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01756 706500
+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. Includes return flights from the UK, 3-night hotel stay in Mandalay, guided excursions and overseas transfers

Fly Cruise
12 nights

River Adventures Holiday
  • Pagoda, Mandalay
  • Monywa
  • Mingkin
  • Sitthaung
  • U Bein Bridge

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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.

Spend 3 nights in a luxury hotel in Mandalay and explore the city's pagodas, temples and monasteries. Cross the famous U Bein Bridge and enjoy a memorable sunset on the lake from a small boat. 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 Mingkin. 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 March to November Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Mandalay (Burma)

Fly from the UK to Mandalay.

Day 2 - Mandalay

Transfer to the Mandalay Hill Resort for a 3-night hotel stay. This afternoon visit the beautiful Shwe Inn Bin monastery and one of Mandalay's main markets.

Day 3 - Mandalay

This morning join a sightseeing trip around Mandalay and discover the Royal Palace and Mahamuni Pagoda as well as craft workshops. In the afternoon explore the hill areas and enjoy the views from a pagoda platform.

Day 4 - Mandalay

Discover the ancient capitals of Ava and Amarapura, visiting the lovely teak Bagaya Kyaung monastery and the unusual Me Nu Ok-kyaung monastery. This afternoon visit a silk and cotton weaving workshop, then cross the famous U Bein Bridge and enjoy an unforgettable sunset on the lake from a small boat.

Day 5 - Mandalay - Monywa

Transfer to Monywa and embark ship. In the afternoon there is an excursion to the Thandboodi Temple and Bawdhi Tahaung statue, and in the evening visit the night market.

Day 6 - Phowin Taung

Travel by coach to the Phowin Taung Caves and discover beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues which date back to the 14th century. Sail into the Upper Chindwin.

Day 7 - 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 8 - Mingkin

Mingkin is one of the most historically interesting sites in Burma with its sumptuously-decorated teak monasteries. Explore picturesque Kalewa with its markets and quaint wooden architecture.

Day 9 - 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 10 - Sitthaung

Sitthaung was the final resting place of several IFC steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese.

Day 11 - 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 12 - Homalin - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to Homalin airport.

Day 13 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

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 December to February Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Mandalay (Burma)

Fly from the UK to Mandalay.

Day 2 - Mandalay

Transfer from the airport to Mandalay Hill Resort for a 3-night hotel stay. Take a tour of the beautiful Shwe Inn Bin monastery and a local market.

Day 3 - Mandalay

On a sightseeing tour of Mandalay see highlights of the city including craft workshops, the Royal Palace and Mahamuni Pagoda. This afternoon visit the hill region and enjoy amazing views from the platform of a pagoda.

Day 4 - Mandalay

Discover the lovely Bagaya yaung and Me Nu Ok-kyaung monasteries then visit a silk and cotton weaving workshop. Cross the famous U Bein Bridge and watch a memorable sunset from a small boat on the lake.

Day 5 - Mandalay - Monywa

Transfer from Mandalay to Monywa and embark ship. This afternoon take a trip to the Thanbodi Temple, which is home to millions of Buddha images. Monywa is home to one of the longest reclining Buddhas and one of the tallest standing Buddhas in Burma. There is a visit to the night market this evening.

Day 6 - Phowin Taung - Kyauk Ka Village

Journey by coach to the Phowin Taung Caves, home to beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues. Later, explore Kyauk Ka Village which is famous for its production of black lacquer.

Day 7 - Kanee

Enjoy an on-board cooking demonstration by our head chef on how to prepare a traditional Burmese Ginger Salad. This afternoon, join a walking tour of Kanee village.

Day 8 - Mingkin

Explore the sumptuous teak monasteries of Mingkin, including the oldest wooden monastery in Burma.

Day 9 - Mingkin - Kalewa

Join the walking tour of Mingkin this morning then sail to Kalewa for a guided tour on foot.

Day 10 - Mawlaik

Take a step back in time on a visit to Mawlaik, located on the Upper Chindwin and only accessible by boat. Mawlaik was the centre of British teak loggings in the 20th century but has kept old traditions alive.

Day 11 - Mawlaik Elephant Camp

Travel by tuk tuk or coach to the teak forest outside Mawlaik, then visit the Pyar Swe Elephant Camp, a working camp where the elephants are kept in natural surroundings. Sail to Kalewa and moor overnight.

Day 12 - Kalewa - UK

Disembark ship in Kalewa and explore the village before transferring to Kalay airport for the return flight to the UK.

Day 13 - UK

Arrive back in the UK.

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
  • 3-night hotel stay in Mandalay
  • Return international flights from the UK
  • Internal flights and all overseas transfers
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks, local beer and local spirits on board ship
  • Guided excursions
  • All port and airport taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa required for Burma
  • Premium wines, premium spirits, branded soft drinks, speciality coffees on board ship
  • Tips to tour guides, bus, boat and cycle operators
NO PRICES
Map for Chindwin River Expedition