the morning. After breakfast, board an
antique train for a journey into thick Kachin jungle and discover the way to the
forest station of Naba. See a presentation of cultural dancing performed for you
by charming local children who have rarely if at all seen westerners before.
Return through the rainforest to ‘Road To Mandalay’ where lunch is waiting, and
continue sailing for the beautiful river port of Tigyaing. Disembark for a walk
in the early evening. Later on-board the locals will entertain you on deck.
An early start from Tigyaing and soon the ship re-enters the 3rd Defile, but
within an hour comes to anchor off the ferry point at Thabeikkyin, on the east
bank. The area is heavily wooded and was the scene of much heavy fighting in
1945. Various attractions will await you. After returning aboard, the ‘Road To
Mandalay’ heads south again.
Mandalay comes into view early morning, and you will be ferried ashore to
Mandalay Pier. Luxury coaches will take you on a varied tour of the city that
will include lunch at the Sedona Hotel, adjacent to the moat surrounding the old
Mandalay Palace grounds. You rejoin the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet and can look
forward to a Music and Folkloric display after a splendid dinner.
‘Road To Mandalay’ will set sail early morning, as it must make Bagan by sunset.
Along the way you will see many villages with women doing the household chores
by the river and waving children, accustomed to seeing the ‘Road to Mandalay’
plying this section of the river.
By mid-afternoon you will be on your way into the ancient
city of Bagan, to witness the sunset from a 12th century pagoda, which will whet
your appetite for the tours next day. The evening will allow you to see the
famous puppeteers of Bagan perform in the forward lounge.
Your final day offers you the opportunity to visit more of the ancient sites in
and around Bagan
with the experienced guide or perhaps taking a local horse-drawn cart or bicycle
to explore on your own. An optional afternoon tour to Mount Popa, legendary
sacred home of the Nats, with its impressive summit monastery is also available.
Or you may book your private tour at reception to see more of the unforgettable
Bagan. A Cocktail Party will be held on Top Deck to mark the end of a most
An early departure this morning to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.
- All prices are in USD and per person
- Include all table d'hote meals and accommodation on board based on two people
sharing (except Single Cabin), economy class flights, transfers and sightseeing
in Myanmar as shown in the itinerary.
- For reservations made more than 55 days prior to travel, a 15% deposit is
required at the time of booking. Full payment is due 55 days prior to travel.
- All reservations made less than 55 days prior to travel must be paid in full
at the time of booking.
- Administration fees are imposed for change of passenger’s names, departure
dates or cabin types
|56 days and more - 15% of the fare
43 – 55 days - 30% of the fare
29 – 42 days - 60% of the fare
5 – 28 days - 90% of the fare
Within 4 days of travel - 100% of the fare