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Myanmar River Cruise – Discovering the Chindwin

Southeast Asia River Cruise

  • Orcaella
  • River Boat
  • 50 Capacity
  • 12 Days
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  • Price from
  • $999,999,999

Summary : Explore tiny villages and rugged scenery as you venture through a rarely-seen part of the country on board the Orcaella. Visit Mandalay city for a look at the revered Mahamuni Temple and the Kuthadaw Pagoda. Witness the magnificent 424 ft golden Standing Buddha at Bodhi Tataung. Experience a Noviciation Ceremony at Moktaw’s Monastery, a very important moment for Myanmar boys. Take a tuk tuk ride to the Buddha Lotus Garden and its famous Pagoda on this trip of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture


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Day 1
Yangon / Mandalay, Myanmar

Arrive in Mandalay after an included flight from Yangon and visit the revered Mahamuni Temple and the Kuthadaw Pagoda before continuing to the ship mooring at Shwe Kyet Yet village. Enjoy a welcome cocktail party on the upper deck in the evening with an introduction to the ship’s crew. Watch the sunset over the Chindwin after dinner.

Day 2

Disembark and visit Monywa and the colorful, carnivalesque Thanboddhay Pagoda. Continue on to Bodhi Tataung and witness its magnificent 424 ft golden Standing Buddha.

Day 3

Explore Moktaw on foot with a visit to the monastery and the Shwe Moktaw Buddha. Witness a traditional Noviciation Ceremony at the monastery, a very important moment for Myanmar boys.

Day 4

Disembark early morning for a 'tea-shop' experience in Maukkadaw and a visit to the local school. Enjoy lunch aboard while relishing the amazing scenery as you pass through jungle clad gorges.

Day 5
Kalay / Mawleik

Leave early morning for an excursion by local bus to the town Kalay, the trade gateway to India. Continue to Mawleik to explore this historically important town. Take a local tuk tuk truck ride and drive past the remnants of the old wooden colonial houses.

Day 6
On the River

Relax with a full day of sailing. Listen to talks on Myanmar culture with afternoon tea offered in the bar in the afternoon.

Day 7

Disembark for an early morning trek through the rural village of Sittaung. Spend the afternoon at leisure while sailing towards Homalin.

Day 8

Arrive at the bustling town of Homalin. Disembark for an excursion by local tuk tuk to the Buddha Lotus Garden and the most famous Pagoda in the area. In the evening, return to Homalin for special local entertainment.

Day 9
On the River

Enjoy a day at leisure on board while watching life on the Chindwin River roll by.

Day 10
Mingin / Kani

Take a morning tour to Mingin, a very important town during the reign of King Mindon, including a visit to the impressive Mahar Minkyaung Monastery. Continue your visit to Kyidaung Village and Kyidaung Oo Monastery, with a special welcome from local villagers. Return to the ship to continue sailing towards Kani. Visit the site of the Nat Shrine and experience a real 'Nat Pwe' paying homage to the Nat of Kani.

Day 11

Arrive this afternoon in the ancient capital Bagan. Disembark for a visit to important historical sites with experienced guides. Witness the sun setting over the marvelous Bagan plain and enjoy a farewell cocktail party on board with special local entertainment.

Day 12
Bagan / Yangon

Transfer to Bagan airport for your flight to Yangon.


This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Flight from Yangon to Mandalay and Bagan to Yangon; transfer from Mandalay airport to ship and from ship to Bagan airport; cabin accommodations; most guided excursions; all meals while onboard; local beer, tea, coffee, soft drinks and bottled water; Junior Suites and Balcony Suites include laundry service and mini bar; Balcony Suites also include a bottle of champagne on arrival and one massage.

Not Included:
Airfare except flights from Yangon to Mandalay and Bagan to Yangon; passport and visa expenses; travel insurance; departure taxes; alcoholic beverages (except local beer); fees for medical services; items of a personal nature such as laundry (unless in Junior or Balcony Suite), salon and boutique purchases; optional excursions; optional gratuities at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.