Mandalay to Bagan, Bagan to Mandalay by Boat

There are at least two public boats plying this route every day in the tourist season October to March.

  • ShweKeinnery
  • Malikha

There are also some more luxurious ships offering the same sailings, but only on certain days or dates in the high season. Among these are:

  • Yandabo
  • MS Hintha

Please contact us for sailing dates, availability and prices in connection with your Myanmar tour.

River Cruises on the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers

The Ayeyarwady River (formerly known as the Irrawaddy River) flows through the centre of Myanmar. It is Myanmar’s most important commercial waterway and is about 1,550 km (960 miles) long. It starts in Kachin State, at the confluence of the Mali Hka and Mai Hka rivers. The western Mali Hka branch arises from the end of the southern Himalayas, north of Putao, and is called Nam Kiu in the Shan language. The Ayeyarwady dissects the country from north to south and empties through a nine armed delta into the Indian Ocean. In colonial times, before railways and automobiles, the river was known as the “Road to Mandalay“.

The Chindwin River is the major tributary to the Ayeyarwaddy River and is 750 miles from north to south. It runs through the Chindwin Valley thorugh deep jungles and misty-blue mountains and charming towns and villages, proudly running through a region of abundant natural resources and fertile meadows. This river can only be navigated to the far north during the monsoon season, July to October.

RV Paukan

presently operates three ships:

  • RV Paukan 1947 (an original Scottish made colonial steamer formerly known as Rv Pandaw).
  • RV Paukan 2007
  • RV Paukan 2012
  • A fourth ship – Rv Paukan 2014 – is under construction and it is expected to be launched in November 2014.

Cruise programs (1 – 10 nights)

  • Between Royal Mandalay and Ancient Bagan (1 Night)
  • From Royal Mandalay to Ancient Bagan or vice versa (2 Nights)
  • “The Royal Myanmar” Bagan to Mandalay or vice versa (4 to 5 Nights)
  • “The Upper Irrawaddy”- Mandalay to Mandalay (6 Nights)
  • “Grand Voyage of the Chindwin River” (9 Nights)
  • “Myanmar Days”- Upstream * Bagan to Mandalay via Upper Irrawaddy (10 Nights)
  • “Myanmar Days”- Downstream * Mandalay to Bagan via Upper Irrawaddy (10 Nights)
  • “Golden Myanmar”- Upstream * Prome to Mandalay (10 Nights)
  • “Golden Myanmar”- Downstream * Mandalay to Prome (10 Nights)

Please contact us for sailing dates, availability and prices in connection with your Myanmar tour.

Amara I and Amara II

Their cruises:

  • Mandalay and Bagan , Bagan – Mandalay
  • Upper Ayeyarwady (Mandalay – Bhamo – Mandalay)
  • Ayeyarwady & Chindwin River (Mandalay – Monywa – Mandalay)

Irrawady Princess II

Cruises (1-2nights):

  • Mandalay and Bagan
  • Bagan and Mandalay

Please contact us for sailing dates, availability and prices in connection with your Myanmar tour.

The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company – Pandaw River Expeditions

The company operates three ships in Myanmar. Various cruises are offered. A few are one-time programmes only, while others are offered regularly during the season.

  • Short (2 nights) trip upstream from Bagan to Mandalay
  • Mandalay – Bagan (7 nights) with comprehensive sightseeing packet
  • Beyond Bhamo (7 nights) Mandalay – Katha – Bhamo
  • Chindwin River from Monywa to Homalain (7 night)
  • Exploring Ancient Arakan – up the Kaladan River to Mrauk U (7 nights)
  • The Golden Land, Mandalay to Yangon (10 nights)
  • The Irrawaddy, from Yangon to Mandalay (14 nights)
  • Bagan and the Upper Irrawaddy (10 nights)
  • Yangon to Kalay-Upper Sagaing (18 nights)
  • Pyay to Kalay (14 nights)
  • Chindwin and Upper Irrawaddy (20 nights)

Available departures

Please contact us for sailing dates, availability and prices in connection with your Myanmar tour.

We are sorry, there are no cabins available at this cruise at the moment


MyanmarMyanmar (mjɑːnˌmɑr / Myan mar) is a delightful country, where eternal landscapes and ancient civilizations fill its vast land. Over half of the country is covered by thick tropical forests, beautifully golden pagodas and preserved temples fill the countryside. The temples are 2000 years old and covered in gold. Local people wear skirt-like “longyi” and women Read more

Irrawaddy River

Irrawaddy RiverTHE IRRAWADDY, one of the mightiest rivers of Asia in league with the Mekong and the Ganges. Weeklong cruises in high water season August-November from Bhamo to Bagan, from Bagan to Pyay and on the Chindwin River as well as one and two nights cruises from Mandalay to Bagan from July to April. Individually arranged Read more


MandalayMandalay was the last Royal Capital of Myanmar and is located nearly 700 km north of Yangon between the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River and the Shan plateau. Mandalay is considered the centre of Burmese culture, a city of artisans and a trading centre of goods in all directions. The geometric laid out streets, the many bicycles Read more


BaganBagan, the capital of Myanmar’s first dynasty, was built by King Anawrahta in 1044. It is located about 193 km south of Mandalay. There are over 2000 temples and stupas spreading in 42 square kilometers of desert like plain on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. All those red bricks and stucco religious monuments Read more