Grand Voyage of the Chindwin River
Discover the hidden treasures of the Golden Land. Chindwin is a river less travelled, however as well as its religious monuments, it offers spectacular scenery as it meanders through beautiful valleys and jungles. The cruise begins from Bagan and will set sail up the Chindwin to Monywa from where the guests are driven to Mandalay.
DAY 1 – Embark at Bagan for Pakkoku
Board the ship at Bagan. The ship sails upstream to the confluence of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin, then on to the bustling town of Pakkoku. There, visit the monastery and the weaving workshops.
DAY 2 – Pakhan Gyi to Ahmyint
Visit the little town of Pakhan-gyi. This post-Pagan period provincial capital was walled with a moat and originally had a governor’s palace. See the old walls. Visit the museum and a spectacular 19th century wood carved monastery.
Continue cruising to Ahmyint village and visit the local market, see beautiful houses and the lovely 17th century style Min Kyaw Swa stupas with 18th century style paintings.
Arrive at Monywa, the Chindwin River’s largest port.
DAY 3 – Monywa
Visit Hpowindaung caves where hundreds of Buddha statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings. Return to the ship for a late lunch and cast off.
DAY 4 – Kanee to Kin
Late morning, explore the village of Kanee and climb the pagoda hillock for the view. Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, explore Kin village with its beautiful wooden houses and the woodcarved monastery. Continue sailing upstream until late at night.
DAY 5 – Mingkin
Continue sailing upstream the whole morning. In the afternoon, the ship arrives at the small enchanting town of Mingkin. Explore its temples and 1900’s wooden houses and the Min Kyaung Monastery with its old Buddha images.
DAY 6 – Kyidaw
At Kyidaw (Kyi Taung Oo) visit the Shwe Za War Yaw Monastery, one of the oldest and best preserved wood-carved monasteries of Myanmar, embellished with wooden sculpted idols with fascinating gold leaf wall decorations. Walk through a beautiful scene of paddy fields in the village of Kan, and visit another splendid example of an old Myanmar monastery.
The ship proceeds upstream to Kyaw Zin, a village very close to Kalewa, to stop for the night.
DAY 7 – Kalewa
In the morning, explore Kalewa, the main river port for trading with India. See the lively market and climb up to Shwe Moat Htaw stupa for the beautiful view.
Back to the ship before lunch and keep on cruising upstream to Mawlaik.
DAY 8 – Mawlaik
Mawlaik (situated 35 km from the Indian border) was the administrative capital of this area, rich with teak forests. It is a pleasant colonial town with its golf course surrounded by splendid colonial houses built by the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation in the 1920s and 1930s. The governor’s house, the administrative building, the school, the hospital, the “Dak Bungalows”, and the company headquarters are all well preserved, still in use nowadays and nicely maintained.
From here, the ship begins sailing back downstream to Monywa.
DAY 9 – Village visit
Continue sailing all day downstream. Stop at a typical River village, to visit the school and some typical houses.
DAY 10 – Yandabo
In the morning the ship arrives at Yandabo, a picturesque river village specializing in pot making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed in 1826. Take a walk to some pot-making workshops and visit the monastery.
For the rest of the day, the ship continues sailing.
DAY 11 – Mandalay
After breakfast, disembark at Gawein Jetty.
All meals, tea, coffee and water, local beer throughout the cruise, a glass of wine at lunch and dinner
Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
An English-speaking guide (if more than 8 cabins are booked by a group speaking the same language, a guide who speaks that language may be available)
All entrance fees
All transfers to and from the airport
River conditions warning:
The Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level. In the case of water levels being too high or low an alternative itinerary will be offered.
Though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible, given uncertain river and other local conditions, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
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