Sail the less explored beautiful Chindwin River. Within the itinerary the ship will visit many tribal villages where you can learn about the local people and customs.
mandalay to chindwin confluence
Check in at 12.30pm and settle into your suite. For those guests
arriving on an earlier flight we can arrange a tour of Mandalay.
This will include a visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery
and lastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein). As we
sail 87 miles along the Chindwin towards Homalin, you'll have the
chance to get a true insight into Myanmar thanks to on-board talks
on traditions such as the local dress, thanaka make-up (the
cosmetic technique used to protect skin from the hot sun) as well
as see cookery demonstrations and history lessons. After years of
being oppressed by its political regime, this is an exciting,
eye-opening time to learn about Myanmar's fascinating culture from
the country's own people.
Early evening, we'll drop anchor mid-river near where the
Chindwin meets the great Ayeyarwady, and this is where we'll dock
for the night.
yesago to monywa
In Yesagyo, we'll visit the town's colourful market stalls and
also the great Thathanamita monastery, where there are around 1,000
monks still living and learning. Visit Monywa and appreciate
what's so very special about this cruise northwest of Mandalay: we
take you to unspoiled scenery that rarely gets exposed to tourists.
After exploring the city, a coach will transport you to a truly
spectacular part of the world: the intricately decorated golden
Thanboddhay Pagoda. It is truly staggering with its hundreds of
crumbling stupas and almost half a million images of Buddha located
in the niches around the inner wall. Next you'll visit Bodhi
Tataung where you can see (and go into) the two enormous Buddha
statues -the one reclining is about 333 foot long, and the other
stands at a record height of 424 feet.
It's back to the boat about 6.30pm in time for a beautiful
dinner on board.
mawleik to sitthaung
Travelling 40 miles to Mawleik in the morning, we'll aim to
get there around 8am. Once the main hub of Bombay Burma
Trading Company, Mawleik is rich in colonial charm, and
somewhere that very few tourists get to see in person. Our
excursion will also let you experience an authentic working
elephant camp just outside of town. Enjoy tea in
the panoramic lounge as we sail north towards the
thatched homes of our next rural village stop,
Sitthaung. We'll drop anchor here at 4pm leaving you
to explore Sitthaung, the final resting place
of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers; scuppered here in
1942 as an 'act of denial' from the advancing Japanese, it was
from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched
out to Tamu on the India border.
pakokku to bagan
In Pakokku, visit the local market and see cotton-blanket
weavers, traditional cheroot makers and a shoe factory. Later the
boat docks at Bagan and you travel by bus to the awe-inspiring
Ananda Temple. The finale is a magical sunset at Pyathatgyi
As the sun sets behind the hills the pastel dusk light on
the pagodas creates a scene that is utterly mesmeric and soul
stirring. It's then back to the Ananda for a special dinner to
end thisremarkable river cruise.