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Exotic Chindwin River Cruise


12 days 11 nights

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Category Myanmar Cruise Tours

  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Trip Starts From Mandalay
  • Trip Ends At Bagan
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Yesagyo Alon Lon Pyi Kalaywa Kindat Sittaung Homalin Mawlaik Kyi Taung Oo Monywa Bagan
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Overview

Chindwin River- the largest tributary of Myanmar's principal river the Ayeyarwady- offers the least explored cruise route in Asia and is recommended for real explorer. Much of Chindwin's course lies within mountain ranges and forests. We sail through rolling hills and visit secluded, carved-teak monasteries dating from the time of the Burmese Kings. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to stroll through typical riverside villages- which we usually do in cool morning.  

The cruise embarks in Mandalay and disembarks in Bagan- the ancient capital where thousands of ruined medieval temples and pagodas are scattered across the plain. Plan to arrive in Mandalay minimum a day before the cruise departure day. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1~Cruise departs from Mandalay

Arrive on your own at Gaw Wein Jetty (Near Mandalay Karaweik Mobile Hotel) at 9:00 a.m. As you board the majestic Anawrahta, berthed at the quay of Mandalay’s riverside, you will be warmly welcomed by our staff with some refreshments and also guide you with short safety briefing before you begin your journey here for next few days. Absolutely relax on a tranquil sailing day to Sagaing. As you sail, you can indulge yourself with an excellent treatments of our Thazin Spa or just plunge in the 360-degree spectacular view pool on the sundeck. Today, you will be addressed on “Myanmar’s ways of life” followed by a cultural demonstration on “Traditional Longyi and Thanakha”, Myanmar’s traditional costumes and a natural paste applied on the face and body. Then in the Kipling’s bar, afternoon tea will be served that you are requested to join and enjoy it while watching the vast river view of the Ayeyarwady River and tonight, there will also be a longyi cocktail party – an opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and have a pleasurable chitchat with them.

Mandalay to Confluence: 87 miles. 
Confluence to Yesagyo: 15 miles. 

Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 2~Ah Myint Village & Monywa

You will simply love early morning session of Yoga on the sundeck - stretching and easing your mind- before Anawrahta enters the Chindwin River. We will go for morning excursion at Ah Myint; it is a historic village that lived through nearly all of Myanmar’s dynasties. You will enjoy every bit exploring the village life and also their ancient pagodas built in 11-13 AD.

Back on board, we will cruise a short distance to Monywa with lunch being served on board. After our lunch, we will go to Monywa by bus. Here, we will see a remarkable Thanboddhay Pagoda (Thambuddhei Paya) with over 500,000 Buddha images and hundreds of golden spires and also second tallest Buddha statue in the world. It measures 116m and is situated behind a wonderful religious site with Bodhi trees, gardens with hundreds of sitting Buddhas and a vast lying Buddha. On several floors, every interior features illustrations of Buddhist teachings. Back on board, we continue to sail up the river. Tonight, relish BBQ dinner and a “Yamayana” dance performance on the sundeck. 

Yesagyo to Ah Myint: 23.5 miles.
Ah Myint to Alon: 22 miles.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3~Moktaw

Today, we get off for a morning visit of Moktaw, it is a typical riverside village where we will get familiar with their traditional way of life. If luck favors, we may see a special ceremony at the local monastery and in the afternoon, you will have the chance to join a ship tour with our cruise general manager and discover the mesmerizing Anawrahta. As the evening approaches, there will be a special event taking place at the Kipling’s Bar, so you may want to dress up to the best in style if you want to. We raise a toast to the past during a British Club gathering where you may enjoy according to your choices and also enjoy listening to music and poems of a bygone time.

Alon – Moktaw: 34.25 miles.
Moktaw – Lon Pyi: 44.75 miles.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4~Maukkadaw & Kalaywa

Begin your day with a morning hike through the small village of Maukkadaw. This village once used to be a busy teak port, so, we will guide you to their remaining teak enterprises. We will then visit the local school and walk through this village to board. Back on board, we carry on sailing upstream. As we sail, we will pass small villages amidst rolling hills at the riverbanks. In the afternoon, at the Mandalay Lounge, there will be lesson held on Burmese speaking that will prepare us for our market rally the next day. Tonight we reach at the riverside port of Kalaywa passing by its bridge that links the main land with the Indian border for trade.

Lon Pyi – Maukkadaw: 13.5 miles.
Maukkadaw – Kalaywa: 59.75 miles.

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5~Kalaywa

We will take a tour around Kalaywa by local tuk tuk today morning. Visit the Pagoda on a hill top to have a cosmic view over the Kalaywa Town and Chindwin River and continue to the bustling and colorful local market of Kalaywa. At Kalaywa Market, you can enjoy your shopping and this is also the best place to practice your Burmese language skills during a market rally. You will be provided with language lesson, assistant and few cash for shopping.

Kalaywa – Kindat: 47.25 miles.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6~Sittaung

This morning, you can choose either to join a lecture by our guide or simply laze around and watch the passing sceneries of jungle covered gorges. We will reach this small village of Sittaung in the afternoon. There are only 28 houses and only 200 inhabitants in this village. In today’s tour, we take you to the ships of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company - the greatest river fleet that was ever assembled worldwide! The British ruined many of these and did not leave any for the Japanese Army. We will get back to cruise and continue sailing upstream and afternoon tea will be served at the Kipling’s Bar. 

Kindat – Sittaung: 50.25 miles
Sittaung – Paungbyin: 21.75 miles

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7~Toungdoot & Homalin

As the ship sails towards the most beautiful part of the upper Chindwin River, you can enjoy some tranquil time for an early morning yoga session on the sundeck. After breakfast, you can join a demonstration on the ancient habit of betel-chewing as well as smoking cheroots cigars and you can taste too if you want to! We have afternoon excursion where we will visit the town Homalin, the end of the 400 navigable miles on the Chindwin River. Here we will visit the spectacular views from the high vantage point of the Buddha Lotus Garden before we start our downstream cruise. Our guide will explain the importance of the different statues portraying scenes from the life of Buddha. On the way back from this view point, you have a great chance to visit the village of the Naga tribe; one of Myanmar’s minorities that still possess their own unique culture and customs. Join in to their traditional tribal dance and relish their traditional cuisine and drinks. 

Paungbyin – Homalin: 63.25 miles.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8~Mawlaik

Today we will sail around 142.25 miles. This is the day to simply unwind, admire the passing scenery and relish the facilities on board our beautiful ship. You may appreciate the power of the river as we now sail with the force of the current on our side. A cooking demonstration in the late morning will be executed by our Executive Chef who will demonstrate you to prepare local dishes and you will also be provided with recipes to try them at home!

In the afternoon, there will be a presentation where our onboard guide will lecture about “Buddhism in Myanmar” and to wrap the day, tonight, there will be a BBQ dinner served together with an entertaining performance by our crew. We will moor near the city Mawlaik. 

Homalin – Mawlaik: 142.25 miles.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9~Mawlaik-Kyi Taung Oo

Mawlaik has been used as the administrative capital of the British and even now, many of the colonial-era houses built by the Bombay-Burma Trading Company exist. Our colonial heritage tour will take you to the post office, former British administrative buildings, the house of a former British commissioner, and the Mawlaik Golf Course which was built in the old colonial times. We will end our tour with fun mini golf match at the greens of the Mawlaik Golf Course and later, we return to the ship and enjoy lunch on board. If sailing goes well, we will have the time to visit the small village of Kyi Taung Oo and discover the only remaining and work still in process, wooden monastery that pre-dates the Konbaung Dynasty’s foundation in 1752. “Kyi Taung Oo” means “Great Sacred Hill”, as you might expect there will be some remarkable views over the river and its surrounding area. There will be free medical service included in our ship for the village people.

Mawlaik – Kyi Taung Oo: 82.25 miles.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Pho Win Taung – Shwe Ba Taung

Solely unwind and relish the passing scenery along with our facilities on board. Our afternoon excursion will take you on a 45 minutes’ bus ride to Pho Win Taung to discover the cave-temple complexes outside of the city and the Shwe Ba Taung Mountains. The caves are believed to be around 500-years-old and contain many sandstone carvings of Buddha images, animals, plants, demons and ogres. In the evening, enjoy a puppet show performed by a group on board in the lounge. 

Kyi Taung Oo – Monywa: 103.25 miles

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Bagan

Since this is the last sailing hours on board, this morning simply relax, have fun and watch the passing scenery. We will arrive at our final destination- Bagan – in the afternoon. Bagan is the ancient city of King Anawrahta and in this orientation tour, we will explore the magnificent Ananda Temple and Shwe San Daw Temple. Our evening concludes at one of the “sunset “pagodas or a high plain ground to watch an incredible view of the sun setting over the temple-strewn plain. 

Monywa – Bagan = 94 miles.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Disembark

Today, your amazing stay on the majestic Anawrahta ends. After breakfast, bid farewell to the crew and your floating home.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Cruise Package Includes

  • Accommodation.
  • Daily shore excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Transportation as mentioned in the program.
  • Transfers to/from the meeting point/ship (if applicable).
  • Tour guide service.
  • Taxes.
  • Fuel.
  • River pilots.
  • Local anchorage fees.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Free flow of beverages- mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee- at all times, free flow of local beer and house wine by glass during lunch and dinner, drinking water in cabin and during excursions.
  • Passenger liability insurance.

Cruise Package Does Not Include

  • Crew and guide gratuities.
  • Any visa fees.
  • Private transfers.
  • Personal expenses and purchases.
  • All further beverages other than indicated as included.
  • Premium spirits and other services not mentioned under General Inclusions of cruise packages or in the program.
  • Fuel surcharges if any.
  • Medical service.
  • Spa treatments.
  • Telephone expenses.

Embarkation and Disembarkation

Embarkation: 9 a.m. at Ga Wein Jetty (Near Mandalay Karaweik Mobile Hotel, 4.38 miles from Mandalay City Center).

Disembarkation: 9 a.m. at Aye Yar Jetty (Near Aye Yar River View Resort, Old Bagan Pier, 6.25 miles from New Bagan).

Rate Condition

Rates are in US$ per person on double occupancy basis. Private room supplement costs 45% of the double occupancy rate.

High season rates apply for the departure from 1st October through 31st October.

Shoulder season rates apply for departure from 1st Apr through 30th April.

Low season rate applies for departure from 1st June through 30th September.

Extra Bed Rate

Extra bed (limited) is available on special request for all Suites categories on Anawrahta.

Child extra bed: 30% of adult rate per person.
Adult extra bed: 70% of adult rate per person.

Child Policy

  • One child under 12 years old is allowed sharing the existing bedding with adults at 25% of net adult rate per person.
  • Cruise operator will not be responsible for onboard safety of the children. Parents are fully responsible for taking care of their children.

Christmas Eve (24 Dec) and New Year Eve (31 Dec) supplement

US$ 120 surcharge per adult and $ 60 per child.

Life on deck

While the Anawrahta is the perfect stage, the star of the show is the river. Rising early, you make your way to the Sundeck, just as the first rays of gold touch the surface of the Ayeyarwady. A fisherman casts his net, throwing shimmering droplets into the morning light. After enjoying this unforgettable view – and a strong coffee – you are ready to join an open air yoga or Tai Chi class.

You pass all manner of other craft, from simple fishing canoes to boats crowded with fresh produce, household goods, giggling school children.

Villagers come out to wave. Water buffaloes watch you warily. You keep a lookout for the river’s most famous residents, the Ayeyarwady dolphins.

When it’s time for lunch you join your fellow guests in the Hintha Hall dining room, where waiters – who now greet you like an old friend – serve tantalizing dishes from throughout Burma. As you learn about the complex cuisine, you understand more about this nation’s cultural diversity.

Sunset finds you and your friends in the Kipling’s bar enjoying freshly made cocktails – and freshly inspiring views. As the river turns from blue to violet, you understand Rudyard Kipling’s long-ago nostalgia: “If you’ve ‘eard the East a-callin’, you won’t never ‘need naught-else.”

Myanmar Visa

Make sure remaining validity of your passport is minimum 6 months when you return from the trip and that you are not running out of blank visa pages. You need two blank visa pages for each country you travel in this trip. You can apply eVisa online which is the most convenient way of obtaining Myanmar visa.

Booking 

  • 25% Deposit is requested upon confirmation of your booking request.
  • Balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. 
  • Full payment is due upon confirmation if the booking is made within 90-days prior departure.

Cancellation Terms

  • 120 days prior departure-NO FEE.
  • 61-120 days prior departure-25%.
  • 31-60 days prior departure-55%.
  • 30 days prior departure or No show-100%.

Accomodation

Ship Info

anawrahtaBuilt 2015.
Length / Width / Height 65 m.
Beam / Draft 14 m / 0, 9 m.
Gross tonnage 650 tons.
Cruising speed 12 nautical knots.
Electricity 220 Volts.
Capacity / Cabins 46 passengers / 23 cabins.

Safety International safety standard, including smoke and fire alarm system throughout the Ship, emergency lighting systems, emergency communication system, evacuation equipment, Defibrillator (AED) on board, crew is trained on first aid.

DELUXE & DELUXE EXECUTIVE

nawrahta deluxe stateroom twnAnawrahta’s ten beautifully appointed Deluxe and six Deluxe Executive staterooms, all with private balcony, are decorated with original handicrafts, locally-carved wood panels and richly-textured fabrics inspired by the brocade of Burma’s ethnic minority groups. Large windows and serene colors inspire total relaxation. The Deluxe Executive sits on the upper deck while the Deluxe are located on the main deck.

Size: 32 square meters with private balcony.

JUNIOR SUITE

nawrahta junior suite stateroomNamed after some of the most fascinating rivers in Myanmar, Anawrahta offers three Junior Suites: the Kaladan, the Lenya and the Thandi. Combining dark, regal wood with the bright oranges, saffrons and greens of the floral offerings presented at temples, these suites offer a comfortable seating area and a private balcony from which to enjoy the lush beauty of the Ayeyarwady.

Size: 48 square meters / 517 square feet.

EXECUTIVE SUITE

nawrahta executive suite stateroomLocated on the Terrace Deck, each of our two Executive Suites is a spacious 59 square meters/ 635 square feet, including an indoor seating area and a private balcony. Polished wood, locally made brocade and artifacts collected in Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon create a relaxing yet exotic ambiance. These suites are named after of Myanmar’s famous rivers, the Chindwin and the Yangon.

Size: 59 square meters/635 square feet, including 16.5 square meters/177 square feet of balcony space.

ROYAL SUITES

nawrahta royal suite stateroomThe two opulent Royal Suites are named after Anawrahta and his son Kyansitta, considered as two of the most famous monarchs in Burmese history. Equipped with a private terrace and a private Jacuzzi, these stunning suites feature elaborate woodcarvings, fine works of Burmese art, and handmade artifacts commissioned throughout Burma.

Size: 86 square meters / 926 square feet, including a terrace of 29 square meters / 312 square feet balcony with a private Jacuzzi.

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