Tour Code. BEXMHB12D11N-CR. EXOTIC CHINDWIN CRUISE 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
MANDALAY – HOMALIN – BAGAN
DAY1: MANDALAY – MYINGYAN
Board our luxury cruise at ShweKyet Yet and enjoy lunch while we start cruising from Mandalay downstream toward the Chindwin River confluence, passing picturesque Sagaing Hills with its hermitages and nunneries. A presentation of Burmese history and culture following up with a demonstration of wearing long and making up The Na Khar. Enjoy our welcome dinner, which is a great opportunity to meet your new cruise companions. Moor at Myingyan.
DAY2: MYINGYAN – MONYWA
Enjoy a pleasant sailing from confluence into Chindwin river. In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Monywa and its famed Thanboddhay Pagoda, the walls, of which, are covered with thousands of Buddha images. After that, come and visit the largest Buddha statue in Myanmar at the Bodithaung Pagoda – the statue is 100 meters/328 Feet long and 27 meters/88 feet high. Overnight in Monywa.
DAY3: MONYWA – MAUKKADAW
Today we cruise to Moktaw, a simple country town which you can take a walk to explore its workshops, markets and monastery. Back on board and continue to Maukkadaw, a wealthy village on the Chindwin River with large teak wood industry.
DAY4: MAUKKADAW – KALEWA
In the morning, explore the town of Maukkadaw and its stunning teak buildings made even more exotic by the surrounding tropical jungle. The cruise continues after lunch through the lush Chindwin gorges, thick jungle and tiny riverside villages, which looks like a forgotten land. Continue cruising to Kalewa, an optional walking tour in the evening.
DAY5: KALEWA – MAWLAIK
Cruise in the morning, then anchor to visit Mawlaik, the town is only 22 miles from the Indian Border on the Chindwin River. It is a little town with its golf course surrounded by
Splendid colonial quarters. This was once the British provincial capital of this area in an area rich in teak forests and was mainly settled with the company houses of the Scottish owned and run Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation in the 1920’s and 1930’s. There are many splendid ‘Dak Bungalows’ set around a verdant golf course.
DAY6: MAWLAIK – SITTAUNG
Relax on board and this morning we cruise to Sittaung. Take a tour to visit Sittaung, the final resting village of a number of IFC steamers scuppered on the Chindwin River in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese who were a matter of hours behind. It was from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched out to Tamu on the Indian border.
DAY7: SITTAUNG – HOMALIN
Sail from Sittaung to Homalin, a small town closed to the Indian border. It is where the Uyu, a tributary of the Chindwin, flows into the main river and where you can see it changing color as the sand in it carried gold particles and some small gold nuggets. Locals can be seen panning the river in the hope of finding gold. Visit the Buddha Lotus Garden and the market while exploring the town. Sittaung-Homalin: 86miles
DAY8: HOMALIN – KINDAT
Today we cruise the downstream Chindwin River, enjoy a cooking class on board presented by our head chef. The ethnic minorities of Cambodia have each contributed to the diversity of Burmese cuisine. The Burmese are the most dominant group, but other groups, including the Chin people, also have distinct cuisines.
DAY9:KINDAT – MINGIN – KANI
In the morning we cruise toward Mingkin, described as the LuangPrabang of the Chindwin. Visit the MaharMinkyaung Monastery, an extraordinary melange of European and Burmese architecture, in particular the Italian glass used in the windows. Here you can see the ShweSagar Buddha, which is one of ten Buddha carved from a single trunk of wood almost a thousand years ago. Carry on to Kyidaung, a typical riverside village and the best place to see local life.
DAY10: KANI – PAKANGYI
After breakfast join the excursion to PO Win Taung caves and the Shwe BA Taung complex where 492 Buddha sandstone chambers are carved into the hillside – an extraordinary feat and one of the highlights of the trip. Cruise toward Bagan,
Stopping along the way at Pakakgyi to visit the Kaung Taw Gyi Monastery and Sithushin Pagoda.
DAY11: PAKANGYI – BAGAN
Early morning cruise to Bagan and take a tour of this magnificent city, the former capital of Burma from 1044 – 1287. This plain east of the curving Ayeyarwady is one of the most wondrous sights in Myanmar. We visit several of the 3,000 listed monuments, including DhammayazikaPaya, with its amazing view from the terrace, and the biggest temple, Dhammayangyi – both built in the 12th century – and one of the best preserved of all Bagan temples, the 11th-century Ananda. Enjoy a farewell dinner with traditional puppet show.
Bid farewell to the crew and disembark in Bagan.