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Activities & Transport
- Wildlife Watching
- City Tour
- Meet the Locals
- Boat | Sailing Boat
Main travel focus
Cruising the Irrawaddy in style
- Day 1: A bell weighing in at 90 tons.
- Day 2: Get a taste for local craft at a pottery village.
- Day 4: Katha's colourful market and literary past.
- Day 5: Thousand of pagodas at Shwe Baw Kyunn.
Myanmar is full of fabulous locations brimming with beauty, be it either of a cultural or natural kind. However, the Irrawaddy River has a privileged place in the Myanmar consciousness, and there's no better way to become attuned with the enchanting rhythm of this country than by floating upstream on its waters. And, in turn, there is clearly no better way to do this than on the un-rivalled luxury of the Amara cruises. This is the way to really experience Myanmar: a cruise taking you past colourful little towns, stately old capitals, and some of the most exquisite scenery that this part of the world can offer. Step on board: timeless memories await.
About the boat:
The Amara River Cruise is a traditional Myanmar riverboat travelling along the Irrawaddy River. It is made of teak wood and was completely refurnished by local craftsmen in 2003. It is 30 meters / 100 feet long and with a shallow draft of 1 meter / 3 feet. With two Japan made 180hp Hino engines it can go as far north as to Bamaw.
- 6 night accommodation on the Amara Cruise on half twin-room basis (Amara I / Amara II)
- 6x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x dinner
- Jetty drop-off in Mandalay by private A/C car with driver
- English-speaking guide
- Admission fees
- Mineral water, local coffee, tea and refreshing towels
- International flight ticket arrangement to/from Yangon
- Visa arrangements for Myanmar
- Transfer and domestic flight arrangements
- Cabin in single use (Comfort): from 3,070 USD
- Cabin in single use (Luxury): from 3,920 USD
Example Trip to customize
One enormous bell on an enormous day
It is time to get on board with a voyage that you will be able to tell your grandkids again and again without fear of boring them. You will embark in the morning at eight bells, heading north out of Mandalay on the storied Irrawaddy River, stopping off along the way to see all 90 tons of the still-functioning Mingun Bell. There is also the Shin Phyume Pagoda to marvel at, as well as the enormous Mingun Pagoda. These are but the highlights of this your first cruising day, already leaving you with plenty to muse over as you reach the town of Shinemaga in the afternoon.
Potter around a pottery village
Your luxury craft will leave Shinemaga bright and early at six in the morn, as you continue to sail through heart-achingly beautiful scenery. A visit to the pottery village of Nwe Nyeain will give you an insight into this craft of similar beauty, from where you will pass the Third Defile. Upon doing so, you will notice that the banks are getting pretty - and prettily - hilly, and that said hills are covered with rich forests of teak. Wave at the villagers plying their timber and fishing trades as you pass gthier homes, before your wown floating home-away-from-home moors on the banks of the Irrawaddy for the night.
Walking through Tagaung's history
It is another early morning for setting sail on your way upstream. This will get you to Tagaung, one of old Myanmar's oldest capitals in time to fit in all the excursions around this beautiful town you really need to take, before heading back on-deck for another night of river-borne luxury.
The literary history of friendly Katha
Be careful. You could just get used to cruising up the majestic Irrawaddy, and today's segment of the journey is not going to change this situation. Today, you will stop at the little town of Katha, with its colourful market, friendly folk, and distinctive atmosphere; an atmosphere that moved George Orwell enough to write Burmese Days. You will have plenty of opportunity to be moved, yourself, as the Amara moors itself near Katha's harbour for the night.
Thousands of Shwe Baw Kyunn pagodas
Once you have taken your leave of Katha this morning, it is time to look down into the Irrawaddy's waters themselves, because what emerges from them around these parts may just give you a bit of a surprise. The Irrawaddy Dolphin makes it home in these waters, and you would be fairly unlucky if you did not come across at least one of them frolicking in the current. As you near Shwegu, your craft will pull up alongside the river bank, allowing the vista of pagodas in their thousands to open before you. Have your camera ready.
Northwards to Bhamo
The Second Defile will be passed by your trusty boat today, after which, the Irrawaddy's banks will rise sharply around you, until they have become steeply impressive cliffs; there are few sights more impressive. Before you know it, the Amara will have made it all the way to Bhamo, which is about as far north as a vessel of this size and comfort can reach.