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Discovering The Chindwin River

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Orcaella
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Join the Orcaella on this exclusive cruise across the enchanting country of Myanmar. Discover all the secret unexplored gems of its remote northwest region, close to the Indian border and Nagaland, for a complete and unique experience. Full of unspoiled beaches and ancient architectural sites, this interesting voyage has a taste of everything. This leisurely cruise follows the Chindwin River through rugged and dramatic scenery, stopping at rural villages and remote monasteries. Discover a Myanmar few have experienced.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Mandalay | Embark
Day 2 : Monywa
Day 3 : Moktaw
Day 4 : Maukkadaw
Day 5 : Kalay | Mawleik
Day 6 : Mawleik
Day 7 : Sitthaung
Day 8 : Homalin | Nan Maw Leik
Day 9 : Kyidaung
Day 10 : Mingin | Kani
Days 11-12 : Bagan
Day 13 : Bagan | Disembark | Yangon

Highlights

  • Journey overland to Monywa and the colorful Thanboddhay Pagoda
  • Witness an incredible Buddhist initiation ceremony at Mokehtaw
  • Enjoy a tuk tuk excursion to the Buddha Lotus Garden in Homalin
  • Tour Mingun and the Mahar Min Kyaung Monastery

Ship

Orcaella

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A local fisherman in the shallows of Burma Shwezigon Paya temple, Bagan A local woman with thanaka paste on face farms for rice Thai elephant playing in the water Grains and Spices at the market

Day 1 Mandalay | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Mandalay and enjoy a sightseeing transfer to the ship. Observe the revered Mahamuni Temple, Kyaukisittan, and Shwe Kyaung before arriving. Once on board a buffet lunch is served as you sail past the golden temples of Sagaing, followed by a welcome briefing and afternoon tea in the lounge bar. Join the crew in the restaurant for a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Day 2 Monywa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning enjoy an introductory lecture about the Myanmar way of life as you cruise towards Monywa. Later visit the colorful Thanboddhay Pagoda at Monywa. Complete the tour with a photo opportunity at the magnificent 424-foot standing Buddha at Bodhi Tataung.

Day 3 Moktaw

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast alight for a walking tour of the traditional farming village of Moktaw. Witness an important rite of passage in Myanmar, the novice initiation ceremony, at the Moktaw monastery. Spend a leisurely afternoon on board before a longyi cocktail party and after dinner entertainment.

Day 4 Maukkadaw

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark for an early morning visit to the ‘Teak Port’ of Maukkadaw before returning to the ship for brunch. This afternoon 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Mawleik town, once the adminstrative 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 presents a lecture on the current situation in Myanmar. Dinner is followed by the release of Shan balloons. Orcaeilla docks tonight at Sitthaung.

Day 7 Sitthaung

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 Kyidaung

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 11-12 Bagan

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy a mid-morning brunch before disembarking for a visit to the exceptional and historically important sites of Bagan, accompanied by your guides.

On day 12, transfer to shore after breakfast 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 | Disembark | Yangon

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

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Notes

Rates Include:
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch, and table d'hôte dinner - both eastern and western choices available
  • Complimentary soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and free flow house wine (local and international) with lunch and dinner
  • Internal flights within Myanmar included between Yangon and ship, as per itinerary
  • Fully-qualified resident doctor
  • All sightseeing, as per itinerary
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