Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Chindwin is a river less travelled, and apart from its religious monuments it offers spectacular sceneries as It meanders through beautiful valleys and jungles, lofty blue mountains rising in the distance or towering over towns and villages on the banks. The cruise begins from Bagan and we will sail the Chindwin up to the Teak town of Mawlaik our turnaround point. We disembark in Monywa from where we will drive to Mandalay. We visit remote villages and towns with beautiful and whimsical pagodas and monastery probably the most preserved of Myanmar; the ancient cave pagodas of Hpowintaung and Shwebataung with hundreds of Buddha images and paintings; the Sambuddhay Pagoda of Monywa, a complex of buildings covered with nearly 600,000 Buddha images.
Day 1: Bagan – Pakkoku
Board the ship at 09.00 hrs. We cast off at 09.30 hrs and sail upstream to the Irrawaddy andChindwin confluence. If time permits we stop in Thein Gone, a typical river village where we visit the school and the monastery. Continue cruising north to the bustling town of Pakkoku where we visit the monastery, cheroots and weaving workshops. We pass the Chindwin andIrrawaddy river confluence and we stop for the night.
Day 2: Pakkoku - Pakhan-gyi - Ahmyint Village – Monywa
Visit the little town of Pakhan-gyi. This post-Pagan period provincial capital was walled with a moat and originally had a governor¹s 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 the lovely17th century style Min Kyaw Swa stupas with 18th century style paintings. Arrive at Monywa, the Chindwin River largest port, in the early evening.
Day 3: Monywa (Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung Caves)
Visit Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings. If the weather and time allows we will also visit Twin 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 geologist claim to be an extinct volcano crater, others a crater formed by a meteorite. Late lunch and cast off.
Day 4: Kanee
Late morning explore the village of Kanee and climb the pagoda hillock for its view. Continue sailing upstream until late at night to reach the village of Kanee.
Day 5: Kanee – Mingin
Early morning we explore Kanee village with its beautiful wooden houses and the woodcarvings monastery.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: Kyidaw
At Kyidaw (Kyi Taung Oo) we visit Shwe Za War Yaw monastery one of the oldest and best preserved wood carved monastery 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. Afterwards we return 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
In the morning we explore Kalewa, the main river port for the trading with India,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 – Sailing back Downstream
Mawlaik (situated 35 km from the Indian Border) was the administrative capital of this area rich of 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 1920’s and 1930’s (there is still a small community of Indians that used to work for the Scottish company and their descendents). The governor’s house, the administrative building, the school, the hospital, the “Dak Bungalows”, company 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 a typical River village, famous for its Petrified Wood, where we visit the school and the typical houses.
Day 10: Yandabo
In the morning stop at Yandabo, a picturesque river village specializing in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Explore the village stopping to some potmaking workshops to learn their unique production technique, and visit the school and the monastery. Back to the ship for Lunch and sail all day.
Day 11 : Mandalay (Disembarkation)
After breakfast, the client disembark at Gawein Jetty around 9:00 am.
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 to Passenger. Published itineraries are indication only and subject to sudden change. In such events alternative itineraries will be provided and we do our best to ensure that if a stop is missed we make up for it with another stop. 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. The ship’s manager and captain are jointly responsible for passengers’ comfort and safety. Passengers must accept their decisions and instructions.