Bagan to Katha - Upper Irrawaddy Cruise

Explore the Upper Irrawaddy and remote Kachin State on this 11-day Myanmar river cruise

Bagan to Katha - Upper Irrawaddy Cruise

This unique 11-day river cruise will see you explore the Upper Irrawaddy River between Mandalay and Katha. Departing from the ancient city of Bagan, near Mandalay, your cruise will take you along the Irrawaddy River and into remote Kachin state, before ending in Katha, a quiet colonial-era town and the former home of George Orwell.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Bagan

    Your tour begins in the ancient city of Bagan, renowned for its stunning 1,000-year old pagodas. You will need to be at the dock by midday to board the RV Kha Byoo. Once on board and checked into your cabin, have lunch with the crew, followed by a short briefing about the journey ahead and a chance to meet the other passengers who will be sharing the journey with you.

  2. Day 2: Yandabo

    Continue along a busy stretch of the Upper Irrawaddy this morning, cruising along the Chindwin River confluence en route to the town of Yandabo.

  3. Day 3: Amarapura

    Continue along the Irrawaddy River to the old city Amarapura, once the royal capital of Burma, now a township of Mandalay.

  4. Day 4: Kyauk Myaung

    Start the day with a visit to the small settlement of Nwe-Nyein, near Kyauk Myaung.

  5. Day 5: Nwe Nyein

    Continue along the Upper Irrawaddy, sailing through the third defile – a thirty mile long narrow pass.

  6. Day 6: Katha

    Most of this morning will be spent on board the RV Kha Byoo, as you cruise through the Mandalay region and to the village of Katha, the northernmost stop on the cruise.

  7. Day 7: Kyun Daw Village

    Travel upstream in a local boat to Kyun Daw Village, a peaceful settlement known for its innumerable 13th-century pagodas.

  8. Day 8: Second Defile

    Depart Katha village this morning and sail into the Second Defile, the most dramatic of the three Irrawaddy gorges.

  9. Day 9: Tagaung

    Make a stop at Tagaung, one of Myanmar’s ancient capitals, for a walking tour.

  10. Day 10: Bhamo

    Slip moorings early this morning and disembark at Mingun, a former royal residence located upstream from Nabdakat. Mingun is famous for its giant bell (the largest of its kind in the world), and for its great unfinished pagoda.

  11. Day 11: Disembark in Mandalay

    Disembark at Gawein Jetty, on the outskirts of Mandalay, after breakfast.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in a shared twin/double cabin and subject to availability at the time of booking.

11 days from £2770pp


11 days from £2770pp

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