VOYAGE UPSTREAM THE CHINDWIN RIVER

  
Code CW17D

Price from £4,295 per person

A beautiful river journey on the Chindwin river from Monywa to Homalin through misty-blue mountains and hidden local villages. The tour continues with a visit to unmissable Bagan and ends in Ngapali Beach for relaxation. Inle lake can certainly be added in for first time visitors.

MANDALAY – MONYWA – PHOWIN TAUNG – MINGKIN – KALEWA – MAWLAIK – YUWA – TOUNGDOOT – HOMALIN – BAGAN – NGAPALI BEACH.

Departure date : 06/10/16, 20/10/16, 03/11/16, 17/11/16, 29/12/16, 12/01/17, 26/01/17, 09/02/17, 07/09/17, 12/10/17, 26/10/17, 09/11/17, 23/11/17, 21/12/17, 04/01/18, 18/01/18, 01/02/18.

Price Includes: Airport transfers, main deck cabin on the RV Kalay or RV Kha Byoo, excursions with English speaking local guides, zone & entrance fees, main meals ( fullboard during cruise and as stated otherwise ), drinks during cruise (locally made soft and alcoholic beverages, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes minerals ), hotels in Mandalay, Monywa, Bagan & Ngapali as specified with daily breakfast, boat ride Pakhoku~Bagan, internal flights Homalin/Monywa, Bagan/Thandwe/Yangon, visa for Myanmar.

Price excludes : International flights into Mandalay and out from Yangon, other meals, laundry, optional visits, tipping and any service not specified.

Price based on 2 persons travelling together and sharing a double/twin room/cabin.
**Upgrade to Owners Suite = £950 per person
***Upgrade to Beach front villa or Village cottage at the Sandoway Resort upon request and subject to surcharge.

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Day 1 DEPARTURE
Fly to Mandalay via Bangkok.

Day 2 MANDALAY (-/-/-) visit asia - tours to asia
On arrival at Mandalay international airport meeting with our representative and transfer to Amazing Mandalay Hotel for overnight. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax.

Day 3 MONYWA (B/L/D)
Transfer from Mandalay with 3 hours driving and embarkation at Monywa at 11.30 am to join the Chindwin cruise operated by mini Pandaws, the RV Kalay ( 5 cabins ) or RV Kha Byoo ( 10 cabins ). We will explore Monywa and time permitting make a quick trip to the Thanbodi Temple with its million Buddha images. visit asia - tours to asia visit asia - tours to asia

Day 4&5 PHOWIN TAUNG (B/L/D)
In the morning, off the boat and board a minibus for a drive to the Phowin Taung Caves to admire beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues in riches. Beyond Monywa we enter the Upper Chindwin. The river narrows and the forested hills fall away to farmland we pass a number of attractive villages like Kanee where we can stretch our legs.

Day 6 MINGKIN (B/L/D)
Mingkin was rediscovered by Paul Strachan in 1987 and described in some details in his book : Travels from the Golden City. It remains for Paul the most historically interesting site in Myanmar (more so than the now spoilt Bagan) with its Konbaung court style teak monasteries sumptuously decorated. Mingkin may be described as the Luang Prabang of the Chindwin.

Day 7 KALEWA – MAWLAIK (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
The gateway town for the Chin State, this morning we explore Kalewa with its markets and quaint wooden architecture. Afternoon explore Mawlaik replaced Kindat as the administrative capital but ironically the Myanma refused to move there from upstream Kindat. It was mainly settled with the company houses of the Scottish owned and run Bombay Myanmarh Trading Corporation in the 1920s and 1930s. There are many splendid ‘Dak Bungalows’ set around a verdant golf course. Mawlaik and the other towns of the Upper Chindwin can only be reached by boat so cars are few. There is a dreamy otherworldly quality to such places and truly one feels that one has travelled there in the Pandaw time machine!.

Day 8 YUWA AND SITTAHAUNG (B/L/D)
We pass the mouth of the Yu River which drains the Kubu valley that provided the route for a Lieutenant Grant to march to the relief of the Manipur garrison when the chief commissioner of Assam was massacred in a local rebellion. Sitthaung was the final resting place of a number of IFC steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese who were a matter of hours behind. We hope to find remains of these ships as we have in the past at Katha on the Irrawaddy. It was from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched out to Tamu on the India border. Pantha was an important oil refinery belonging to the Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers). visit asia - tours to asia

Day 9 TOUNGDOOT (B/L/D)
Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, is an ancient Shan enclave which in British times still had a ruling sawbwa complete with palace and court. It will be interesting to see what has become of the royal family and their home and to see these Shan people so far from their Tai-Shan homelands. On the way to Homalin, the furthest navigable point on the Chindwin for vessels of Pandaw size. Alister McCrae wrote of his visit there 1935 ‘I loved the atmosphere of quiet and peaceful living there. At night I could hear greylag geese as they came in to the flooded land around us from far away north’. Bird in 1897 says little other than that Homalin is the headquarters of a township, but has very litt le trade’. Until we get there and explore the place there is not much we can say!

Day 10 TOUNGDOOT ~ HOMALIN/ MONYWA (B/-/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Sail to Homalin. Disembark and transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay . On arrival check-in at Amazing Mandalay hotel.

Day 11 MANDALAY/BAGAN (B/L/-)
After breakfast car transfer to airport for a short flight to Bagan. On arrival transfer to Areindamar Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Bagan

Day 12 BAGAN (B/L/-)
After breakfast, full day guided tour of Bagan, one of the most important archaeological sites in South East Asia. After a visit to Nyaung Oo Market, continue to the Shwezigon Pagoda, Kyansitthar U Min temple, Wet Kyi Inn Gubyaukgyi and Shwegugyi temples. After lunch, see the Archaeological museum and a lacquer ware factory. Then some further exploration of Bagan’s best known pagodas and temples including Mingalazedi Pagoda and Ananda Temple. Late afternoon horse cart ride in Old Bagan through local villages to Shwesandaw Temple for the marvellous sunset view. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 13 BAGAN – THANDWE (B/-/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Transfer to airport for flight to Thandwe. On arrival transfer ( by hotel ) to The Sandoway Resort in Ngapali beach. 03 nights stay on bed & breakfast to relax and enjoy this unspoiled beach: swim, sunbathe and take in the delights of this beautiful holiday resort.

Day 16 THANDWE/YANGON (B/-/-)
Transfer ( by hotel ) to airport for flight to Yangon. Change to international terminal to board your flight home.

Day 17 ARRIVE HOME

***Note : Programme extendible to Inle Lake. Downstream Chindwin river journey also available, please ring us on 020 8617 3358 to enquire on itinerary & departure dates.