Mandalay – Bhamo Cruise by Paukan Cruise
A river journey to discover the upper reaches of Irrawaddy will provide you the ultimate cruise experience
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The lovely Paukan is a boutique hotel on the river, beautifully furnished with a unique combination of modern and traditional motifs. The timber-walled cabins are furnished with colonial style cupboards, and comfortable dresser and doors while the ceiling is traditional Myanmar. The single or double and comfortable ones and not mere bunks, enough room for 55 passengers who will be looked after by a30-member crew.
For a luxury living, Paukan has suites, deluxe or superior cabins as well as singles for guest or guides.There are two massage rooms on the lower deck offering traditional Myanmar massage designed to give soothing relaxation.
The sun deck has a stage for cultural performances and a bar and lounge for relaxation and fun. The upper deck has a lecture/movie room with LCD projector and LCD TV screen.
Meals in the dining room on the main deck will include both East and West cuisine, and dinner menus of delicious dishes. Vegetarian meals can be prepared when informed in advance.
DAY1: MANDALAY (GAWEIN) – MINGUN (MILES 6*KM 9.6 – 1 HR)
Embark the ship at 12.30 hrs. We cast off at 13.00 hrs and sail upstream to Mingun. Visit the unfinished pagoda, the largest working bell in the world and the “home for the ages”. Moor overnight nearby a river village.
DAY 2: MINGUN – RIVER VILLAGE (MILES 20*KM 32 – 3.3 HRS)
Cast off early in the morning. Stop at a typical river village for sightseeing. We enter the Third Defile (Gorge). Moor overnight nearby a river village.
DAY 3: RIVER VILLAGE – TAGAUNG (MILES 75*KM 120– 12.5 HRS)
Stop at Tagaung to explore the ancient city archaeological area and the fortifications around 9:00 am. Continue sail upstream all day. Moor overnight nearby a river village.
DAY 4:TAGAUNG – KATHA (MILES 66*KM 105.6 – 11HRS)
After breakfast we arrive Katha, the setting of the George Orwell‟s book “Burmese Days” and also the place where hundreds of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company ships were scuttled in 1942 before the Japanese could seize them. We explore this pleasant colonial town surrounded by hills plenty of hardwood forests and “Elephant Logging Camp” located west of Katha. If time permit we will also visit the lake Indaw. Moor overnight nearby Sin Khan village.
DAY 5: KATHA – BHAMO (MILES 84*KM 134.4 – 14 HRS)
We continue sailing upstream to Bhamo and walking tour of the town, an important trading post lo-cated just 50 miles from the Chinese border. After lunch, we will try to reach the village of Sinbo set below the 1st Defile by local boat. Moor overnight at Bhamo.
DAY 6: BHAMO – KATHA (MILES 84 *KM 134.4/7.6 HRS)
After breakfast, we enter the dramatic 2nd defile with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel and visit a typical river village. Back to the ship before lunch and cast off for the Downstream return journey to Mandalay. Moor overnight at River Village.
DAY 7 :ATHA – KYAUK MYAUNG (MILES 141*KM 225.6/12.8 HRS)
Cruise all day. Arrive the spectacular potteries-making village of Kyauk Myaung around early evening, and see the manufacture stages of the famous 50 Gallons (200 liters) pots (1.5 hours visit).
We arrive near Htone Gyi Village around late evening. Dance and Theatre performance from Mandalay Art School on the Sundeck. Moor overnight near a river village.
DAY 8 :MINGUN – MANDALAY / GAWEIN (MILES 6*KM 9.6 /50 MIN.)
After breakfast, disembark at Mandalay Gawein Jetty around 10:00 hrs.