Sightseeing Cruise Between Mandalay and Bagan

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Sightseeing Cruise Between Mandalay and Bagan
from USD $57.54
Embark on our RV Panorama and enjoy the warm sunlight and gentle breeze on upper deck. Downstream from Mandalay to Bagan, exploring a typical village at a river bank of the Ayeyarwaddy will give you unforgettable memories. Delicious Myanmar cuisine will await you for lunch and you will have a relax time for sunbathing in the sun deck. Our crew team will demonstrate different ways of wearing Myanmar Traditional Longyi (garment worn by Myanmar people) and Thanatkha (fragrant paste made from the bark of Thanatkha tree). Enjoy the gorgeous sunset moment and arrive at your destination.
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In Brief

Mandalay, Myanmar
11 hours
Important InfoInfo
Meet your guide and crew at 2 Cannons Jetty in the early morning, 6am and embark on our RV Panorama, a fully air-conditioned teak wood cabin with ultra-comfortable luxury seating. Our captain and crew will provide a short safety briefing and healthy breakfast will be served on upper deck. Enjoy fresh fruit juices, blended coffee and tea under the warm sunlight and gentle breeze.

Around 10am, we offer you a special opportunity to experience the country lifestyle by visiting a typical Myanmar village, Lekkapin, on the river bank of Ayeyarwaddy during the down-stream journey (Mandalay to Bagan). This charming village is located in Myint Mu district in Sagaing division with about 1000 inhabitants who are mostly Buddhists. A pagoda, two monasteries and a secondary school are located there. The people there live on traditional hat making and agriculture. Interesting family product of jute hat is their specialty that you can learn step by step from raw material to finished product as you visit from one house to another. You all are warmly welcome to Lekkapin village by the people who are friendly, cheerful and kind just like typical Myanmar people are, and this is really a rare chance for you to observe the simple way of life in Myanmar.

Delicious lunch will be served around noon while enjoy the panoramic views as you sunbathe sitting in our unique seats on sun deck. Feel the gentle waves of Mother Ayeyarwaddy and enjoy the bliss of life.

You will notice that Myanmar population wear their traditional costume, longyi, for daily wears and some strange yellow motifs as make-up on our face, Thanatkha. These are the important parts of our daily life and we would like to demonstrate the different styles of wearing Longyi and how we apply Thanatkha, our traditional make-up. Everyone is invited to participate on the upper deck after lunch time and enjoy trying Longyi and Thanatkha.

We will arrive at Bagan around 5pm and enjoy watching the truly breathtaking sunset views with your family and friends.


  • One-way river cruise
  • Breakfast, lunch or Myanmar-style cuisine, coffee and tea, with vegetarian options available


  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks (except for selected package)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Baggage Portarage fees not included at Mandalay and Bagan Jetty

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Departure Point

Mandalay, Mandalay, Mandalay Region

Traveler pickup is offered


  • 2 Cannons Jetty, Mandalay

Returns To

Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Please meet at the port 30 minutes before the departure time
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.7 out of 5 based on the last 23 recent reviews

We liked the whole travelling with the boat even visiting the village was interesting, but I would recommend to inform the passengers more about the different culture and not touching al the children there without asking (same for fotos) otherwise it is very respectless acting with other human beings. (Handout in different languages?) But again we enjoyed the boat, the crew and the whole tour!
• Submitted 04 Feb 2020
It was really nice cruise, we enjoyed a lot. very comfortable boat, clean, service was perfect recommend it!
• Submitted 30 Jan 2020
Great alternative if your traveling between Mandalay and Bagan attentive crew always ready to make your trip comfatable Pace was good with breakfast ,lunch,longyi demonstration and village excursion Highly Recommend
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
Very relaxing and enjoyable cruise, good food, excellent and friendly staff and nice scenery. There was also a visit to a village very interesting
• Submitted 22 Jan 2020
The boat was excellent and clean. It had seats both inside and outside. The staff was friendly and really funny. Can highly recommend this company.
• Submitted 27 Dec 2019
Its a long trip but somehow it doesnt feel that long. We had a good breakfest an a decent lunch. The crew is very nice and helpfull an gave a demo how to wear your longhi. And how to apply the yellow stuff on your cheeks. The trip to the village gives a little akward feeling you walk, under guidence from the boot crew trough a village. But it is a nice break. All together if you want to go by boat from mandalay to bagan then this is a very pleasant way of doing so.
• Submitted 19 Dec 2019
Dedicated crew, and very well organized. The village visit was excellent and very decent. We were well informed before the visit. Furthermore the cultural introduction to Burmese tradition was outstanding.Lene and Jorn, Denmark
• Submitted 04 Jan 2019
Enjoy the river and its sand banks, hazy view during sunrise, village stopover of how they live and the tasty food.
• Submitted 31 Dec 2018
I liked having a relaxing day on the river. I spent the day on the upper deck. The food they served was good for riverboat. The village tour was interesting, too. I'd recommend it as a way to get from Mandalay to Bagan.
• Submitted 07 Feb 2018
This trip exceeded my expectations - the boat was really nice and the seats downstairs were more akin to business class on a plane. Great to have charging sockets for your electricals too. Breakfast and lunch are served on the deck with table service which makes a huge change from boat buffets I've been on in the past. Only issue for me was the drop off point which would have been a nightmare if we hadnt tipped someone to move our heavy luggage for us.
• Submitted 29 Jan 2018
Definitely recommend this Day boat. Good service, the excursion is fun - the hat place in the village did not have a hat that was the right size so they custom made me one while I waited - right size and very good price. The meals are good and if you want an alcoholic cocktail they are cheap. Makes the journey to Bagon restful and fun.
• Submitted 07 Dec 2017
A very relaxing way of going from Mandalay to Bagan. Great staff! Absolutely recommended!
• Submitted 06 Dec 2017
Great way to travel from Mandalay to Bagan! The boat is beautiful made of teak, with comfortable chairs inside air conditioned and a nice deck. Food is above expectation, and the crew is very friendly. The meals, the stopover at the little village short walk and possibility to buy hats and the demonstration of longhi fashion make the long trip easy to handle. They sell all kinds of drinks for reasonable prices. Recommended!
• Submitted 22 Nov 2017
This was a great way to get from Mandalay to Bagan. The boat was very nice, bathrooms were clean and the rooftop deck with bar was awesome! We also really enjoyed the stop at the local village at the half way point. The crew were attentive and friendly. They even did small demonstrations with the longyi and Thanaka make up. Great way to travel!
• Submitted 11 Nov 2017
Wonderful cruise to Bagan. The staff were not only helpful but extremely friendly. The breakfast was ok and the lunch was delicious. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting to get to Bagan from Mandalay.
• Submitted 08 Nov 2017
I can't recommend this river boat cruise highly enough. The staff were brillian - friendly, helpful and funny keeping us entertained as well as waiting on us and looking after us very well. Everything was well planned and meticulous. The breakfast and lunch were delicious and well presented on the upper deck while we enjoyed stunning views across the river. The stop off at the local village was a nice break from cruising and it was nice to meet the villagers and see there way of life. We all seemed to enjoy the straw hat making demonstrations and most of us bought a hat and wore it for the rest of the trip! The crew's longhi and tanaka demonstrations were hilarious and again served to break up the afternoon. The rest of the time we spent relaxing in sun loungers or chilling in the air conditioned lower deck lounge area. We didn't have any suncream with us so got quite sunburnt on our day so be sure to have some handy. The other thing to watch out for are the women 'porters' who grab your bags from the taxi and head off down to the boat with them. We thought this was arranged by the boat company but it wasn't and it was a bit uncomfortable when they asked people for money. We gave them 1000 kyats although a lot of people didn't give any money. The other thing, and which I had read about on a blog but forgotten, is that when you arrive at the Nyaung-U jetty a swarm of people descends shouting taxi, taxi and it's a bit disconcerting. Also as soon as you set off they will stop and you will have to pay 25,000 kyats per person at a kiosk for a 5 day permit allowing access to the archaeological zone. This also comes as a bit of a surprise. No major issue with any of this but it's nice to be forewarned. Everything else was outstanding and we arrived around 4.30pm not 5.30pm as we had thought.
• Submitted 02 Nov 2017
I booked this tour based on a fellow traveller's review who stated this was the company to use and I heartily concur! Excellent value for money. Lovely ship and wonderful crew. The stop in a local village not only provides an opportunity to break up what is potentially a long trip, beautiful scenery aside, but it also gives insight into village life and allows us to support the local economy hat making. The cultural demonstration how to wear a longyi and how to apply tanaka paste was informative and entertaining. The range of activities including a meal makes the trip so much more than just a way to get from point A to point B. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 01 Nov 2017
The crew was very nice and the ride was comfortable. We enjoyed our time while we were on the boat and visiting the village. The only issue I remember is that the coffee had a very odd and rather unpleasant taste.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2017
Best way to travel Mandalay - Bagan!
• Submitted 10 Oct 2017
It was a lovely cruise with friendly staff and comfortable chairs. Although there is nothing to see on the banks of the reminds one of the leisurely times of the past. The crew and staff were very friendly and chatty
• Submitted 10 Dec 2019
We were lucky, there were less than 20 passengers aboard. So we could use the seats as beds and sleep during the cruise.The staff - very nice and friendly guys. Enjoyed a lot! ☺️
• Submitted 15 Jan 2019
The tour was OK, but the food was not so special. Also there was no organized transport from the arrival point to Bagan city which meant we had to negociate with the taxi drivers who could charge a too much. Otherwise we enjoyed the tour.
• Submitted 29 Jan 2018
Basically the cruise ride was ok, but the the seat was uncomfortable which we got the seat no 15D and 15E... 1 the glasses box drop from the top and hit Lee 2 the relax leg area, 1 can lift up, 1 cannot 3 both seats was unable to lay down as others. you should reconsider to block the last row of seat for selling. This is unfair for those whose get the last row! thank you.
• Submitted 24 Jan 2018

In Brief

Mandalay, Myanmar
11 hours

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