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“The second most important river of Myanmar, Chindwin River could also be finely journeyed. It is also the largest confluent of Ayeyarwady River. The Chindwin valley is an isolated area, and less populated than the lands along the Ayeyarwady, and in this land of old traditions, all decent local people live very conservatively and contentedly forever”.

Cruise Package Tours (Great Journeys) on Chindwin River (detail)


20-29 Sep 07, 05- 14 Sep 08, and 17- 26 Sep 08
10 Days- 9 Nights

Day 1-                                Bagan- Pakkoku

Board RV Pandaw 1947 at 09:00. We cast off at 09:30 and sail up upstream to the confluence of Ayeyarwady and Chindwin. If time permits, we stop in Thein Gone, a typical river village where we visit the school and monastery. Continue cruising north to the bustling town of Pakokku where we visit the monastery, cheroots and weaving workshops. We pass Chindwin and Ayeyarwady rivers’ confluence and we stop for the night.



Day 2-                                Pakokku- PakhanGyi- Ahmyint village- Monywa

Visit the little town of PAkhanGyi. This post-Bagan provincial capital was walled with a moat and originally had a governor’s palace. We 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 lovely 17th century style Min Kyaw Swa stupas with 18th century style paintings. Arrival at Monywa, the Chindwin River largest port in the early evening.

Day 3-                                Monywa- (Phowintung/ Shwebataung caves)

Visit Phowintaung/ Shwebataung caves where hundreds of Buddha is placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings. If weather and time permit, we will also visit Twinn Daung Lake better known as lake of “spirulina”, the famous green-blue algae rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. The origin of the lake is unknown, some geologists claim to be an extinct volcano crater, others a crater formed by a meteorite. Alternatively, we drive to Kyauk Kar village to visit “plain“lacquer ware type workshop called in Myanmar “Kyauk Kar Yon”. This kind of lacquer has only two colors; black and red made by natural pigments. Late lunch and cast off.

Day 4-                                Monywa- Kani/ Kani- Kin

Late morning explore the village of Kanee and climb the pagoda hillock for it view. Continue sailing upstream until late at night to reach the village of kani.

Day 5-                                Kin- Mingin

Early morning, we explore Kin village with its beautiful wooden houses and the wood carving monasteries. Continue sailing upstream to the small enchanting town of Mingin. Explore its temples and 1900’s wooden houses and the Min Kyaung monastery with old Buddha images.

Day 6-                                Mingin- Khidaw/ Kyidaw- Kalewa

At Kyidaw (kyi Taung Oo), we visit Shwe Za Wa 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. We walk through a beautiful scenario of paddy fields to the village of Kan where we visit another splendid example of Myanmar old monastery. Back to the ship by local boat. Proceed upstream up to Kyaw Zin, a village very close to Kalewa where we stop for the night.

Day 7-                                Kalewa- Mawlaik

In the morning, we explore Kalewa, the main river port for the trading with India, the lively market and climeb the Shwe Moat Htaw stupa for the beautiful view. Back to the ship before lunch and keep on cruising upstream to Mawlaik.

Day 8-                                Mawlaik- Sailing back downstream

Mawlaik (situated 35 km from Indian border) was the administrative capital of this area, with plenty of teak forests. It is a pleasant colonial town with its golf course surrounded by splendid colonial houses built by the Bombay Burma Trading Corporation in the 1920’s & 1930’s (there is still small community of Indian used to work for the Scottish company and their descendants). The governor’s house, the administrative building, the school, the hospital, the “Dak Bungalows”, company’s headquarter are well preserved, still in use nowadays and nicely maintained. Being this our turnaround point, we begin sailing back downstream to Monywa.

Day 9-                                Sailing downstream for 100 miles

Continue sailing all day downstream. Stop at Kyauk Hlay Gar village, famous for its petrified wood, where we visit a school and typical houses.

Day 10-                                Monywa- Mandalay

Arrival at Monywa in the morning. Transfer by coach to Mandalay with stop en-route to visit the splendid Thanboddhae pagoda where more than 500,000 Buddha statues are placed and Aung Sakyar stupa with longest reclining Buddha of Myanmar. Lunch at a restaurant in Sagaing. Continue to your hotel in Mandalay or airport.

The above package tour inclusive of
         - Accommodation on board based on twin sharing (except Single Cabin)
         - Two way airport transfers
         - Full board on board
         - All sightseeing and excursions as per program
           English speaking guide
           Entrance fees

* Surcharge can be applied for foreign language-speaking guide.
* Above tour can be customized according to your own travel nature.

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