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Myanmar River Cruise – Gorges of the Far North

Southeast Asia River Cruise Information

Summary : Explore the wonders of hidden Myanmar in unrivalled comfort and style, and marvel at the gorges arising from the scenic Ayeyarwady River. Discover Myanmar's hidden gems on a truly memorable 11-night voyage. Visit Mingun and the world's largest brick-built pagoda. Sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw. Explore while walking through Nwe Nyein to observe traditional clay pot sculpting. Small boats will take you ashore at ports to experience life in a typical riverside village. Board a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and discover a teak forest on this trip of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture


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Day 1
Yangon / Mandalay, Myanmar

Board the vessel after an included flight from Yangon and set sail on your voyage. Visit Mingun and discover the world's largest brick-built pagoda and the biggest uncracked bell. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and get to know your fellow travelers.

Day 2
Nwe Nyein

Anchor off Nwe Nyein for a guided walking tour, including a chance to meet artisans sculpting traditional clay pots. Back on board, release Shan balloons from the Observation Deck (weather permitting).

Day 3
Kyan Hnyat

Take an early morning stroll around the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat. See children on their way to school and the market beginning to bustle with activity. As your voyage continues, admire the rural villages dotted along the shore.

Day 4

Visit Katha by trishaw and take in the market made famous by George Orwell in Burmese Days. In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture with afternoon tea. After dinner, enjoy a performance by the Shan Dancers on the observation deck.

Day 5
Shwe Paw Kyun / Bhamo

Arrive at Shwe Paw Kyun. Transfer by boat to scenic Shwe Paw Island and walk among the stilt houses of the Kachin fishermen. Visit the island monastery, and perhaps pay a visit to the village school. Return onboard and set sail for Bhamo. Transfer to shore by fast boat for a walking tour of the lively town of Bhamo, the major northern trading post between China and Myanmar.

Day 6
Weima Village

Arrive at Weima village and enjoy a visit to an elephant camp. Continue with a visit to the local school to donate school stationary. Return to the boat and spend the afternoon on board where you can enjoy afternoon tea in the lounge.

Day 7

In the early morning, board a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and teak forest. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the water where you can experience a demonstration on the traditional dress called 'longyi'. End the day with fellow travelers at a longyi cocktail party.

Day 8
Ma Lae Village

Disembark at Ma Lae Village for a walking tour of the village and a visit to the monastery. Witness a traditional Noviciation Ceremony, regarded as a very important moment for young boys. After dinner enthusiastic young actors from Mandalay’s School of Performing Arts will enact scenes from the Yamayana play on the Observation Deck. This is a Hindu creation epic that is widely performed across all of South-East Asia and features characters from Bali, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Day 9

Mandalay comes into view in the early morning. Disembark for a tour of Myanmar’s second city, including lunch at a local restaurant. A special dinner will be served on the sandbank this evening.

Day 10

Spend the day gazing at the passing scenery as the ship continues towards Bagan. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the Bagan plain and a performance by traditional Bagan artists.

Day 11
Bagan / Mount Popa

Visit ancient sites in and around Bagan with an expert guide. In the afternoon, you may choose to experience Mount Popa—the legendary home of animist spirits known as Nats—with its impressive summit monastery. Or, take a horse-drawn cart or bicycle to explore on your own. Celebrate your final evening on board with a cocktail party and special farewell dinner.

Day 12
Bagan / Yangon

Transfer to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.


This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

The rivers of Myanmar vary from season to season, with as much as a 30 foot variance in water level. During the months of January through June, the water levels of the Ayeyarwady may drop for a period of a few weeks to a few months, creating a narrower channel for navigation. During the months of July through October, high water levels may affect the Chindwin River. To accommodate for changes in water levels, the Orcaella may operate on an adjusted itinerary during these periods and our mooring locations may be amended.


Flight from Yangon to Mandalay and Bagan to Yangon; transfer from Mandalay airport to ship and from ship to Bagan airport; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; local beer, house wine, soft drinks and bottled water with lunch and dinner; Junior Suites and Balcony Suites include laundry service and mini bar, Balcony Suites also include one spa treament. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare except flights from Yangon to Mandalay and Bagan to Yangon; passport and visa expenses; travel insurance; departure taxes; alcoholic beverages not mentioned as included; fees for medical services; items of a personal nature, salon and boutique purchases; optional excursions; optional gratuities at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.

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