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Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat, Myanmar

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar

Day 10 of our 12 Days in Myanmar (Burma) trip.

The slow, peaceful Irrawaddy River boat trip from Bagan to Mandalay was the most relaxing day of our Myanmar trip!

Day 10 – Bagan – Mandalay by boat

Our driver was right on time, and the 30 minute taxi ride to Nyaung Oo jetty was right on schedule. We arrived 15 minutes before everyone else, boarded the Myanmar Golden River Group (MGRG) ferry, and chose prime comfortable seats in the cabin.

Nyaung Oo Jetty, Bagan - Myanmar

The limited comfy chairs filled quickly and late-comers had to sit at tables in the cabin or on the back deck.

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar

Since the Bagan to Mandalay route is much less popular, the boat was not even close to full. It was nice to be able to easily switch from indoor seats to outdoor seats once the day warmed up.

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar

The Mandalay to Bagan boat that we passed en-route was very crowded. It looked like every seat was filled. One of the reasons that the Mandalay to Bagan route is more popular is that the trip is two hours shorter on the way downstream (10 hours vs 12 hours). We love boat trips and looked forward to two extra hours on the river! In addition, the Bagan to Mandalay route is 10 USD less per person.

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar
We would see both sunrise and sunset on our trip!

It was fun to watch as the crew constantly tested the depth. The captain invited us into the cabin and explained all of the instruments and their functions. We were fascinated when he told us that the large boat had only a 1 meter draft!

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar

It was relaxing and fascinating to watch daily life on shore as we slowly made our way to Mandalay.

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar

The river between Bagan and Mandalay is sparsely populated – it is like stepping back in time. At times, it feels like you have stepped into a Mark Twain novel.

Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens’ pen name, is a riverboat term measuring two fathoms in depth: mark (measure) twain (two).

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar

All too soon, you will notice that it is starting to become more densely populated and that you are arriving in Mandalay.

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar

The sun started to set just as we approached the jetty.

Bagan to Mandalay Riverboat - Myanmar

Taxi drivers eagerly wait at the MGRG Jetty for passengers to disembark.

MGRG Jetty - Mandalay, Myanmar

After a fabulous day on the river, we got one final look at our riverboat before heading to our hotel!

MGRG Jetty - Mandalay, Myanmar

Since we have very little luggage, we simply took a motorized version of a trishaw to our hotel (5000 MMK / 4 USD).

Mandalay, Myanmar
There is one front facing seat and one backward facing seat.

Bagan King Hotel (MMK / 88 USD per night) was our fancy, 4-star hotel for the trip. We chose it because of its close proximity to Mandalay Palace, and we were very happy with our choice. The hotel has free tea and snack from 2-4 PM, free happy hour from 6-7 PM, and a free traditional puppet show from 6:30-8:30 PM.

Up Next: Read about Mandalay, Myanmar!

GPS Coordinates:

Day 10
Nyaung Oo Jetty @ 21.208302,94.916201
Bagan King Hotel @ 21.979593,96.0959
MGRG Jetty (Mandalay) @ 21.981158,96.058492

You can copy and paste the latitude and longitude into Google Earth, your browser, or into your GPS.

*Disclaimer- ALWAYS verify locations, transportation routes, GPS coordinates, etc. Errors are made, routes changed, sometimes we are just plain wrong. No one knows what you like more than you. If the trip is worth doing, it is worth doing right! Do your homework.