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Home > Special Interest Tours > Road to Mandalay's Special Exploratory Bhamo Cruise

Road to Mandalay's Special Exploratory Bhamo Cruise

Special Exploratory Bhamo Cruise with Orient Express’s Road To Mandalay


Join the Road To Mandalay for this incredible passage north through magnificent gorges visiting fascinating riverside towns and pagodas along the way.

Departure Dates
(Wednesdays) 2008
July 30
August 13, 27

Bhamo as it seen by Road To Mandalay

Situated in the state of Kachin, Bhamo is a trading post close to the Chinese border, and has suffered frequent incursions over the centuries. Today it is home to a daily market which attracts many ethnic minorities to the town. You can often catch the colourful costumes and faces of Kachin, Shan, Lisu and Palaung people.

Adventurous travellers might enjoy the local ferry boat trip from Bhamo to Mandalay that takes you through lush jungle, bamboo forests and steep rock gorges.

The so-called Ledo Road etches out a route through the rocky mountain region of Kachin State. This old caravan route was upgraded in 1965 to link China, Myanmar and India but has since fallen into disrepair. Kachin is just opening up to tourism and will soon become an important destination.

Magnificent mountain scenery, the great Ayeyarwady River and a fascinating mix of people from many different ethnic minorities are all features of this intriguing state.

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Wednesday: Yangon - Mandalay- Mingun

After a morning flight from Yangon to Mandalay board the Road To Mandalay. Berthed on the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet opposite the pagoda-studded Sagaing Hills. After lunch, sail northwards pass Mandalay, to the east of the river and enjoy a view of Mandalay Hill in the distance. Anchor at Mingun for a visit to the largest brick-built pagoda in the world and the world’s largest uncracked bell. In the evening a cocktail party on the ship's upper deck allows you to get to know your fellow travellers followed by dinner and a folkloric display.

Thursday: Mingun - Kyaukmyaung

The ship makes an early start, transiting the plain to the north and west of Mandalay before entering the 3rd Defile (gorge) at Singu around midday. In the late morning, the ‘Road To Mandalay’ drops anchor off the town of Kyaukmyaung for a walking tour. Later, the ship will sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw. During the afternoon, enjoy a lecture by the on board guide in the lounge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board

Friday: Kyan Hnyat - Katha

An early morning walking tour of the delightful village of Kyan Hnyat. See hundreds of school children and the lively morning business in the market. Continue your journey north through vast stretches of river, expansive scenery and interesting rural villages on its shores. As the sun sets, the ship will anchor off the old market town of Katha, famous as the site where, in May 1942, the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company scuttled as many as 75 ships to defy them from the Japanese. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Saturday: Kathay - Swegu

Visit Katha by trishaw in the early morning and visit the market place made famous by George Orwell in "Burmese Days". Back on board the ship continues its journey north through the expansive scenery, with the distant mountains marking the second defile coming into view in the afternoon. The ship anchors off the splendid island pagoda of Shwe Paw, just north of the town of Shwegu. Boats will take you ashore to explore the ancient site. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Sunday: Zinbon - Bhamo

Reach the magnificent second defile today with its green-clad mountains reaching down to the narrowing channel. The ship holds close to one or other of the banks past logging camps and an old colonial village at Zinbon. Passing to the west of Bhamo at mid-morning continue north towards the challenging 1st Defile. Road To Mandalay travels as far north as possible before returning to an anchorage off Bhamo. The scenery in this unspoilt area is spectacular. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Monday: Bhamo - Katha

Visit the town of Bhamo, contested over the years by Burmans, Kachins, Chinese, British, Japanese and Americans. The town is barely 50 miles from the Chinese border in the Foothills of Yunnan that can be clearly seen to the east. Local transport will carry you into the countryside, past paddy fields and towards the mountains. Return to the ship for an afternoon departure to sail through the 2nd defile to the anchorage north of Katha. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Tuesday: Katha - Tigyaung

In the morning an antique train takes you on a journey into thick Kachin jungle and to the forest station of Naba. See a presentation of cultural dancing performed for you by charming local children. Return through the rainforest to Road To Mandalay and continue sailing for the beautiful port of Tigyaing, where you can disembark for a walk in the early evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Wednesday: Tigyaing - Mokok

Depart Tigyaing early morning and pass through the 3rd Defile before anchoring at the ferry point at Thabeikkyin on the east bank. Enjoy the scenery of the forestry reserve where many presious botanical specimens are grown for their essential oils. Various attractions await you. Back on board the ship continues to sail south. Enjoy the remainder of your day on board the ship. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Thursday: Mandalay

Arrive in Mandalay this morning for a varied tour of the city. Lunch is taken at the Sedona Hotel, adjacent to the moat surrounding the old Mandalay Palace grounds. Rejoin the ship at Shwe Kyet Yet and enjoy a tribal dance display in the evening. Breakfast and dinner on board.

Friday: Bagan

Set sail early morning and enjoy a relaxing day on board. Along the way you will see many villages with women doing the household chores by the river and waving children. By mid-afternoon you will be on your way into the ancient city of Bagan, to witness sunset over the plain which will whet your appetite for the tours the next day. The evening will allow you to see traditional Bagan entertainers perform in the Observation lounge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Saturday: Bagan and Mount Popa

Your final day offers you the opportunity to visit more of the ancient sites in and around Bagan with the experienced guide, or perhaps taking a local horse-drawn cart or bicycle to explore on your own. An optional afternoon tour to Mount Popa, legendary sacred home of the Nats, with its impressive summit monastery is also available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board. A cocktail party held before dinner marks the end of a most memorable voyage.

Sunday: Bagan - Yangon

An early departure this morning to Bagan airport for your return flight to Yangon.

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