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Located in Central Burma, on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, is the city of Monywa. It is the largest port on the Chindwin and its bustling docks and market have helped to develop the area into an important trading area for local and Indian products. Monywa offers a gateway from which to access the spectacular Thahboddhay Pagoda complex, which is home to as many as 7,350 statues and 600,000 sacred images. The pagoda’s main stupa is surrounded by 845 smaller images – each of which has been decorated in glass, gild, relief work and a myriad of colours.
Enter the Phowin Taung caves with beautiful mural paintings and iconic Buddha statues
Flowing through Myanmar, the Chindwin River is the largest tributary of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river. It flows a total length of 1,207km, but only 1,000km of this is navigable and requires a specially designed vessel. There are very few roads or cars on the banks of the river, meaning that most communities rely on the Chindwin River for travel and trade.
Located 22 miles from the Indian border is the little town of Mawlaik, which sits on the banks of the Chindwin River. This area was once the British provincial capital and today, many company houses of the Scottish owned Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation from the 1920s and 1930s remain in the town.
This historic site was home to many different sights dating back to around 1942.
Otherwise known as Thaungdut or Hswang-hsup in Tai, Toungdoot is an ancient Shan enclave on the banks of the Chindwin River. During British times, this area was home to a ruling sawbwa complex, complete with a palace and court.
Located close to the Indian border, the western Myanmar town of Homalin is one of the furthest navigable points for vessels along the Chindwin River. It is surrounded by forested mountains, some of which rise to an elevation of 2,700 metres.
Known as Rangoon until 1989, Yangon is the mesmerising capital of Burma, now known as Myanmar. The city's history revolves around the ancient Shwedagon Pagoda, a must-see for all visitors, which is adorned with over five thousand diamonds and thousands more precious stones besides. Other places of interest include the National Museum, Zoological Garden, Wildlife Park in Hlawga and the Peoples Park on Pyay Road.
A Buddhist monarchy ruled Burma throughout the 11th century, followed by the Chinese Mongols and the Shans. During this time, the city was known as Dagon and then Yangon, and it wasn’t until the British came to occupy Burma that the name Rangoon was introduced. However, in 1937 it was declared an independent nation and reverted back to the preferred Yangon 50 years later.
Visit the small village of Makyone Galet and meet the 500 locals that live on this island
Sail to the quaint port Maria and find friendly locals in the surrounding small towns and cities
Head onto cockscomb island for perfect snorkelling opportunities along its blue lagoons.
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