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River Journeys Myanmar

There are a variety of options for timeless travel on the waterways…

The Irrawaddy River was the former Road to Mandalay.
From 1865- late 1940s, the Scottish owned Irrawaddy Flotilla Company (IFC) operated the largest fleet of vessels in the world transporting passengers and cargo up and down the Irrawaddy.

Today you can travel the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers in stylish replicas of the old IFC ships operated by  Pandaw Cruises with river journeys also offered elsewhere in Asia.
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Most popular is cruising between Mandalay and Bagan for either 1, 2 or 3-night cruises.  Downriver flowing with the currents will allow for more shore time enroute. But there is the option to sail upstream from Bagan also.  Some of the cruise programs will include Mingun and Sagaing.  See also more below on Day Boat trips.

My wonderful memories were aboard the beautiful Amara.
Wonderful crew and great service.

The Amara  boat developer now operates 2 new boats with
5 cabins called Chindwin and Ayeyarwady Discovery.

Offering cruises between Mandalay and Bagan,
or further upstream to Bhamo.
And with new explorations when water level permits,
up the Chindwin River.
For more information,

and there is a facebook page:

Taking a smaller boat on charter for family or group of friends is ideal.

The Amara crew setting up a private dinner along a sandbank. Magical evenings beneath tons of stars.


Day- Boat services:
Comfortable day-boats also operate between Mandalay and Bagan.  Usually departing at dawn and arriving before dark.

Normally full day cruising without stopping but
Alliance Myanmar may offer a village stop on the way for their downstream cruise:

Mandalay to Mingun:
It is easy to take a day boat from Mandalay to Mingun- either join-in or charter your own.

RV Yandabo
Another lovely day boat which can also be taken on charter for longer trips for a group of friends or family.
Named after the beautiful pottery village where the Yandabo Treaty was signed between the British and Burmese royals in 1826.

Cruising Monywa to Bagan:
Another interesting option for those wishing to visit the ancient caves and mural paintings of Monywa located 136km drive from Mandalay- driving west of Sagaing.
Spend a few days in Monywa and arrange a boat like the RV Yandabo to meet you on the Chindwin River to cruise down to the Irrawaddy confluence and on to Bagan.

Monywa accomodations:


-Back to Main Myanmar Page
– Yangon

– Mandalay and Royal Cities
Pwin Oo Lwin and Train to Hsipaw
Inle Lake  and  Pindaya and Kalaw
Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp near Kalaw

Travel to and within Myanmar: by air and overland


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