Ayeyarwaddy Explordation by RV.PANDAW Cruise

Tour code : BFF008

Day 1Mandalay Arrival

Mingalar-bar! Upon your arrival to Mandalay International airport, you will be welcomed by BFF Travel guide and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 2Mandalay - Amarapura - Mandalay

After your breakfast, we start our journey to the royal kingdom of Mandalay with a visit to Mandalay Hill – a vantage point for panoramic views of the city. We continue drive to the famous Mahamuni Paya which houses one of Myanmar’s most sacred Buddha images covered with thick layers of gold leaf. Next we visit to Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings which are mostly done on teak wood and the renovated Atumashi Monastery which is referred as incomparable monastery and billed as the world’s largest book. We continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda houses the Buddhist Scriptures inscribed on marble slabs.

In the afternoon we continue to Amarapura – a former royal capital and famous for its textile industries. We first visit a cottage industry workshop where we learn how Myanmar longyis and traditional fabrics are woven. Then we visit Ubein Bridge – a simple yet remarkable teak structure that spans 1.2km over Taungtaman Lake and silhouetted by the setting sun, is a magical experience and a photographer’s dream. Overnight stay in Mandalay.

Day 3Sailing to Bagan

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to the Pandaw jetty for cruise check-in. Then we start sailing along Ayeyarwady River to Bagan. Enjoy the beautiful sunset on board. Overnight stay on board.

Day 4Yandabo – Bagan

Breakfast on board. Enroute stop at Yandabo, we walk round the pottery village where you can learn how to produce the various kind of pots such as water pots, steamers, rice pots etc.. Next we visit the Pandaw School built with donations from the past Pandaw passengers. Then we proceed sailing to Bagan. Overnight stay on board.

Day 5Bagan Sightseeing

Breakfast on board. In this morning, the cruise will arrive to Pandaw jetty in Bagan. You will be welcomed by your local guide in this jetty and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.

After the hotel check-in, we start our journey to Ancient Kingdoms of Bagan with a visit to Shwezigon Paya, a prototype of the Burma style of stupas and Gubyaukhyi Temple at Wetkyi-Inn which was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. The great colourful painting about the previous lives of the Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit. Next we visit to the refined Htilominlo temple well known for its old mural, fine plaster carving and glazed sandstone decoration. Continue your visit at Ananda temple, a masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas and an adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with well-preserved murals. Proceed to the towering Thatbyinnyu Temple is the tallest in the complex, measuring 61m and take in Dhamayangyi Temple, the largest of all Bagan’s many temples. Enjoy sunset viewing on one of the most magnificent temple terrace. Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 6Bagan Sightseeing

Breakfast at the hotel. We continue visit to the Manuha Temple, built by the Mon king in the 1300s to represent his time in captivity under the Bagan King. Next we visit to the Thanaka Museum and a Cigar Work Shop where we learn respectively about the traditional uses of the fragrant thanaka paste and how Burmese make the local cheroot cigars. Then, we visit to Nyaung U Market – the largest market in the Bagan region, gives us a glimpse into local life. Next, we visit to Minnanthu Village where we learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are produced. Lacquer ware is one of the best possible souvenirs of Myanmar. A pleasant stroll will take you through a village. Explore local cheroot making by using maize leaf, cooking oil production in local method, cotton waving and more… Overnight stay in Bagan.

Day 7Bagan - Yangon, By Flight

Breakfast at the hotel. We fly back to Yangon and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Your journey begins with a tour through the colonial-style city center of Yangon. At first, we visit to Sule Paya stupa – built over 2,000 years ago and then the beautiful Maha Bandula Park with the Independence Monument. Next we take a walk through some of colonial buildings and visit the historic Post office and the heritage Strand Hotel. Continue with short drive to bustling Bogyoke (Scotts) Market – one of famous markets where hundreds of gemstone, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of color. (Please note that the market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays)

We complete the day with a visit to the 2,500 years old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda sheathed in 11 tons of pure gold and 4,350 diamonds weighing 1800 carats! At sunset, the Shwedagon offers visitor a spectacular show of lights and shadows. Overnight stay in Yangon.

Day 8Yangon Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. We transfer to Yangon International Airport for your departure.