Boat in Bagan

The Shwe Keinnery Express ferry leaves from Bagan for Mandalay at 5.30am (US$16, 12 hours, five times weekly), but it wasn’t operating at the time of writing.

More visitors opt to drift downriver from Mandalay. The slow boat to Mandalay (ordinary/upper class US$10/20) departs on Monday and Thursday at 5.30am. There are also services to Pyay (US$10, two nights). Bear in mind that all these options are government owned and operated. Malikha Express ( was launching services to Mandalay (upstream US$12, seven hours). The schedule isn’t yet fixed, but it’s likely to run three days a week. Most boats leave from the Nyaung U jetty, a kilometre northeast of the market; some operate from Old Bagan, depending on the tide and time of year.

From the Nyaung U jetty local ferries go to Pakokku (K1500, 2½ hours), where there are buses to Monywa.

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