3 Night Cruise sailing from Prome to Salay aboard Irrawaddy Explorer.
DAY 1 : YANGON - PROME
Ship transfer meeting point: Sule Shangri-La.
Guests will enjoy a scenic drive from Yangon to Prome. (7:00AM-2:00PM)
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Prome and Sri Ksetra
Once controlled by the Mon tribe during the Bagan Era, and then conquered by the Burmese King Alaungpaya in 1754, Prome (known as Pyay to the locals) boomed along with the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company in the 1890s and is now an important trading post for goods traveling between northern and southern Myanmar. This afternoon we drive to Thayekhittaya (also known as Sri Ksetra, the “Fabulous City” in the Pali language), an ancient Pyu city that ruled in this area between the 5th and the 9th centuries. We visit the well-documented Sri Ksetra Museum, full of excellent maps and artifacts including Hindu deities, Buddha images from as far back as the 6th century, Pyu beads, and silver coins.
ENTERTAINMENT: Welcome Reception and Safety Briefing (6:30PM-7:30PM)
DAY 2 : THAYET
MORNING EXCURSION: Thayet Myo
This morning we put you on Tuk-Tuk to visit the charming town of Thayet Myo, stopping at the oldest golf course of Myanmar with a fascinating history (guests may hit from the first tee). We then visit the local market, passing colonial homes constructed during the British colonization of Burma before returning to the ship for an afternoon of scenic cruising.
AFTERNOON : Enjoy sailing the whole afternoon with BBC Documentary “The Life of the Buddha”
ENTERTAINMENT: BBC Documentary “The Life of the Buddha” (3:30PM-4:30PM)
DAY 3 : MAGWE
MORNING EXCURSION: Magwe by Trishaw
This morning we venture out into the district capitol city of Magwe aboard Trishaws (three wheeled bicycle where one person sits alongside the driver). A short walk takes us to the local market. After some time to explore and shop at the market we board our trishaws for a ride through the city to visit Mya Tha Lun pagoda. Mya Tha Lun is a beautifully gilded stupa set atop Naguttama Hill which offers a wonderful view of the river and surrounding area.
ENTERTAINMENT: Longyi and Thanaka Demonstration (3:30PM-4:30PM)
DAY 4 : SALAY - SALAY (DISEMBARKATION) - BAGAN
After your breakfast, enjoy sailing until late morning and disembarkation at Salay. (11:30AM – 12:00NOON). Transfer to Salay House for Lunch.
AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Salay Walking Tour
This afternoon we walk ashore at Salay, a small town founded in the 13th century with Bagan-era shrines, beautiful 19th century teak monasteries and preserved British colonial buildings. We explore the Salay House, a restored 1906 colonial trading company warehouse on the bank of the Irrawaddy. Our walk takes us along the town’s main Strand Street towards the local market before turning away from the river to visit the beautiful Yoke Soun Kyaung Taw Gyi wooden monastery. This ornately carved teak monastery was designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House of Mandalay, and is now a museum boasting remarkable wood carvings and artifacts. We pass some interesting Bagan-era monuments on our way to visit Mann Paya, a pagoda with a beautiful lacquerware Buddha, before returning to our ship with a stroll past some of Salay’s many beautiful colonial buildings.
TRANSFER: Client will be transferred to Bagan Hotel by coach around 4:00PM. Pls take note that it takes approximately 2 hrs drive for transfer from Salay to hotel in Bagan.
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