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.




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:


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 2013 – 2015 (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)