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A voyage along the Chindwin reveals a Burma of time gone by, where villages are only accessible by boat and the local people hold fast to the old traditions. Immerse yourself in beautiful scenery and fascinating heritage of a part of Burma that remains undiscoveredPlease note that the below itinerary, from Monywa to Homalin (and vice versa) sails from July to August and October to November. A revised itinerary sails between December and February.
Our Magical Chindwin itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading guides whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Rangoon, Burma’s former capital. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Fly to the peaceful Homalin, a town on the Chindwin and the most northerly navigable point on the river for our Pandaw vessel. The scenery on this cruise is spectacular and you be warmly welcomed by the remote communities that we pass. Explore the Buddha Lotus Garden with its exquisite temple and stunning views. (B,L,D)
Discover the unique culture and history of Toungdoot, an ancient enclave of the Shan people. In the time of the British rule, the enclave still had a ruling sawbwa with a palace and court. Nestled in the peaceful Burmese countryside, here you’ll see what life is like for the Shan so far from their Tai-Shan homelands. On the way to Paungbyin, pass Patha, once an important oil refinery.
At Sitthaung there are a number of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steams, scuppered here in 1942 in the face of the advancing Japanese army – we’ll keep an eye out for ship’s remains as we pass through. Later we’ll pass the mouth of the Yu River, which drains down the Kubu Valley, the route used by Lieutenant Grant to march to the relief of the Manipur garrison who were rebelled against in Indian state of Assam.
Enjoy a morning visit to Masein Village. Entering here is like taking a step back in time – located on the Upper Chindwin and only accessible by boat, this settlement very much keeps the old traditions alive but was also the centre of British teak logging in the 20th century. That legacy remains in the splendid colonial Dak bungalows that are set around a verdant golf course. Continue on the Kalewa, the gateway to Chin State – visit the markets and admire the quaint wooden architecture. (B,L,D)
Step back in time at the traditional village of Mawlaik on the Upper Chindwin, an area Spend the morning exploring Mingkon. Called Burma’s most interesting art history site, there are some beautiful, sumptuously decorated teak monasteries to visit. Continue cruising along the Chindwin, stopping at attractive local villages to stretch our legs and say hello. (B,L,D)
As the Chindwin widens and the forested hills give way to farmland we reach Monywa. Explore Monywa and spend some time at Moe Hnyin Than Boaddai Temple, where there are huge number of Buddha images, as well as one of the longest reclining, and one of the tallest standing Buddhas in Burma. (B,L,D)
Take a morning excursion by coach to Phowin Taung Hill to visit the Phowin Taung caves with their beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues from the 14th and 18th century. (B,L,D)
Head back on to dry land after breakfast and transfer by road to Mandalay. Fly to Rangoon. Later visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most scared landmark. (B)
Fly home to the UK. (B)
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