Yangon to Bagan by BoatFrom Yangon to Bagan by boat
Yangon bagan boat? - Boards Forum
Yangon bagan boat? I' m sure there are yachts, but I can't tell you when they're leaving or how much they are. If you really want to make this journey, it is best to go to the Bureau of Inland Navigation or simply go to Pansodan Jetty and ask for furtherdetail. This is because most of us do not make this voyage because it is really not the most interesting body of waters in Myanmar.
The three-day boat ride from Yangon to Bagan & back could only be a small test if you think the coach could be tedious. There is always the 7-hour Mawlamyine Hpa - a boat ride with many activities in the town & photos & lime rocks. M Myitkyina to Bhamo & further down to Mandalay is up there for a great landscape.
But the best boat ride should be on the Chindwin. From Monywa you can take the boat upriver for a few nights and come back down again. There is a lot of water transport and breathtaking landscapes on this route, and there are daily boat trips on this water. While you can make this journey without a licence, you will not be able to walk off the well-trodden paths unless you have a tour leader with you, your walks are limited to the city or small hamlet where you moor.
Travelling in Myanmar (Burma) by boat
Boat travel in Myanmar can be a true alternatives to the coach or rail that connects some important places and allows the visitor to get a true impression of live on the riverbank, enjoy the sunset over stupa-lined riverbanks and mingle with the people. Some of the most famous trails are the powerful Irrawaddy Riviera (also called Ayeyarwady or Ayeyarwaddy), the spine of Myanmar, which runs through the land from the North to the South and different tributaries and itineraries in the Irrawaddy Delta, near Yangon.
The coastline is hard to get to by road, and the trip from Sittwe to the old capitol Mrauk U is usually by boat. However, please be aware that the chart on this page shows primarily navigable shipping lanes open to foreign visitors, not all shipping lanes.
Boating can be done on regularly scheduled quick and easy boat tours used by local people and usually costs between $10 and $70, based on the length of your trip; in addition, there are much more costly tours offered with your own luxurious cabins and a five-star cruise services (these are not scheduled transits and must be arranged well in advance via a local agency before you go to Myanmar).
The slowest way to get around on the sea - and where you meet most of the people. For longer journeys you may have to stay the night on slower craft, sometimes even on the ground - although some offer basic staterooms. Speedboats are more costly and only run during the days - but above all they are faster and more comfy.
IAT ( "Inland Water Transit") is the state-owned enterprise providing the most formal inland waterway transport service. Your website provides a service manual and they have branches in most towns where you can get information and buy your ticket; these are often at or near the landing stage from which the boat departs. Like busses and trams, often the ships start very early in the mornings.
You will find some timetables on this website in the destination listings for each destination across the nation, but be sure to review the latest information when you come to Myanmar. There are occasional short trips by boat - for example the lovely river to Hpa, a journey that no longer has a state owned boat connection.
Like so many means of transportation in Myanmar, it is important to keep in mind that cruises on rivers, especially on low speed crossings, can take much longer than announced - especially in the cool/dry seasons (about December to May) when the level of the waters is low and the boat can get trapped on sandbars. You travel on a boat with many local people - usually aliens are fortunate enough to have small wooden seats.
If you don't have a boat room, it is a good option to take along hot clothing and something comfortable to snooze in when you are expecting to be on your boat over night. It can be expected that the lavatories are dirty - although they are better on faster vessels. Often a monk has his own department on a boat.
It connects two of Myanmar's largest touristic resorts and is the most visited boat trip in the land, passing through the Irrawaddy River (up to two kilometers in some places ) and sometimes includes interesting stopovers in the riverbank towns where you can get to know rural living and buy refreshing locally produced cuisine.
The boat ride also prevents the alternative of a tough street or a sometimes overcrowded rail ride or an eventless coach ride. The cruise takes between ten hour and two day, according to whether you select the quick or slower boat. Dealing with the tricky sandbanks of the Irrawaddy demands an experienced sailor, and in the arid months (December to May) boots sometimes get bogged down - don't take the boat slowly if you're in a haste!
You can find a compilation of pictures from the trip from Mandalay to Bagan in our Flickr-photoset. If you would like to make an on-line reservation for the Mandalay to Bagan by boat or to find out more about our services, please go to Bagan. A boat trip in the far northern part of Myanmar is an adventure like no other for the truly adventure-loving ones.
It will take you a long way, but the southward travel from Myitkyina, Bhamo or Katha down to Irrawaddy is a worthwhile one, far away from the regular touristic path. The best way is as a bend, first by air or rail from Mandalay to the north (for more information in Myanmar); on such a long voyage it is recommended to take the (southern) water.
Due to the safety conditions in the north of Myanmar, the section from Myitkyina to Bhamo is currently limited and it is possible to mix different parts of this tour with boat and train itineraries. For information on vessels to certain locations throughout the entire land, go to destination.