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+44 1756 706500

Chindwin River Expedition

Explore untouched and remote regions of northern Burma on this unique Chindwin river cruise and discover spectacular temples, ancient monasteries and traditional village life

Cruise Only
7 nights from £2689pp

River Adventures Holiday
  • Pagoda, Mandalay
  • Monywa
  • Mingkin
  • Sitthaung

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Save 10% on selected departures! Subject to availability. Prices shown include discount

No single supplement! Applies to 4 Jan; 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov; 19, 26 Dec 2020 and 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Jan 2021 departures. Subject to availability

Book a fly-cruise and receive FREE airport parking! Subject to availability. Book by 31 Dec 2019

Chindwin River Expedition Special Offer

Sail the Upper Chindwin and discover a Burma of time gone by, where the local people hold fast to old traditions and iconic sites wait to be explored. The Chindwin flows down from the Burma-Assam border at the foothills of the Himalayas, past mountains, forests and remote unspoilt villages. It is the main tributary of the Irrawaddy and is only navigable in vessels with the shallowest drafts.

Embark ship in Monywa and discover the town's temples, statues and night market. Travel to the unique Phowin Taung Caves and cruise past forested hills, traditional villages and farmland to the famous monasteries of Mingun.

Take a step back in time in Mawlaik which can only be reached by boat then discover the unique culture and history of the ancient Shan enclave of Toungdoot. This river expedition cruise ends in Homalin, the capital of Nagaland and close to the India border.

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River Chindwin Expedition Upstream Itinerary

Day 1 - Mandalay - Monywa (Burma)

Transfer to Monywa and embark ship. Monywa is the gateway to the stunning Thahboddhay Pagoda complex which is home to thousands of statues and sacred images.

Day 2 - Phowin Taung

Travel to the Phowin Taung Caves and discover beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues which date back to the 14th century.

Day 4 - Cruising the River Chindwin

The river narrows and the landscape changes from forested hills to farmland. There are several traditional villages such as Kanee where the ship might stop to allow guests to explore.

Day 4 - Mingun

Mingun is one of the most historically interesting sites in Burma with its sumptuously-decorated teak monasteries, the world's largest uncracked bell and the white pagoda of Hsinbyume Paya.

Day 5 - Mawlaik

Mawlaik was once the home of the Scottish-owned Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation in the 1920s and 1930s, and there are still many fine colonial Dak bungalows set around a verdant golf course. Mawlaik can only be reached by boat so cars are few and it really feels like you are taking a step back in time.

Day 6 - Sithaung

Sithaung was the final resting place of several Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese.

Day 7 - Toungdoot

Discover the unique culture and history of Toungdoot, an ancient Shan enclave, which during British rule still had a ruling Burmese prince, also known as a sawbwa, with a palace and court.

Day 8 - Homalin - Mandalay or Homalin

Disembark ship and transfer to Homalin airport for the internal flight to Mandalay or Yangon.

The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

River Chindwin Expedition Downstream Itinerary

Day 1 - Mandalay or Yangon (Burma) - Homalin

Fly from Mandalay or Yangon and embark ship in Homalin.

Day 2 - Toungdoot

Discover the unique culture and history of Toungdoot, an ancient Shan enclave, which during British rule still had a ruling Burmese prince, also known as a sawbwa, with a palace and court.

Day 3 - Sithaung

Sithaung was the final resting place of several Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese.

Day 4 - Mawlaik

Mawlaik was once the home of the Scottish-owned Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation in the 1920s and 1930s, and there are still many fine colonial Dak bungalows set around a verdant golf course. Mawlaik can only be reached by boat so cars are few and it really feels like you are taking a step back in time.

Day 5 - Mingun

Mingun is one of the most historically interesting sites in Burma with its sumptuously-decorated teak monasteries, the world's largest uncracked bell and the white pagoda of Hsinbyume Paya.

Day 6 - Monywa

Monywa is the gateway to the stunning Thahboddhay Pagoda complex which is home to thousands of statues and sacred images.

Day 7 - Phowin Taung

This morning, travel by coach to the Phowin Taung Caves, where we will admire beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues.

Day 8 - Monywa - Mandalay

Disembark ship in Monywa and transfer to Mandalay.

The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

Price Includes

  • 7-night river cruise
  • Transfer from Mandalay to Monywa and flight from Homalin to Mandalay/Yangon or vice versa
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas and tisanes on board
  • All sightseeing, tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary
  • On board gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights and transfers - we can arrange these for you
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa required for Burma
  • All beverages except local mineral water jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Tips to tour guides, bus, boat and cycle operators
  • Port taxes
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 25th - Monywa to Homalin - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
  • November
    • Nov 7th - Homalin to Monywa - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
    • Nov 14th - Monywa to Homalin - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
    • Nov 21st - Homalin to Monywa - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
    • Nov 28th - Monywa to Homalin - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
  • December
    • Dec 19th - Homalin to Monywa - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
    • Dec 26th - Monywa to Homalin - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 2nd - Homalin to Monywa - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
    • Jan 9th - Monywa to Homalin - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
    • Jan 16th - Homalin to Monywa - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
    • Jan 23rd - Monywa to Homalin - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417
    • Jan 30th - Homalin to Monywa - Sailing on: Zawgyi Pandaw From: £2689
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Blue Water Price from: £2689 Blue Water Price from: £3417

Price Information

  • Prices shown are a guide price
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