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Myanmar River Cruise – Discovering the Chindwin

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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. 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, Kyaukisittan and Shwe Kyaung before continuing to the ship. Once on board a buffet lunch will be served as you sail past the golden temples of Sagaing, followed by a welcome briefing and afternoon tea in the Lounge Bar.

Later gather in the restaurant for a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Day 2

This morning enjoy an introductory lecture about the Myanmar way of life as you cruise towards Monywa.

Later, 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 visit to the teak port of Maukkadaw. Take afternoon tea in the Lounge while Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt treats you to a local history lecture. Dinner is followed by Toh dances on the Sundeck.

Day 5
Kalay / Mawleik

After breakfast take an excursion to Kalay for a glimpse of local life at the lively market. Relax and enjoy the ship’s luxurious facilities this afternoon as you cruise towards Mawleik.

Dinner this evening is a barbecue on shore at Mawleik, with transfers by local tuk tuk.

Day 6
Mawleik / Sitthaung

This morning visit Mawleik town, once the administrative seat of the Bombay Burma Trading Company. Take a local truck transfer to Mawleik elephant camp followed by a historical tour of the town.

Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board. This afternoon your guide will present a lecture on the current situation in Myanmar. Dinner is followed by the release of Shan balloons. Orcaella docks tonight at Sitthaung.

Day 7

Disembark for a morning trek to the rural village of Sitthaung. See the emerald green paddy fields on your way to the village pagoda.

After lunch on board the ship enjoy the views as you sail towards Naung San Kyin, or participate in the discussion of Myanmar religions, culture and traditions in the Lounge.

Day 8
Homalin / Nan Maw Leik

Today’s excursion takes you to Homalin town. Enjoy a riverside walk, the morning market and the Buddha Lotus Garden with its exquisite temple and stunning views.

Spend the afternoon at leisure as you sail to Nan Maw Leik.

Day 9

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you sail through beautiful scenery towards Kyidaung. This morning watch Orcaella’s Executive Chef deliver a cooking demonstration on the sundeck.

In the afternoon, join a walking tour to the quaint village of Kyidaung and visit the Oo monastery.

Day 10
Mingin / Kani

Take a morning tour of Mingin, an important town during the reign of King Mindon, including a visit to the impressive Mahar Minkyaung Monastery.

Return to the ship and continue towards Kani for an afternoon tour. Visit the site of the Nat Shrine and experience a real 'Nat Pwe' paying homage to the Nat of Kani.

Day 11

Enjoy a mid-morning brunch before disembarking for a visit to the exceptional and historically important sites of Bagan, accompanied by our guides.

Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 12

After breakfast transfer to shore to experience the morning market of Nyaung Oo followed by a tour of Bagan’s major temples.

Lunch is taken on shore in a Bagan restaurant. This afternoon there is a choice of activities. Travel to sacred Mount Popa, stopping off at a Toddy Palm plantation on the way, or take a private horse and cart or bicycle tour within the city of Bagan.

Enjoy the evening’s farewell cocktail party and entertainment before your final dinner on board.

Day 13
Bagan / Yangon

Disembark early morning for your return flight to Yangon and onward travel.


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

The rivers of Myanmar vary from season to season, with as much as a 30 foot variance in water level. During the months of January through June, the water levels of the Ayeyarwady may drop for a period of a few weeks to a few months, creating a narrower channel for navigation. During the months of July through October, high water levels may affect the Chindwin River. To accommodate for changes in water levels, the Orcaella may operate on an adjusted itinerary during these periods and our mooring locations may be amended.

Journey with Dr. Justin Watkins – 8/16/2017:
Familiarize yourself with the rich Myanmar language as Dr. Justin Watkins teaches you key written and verbal phrases on this special departure.


Flight from Yangon to Mandalay and Bagan to Yangon; transfer from Mandalay airport to ship and from ship to Bagan airport; cabin accommodations and meals while onboard; local beer, house wine, soft drinks and bottled water with lunch and dinner; fully-qualified resident doctor; and sightseeing as per the itinerary. Junior Suites and Balcony Suites include laundry service and mini bar, Balcony Suites also include one spa treament. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

Airfare except flights from Yangon to Mandalay and Bagan to Yangon; passport and visa expenses; travel insurance; departure taxes; alcoholic beverages not mentioned as included; fees for medical services; items of a personal nature, salon and boutique purchases; optional excursions; optional gratuities at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.

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