Chindwin & The Upper Irrawaddy
FRC-836147/834937 Irrawaddy
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Luxury onboard accommodation
  • Onboard enrichment activities
  • Onboard entertainment
  • All scheduled excursions
  • Cultural performances
  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • Selected alcoholic beverages
  • All gratuities
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Welcome cocktail party
  • One way domestic flight Kalewa-Mandalay

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Overseas transfers
  • Land transfers
  • Pre and post-cruise extensions
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry concierge
  • Premium drinks
  • Single supplements
Day 1
Monywa, Myanmar (Burma)

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.

Day 2
Phowin Taung

Enter the Phowin Taung caves with beautiful mural paintings and iconic Buddha statues 

Day 3
Kani, Myanmar (Burma)

The village of Kani is located at a point on the Lower Chindwin River where the river widens. Surrounded by farmland, this interesting Myanmar village is home to many landmarks including Pagoda hillock, where a short climb will provide you with mesmerising views. Alternatively, you can catch a glimpse of the Nat dancers.

Day 4
Mingkin, Irrawaddy

The town of Mingkin is often described as the Luang Prabang of the Chindwin River, thanks to its court style teak monasteries. Mingkin is also home to the oldest wooden monastery in Burma.

Day 5
Kalewa, Myanmar (Burma)

As one of the main ports on the Chindwin River, Kalewa is a significant Burmese hub for trade with India – located just 40 miles away. It is home to a vibrant and colourful market and is located close to the town of Kalayemo.

Day 6
Mawlaik, Myanmar (Burma)

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.

Day 8
Kalewa, Myanmar (Burma)

As one of the main ports on the Chindwin River, Kalewa is a significant Burmese hub for trade with India – located just 40 miles away. It is home to a vibrant and colourful market and is located close to the town of Kalayemo.

Day 9
Kyaukmyaung, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated in the Sagaing Division of Myanmar is the town of Kyakmyaung, which is located 46 miles north of Mandalay on the west bank of the Irrawaddy River. This town is particularly famous for the manufacture of large glazed earthenware pots, which are otherwise known as Martaban jars.

Day 10
Khanyat, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated in central Myanmar, on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, north of Mandalay, is Khanyat. During your time here, you will be able to visit a Buddhist orphanage as well as the grave of an English officer, who was assassinated during the Pacification of Burma in 1887.

Day 11
Katha, Myanmar (Burma)

The city of Katha is located in the Kachin State of Myanmar and was part of the Sagaing Division. Upon claiming independence from the UK in 1948, Burma became Myanmar, but many British inspired landmarks remain in the city including George Orwell’s former home and the British Club.

Day 12
Kyun Daw, Myanmar (Burma)

Located in the Mingin township of Myanmar is the village of Kyun Daw, where you will be able to gain an unparalleled insight into village life by visiting the buildings that make up the local community.

Day 13
Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated in the Irrawaddy Division, the Irrawaddy Delta is the lowest expanse of land in Burma, spreading over an area of land due to the limit of tidal influence. This area is densely populated and the rich alluvial soil plays a key role in the cultivation of rice. This area is also home to a number of significant Burmese cities and islands.

Day 14
Tagaung, Myanmar (Burma)

Located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar is the town of Tagaung. It dates back to the early Christian era and has links with the ancient Pyu culture. Ruined fort walls and traces of a moat are the only recognisable remnants of this site. Due to the development of a new town in the area, very little excavation could take place except for what had already been discovered during the 1960’s.

Day 15
Mingun, Myanmar (Burma)

The fascinating Myanmar town of Mingun is located roughly an hour away from the city of Mandalay via the Irrawaddy River. One of the main attractions in the town is the Mingun Pathodawgyi, a monumental, yet incomplete stupa. It was built for King Bodawpaya in 1790, but the structure was never finished, after an astrologer claimed that upon completion, the king would die. Had it been completed, it would have been the largest stupa in the world. What was built remains standing today, albeit with huge cracks, which were formed following an earthquake in 1839. Other landmarks in the town include the world’s largest uncracked bell and the white pagoda of Hsinbyume Paya.

Day 16
Ava, Myanmar (Burma)

Also known as In-wa, Ava was once the ancient capital of Myanmar. This city is located on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River and 13 miles southwest of Mandalay. The only bridge across the Irrawaddy links Ava with the town of Sagaing, which is home to some of Myanmar’s many magnificent pagodas. Originally founded by King Thado Minbya as his capital in 1364, the city was so significant that, for a short period of time, Myanmar as a whole was referred to as In-wa by early travellers. Unique landmarks within the city include the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery and Mae Nu Oak Kyaung, which represent some of the finest examples of Myanmar masonry, art and architecture.

Day 17
Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Without question, Bagan is one of Myanmar’s most spectacular temple cities. This spectacular city, located on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River – 90 miles southwest of Mandalay, is home to thousands of temples and pagodas. Founded in 1058, this archaeological zone was once home to 5,000 temples, although a few thousand of these no longer remain. Within this zone, there are many ancient Buddhist shrines and the beautiful golden pagoda of the Shwe Zigon Temple. Built by King Anawratha, the Shwe Zigon pagoda resembles a terraced golden pyramid and is topped by a golden umbrella, which holds many encrusted jewels.

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