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10 Night Mandalay - Homalin - Bagan Cruise Ananda


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Day 1

mandalay to chindwin confluence

Optional morning tour of Mandalay before a noontime check-in followed by lunch.

The afternoon is spent discovering the delights of Ananda, your home  for the next ten nights and enjoying the cruise along the Chindwin, the Ayeryarwady's main tributary, sailing by local villages, paddy fields and distant pagodas.

Welcome cocktails on the riverbank before dinner.


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Day 2

chindwin confluence to monywa

Our ship sets sail from the Chindwin Confluence to Monywa, stopping at Yesagyo, a charming market town along the way. 

After lunch there is a sightseeing tour of Monywa and its famed Thanboddhay Pagoda, the walls of which are covered with thousands of Buddha images - and then onto Bodithaung Pagoda which houses the largest Buddha statue in Myanmar - it's 100 metres long and 27 metres high.

Return to the ship for cocktails and dinner


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Day 3

monywa to maukkdaw

This morning's cruise takes guests to the simple country town of Moktaw which you can explore on foot, visiting its workshops, markets and monastery. Rejoin the ship for the cruise to Maukkadaw where you have the chance to relax, learn a little more about Burmese traditions and history from demonstrations and a lecture on World War II and the country.

Dinner on board.


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Day 4

maukkdaw to kalewa

After breakfast arrive at Maukkdaw, a famous teak port. You can explore the town and its stunning teak buildings made even more exotic by the tropical jungle that surrounds it.  The cruise continues after lunch through the lush Chindwin gorges, thick jungle and tiny riverside villages in what looks to be like a land that time forgot. 

Relax on board or listen to a lecture on the history of the Burmese Chindits, a special allied force in operation during the Second World War, followed by dinner on board.


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Day 5

Kalewa to mawleik

Continue your cruise to Kalewa and Mawleik. The former is a charming old-fashioned town and you will have time to stroll through and explore it, while Mawleik was once the administrative centre of the Bombay Burmah Trading Company, and is still a lively town with a vibrant market and some wonderful old colonial buildings. The Chin Hills which provide the backdrop extend all the way up to the Indian border. This is a part of Myanmar that few tourists see and is a real highlight on your itinerary.

Dinner on board.


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Day 6

mawleik to sittaung

Relax on board as we sail for the town of Sittaung through some of the most remote parts of the Chin Province and jungle. On arrival you can explore this little town or take an optional jungle trek, while on board learn about the tastes and flavours of Myanmar from a cookery demonstration.

Dinner on Board.


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Day 7

HOMALIN

Sail from Sittaung to Homalin, a small town close to the Indian border.  It is where the Uyu, a tributary of the Chindwin, flows into the main river and where you can see it change colour as the sand in it carried gold particles and some small gold nuggets. Locals can be seen panning the river in the hope of finding gold. Visit the Buddha Lotus Garden and the market while exploring the town.

Dinner on board.


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Day 8

mingin

The Homalin market is at its liveliest in the early mornings, so early risers can take a stroll through it as the town comes to lifeā€¦ after which it's back on board for a leisurely day cruise down the Chindwin towards Mingin and Kani. 

This evening enjoy a cocktail and a mini BBQ on the riverbank.


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Day 9

mingin to kani

On arrival at Mingin a must-see is a visit to the Mahar Minkyaung Monastery, an extraordinary melange of European and Burmese architecture in particular the Italian glass used in the windows.  Here you can see the Shwe Sagar Buddha which was one of ten carved from a single trunk of wood almost a thousand years ago.  Carry on to Kyidaung, a typical riverside village and the best place to see local life.

Overnight at Kani and visit the shrine of the Lord of the White Horse nat.


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Day 10

kani to pakangyi to bagan

After breakfast join the excursion to Po Win Taung caves and the Shwe Ba Taung complex where some 492 Buddha sandstone chambers are carved into the hillside - an extraordinary feat and one of the highlights of the trip.

Return to the ship for the cruise to Bagan, stopping along the way at Pakakgyi to visit the Kaung Taw Gyi Monastery and Sithushin Pagoda. Arrive in Bagan in time for one of its spectacular sunsets. Dinner on board.


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Day 11

bagan

After breakfast check-out and disembark. Optional tours of the temples of Bagan, Minanthu village and Thone Zu Pagoda (at an additional charge).