The cruises from Yangon to Pathein take about 18 hours which are operated by Department of Inland Water Transport.
The cruises leave at Gawwine Jetty in Mandalay and traveling downsteram to reach Bagan. On the way to its destination, the cruise passes through Mingun and Sagaing along the Mighty Ayeyarwaddy. It takes about 2 hours to reach Mingun and another 2 hours from Mingun to Sagaing. Mingun and Sagaing are also the main places of Myanmar Culture. From there, it takes about one night to reach Bagan. At sunrise, the cruise reaches Bagan, stopping at Shwe-kun-char jetty in Bagan. During the whole journey, there are deck performances of Myanmar Traditional Dances and breakfast, lunc, dinner, tea, coffee, water are served on board. There are also stops and visits at popular places. The way back to Mandalay is the same route as the way to Bagan.
Travelling through the Chindwin River is also another amazing experience in Myanmar. The journey starts from Mandalay and ends at Bagan. The journey passes Monywa, Mingun, Kalewa, Mawlaik, Pakhan-gyi, Pakkoku and finally reaching Bagan. Popular places such as Pho Win Taung, Shweba Taung, Kanee, Kyidaw and Mawlaik are visited on its way.
The Irrawaddy Flottila arranges fantastic Mekong River Cruises. The Mekong River flows through Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar and the river cruises are arranged to meet every touch of the different cultural heritage sites of the Greater Mekong Subregion.