Malikha Irrawaddy River Cruises

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Malikha Irrawaddy River Cruises

Malikha Irrawaddy River Cruises
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Iwona P
Warsaw, Poland46 contributions
From Mandalay to Bagan
Dec 2019 • Couples
It was not nice experience just very long way from Mandalay to Bagan. Food is terrible I just try and I Don t eat. Only tel places for eating I think only two tables we have to stay . Nobody carre about You Staff are not friendly. I think this is not Mianmar type of people like we expected they look at how to ask you about money disgusting never more
Written December 6, 2019
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Jenny R
5 contributions
Mandalay to Yangon
Nov 2018
Fascinating. I can not remember how many stops we had, but it must have been 14 to 15 stops. Most of the stops were at local villages and it would be too long winded to go into in detail. The locals were very friendly and honest and not at all 'pushy'. No sign of army personnel except for tourist police to help you to cross the streets. Also a lot of Buddhist temples. The crew and staff on the boat (The RV Samatha) were excellent. I can not compliment them highly enough. There are just to many to mention them all by name
Written January 2, 2019
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christine b
Fordingbridge, UK1,355 contributions
Very pleasant & relaxing trip
Jan 2018 • Solo
I did this trip in Jan 2018 (Mandalay to Bagan). I originally wanted to book the RV Panorama as it seems to get excellent reviews but it wasn't available (chartered for a big tour group I suspect!).
Anyway, I wasn't unhappy with my trip on the Malikha.
I boarded at around 6.45 am (using a porter to carry my bag over the gangplank to get aboard).
Cases were safely stowed & receipts given out for security.
I quickly checked out my seat options & decided to go on the upper deck as it was open air. I managed to get a seat that had a cover over it so that I'd have some shelter from the sun. The seats were wicker chairs with foam cushions. I was very comfortable.
After an hour or so we got a mini breakfast (boiled eggs, toast & jam & coffee).
The boat wasn't full so we were able to wander around a bit.
Lots of photos as we left Mandalay & again as we approached Bagan. Local life on the riverbanks & boats on the river provided some interest during the rest of the trip. It was a long journey (about 9.5 hrs I think) but I had factored this in as a bit of a rest day for me.
The toilets on board were very clean.
I was able to pick up 3g on my mobile which was helpful.
Lunch was fairly basic (polystyrene box with rice & other things).
There seemed to be other people who were part of an organised tour who had a more luxurious lunch with their tables being laid out & a few more 'offerings' of food.
When we arrived in Bagan it was a bit of a scramble getting off the boat. I think the water level might have been a bit low as we had to climb onto another boat & get off via their gangplank.
I was travelling alone & managed to get my bag quite quickly & found a porter/driver to get me to my hotel in Bagan.
I'm happy to recommend this trip.
Written March 2, 2018
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Wankenne
Sao Paulo, SP550 contributions
THE STRAND CRUISE, THE BEST OF MYANMAR
Oct 2017 • Couples
The 3 days cruise using the Strand ship is just an unforgettable experience. The boat stops at each interesting attractions during the cruise and organizes all visits. The food was delicious. The services was fantastic. The cabin comfort was excellent. I strongly recommend to include that cruise in any Birmania tour.
Written December 2, 2017
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ClareBear4
Bristol, UK99 contributions
Loved it
Nov 2017 • Couples
What a leisurely way to get from one place to another. We enjoyed relaxing on the sun deck watching the world go by. To be fair there were only about 25 on board so there was plenty of room and opportunity to move around. I do wonder if it would have been as enjoyable if it had been full.

A special mention should be made about the food. It was included in the price and was one of my favourite meals during my month long trip.
Written November 24, 2017
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Selin Schmidt
152 contributions
Long hot ride, nice boat
Apr 2017 • Couples
We did the boattour from Mandalay to Bagan on the 6th of april. In april its really hot on the ship and you can not enjoy the sundeck for a long time. They serve a nice little breakfast (boiled egg, toast and coffee) and lunch (fried rice with some extra dishes). The staff is nice, but speaks a really little english. The seats are comfy.
Written April 7, 2017
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csbixler
Greater London, UK52 contributions
A pleasant break
Feb 2017 • Friends
The river cruise offers a pleasant break from Pagoda to Pagoda. The river was relaxing and a cool break from walking and the sun.
Written March 5, 2017
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pmdcs
Sydney, Australia237 contributions
Must Do!
Jan 2017 • Couples
Travelling Mandalay to Bagan by boat was essential for us. It offered the opportunity to vary our mode of travel & spend time relaxing for a day on the Irrawaddy River while observing some Myanmar river life. Our tickets were arranged 2 days before departure by our hotel. Our boat was the Malikha 2.

We had allocated seats inside on the top deck but opted to sit outside with most of the other passengers for the unobstructed view & fresh air. Departure time was 7.00am but left 10minutes early - we guess all passengers were accounted for. Bags/luggage were tightly packed on the lower deck in front of the 1st row of seats.

At 7 o'clock on the open upper deck it was cold, though most braved the chill. About 1/2hr into the journey we were offered breakfast of boiled eggs, toast with butter & jam plus tea/coffee. A polystyrene boxed lunch was served around 11.30am containing fried rice, omelette with nuts & a bottle of water. All enjoyable. Cold beer & soft drinks could be purchased throughout the day.

Outside seating on the upper deck was on comfortable cushioned wicker chairs but it became quite hot around midday. Inside was airconditioned though faintly smelled of diesel. More shading outside would have been appreciated. The 2 toilets onboard were clean, located on the lower deck.

The river carries its share of traffic, it is scenic & has many farming communities & small villages on its banks. The river sides rise 2 to 10 metres then is a reasonably flat land beyond. There were only 2 bridges spanning the river between Mandalay & Bagan. The boat made 1 stop, mid river to pick-up & drop off a couple of passengers.

Arrived Bagan (Nyaung U) 4.20pm, the journey taking exactly 9-1/2hrs. A long tiring day. Would do it again though.
Written February 12, 2017
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Rob G
Red Deer, Canada197 contributions
Hard to review a boat that doesn't show up
Feb 2017 • Couples
About 6 months ago we booked the Malikha river cruise from Bagan to Mandalay, online through Oway Tours and Travel. We received an e-ticket from Malikha and all looked good. We drove to the Nyaung U / Bagan jetty a couple of days before the trip just to get the lay of the land and see the boat, which was there at the time.

At 5:30 a.m. on the day of our trip, we arrived at the jetty 15 minutes before our expected check-in time but the Malikha boat wasn't there. A few locals, our taxi driver, and the harbour master tried to help us and eventually a woman who works for the MGRG boat company made a phone call and said we could go on that boat, which was just about to leave. We barely made it on - if we hadn't been early we would have missed that boat since it departed 30 minutes before Malikha was to have left.

Upon reaching Mandalay on the MGRG boat I contacted Oway Travel and they indicated that the Malikha company gave them this explanation after the fact: "The Malikha cruise told me there was low water level in Irrawaddy river and that would make the cruise operate slow upstream to Mandalay", getting in late at night. Seems like a strange explanation from Malikha since the MRGR boat looked like exactly the same type of boat.

In any event, Malikha offered that explanation to our travel agent only after he had lodged a complaint with them; Malikha didn't contact the agent prior to indicate we would be moved to MGRG due to cancellation of the Malikha cruise. And again, had we not been early for our boat we would also have missed MGRG.

Not impressed.
Written February 10, 2017
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Helen D
113 contributions
Pleasant change to bus and train.
Jan 2017 • Couples
This trip was $US 42 per person. The seats weren't allocated so first come first served basis. We had the Malikha 2 boat. They have 3 but all have different designs. We got there early as we wanted to make sure we got seats below some covering as it's a long time to be exposed to the sun.

We were joined by luxury tour groups so the boat was quite full and it felt we were taken over rather by them and their ever fussing tour leaders.

There was a continuous supply of tea and coffee and they gave you a small bottle of water. In the morning we had toast and boiled eggs and lunch was veggie rice with chopped omelette and nuts.

The boat was in reasonable condition and the toilets were pretty good for a boat. Loads of toilet rolls which made me wonder if many passengers suffered Burma Belly.

Bit disappointed that the land is quite barron a lot of the time but there is a lot of barges travelling up and down.

When we arrived at the Jetty. There is no Jetty! Getting off is by walking a series of rickety planks joined rather haphazardly together. This forces you to have to pay a Porter to take your luggage aboard.

On arrival you are approached by someone with a lanyard badge who informs you it is 25000 kyatts each to enter the town which then entitles you to visit the temples!!!

There is no information about this when you buy the ticket. I asked what happens if I refuse. You cannot visit was the reply. I have this mental picture of some holding camp where rebels who refuse to pay are dumped for the night until they can be deported the next day.


Written January 29, 2017
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