MYANMAR – Bagan – Leisure Day Cruise from Pakokku to Bagan

Theme

Classic

Country - City

Myanmar - Bagan

Market segment

Groups, Thematic Leisure

Price Level

$

Max pax

80 persons

Seasonality

All Year Round

Arrival city

Mandalay

Departure city

Bagan

Description

Located between Mandalay and Bagan, on the shores of the Irrawaddy River, Pakokku is a quaint town, famous for its production of thanaka, the traditional cosmetic one can see on everyone’s cheeks. After a tuk tuk ride around town, the journey continues by boat all the way to Bagan. On board, enjoy refreshments and drinks will be served. This short cruise from Pakokku to Bagan is the ideal alternative to a journey by car, arriving in Bagan as the sun is slowly setting on the horizon, shedding its soft light on the temples dotting the riverside.

Can be combined with

Thematic Leisure

Bagan – Horse Cart Ride

Bagan – Discover Bagan by Bike

Bagan – Countryside Dinner by Candle Light

Selling points

  • A travellers’ favourite: a taste of the countryside life off the beaten track easy to integrate in an itinerary combining all the highlights
  • The 2-hour cruise from Pakokku to Bagan offers the perfect introduction to Bagan as the travellers spot the first temples, dotting the riverside, as the sun is setting
  • A tuk tuk ride around Pakokku to visit a mix of temples and crafts
  • Ideal for families who want to explore a bit the countryside and avoid too many driving hours

Time And Transportation

From To Distance Time By Road condition
Bagan Pakokku N/A 2 hours Boat N/A
Mandalay Pakokku 160 kilometers 3h 30 Car Good
Bagan Pakokku 37 kilometers 1h 30 Car Good

Duration

Fullday program:

  • cruising time is around 2 hours
  • Pakokku visit time is around 1 hour

Min pax

1 person

Max pax

80 persons

How to sell it

  • Suitable for groups or FIT
  • Sell all year long but sunset time can change from one season to the other – guide on spot will adapt the schedule to take the boat on time (maximum 3 pm)
  • Clients won’t have time to be doing any type of sightseeing when they arrive in Bagan – only transfer to hotel
  • Not tight schedule at all, clients can leave the hotel late from Mandalay or visit something on the way out of Mandalay (morning market, Mahamuni for example, etc.)
  • Strongly advised to sell with guide as the guide helps coordinate the tuk tuk tour and the boat schedule
  • Reverse itinerary possible as well:
    • Bagan to  Pakokku by boat
    • Pakokku visit
    • Pakokku – Mandalay by car
  • Same itinerary is possible if clients come from Monywa:
    • Monywa – Pakokku
    • Pakokku sightseeing
    • Pakokku – Bagan by boat

Why this activity

  • An alternative to the driving from Mandalay to Bagan – to add some sightseeing
  • The cruise is a highlight – enjoyed by most clients as it is a nice change of scenery

Good to combine with

  • Fullday activity that can be combined with other best sellers in Bagan:
    • Horse cart
    • Bagan by bike
    • Electric scooter

Do not combine with

  • Sunset Cruise in Bagan on another day – the experience is similar (same boat, same landscape)
  • No sunset activity at the end of the day – clients won’t have time to be doing any type of sightseeing when they arrive in Bagan – only transfer to hotel

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Competitor comparison

  • No signature – Pakokku is sold by most DMCs
  • Our boats are private and clients are not mixed with other travellers

Pros

  • Alternative to the car only between Bagan and Mandalay

Cons

  • If station guides are booked for clients, they will change from one guide to the other after Pakokku sightseeing
  • They can arrive early in Bagan depending on the season – guide will try to manage the schedule so clients can arrive late afternoon

Information

  • The boat is the same wooden boat as for Sunset cruise activity – max 8 pax per boat
  • Station guides will switch before taking the boat from Pakokku to Bagan:
    • Mandalay station guide will drive back with the car after Pakokku sightseeing
    • Bagan guide will come with the boat

Draft of the timing:

  • Drive from Mandalay to Pakokku: approx. 3h30 – clients can leave the hotel late from Mandalay or visit something on the way out of Mandalay (morning market, Mahamuni, for example)
  • Lunch in Pakokku
  • Visit Pakokku (by tuk tuk):
    • Thanaka market
    • Cheerots and slipper factory
    • 1 or 2 temples
  • Boarding the boat from Pakokku to Bagan at 3 pm maximum
  • Arrive in Bagan between 4.30 and 5.30 pm

Quotation guideline

Separately quote:

  • BAGAN – Activity – Tuk Tuk ride in Pakokku
  • BAGAN – Boat – Bagan – Pakokku/Pakokku-Bagan – Daily boat

 

Inclusion

  • Tuk Tuk ride in Pakokku
  • Pakokku boat

Exclusion

  • Easia guide fees not included

Important notes

  • The boat is the same wooden boat as for Sunset cruise activity – max 8 pax per boat
  • Station guides will switch before taking the boat from Pakokku to Bagan:
    • Mandalay station guide will drive back with the car after Pakokku sightseeing
    • Bagan guide will come with the boat

Draft of the timing:

  • Drive from Mandalay to Pakokku: approx. 3h30 – clients can leave the hotel late from Mandalay or visit something on the way out of Mandalay (morning market, Mahamuni, for example)
  • Lunch in Pakokku
  • Visit Pakokku (by tuk tuk):
    • Thanaka market
    • Cheerots and slipper factory
    • 1 or 2 temples
  • Boarding the boat from Pakokku to Bagan at 3 pm maximum
  • Arrive in Bagan between 4.30 and 5.30 pm

Special Guide notes

  • Make sure to take the boat at 3 pm maximum
  • Station guides will switch before taking the boat from Pakokku to Bagan:
    • Mandalay station guide will drive back with the car after Pakokku sightseeing
    • Bagan guide will come with the boat

Contact

Operated by Bagan station office:

  • Tuk Tuk booking in Pakokku
  • Boat comes from Bagan

 

English

Bagan boat to Pakokku (visit by tuk-tuk) – Myingyan – Mandalay
This morning, you’ll leave the mystical temples of Bagan to reach Royal Mandalay through the countryside. You first pass through the toddy palm tree fields that lead into the countryside. During your trip, you’ll drive past many fields of millet, sesame, cottonseed, corn, rice and many other legumes. Among the different roads between Bagan and Mandalay, the one passing through Myingyan is the most attractive. Board a local wooden boat for a 2-hour cruise up the Irrawaddy to Pakkoku, where you arrive around midday. Pakkoku is a thriving town by the riverside that you can visit by tuk-tuk. The visit includes the bustling market, the surprising Thanaka market located in an old monastery, as well as a ‘cheroots’ factory (the well-known Burmese cigars). Take the opportunity to try one for yourself, since cigars from Pakokku are believed to be the best in Myanmar! Then hop into a car to drive all the way up to Mandalay through the countryside.

Meals included:
Accommodation: overnight in Mandalay.
Distance and driving time: Pakokku – Mandalay: 160 kilometers – 3hr 30

Duration of the cruise: Pakokku – Bagan: 2 hours

Mandalay – Myingyan – Pakokku (by Tuk-Tuk) – Boat to Bagan
This morning, leave Royal Mandalay to reach the temples of Bagan through the countryside. Follow the east bank of the Irrawaddy and pass through charming villages along the road to Myingyan. During your trip, you’ll drive past countless fields of millet, sesame, cottonseed, corn, rice and many other legumes. Of all the different roads between Mandalay and Bagan, the one that passes through Myingyan is the most attractive. Around midday, cross the bridge to Pakkoku, a thriving town by the riverside that you can visit by tuk-tuk. The visit includes the bustling market, the surprising Thanaka market located in an old monastery, as well as a ‘cheroots’ factory (the well-known Burmese cigars). Why not try one yourself, since the cigars from Pakokku are believed to be the best in Myanmar! Leave your tuk-tuk in the afternoon and board a local wooden boat for a 2-hour cruise down the Irrawaddy to Bagan.

Meals included: lunch and dinner on own account
Accommodation: overnight in Bagan
Distance and driving time: Mandalay – Pakkoku: 160 kilometers – 3hr 30 min
Duration of the cruise: Pakokku – Bagan: 2 hours

French

Bagan – Boat to Pakkoku – Pakokku by Tuk Tuk – Mandalay
Ce matin, quittez Bagan pour rejoindre Mandalay au cours d’un trajet fascinant. Partez pour environ 2h de croisière jusqu’à Pakkoku, une bourgade prospère que vous découvrirez en tuk-tuk. Rendez-vous d’abord au marché agité de la ville et découvrez le marché de Thanaka. Situé au sein d’un ancien monastère, découvrez les fascinantes étales de ce produit si réputé dans le pays. Continuez avec votre tuk-tuk vers la fabrique de ‘cheroot’, les cigares birmans. Ceux de Pakkoku sont les plus délicieux de Birmanie. Quittez votre tuk-tuk et prenez la route vers Myingyan puis Mandalay.

Repas compris: déjeuner et diner à votre compte
Logement: nuit à Bagan
Distance et temps de route: Pakkoku – Mandalay : 160 kilometres – 3h 30
Temps de croisière: Pakokku – Bagan: 2 heures

Mandalay – Myingyan – Pakokku by Tuk-Tuk – Bagan (en bateau)
Ce matin, quittez Mandalay pour rejoindre Bagan à travers une route fascinante. Longez la rive Est de l’Irrawaddy et traversez les charmants villages sur la route menant à Myingyan. Tout au long de votre voyage, vous aurez des vues sur les champs de millet, de sésame, de coton, de maïs, de riz et de nombreuses autres légumineuses. Parmis les différentes routes qui relient Mandalay et Bagan, celle qui traverse Myingyan est certainement la plus fascinante. Traversez le pont menant à Pakokku, une bourgade prospère que vous découvrirez en tuk-tuk. Rendez-vous d’abord au marché agité de la ville et découvrez le marché de Thanaka. Situé au sein d’un ancien monastère, découvrez les fascinantes étales de ce produit si réputé dans le pays. Continuez avec votre tuk-tuk vers la fabrique de ‘cheroot’, les cigares birmans. Ceux dePakkoku sont les plus délicieux de Birmanie. Quittez votre tuk-tuk et prenez le bateau qui mène à Bagan.

Repas compris: déjeuner et diner à votre compte
Logement: nuit à Mandalay
Distance et temps de route: Mandalay – Pakkoku : 160 kilomètres – 3h 30
Temps de croisière: Pakokku – Bagan: 2 heures

Spanish

Mandalay – Myingyan – Pakokku – Barco a Bagan
Esta mañana dejará atrás la Mandalay real para dirigirse hacia los templos de Bagan atravesando el campo. Siga la orilla oriental del río Irawadi y pasará por encantadores aldeas a lo largo del camino hacia Myingyan. Durante el viaje, pasará por infinitos campos de mijo, sésamo, semillas de algodón, maíz, arroz y muchas otras legumbres. Entre los distintos caminos entre Mandalay y Bagan, el que pasa por Myingyan es el más bonito. A mediodía, cruce el puente hacia Pakkoku, una próspera población de la ribera del río que puede visitar en tuk-tuk. La visita incluye el bullicioso mercado, el sorprendente mercado de Thanaka, ubicado en un antiguo monasterio, y una fábrica de puros (los conocidos puros birmanos). Pruebe uno, porque los puros de Pakokku se consideran de los mejores de Myanmar. Deje su tuk-tuk por la tarde y súbase a un barco de madera local para descender por el río Irawadi durante dos horas hasta Bagan.

Comidas incluidas:
Alojamiento: pernoctación en Bagan.
Distancia y duración del trayecto:

  • Mandalay – Pakokku: 160 kilómetros – 3h 30min
  • Pakokku – Bagan: 2 horas en barco

Barco de Bagan hasta Pakokku (visita en tuk-tuk) – Myingyan – Mandalay
Esta mañana, dejará atrás los místicos templos de Bagan para dirigirse a la Mandalay real, cruzando las zonas rurales. En primer lugar, atravesará campos de palmeras que lo introducirán en el campo. Durante el viaje, pasará por muchos campos de mijo, sésamo, semillas de algodón, maíz, arroz y muchas otras legumbres. Entre los distintos caminos entre Bagan y Mandalay, el que cruza por Myingyan es el más bonito. Súbase a un barco de madera local para disfrutar de una excursión de dos horas por el río Irawadi hasta Pakkoku, adonde llegará a mediodía. Pakkoku es una próspera población de la ribera del río que puede visitar en tuk-tuk. La visita incluye el bullicioso mercado, el sorprendente mercado de Thanaka, ubicado en un antiguo monasterio, y una fábrica de puros (los conocidos puros birmanos). Aproveche la oportunidad para probar uno, porque los puros de Pakokku se consideran de los mejores de Myanmar. Luego súbase a un coche para dirigirse hasta Mandalay a través de las zonas rurales.

Comidas incluidas:
Alojamiento: pernoctación en Mandalay
Distancia y duración del trayecto:

  • Mandalay – Pakokku: 160 kilómetros – 3h 30min
  • Pakokku – Bagan: 2 horas en barco

Italian

Mandalay – Myingyan – Pakokku (by Tuk-Tuk) – Boat to Bagan
Questa mattina partirete da Mandaly in direzione di Bagan lungo una strada che vi offrirá una vista panoramica incredibile. Seguirete la riva est del fiume Irrawaddy e , dopo avere lasciato la strada principale, passerete attraverso alcuni afascinanti villaggi. Durante il tragitto in aperta campagna potrete vedere numerosi campi di , miglio, sesame, cotone, mais, riso e molti altri legumi. Tra tutte le strade che collegano Mndalay a Bagan, questa é sicuramente la piú scenica. Attraversate il fiume Irrawaddy tramite il ponte che conduce a Pakokku, una sviluppata cittadina dove si trova anche un’univerità. Fate una piacevola gita in tuk-tuk per scoprire la città fermandomi prima di tutto al vivace mercato dove viene venduto il thanaka. Posizionato all’interno di un antico monastero, camminando tra le bancarelle potrete imparare moltissimo riguardo questo prodotto cosí celebre in Myanmar.Continuate in tuk-tuk verso la fabbrica di cheroots , il sigaro tipico del Myanmar. I sigari di Pakokku sono reputati i migliori in Myanmar e voi avrete l’opportunità di osservare come vengono prodotti. Successivamente il vostro tuk tuk vi condurrá fino al molo dove vi imbarcherete in direzione di Bagan (circa due ore di crociera).

Pasti inclusi: pranzo e cena liberi.
Pernottamento: pernottamento a Bagan
Distanza e tempo di percorrenza in auto:

  • Pakokku – Bagan: 2 ore crociera
  • Mandalay – Pakokku: 160 chilometri – 3 oras 30

Bagan boat to Pakokku (visit by tuk tuk) – Myingyan – Mandalay
Questa mattina partirete da Bagan in direzione di Mandalay lungo una strada che vi offrirá una vista panoramica incredibile. Una breve viaggio in barca di circa due ore vi condurrá a Pakokku, una sviluppata cittadina dove si trova anche un’univerità. Fate una piacevola gita in tuk-tuk per scoprire la città fermandomi prima di tutto al vivace mercato dove viene venduto il thanaka. Posizionato all’interno di un antico monastero, camminando tra le bancarelle potrete imparare moltissimo riguardo questo prodotto cosí celebre in Myanmar.Continuate in tuk-tuk verso la fabbrica di cheroots , il sigaro tipico del Myanmar. I sigari di Pakokku sono reputati i migliori in Myanmar e voi avrete l’opportunità di osservare come vengono prodotti. Successivamente ritornerete al vostro veicolo che ripartirà in direzione di Mandalay.

Pasti inclusi: pranzo e cena liberi.
Pernottamento: pernottamento a Mandalay
Distanza e tempo di percorrenza in auto:

  • Pakokku – Bagan: 2 ore crociera
  • Mandalay – Pakokku: 160 chilometri – 3 oras 30

German

Mandalay – Myingyan – Pakokku (by Tuk-Tuk) – Boat to Bagan
Heute morgen gehen Sie von Mandalay nach Bagan für eine landschaftliche Fahrt. Folgen Sie de östliche Seite des Irrawaddy Flusses. Gehen Sie weg von der Hauptstraße, um durch charmanten Dörfer zu fahren. Auf dem durch der Landschaft Weg, genießen Sie den Ausblick auf Hirse-, Sesam-, Baumwollsaat-, Mais- und Reisfelder. Diese Straße ist sicher der attraktivsten Weg zwischen Mandalay und Bagan. Kreuzen Sie den Irrawaddy Fluss auf eine Brücke, um Pakokku zu erreichen. Pakkoku ist eine erfolgreiche Handelsstadt mit einer Universität. Nehmen Sie einen Tuk-Tuk, um die Stadt zu entdecken. Halten Sie sich in dem belebten Markt (der sich eigentlich in einem Kloster befindet), wo thanaka verkauft wird. Sie werden mehr über dieses berühmte Produkt erfahren.
Es geht weiter mit dem Tuk-Tuk bis zu einer Cheroot Fabrik, wo die lokalen Zigarren hergestellt sind. Die Zigarren von Pakokku werden als die besten in Myanmar angesehen, und Sie werden die Chance haben, wie sie hergestellt werden zu beobachten. Ihre Tuk-Tuk wird Ihnen zunächst bis zum Anlegsteg am Flussufer, wo Sie an Board des Boots gehen werden (circa 2 Stunden Kreuzfahrt).

Mahlzeiten inklusive:
Unterkunft: Über Nacht im Hotel in Bagan
Distanz und Fahrzeit:

  • Mandalay – Pakokku: 160 Kilometer – 3 Stunden 30
  • Pakokku – Bagan: 2 Stunden mit dem Boot

Bagan boat to Pakokku (visit by tuk tuk) – Myingyan – Mandalay
Heute morgen gehen Sie von Bagan nach Mandalay für eine landschaftliche Fahrt. Fahren Sie mit einem Boot (2 Stunden) nach Pakkoku ist eine erfolgreiche Handelsstadt mit einer Universität. Nehmen Sie einen Tuk-Tuk, um die Stadt zu entdecken. Halten Sie sich in dem belebten Markt (der sich eigentlich in einem Kloster befindet), wo thanaka verkauft wird. Sie werden mehr über dieses berühmte Produkt erfahren.
Es geht weiter mit dem Tuk-Tuk bis zu einer Cheroot Fabrik, wo die lokalen Zigarren hergestellt sind. Die Zigarren von Pakokku werden als die besten in Myanmar angesehen, und Sie werden die Chance haben, wie sie hergestellt werden zu beobachten. Kehren Sie anschließend in privates Fahrzeug nach Mandalay züruck.

Mahlzeiten inklusive:
Unterkunft: Über Nacht im Hotel in Mandalay
Distanz und Fahrzeit:

  • Mandalay – Pakokku: 160 Kilometer – 3 Stunden 30
  • Pakokku – Bagan: 2 Stunden mit dem Boot