Amara Cruise offers a great way to explore Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bhamo. The trip provides relaxing moments on boards as well intimate interactions to local villages.
Day 1 : Mandalay Jetty – Shinemaga
Embark the Amara River Cruise at 08:00 am. We sail north of Mandalay along Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun with the Mingun Bell, weighing 90 tones and the biggest hanging undamaged bell in the world; Shin Phyume Pagoda, and the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, a colossal brick monument. After sightseeing set sail and cruise north the Ayarwaddy River till the town of Sheinmaga.
Day 2 : Sheinmaga – Thabeikkyin
We leave Sheinmaga at 06:00 am and sail this day till Thabeikkyin. Visit to Nwe Nyein (Pottery Village). We will pass the Third Defile. Small villages along the river life from the trade of wood and fishing. Dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 3 : Thabeikkyin – Tagaung
Set sail at 06:00 am. Our journey will continue upstream until Tagaung, one of the oldest capitals of Myanmar. Excursion into Tagaung. Overnight and dinner on board the Amara just north of Tagaung.
Day 4 : Tagaung – Katha
Set sail at 06:00 am. This day we will reach till Katha, a beautiful town with a colorful market, friendly people and a unique atmosphere. Katha is known from the book “Burmese Days”, written by George Orwell. Dinner and overnight on board the Amara, moored near the harbor of Katha.
Day 5 : Katha – Shwegu
Depart from Katha at 06:00 am and sail this day till Shwegu. This day is a good chance to see the famous Ayeyarwaddy Dolphin, quite common in this area. Amara will stop at the opposite river bank of Shwegu near the pagodas of Shwe Baw Kyunn Thousands of pagodas can be found at this place, probably built around the 10th century.
Day 6 : Shwegu – Bhamo
Set sail at 06:00 am. We will pass the Second Defile this day. At this place the river banks become a steep cliff. The scenery is amazing and offers a beautiful scenery. In the afternoon the Amara will arrive in Bhamo, the most northern place the Amara can reach. Overnight and dinner on board the Amara.
Day 7 : Bhamo
Disembark after breakfast.
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