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Irrawaddy River - Mandalay to Bagan

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Early early arrival at the Mandalay waterfront for the Malikha fast ferry to Bagan
Early early arrival at the Mandalay waterfront for the Malikha fast ferry to Bagan
The luxury cruise ship RV Pandaw II getting an early southbound start as well
The luxury cruise ship RV Pandaw II getting an early southbound start as well
Dawn over the Irrawaddy River as we sail away from Mandalay
Dawn over the Irrawaddy River as we sail away from Mandalay
Soon, Sagaing comes into view
Soon, Sagaing comes into view
Pagoda-covered Sagaing Hills just before sunrise
Pagoda-covered Sagaing Hills just before sunrise
Large riverside temple at the north end of Sagaing (N21 54.93/E096 00.07)
Large riverside temple at the north end of Sagaing (N21 54.93/E096 00.07)
Cruising past Sagaing early morning
Cruising past Sagaing early morning
The New Sagaing Bridge emerges from the haze
The New Sagaing Bridge emerges from the haze
Paddling across the Irrawaddy to Sagaing, early morning
Paddling across the Irrawaddy to Sagaing, early morning
Sunrise over the Irrawaddy as we pass Sagaing
Sunrise over the Irrawaddy as we pass Sagaing
Dennis emerges from his sleep for the chilly sunrise
Dennis emerges from his sleep for the chilly sunrise
Dennis with sunrise on the Irrawaddy River
Dennis with sunrise on the Irrawaddy River
Irrawaddy sunrise, Sagaing
Irrawaddy sunrise, Sagaing
Sagaing
Sagaing
Sagaing
Sagaing
Large bamboo raft being towed down the Irrawaddy River past Sagaing
Large bamboo raft being towed down the Irrawaddy River past Sagaing
Rafters gathered around the early morning cooking fire
Rafters gathered around the early morning cooking fire
Serpentine road climbing Sagaing Hill
Serpentine road climbing Sagaing Hill
Boat traffic at Sagaing
Boat traffic at Sagaing
Sunrise on the Irrawaddy River, Sagaing
Sunrise on the Irrawaddy River, Sagaing
Sunrise on the Irrawaddy River, Sagaing
Sunrise on the Irrawaddy River, Sagaing
Sunrise with a small boat on the Irrawaddy River, Sagaing
Sunrise with a small boat on the Irrawaddy River, Sagaing
Irrawaddy sunrise with a small boat
Irrawaddy sunrise with a small boat
Sagaing, early morning
Sagaing, early morning
New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River on a misty morning
New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River on a misty morning
Riverside pagodas of Sagaing
Riverside pagodas of Sagaing
Sagaing Hill and waterfront
Sagaing Hill and waterfront
Sunrise
Sunrise
Golden pagoda catching the suns first rays
Golden pagoda catching the suns first rays
Panoramic view of the Sagaing Hills from the river at sunrise
Panoramic view of the Sagaing Hills from the river at sunrise
Pagoda on the top of one of the hills in Sagaing
Pagoda on the top of one of the hills in Sagaing
Sagaing
Sagaing
Sagaing
Sagaing
Sagaing hilltop pagoda with the full moon
Sagaing hilltop pagoda with the full moon
Sagaing hilltop pagoda with the full moon
Sagaing hilltop pagoda with the full moon
Sagaing
Sagaing
Irrawaddy sunrise
Irrawaddy sunrise
Passengers of the Malikha Ferry on deck as we pass Sagaing
Passengers of the Malikha Ferry on deck as we pass Sagaing
Dennis on the Malikha as we pass Sagaing
Dennis on the Malikha as we pass Sagaing
Sagaing on the west bank of the Irrawaddy River
Sagaing on the west bank of the Irrawaddy River
Flag of the Union of Myanmar with the Sagaing Hills receding into the distance
Flag of the Union of Myanmar with the Sagaing Hills receding into the distance
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
Sunrise with the east bank temple at the New Sagaing Bridge
Sunrise with the east bank temple at the New Sagaing Bridge
Temple near the east end of the New Sagaing Bridge
Temple near the east end of the New Sagaing Bridge
Barges unloading their timber on the banks of the river near the Sagaing Bridge - probably to transfer to rail
Barges unloading their timber on the banks of the river near the Sagaing Bridge - probably to transfer to rail
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
Malikha approaching the New Sagaing River Bridge just after sunrise
Malikha approaching the New Sagaing River Bridge just after sunrise
Sunrise with the stupas of the temple by the Sagaing Bridge
Sunrise with the stupas of the temple by the Sagaing Bridge
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
Sagaing Bridge
Sagaing Bridge
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
The New Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River
Sunrise with palm trees on the banks of the Irrawaddy River
Sunrise with palm trees on the banks of the Irrawaddy River
Flag of the Union of Myanmar and the Sagaing Bridge
Flag of the Union of Myanmar and the Sagaing Bridge
The old Ava Bridge, just downstream of the new Sagaing Bridge
The old Ava Bridge, just downstream of the new Sagaing Bridge
Ava Bridge
Ava Bridge
Ava Bridge at sunrise, Irrawaddy River
Ava Bridge at sunrise, Irrawaddy River
Ava Bridge at sunrise, Irrawaddy River
Ava Bridge at sunrise, Irrawaddy River
Ava Bridge at sunrise, Irrawaddy River
Ava Bridge at sunrise, Irrawaddy River
The old and new bridges across the Irrawaddy River linking Inwa and Sagaing
The old and new bridges across the Irrawaddy River linking Inwa and Sagaing
Small boat on the Irrawaddy River
Small boat on the Irrawaddy River
Boat with the reflection of the early morning sun
Boat with the reflection of the early morning sun
Boat with the reflection of the early morning sun
Boat with the reflection of the early morning sun
Sunrise behind the ancient capital city of Inwa (Ava)
Sunrise behind the ancient capital city of Inwa (Ava)
Inwa stupa with the early morning sun and boat
Inwa stupa with the early morning sun and boat
The Malikha is faster than the RV Pandaw II
The Malikha is faster than the RV Pandaw II
The RV Pandaw's luxury cruise takes two days between Mandalay and Bagan
The RV Pandaw's luxury cruise takes two days between Mandalay and Bagan
The Malikah fast ferry does Mandalay-Bagan in just over 10 hours
The Malikah fast ferry does Mandalay-Bagan in just over 10 hours
Passing the Malika II downstream from Inwa
Passing the Malika II downstream from Inwa
Banks of the river in the dry season as we pass a village
Banks of the river in the dry season as we pass a village
Even our highly experienced captain got stuck on sandbars occasionally
Even our highly experienced captain got stuck on sandbars occasionally
Two Burmese women watch from shore as our boat passes
Two Burmese women watch from shore as our boat passes
Irrigation pumping station on the Irrawaddy
Irrigation pumping station on the Irrawaddy
Power lines crossing the Irrawaddy
Power lines crossing the Irrawaddy
Burmese fisherman pulling in his net
Burmese fisherman pulling in his net
Fisherman and boy paddling up river
Fisherman and boy paddling up river
A friendly wave as the Malikha cruises past
A friendly wave as the Malikha cruises past
Ywathitgyi, a riverside village with a golden stupa 2 hrs 15 min downstream from Mandalay
Ywathitgyi, a riverside village with a golden stupa 2 hrs 15 min downstream from Mandalay
A boat sails upstream past a left-bank temple opposite Ywathigyi
A boat sails upstream past a left-bank temple opposite Ywathigyi
A boat sails upstream past a left-bank temple opposite Ywathigyi
A boat sails upstream past a left-bank temple opposite Ywathigyi
Temple opposite Ywathitgyi (N21 54.6/E095 46.1)
Temple opposite Ywathitgyi (N21 54.6/E095 46.1)
Just under 4 hours after departing Mandalay, the Malikha makes a brief stop in Myinmu
Just under 4 hours after departing Mandalay, the Malikha makes a brief stop in Myinmu
Burmese girl trying to make a sale during the Malikha's brief stop in Myinmu
Burmese girl trying to make a sale during the Malikha's brief stop in Myinmu
The girls wade right up to the boat to sell their bananas
The girls wade right up to the boat to sell their bananas
Myinmu, Myanmar
Myinmu, Myanmar
Myinmu is on the right bank of the Irrawaddy in a section where the flow is more east to west
Myinmu is on the right bank of the Irrawaddy in a section where the flow is more east to west
The Malikha fast ferry from Mandalay to Bagan several days a week (we did Monday)
The Malikha fast ferry from Mandalay to Bagan several days a week (we did Monday)
The cruise ship Road to Mandalay anchored off Myinmu. It's a former German Rhine cruiser built in 1964
The cruise ship "Road to Mandalay" anchored off Myinmu. It's a former German Rhine cruiser built in 1964
Pulling away from Myinmu to continue downstream to Bagan
Pulling away from Myinmu to continue downstream to Bagan
Boat off the Myinmu waterfront
Boat off the Myinmu waterfront
Myinmu waterfront, Irrawaddy River
Myinmu waterfront, Irrawaddy River
Baby blue tugboat pushing a barget upriver
Baby blue tugboat pushing a barget upriver
Riverside village along the Irrawaddy
Riverside village along the Irrawaddy
Passing a stupa 35 minutes downstream from Myinmu (N21 52.6/E095 28.9 I believe...)
Passing a stupa 35 minutes downstream from Myinmu (N21 52.6/E095 28.9 I believe...)
Riverside village 45 minutes downstream from Myinmu
Riverside village 45 minutes downstream from Myinmu
The sweaters and jackets come off as the day warms up
The sweaters and jackets come off as the day warms up
Riverside stupa 90 minues downstream from Myinmu
Riverside stupa 90 minues downstream from Myinmu
I elected to do the cruise because I enjoyed the Nile and Niger
I elected to do the cruise because I enjoyed the Nile and Niger
...in hindsight, since we were on such a full and short itinerary, extra time would probably have been better spent in Bagan
...in hindsight, since we were on such a full and short itinerary, extra time would probably have been better spent in Bagan
Small fishing boats on the Irrawaddy River
Small fishing boats on the Irrawaddy River
Bamboo raft on the Irrawaddy River
Bamboo raft on the Irrawaddy River
Bamboo raft on the Irrawaddy River
Bamboo raft on the Irrawaddy River
The bamboo raft is being towed by a small boat
The bamboo raft is being towed by a small boat
Riverside monastery three hours north of Bagan
Riverside monastery three hours north of Bagan
Sand cliffs on the banks of the Irrawaddy River
Sand cliffs on the banks of the Irrawaddy River
Riverside village three hours upriver from Bagan
Riverside village three hours upriver from Bagan
Temple and stupa along the Irrawaddy River
Temple and stupa along the Irrawaddy River
Riverside village about half way between Myinmu and Bagan
Riverside village about half way between Myinmu and Bagan
Riverside village about half way between Myinmu and Bagan
Riverside village about half way between Myinmu and Bagan
Riverside village about half way between Myinmu and Bagan
Riverside village about half way between Myinmu and Bagan
Riverside village about half way between Myinmu and Bagan
Riverside village about half way between Myinmu and Bagan
The cabin of the Malikha 2 Ferry
The cabin of the Malikha 2 Ferry
The boat ride didn't seem to be Dennis' thing...
The boat ride didn't seem to be Dennis' thing...
Afternoon on the Malikha 2
Afternoon on the Malikha 2
Mandalay 1219.jpg
Mandalay 1219.jpg
Substantial cargo vessel steaming up the Irrawaddy
Substantial cargo vessel steaming up the Irrawaddy
Flag of the Union of Myanmar
Flag of the Union of Myanmar
Fishermen and a small hut on the riverside floodplain
Fishermen and a small hut on the riverside floodplain
Tugboat on the Irrawaddy River
Tugboat on the Irrawaddy River
Some kind of mining activity sifting through the river bottom sediments...
Some kind of mining activity sifting through the river bottom sediments...
Boat on the Irrawaddy River
Boat on the Irrawaddy River
The luxury RV Paukan, another member of the six-strong Pandaw River Cruises fleet
The luxury RV Paukan, another member of the six-strong Pandaw River Cruises fleet
Large tree on the banks of the Irrawaddy
Large tree on the banks of the Irrawaddy
In the wet season, the river widens to reach the distant trees
In the wet season, the river widens to reach the distant trees
Left bank cliffs on the Irrawaddy River in range of Bagan
Left bank cliffs on the Irrawaddy River in range of Bagan
Temples of Nyaung U, the first signs that we're approaching Bagan
Temples of Nyaung U, the first signs that we're approaching Bagan
Red brick stupa on a sandy cliff by Nyaung U, the edge of the Bagan Archeological area
Red brick stupa on a sandy cliff by Nyaung U, the edge of the Bagan Archeological area
Boat paddling across the Irrawaddy River at Bagan
Boat paddling across the Irrawaddy River at Bagan
Wave from a man in a long-tail boat looking across at the fertile floodplain opposite Bagan
Wave from a man in a long-tail boat looking across at the fertile floodplain opposite Bagan
Small boat on the Irrawaddy River with the gold-covered stupa of Shwezigon Paya
Small boat on the Irrawaddy River with the gold-covered stupa of Shwezigon Paya
Gawdawpalin Temple on the right seen from the river as we arriva at Bagan
Gawdawpalin Temple on the right seen from the river as we arriva at Bagan
Panoramic photo of Bagan from the Irrawady River
Panoramic photo of Bagan from the Irrawady River
Malikha ferry arriving at Bagan around 10 hours after departing Mandalay
Malikha ferry arriving at Bagan around 10 hours after departing Mandalay
Boat traffic at Bagan
Boat traffic at Bagan
Boats pulled up along the waterfront at Bagan
Boats pulled up along the waterfront at Bagan
Bagan Waterfront
Bagan Waterfront
Late afternoon sun on the Irrawaddy River
Late afternoon sun on the Irrawaddy River
Oh no...not even off the boat and the post card sellers are out...
Oh no...not even off the boat and the post card sellers are out...
Large long-tail boat on the Irrawaddy River at Bagan
Large long-tail boat on the Irrawaddy River at Bagan
Setting up the gangplank for disembarkation
Setting up the gangplank for disembarkation
Very young boy bailing out a boat
Very young boy bailing out a boat
Young long tail boat driver, Bagan
Young long tail boat driver, Bagan
Bagan Welcoming Committee
Bagan Welcoming Committee
Found our guide - Thu Ya Aung
Found our guide - Thu Ya Aung
The fast ferry Malikha 2 at Bagan
The fast ferry Malikha 2 at Bagan
Malikha 2 - a good choice if you have time...fly if you don't
Malikha 2 - a good choice if you have time...fly if you don't
Malikha 2 at Bagan
Malikha 2 at Bagan
Dennis has already made friends with the locals
Dennis has already made friends with the locals
...there's still time to get to a temple to catch sunset...
...there's still time to get to a temple to catch sunset...
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