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About Mandalay

With an international airport and a population of more than 1 million people, Mandalay is one of the largest cities in Myanmar, second only to Yangon. It serves as an embarkation/debarkation port for some cruises on the Irrawaddy River, and a port stop for others.

Mandalay is a bustling city, and like much of Myanmar it's a study in contrasts, where tradition and modernity clash at every turn. You'll see street vendors cooking food over open flames in front of flashing neon signs advertising cell phones, and pharmacies that sell both Western and traditional herbal medications.

A visit to Mandalay (the former Burmese capital) will likely include time at Mandalay Palace. The original teak-wood structure was built during the mid-19th century but destroyed by fire during World War II, so what you'll see during your visit is actually a replica. You'll also probably spend time in Mandalay shopping and watching craftsmen work.


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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Yangon
    Visiting:
    Yangon, Magway ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    13 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 2
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 3
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 4
      Magway
    • Day 5
      Magway
    • Day 6
      Salay
    • Day 7
      Pagan
    • Day 8
      Pagan
    • Day 9
      Pakokku
    • Day 10
      Yandabo
    • Day 11
      Mingun
    • Day 12
      Sagaing
    • Day 13
      Mandalay
    • Day 14
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    Ship Details

    Scenic Aura - Scenic

    Pros

    Culturally exotic, authentic experience onboard a beautiful ship

    Cons

    Wi-Fi is spotty in some remote locations; moderate fitness ability required

    Bottom Line

    Excellent balance of five-star luxury and cultural immersion in a developing country

    Reviews

    Scenic Aura Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    A luxury option on the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar (Burma), Scenic Aura is a 44-passenger ship w...

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    Tapdog
    Sail Date May 2019
    Best cruise ever!
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    Holway
    Sail Date Mar 2019
    Probably the best holiday we have ever had
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Mandalay
    Visiting:
    Mingun, Sagaing ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    10 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Mandalay
    • Day 2
      Mingun
    • Day 3
      Sagaing
    • Day 4
      Pakokku
    • Day 5
      Pagan
    • Day 6
      Pagan
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Magway
    • Day 9
      Pagan
    • Day 10
      Pagan
    • Day 11
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    Ship Details

    Scenic Aura - Scenic

    Pros

    Culturally exotic, authentic experience onboard a beautiful ship

    Cons

    Wi-Fi is spotty in some remote locations; moderate fitness ability required

    Bottom Line

    Excellent balance of five-star luxury and cultural immersion in a developing country

    Reviews

    Scenic Aura Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    A luxury option on the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar (Burma), Scenic Aura is a 44-passenger ship w...

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    Balloon Man
    Sail Date Nov 2018
    Only two faults
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    Rochford
    Sail Date Mar 2018
    Fantastic
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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Yangon
    Visiting:
    Mandalay, Mingun ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    13 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 2
      Mandalay
    • Day 3
      Mingun
    • Day 4
      Sagaing
    • Day 5
      Pakokku
    • Day 6
      Pagan
    • Day 7
      Pagan
    • Day 8
      Minhla
    • Day 9
      Magway
    • Day 10
      Pagan
    • Day 11
      Pagan
    • Day 12
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 13
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 14
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    Ship Details

    Scenic Aura - Scenic

    Pros

    Culturally exotic, authentic experience onboard a beautiful ship

    Cons

    Wi-Fi is spotty in some remote locations; moderate fitness ability required

    Bottom Line

    Excellent balance of five-star luxury and cultural immersion in a developing country

    Reviews

    Scenic Aura Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    A luxury option on the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar (Burma), Scenic Aura is a 44-passenger ship w...

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    Russell Stephens
    Sail Date Mar 2018
    Scenic Aura Excels On The Irrawaddy
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    rfoss1977
    Sail Date Mar 2018
    Best River Cruise I have ever done!
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  • 25 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Siem Reap
    Visiting:
    Siem Reap, Kampong Cham ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    25 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Siem Reap
    • Day 2
      Siem Reap
    • Day 3
      Siem Reap
    • Day 4
      Siem Reap
    • Day 5
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 6
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 7
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 8
      Binzhou
    • Day 9
      Binzhou
    • Day 10
      Sadek
    • Day 11
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 12
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 13
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 14
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 15
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 16
      Magway
    • Day 17
      Magway
    • Day 18
      Salay
    • Day 19
      Pagan
    • Day 20
      Pagan
    • Day 21
      Pakokku
    • Day 22
      Yandabo
    • Day 23
      Mingun
    • Day 24
      Sagaing
    • Day 25
      Mandalay
    • Day 26
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    Ship Details

    Scenic Spirit - Scenic

    Pros

    Excellent dining, spacious cabins, friendly and attentive service

    Cons

    Butlers are not proactive and do not anticipate your needs

    Bottom Line

    An elegant, yet utterly comfortable ship sailing a fascinating itinerary

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    Scenic Spirit Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    A cruise on Scenic Spirit gives you so many things in one. It's luxurious, with Egyptia...

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    Andrejs
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Mekong River with Scenic Spirit
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    First river cruise, first time booking through Scenic - very impressed.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Pagan
    Visiting:
    Pagan, Salay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Pandaw River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Pandaw River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Pagan
    • Day 2
      Pagan
    • Day 3
      Salay
    • Day 4
      Pakokku
    • Day 5
      Yandabo
    • Day 6
      Myitnge
    • Day 7
      Mandalay
    • Day 7
      Mingun
    • Day 8
      Mandalay
    Ship Details

    Pandaw II - Pandaw River Cruises

    Cruises Burma's Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers

    Colonial-style vessel in teak and brass

    Max 48 passengers leads to intimate experience

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    0.0/5

    Pandaw II looks like a big toy boat but is in fact a luxurious yet unostentatious replica of a col...

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    bwedster
    Sail Date Jan 2018
    Fantastic cruise, crew, ship
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    Ann Daly
    Sail Date Dec 2016
    One of the best trips I've done
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Mandalay
    Visiting:
    Kyuak Myaung, Khan-nyat ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Pandaw River Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Pandaw River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Mandalay
    • Day 2
      Kyuak Myaung
    • Day 3
      Khan-nyat
    • Day 3
      Tigyang
    • Day 4
      Katha
    • Day 5
      Kyun Daw
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Tagaung
    • Day 8
      Mingun
    • Day 9
      Anshun
    • Day 10
      Pagan
    • Day 11
      Pagan
    Ship Details

    Kha Byoo Pandaw - Pandaw River Cruises

    Will cruise to remote reaches of Chindwin in Burma

    Ultra shallow go-anywhere draft

    Colonial-style design to be outfitted in teak and brass

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    Kha Byoo Pandaw Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Kha Byoo Pandaw, starting service early 2015, will be a shallow-draft design to allow access from ...

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  • 13 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Yangon
    Visiting:
    Mandalay, Mingun ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    13 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 2
      Mandalay
    • Day 3
      Mingun
    • Day 4
      Sagaing
    • Day 5
      Pakokku
    • Day 6
      Pagan
    • Day 7
      Pagan
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Magway
    • Day 10
      Pagan
    • Day 11
      Pagan
    • Day 12
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 13
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 14
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    Ship Details

    Scenic Aura - Scenic

    Pros

    Culturally exotic, authentic experience onboard a beautiful ship

    Cons

    Wi-Fi is spotty in some remote locations; moderate fitness ability required

    Bottom Line

    Excellent balance of five-star luxury and cultural immersion in a developing country

    Reviews

    Scenic Aura Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    A luxury option on the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar (Burma), Scenic Aura is a 44-passenger ship w...

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    MarkRosa
    Sail Date Dec 2017
    Fantasic crew, food and ship, great cruise
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    Sail Date Dec 2017
    Staff & Crew go above & beyond!
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Yangon
    Visiting:
    Magway, Salay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    10 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 2
      Magway
    • Day 3
      Magway
    • Day 4
      Salay
    • Day 5
      Pagan
    • Day 6
      Pagan
    • Day 7
      Pakokku
    • Day 8
      Yandabo
    • Day 9
      Mingun
    • Day 10
      Sagaing
    • Day 11
      Mandalay
    Ship Details

    Scenic Aura - Scenic

    Pros

    Culturally exotic, authentic experience onboard a beautiful ship

    Cons

    Wi-Fi is spotty in some remote locations; moderate fitness ability required

    Bottom Line

    Excellent balance of five-star luxury and cultural immersion in a developing country

    Reviews

    Scenic Aura Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    A luxury option on the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar (Burma), Scenic Aura is a 44-passenger ship w...

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    barkerbarry
    Sail Date Nov 2017
    ABOVE EXPECTATIONS
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    ItheJD
    Sail Date Nov 2017
    Myanmar Splendour and Culture
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  • 27 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Siem Reap
    Visiting:
    Siem Reap, Kampong Cham ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Scenic
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    27 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Scenic)
    • Day 1
      Siem Reap
    • Day 2
      Siem Reap
    • Day 3
      Siem Reap
    • Day 4
      Siem Reap
    • Day 5
      Kampong Cham
    • Day 6
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 7
      Phnom Penh
    • Day 8
      Binzhou
    • Day 9
      Binzhou
    • Day 10
      Sadek
    • Day 11
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 12
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 13
      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • Day 14
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 15
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 16
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 17
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    • Day 18
      Magway
    • Day 19
      Magway
    • Day 20
      Salay
    • Day 21
      Pagan
    • Day 22
      Pagan
    • Day 23
      Pakokku
    • Day 24
      Yandabo
    • Day 25
      Mingun
    • Day 26
      Sagaing
    • Day 27
      Mandalay
    • Day 28
      Yangon (Rangoon)
    Ship Details

    Scenic Spirit - Scenic

    Pros

    Excellent dining, spacious cabins, friendly and attentive service

    Cons

    Butlers are not proactive and do not anticipate your needs

    Bottom Line

    An elegant, yet utterly comfortable ship sailing a fascinating itinerary

    Reviews

    Scenic Spirit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    A cruise on Scenic Spirit gives you so many things in one. It's luxurious, with Egyptia...

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    ljb8689
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Best vacation ever! Scenic Spirit from Ho Chi Mihn City to Siem Reap
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    Sail Date Mar 2019
    One of the best ever
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Mandalay

    Leaving:
    Pagan
    Visiting:
    Yandabo, Ava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Pandaw River Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Mandalay Route (Pandaw River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Pagan
    • Day 2
      Yandabo
    • Day 3
      Ava
    • Day 4
      Kyuak Myaung
    • Day 5
      Khan-nyat
    • Day 6
      Katha
    • Day 7
      Kyun Daw
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Tagaung
    • Day 10
      Mingun
    • Day 11
      Mandalay
    Ship Details

    Zawgyi Pandaw - Pandaw River Cruises

    Sails Chindwin River from Chindwin Monywa to Homalin

    Excursions included in the price

    Quality mountain bikes available for rent

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    0.0/5

    Zawgyi Pandaw has humanitarian roots: In May 2008, after Cyclone Nargis slammed into Myanmar (B...

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    silverswimmer
    Sail Date Jan 2017
    The magical river Chindwin-away from the tourist trail
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    Sail Date Mar 2016
    Myanmar from the Irrawaddy
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