Mandalay-Bahmo (Ayeyarwaddy Dolphin Tour)

 

OVERVIEW

 

Tour code  

BRO/ECO-06

Destination

Mandalay, Bahmo

Routes

Day 01: Mandalay jetty - Sheinmaga

Day 02: Sheinmaga - Thabeikkyin

Day 03: Thabeikkyin - Tagaung

Day 04: Tagaung - Katha

Day 05: Katha - Shwegu

Day 06: Shwegu - Bhamo

Day 07: Bhamo

 

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1   Mandalay jetty-Sheinmaga
Check in on board the Amara River Cruise at 08:00 am. Your cruise will start by sailing north of Mandalay along Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun. Visit Mingun Bell, weighing 90 tons it is the biggest hanging undamaged bell in the world; Shin Phyume Pagoda, and the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, a colossal brick monument cracked by an earth quake. After sightseeing continue cruising North on the Ayeyarwaddy River until the town of Sheinmaga. Lunch will be served on board. Dinner and overnight stay on board Amara Cruise, docked near Sheinmaga.

 

Day 2   Sheinmaga-Thabeikkyin
Depart Sheinmaga at 06:00 am. Today you will cruise all the way to Thabeikkyin. Visit Nwe Nyein pottery village en-route. After passing the Third Defile the river banks grow hilly and are covered with Teak forests. You will see en-route small rural villages along the river banks whose lively hood is fishing and wood trading. Lunch will be served on board. Dinner and overnightstay on board Amara Cruise, docked near Thabeikkyin.
 

 

Day 3   Thabeikkyin-Tagaung
Continue cruising upstream at 06:00 am. Today you will arrive to Tagaung, one of the oldest capitals of Myanmar. Visit Tagaung and learn about its ancient civilization, history and culture. Lunch will be served on board. Dinner and overnight stay on board Amara Cruise, docked near Tagaung.
 

 

Day 4   Tagaung-Katha
At 06:00 am your river journey will continue on the upper Ayeyarwaddy. Today you will reach Katha, a beautiful riverside town with a colorful market, friendly people and a unique atmosphere. Katha is known from the book “Burmese Days”, written by George Orwell. One can still sense the old times charm here. Lunch will be served on board en-route to Katha. Dinner and overnight stay on board the Amara, moored near the harbor of Katha.
 

 

Day 5   Katha-Shwegu 
Depart from Katha at 06:00 am and sail to Shwegu. On this day you will have a good chance to see the endangered and rare Ayeyarwaddy Dolphins, which are quite common in this area. Your cruise boat will dock at the opposite river bank of Shwegu near the Shwe Baw Kyunn pagodas. Hundreds of pagodas can be found at this site, according to some records they were built around the 10th century. Lunch will be served on board en-route to Shwegu. Dinner and overnight stay on board the Amara, moored near by Shwegu.

 

Day 6   Shwegu-Bhamo
Departure at 08:00 am from Shwegu. Pass the Second Defile on this day. At the second defile the river banks grow to dramatic and steep cliffs . The scenery here is simply amazing and one of definite highlights of the trip. In the afternoon you will arrive to Bhamo, the northern most, place the Amara Cruise can reach.
Lunch will be served en-route. Overnight stay and dinner will be on board the Amara Cruise.
 

 

Day 7   Bhamo
Breakfast on board and check out.