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Sightseeing Cruise Between Mandalay and Bagan provided by Alliance Myanmar River Cruise

Sightseeing Cruise Between Mandalay and Bagan

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Cruise between Mandalay and Bagan on a beautiful river trip that trades overland travel for a peaceful day on the Ayeyarwady River. Sun decks and climate-controlled cabins ensure a comfortable day in any weather, as you pause to visit a riverside village, try on traditional costumes, and catch an Ayeyarwady River sunset. For an all-inclusive experience, add a fresh breakfast and Burmese-style lunch when booking.
  • Cruise between Mandalay and Bagan includes sightseeing and sunset drink 
  • Cultural experience comprises optional Burmese lunch and traditional dress
  • See the Myanmar countryside from the water
  • Climate-controlled cabins and sun decks feature comfortable seating
What to Expect
Make your way to the Mandalay jetty for an early morning departure, and settle into the climate-controlled, teak wood cabin. If you’ve opted for the cruise with meals, start with breakfast served alongside fruit juice, coffee, and tea on the sunny upper deck. The first stop is at Lekkapin, a traditional waterside village, where you see traditional handicrafts, visit local houses, and meet members of the small community. Lunch is served on the upper deck, and in the afternoon, the crew demonstrates typical Burmese dress and makeup—you’re welcome to participate.  Watch sunset colors illuminate the river as you approach Bagan, sipping a cocktail on the final stretch. This Ayeyarwady cruise concludes at the Bagan jetty.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mandalay, Mandalay, Mandalay Region
Return Details
Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
  • 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
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Additional Info
  • 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 travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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lesleyalexander1 wrote a review Mar 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
A fantastic journey down the Irrawaddy River with an excellent company ! Beautiful boat and very spacious . The crew were exceptional , very professional , attentive and so friendly , absolutely made our journey ! Breakfast and dinner was delicious and the side trip to the
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Response from Aung K, Guest Relations Manager at Sightseeing Cruise Between Mandalay and Bagan
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Lesley and Elton, Thank you very much for your nice review on us.We really appreciate for taking time to write a review and thank our crews.It really touches our heart.The crews are pleased with your appreciation note as well. We also would like to thank you for visiting our country and taking our boat at this very difficult time for everyone.We hope that you are back in your country safe and sound.And we wish you to stay safe and healthy at this particular moment. best wishes Alliance Myanmar River Cruise Team
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LongPet wrote a review Mar 2020
Pilsen, Czech Republic3 contributions
Well organized trip, clean and comfortable boat. The staff did care for us very well. We have enjoyed the trip. We have seen other pictures of the country.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Lesley B wrote a review Feb 2020
Chitwan National Park, Nepal22 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and I had a great day on the boat. The staff were very pleasant and efficient. They divided the11 hour journey up with meals, an interesting visit to a riverside village and an amusing demonstration on the wearing of the longyi. All in all a great day.
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Date of experience: February 2020
GalwayLad123 wrote a review Feb 2020
Galway624 contributions48 helpful votes
This is the most expensive boat option from Mandalay - Bagan, but we felt it was worth it. The boat was only about 1/4 full so we had lots of space to roam around. The downstairs seating was very comfortable, reclining leather seats with air-con, however we didn't spend much
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from Aung K, Guest Relations Manager at Sightseeing Cruise Between Mandalay and Bagan
Responded 2 Feb 2020
Dear GalwayLad, Thank you very much for your nice review on us.We also take note about the problems with porters and we will mention it on our tickets in the future. We are really sorry that this is the problem that it is out of our hand.There are associations that they do not want the Boat to handle the transport of the bags and actually,they do not control their personnel as well.And we are stuck in there. But,we will do what we can from our end,that is to mention about this service and to be careful with this issue on our tickets for the future travellers. We would like to thank you again for this. best wishes Alliance Myanmar River Cruise Team
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davyp777 wrote a review Jan 2020
Durham, United Kingdom386 contributions109 helpful votes
I was a little concerned about the 10 hour trip to get from Mandalay to Bagan and I was considering flying or getting a bus or car for the trip - I eventually opted for the boat and research indicated that Alliance seemed to be the best option........and I am pleased I chose
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Date of experience: December 2019
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Alliance Myanmar River Cruise
Pleasant way to travel to Bagan
We enjoyed the trip although it is a long day and slightly boring towards the end; the river itself is not particul
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Definitely better than bus :-)
Boat is really comfortable, food was better than expected, crew very nice. We were only 15 people on the boat (mid
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Great Day on the Mighty Irrawaddy
A very pleasant way to relax and observe life on the river. It's not the most scenic journey in Myanmar but it's a
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Very relaxing experience with great crew
There were only 4 guests on the trip with a staff of about 10! What a great experience. The cruise itself was rela
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Great Way to Bagan
Myanmar roads are terrible, air travel is fast and good -- but you see nothing. This is a great compromise . . . sp
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Mandanlay to Bagan by Boat
Professional customer services, clean toilets, comfotable reclining seats, simple breakfast and good lunch. Relaxin
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See another side of Myanmar
Cheap price to cruise from Bagan to Mandalay (US$37 for 12hr including breakfast, lunch, and traditional show. The
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Great way to get from Bagan to Mandalay
We boarded the cruise to get from Bagan to Mandalay. The boat leaves early at 5:30AM. It is a good idea to wear war
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Not comfortable and a waist of time
Take in mind that it takes 11 hours. You are sitting in onconfourtable chairs, the food is really bad and you are l
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Best transfer from Mandalay to Bagan if you are not in rush
For us this was a transfer from Mandalay to Bagan. Great choice. Well equipped boat. Breakfast, bar, business class
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A wonderful way to travel from Bagan to Mandalay
I took the ferry on 29 Dec from Bagan to Mandalay and this is one of the major highlights of my trip. Here’s why: 1
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Relaxing trip
Although it's a long journey through a relatively boring landscape the boat tip is a relaxing break from undoubtedl
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Great journey from Bagan to Mandalay
This was a relaxing way to travel from Bagan to Mandalay. I took this boat as it was US$5 more than the others, and
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Nice professional crews
Very comfortable cruise. We really like the crewmen . Breakfast and lunch are included and really yummy.
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Great Experience
This was a great way to get from Bagan to Mandalay. The cruise was very comfortable and relaxing. We enjoyed the
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Key Details
  • Alliance Myanmar River Cruise
  • Duration: 11h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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