The Chindwin: 7 nights - Upstream
FRC-836120/194222 Irrawaddy
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • One way domestic flight Yangon/Mandalay-Homalin resp Homalin-Yangon/Mandalay
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • On board meals
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes.

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry service
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • All beverages except local mineral water jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers
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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.

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Day 2
Phowin Taung

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

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Day 3
Chindwin River, Myanmar (Burma)

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.

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Day 4
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.

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Day 5
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.

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Day 6
Sithaung, Myanmar (Burma)

With regard to the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, Sithaung is perhaps the most significant destination. Located in the Bhamo District of Myanmar, it was here that the IFC steamers sunk into the Chindwin River in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese. From here, the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched to Tamu, on the Indian border.

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Day 7
Toungdoot, Myanmar (Burma)

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.

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Day 8
Homalin, Myanmar (Burma)

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.

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