Temples from the river
Published/Last edited or updated: 18th August, 2017
If you fancy a change from sand and acacia thorns and need a break from cycling then try a river cruise right by Bagan.
Some upscale resorts offer short sunset cruises on their own craft but you can head down to the Nyaung U jetty, or Fantasia Cafe in Old Bagan, and you’ll see boats for hire for inexpensive short trips up or down stream.
At the Nyaung U jetty you’ll find boatmen hanging around offering hour-long trips upstream to visit some attractive temples and the otherwise not easily accessed clifftop pagoda Kyauk Gu Paya. These are interesting temples that you’re certain to have to yourself and the scenery as the boat hugs the bank is pretty. Boats seat around four people and price is around 15,000 kyat.
Fantasia run scheduled trips at 17:00 every day for sunset views, and will sell you a couple of beers from their bar to take along. You can however turn up any time and just rent one. Their boats can comfortably seat 10 people or so and charge 4,000 per person for a tour lasting an hour or so.
If you want to take cruises a step further, then Cruise de Bagan offer dinner packages on board their boat embarking from the Nyaung U jetty at 16:00 and returning at 20:00. For 35,000 kyat per person you get a buffet dinner and welcome cocktail, though as the boat seats up to 80 we’re not sure how romantic your Ayeyarwaddy evening cruise would be.
Fantasia: Riverside off the Nyaung U Main Rd, to the north of the old city; T: (097) 7891 5291; http://www.bagan-boat-trips.com; open 07:00-19:00.
Nyaung U jetty; Around 1.5 kms north of the main market
Cruise de Bagan; T: (094) 0257 6580, (092) 5888 5752, (097) 8355 2275 firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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