Golden Land Voyage (5 Days)


  • Day 1: Salay
  • Day 2: Pakkoku
  • Day 3: Yanderbo
  • Day 4: Ava and Mandalay
  • Day 5: Check-out




Around 11am you will board our luxurious river-cruiser, berthed at Bagan Jetty. Lunch will be served as we sail to Salay, a small riverside town which dates from the Bagan period. An afternoon tour will show you the beautiful Youqson Kyaung, a beautifully-carved teak monastery built between 1882 and 1892 and now run by the Department of Archaeology as a museum. A short distance away is the Mann Paya, home to a huge statue of the Buddha, unusually made from lacquer. In Colonial times Salay was home to wealthy merchants and still has some fine examples of Colonial houses. You will make a special visit inside one of these. Tonight the ship moors at Salay.

Bagan to Salay = 30 miles
Lunch and dinner


An early-morning yoga session will be available this morning. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the ship sails northwards. Through the morning there will be a cultural demonstration, a Book Review (with Burma as it’s subject) and a lecture on Myanmar culture entitled “Myanmar Ways of Life”. After lunch we will arrive at Pakkoku, a large trading town on the western riverbank. A tour will show you some of the small industries at work here such as a cheroot-rolling factory and a producer of ‘Burmese slippers’ (“flip-flops”); the large and thriving market and will visit Shwegu Temple to see an incredible, intricate carving made from very rare Yamanei wood. After the excursion the ship will continue her journey northwards, eventually mooring around Ngar Lan.

Salay to Pakkoku = 55 miles
Pakkoku to Ngar Lan = 16 miles
Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Early-morning yoga will again be available. This morning we will pass the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and it’s greatest tributary, the Chindwin River. Around 9am the ship will arrive at the small riverside village of Yanderbo, where you will make a walking tour. This is the place where in 1826 the King of Ava signed the Treaty of Yanderbo, signaling the end of the First Anglo-Burmese war. Now the villages produce a type of water pot which is reputed to keep water cooler than pots from anywhere else and you will have the opportunity to see their techniques. Back on board there will be a Cookery Demonstration from our Chefs. After lunch there will be another lecture, this time looking at Burmese history. Tonight the ship will moor near Ponna Chan.

Ngar Lan to Yanderbo = 22 miles
Yanderbo to Ponna Chan = 49 miles
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner


After breakfast, leave the ship for a horse-drawn carriage tour of the ancient capital of Ava, home to the Burmese Kings for many centuries. A coach will then take you across the river to Sagaing using a bridge built by the Colonial British in 1934. Here you will visit a silversmith, seeing techniques unchanged for centuries. Back on board lunch will be served as we sail the final distance to reach Mandalay. A busy afternoon tour will show you the highlights of this fabled city including the Kuthodaw Pagoda (“the world’s biggest book”), the atmospheric Shwenandaw Monastery, which used to be part of King Mindon’s living quarters and where he died in 1878; and a visit to see the highly revered, gold-encrusted Buddha at the Mahamuni Temple. If time permits you will also see gold-leaf beating, visit a silk-weaving factory, pass through dusty streets filled with marble-carving workshops and finish the afternoon with sunset at the famous 200 year old “U Bein’s Bridge”. Farewell Dinner and evening entertainment on board.

Ponechaun to Ava = 7 miles
Ava to Mandalay = 11 miles
Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Breakfast and check-out.


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