Ayeyarwaddy Exploration - 03 RV Makara Queen
We invite you to embark on a journey and discover the origins of Myanmar culture and its charming traditions aboard the Makara Queen. The Makara Queen provides a series of portraits of local scenery, including dense jungle-clad riverbanks, grand gorges and endless rice paddies. You’ll also get intimate glimpses of traditional rural life played out along the riverbank, plus the occasional glimpse of a saffron-clad monk.
Enjoy your voyage aboard the Makara and unwind in one of our 22 luxurious rooms. Every room on the Makara has a private balcony and floor-to ceiling windows, perfect for taking in the scenery of the magnificent Ayeyarwady River.
The stretch between Mandalay and Bagan is rich in cultural and historical treasures, including several former royal capitals. The destinations we visit on our journey provide a deeper understanding of this fascinating country.
Embarkation time is 11:30 AM at Irrawaddy Princess Jetty, Welcome Drink andand briefing. the board will sail upstream. In the late afternoon stop in at the typical river Village
In the early morning, continuous upstream to Yandabo Village. Dependant on the base economy is famous for the production of terracotta from the riverbank clay. We see the pottery making process at various stages. Yandabo historically recognized for the signing of the Yandabo Treaty which took place under a tree on the riverbank in 1826 between the British and Royal Burmese House-hold of Ava. After a short excursion, return back on board and continuous upstream and Moor overnight near MyinMu.
Arrive at Monywa in the morning. After Breakfast visiting by coach to splendid Sambuddhia Kat Kyaw pagoda where more than 500,000 Buddha statues are placed. We continue drive to Kyaukka village to visit a “plain lacquer” ware type workshop. Called in Myanmar “Kyauk Kar”, this kind of lacquer ware has only two colors, black and red made by natural pigments and the Aung Sakyar Stupa with the longest reclining Buddha of Myanmar (333 ft/ 100 m). Lunch will be served Local Restaurant and Dinner at Onboard.
Continue sailing upstream and upon arrival to Royal Capital of Inwa (Ava), Visit by horse-drawn carriage include Nanmyint Watch Tower, the remain ofthe palace building nickname “the leaning tower of Ava ‘Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, built of brick and stucco and Bargayar Monastery famous for its impressive ornate woodcarving and teak posts. Back to cruise.Continue sailing upstream and arrive to Sagaing. Visit to Sagaing for about Two & half hour’s excursion by coach. Visiting the most important Buddhist Religion site. Back to the board and sail downstream. Enjoy the sunset over Sagaing Hill. Moor overnight at a sandbank mid-stream, near Sagaing.
In the early morning, continuous sail upstream for about two and half hour we arrived at the MINGUN Pagoda Complex. Well known short trip to see the unfinished pagoda, the Mingun Bell, weighting 90 tones and the biggest hanging undamaged bell in the world and the “Home For The Aged”. After excursion, sailing downstream to Gaw Win Jetty. After lunch, visiting by coach to Mahamuni Buddha Image – a bronze Buddha image castled during the lifetime of Buddha himself, Continue to Tapestry works, Wood carving & bronze castling workshops, Marble carving workshop and silk weaving home cottage. Continues to Mandalay Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery – noted for its exquisite wood carvings, gold leaf beating workshop, Atumashi Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda. Return back to Cruise and Dinner at on sand bank as a fare ware.
Cast off early morning, continue sailing downstream and approximately arrive to Shwe Kyat Yat Jetty about 08:30 am. Disembark from board.