11-Day RV Paukan Cruise_Grand Voyage of the Chindwin River: Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 11 Days

English    Bagan, Pakokku, Monywa, Kalewa, Yandabo, Mandalay

tour highlights

  • 10-night sailing on the luxurious Paukan Cruise from Bagan to Mandalay
  • Visiting the unexplored riverside villages along the Chindwin river
  • Sightseeing in Monywa with visit to its famous religious sites
  • Exploring the historic and important port centres of Kalewa and Mawleik
  • Sightseeing in the old colonial districts to recall the memory of Burmese old days
  • Exploring the pottery village of Yandabo to learn the pottery-making process on first-hand
  • Enjoying luxurious on-board facilities and activities

tour details

Chindwin river is rarely-explored by tourists to Myanmar and it offers spectacular sceneries as It meanders through beautiful valleys and jungles. During this tour, you are going to experience the luxurious river cruise, starting from the legendary old Bagan and stopping by the historic hidden destinations like Pakokku, Monywa, Mingkin, Kalewa and Mawlaik, which will eventually end in the rich-cultural city of Mandalay.

Join In tour with departure on Friday.

Check-in time is at 09:00 hours at Koe Lone Ye Kin jetty and sail upstream to the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin confluence. If time permits, stop in Thein Gone, a typical river village where you will visit the school and monastery. Continue cruising north to the bustling town of Pakokku to visit the monastery, cheroots and weaving workshops. Return back to the ship and continue sailing.

Overnight on board
Visit the little town of Pakhan Gyi. This post-Pagan period provincial capital was walled with a moat and originally had a governor's palace. You will see the old walls; visit the museum and a spectacular 19th century wood carved monastery. Continue cruising to Ahmyint village and visit the local market, see the beautiful houses and the lovely 17th century styled Min Kyaw Swa stupas with 18th century styled paintings. Arrive at Monywa, the largest port on Chindwin river, in the early evening.

Overnight on board
Visit Pho Win Taung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings. Late lunch and cast off.

Overnight on board
After breakfast, explore the village of Kanee and climb the pagoda hillock for its view. Back to the ship for Lunch. Continue sailing upstream until late at night and arrive in Kin village.

Overnight on board
In the early morning, wander in Kin village with its beautiful wooden houses and the woodcarvings monastery. In the afternoon, arrive at the small enchanting town of Mingkin where you explore the beautiful temples, 1900's wooden houses and the Min Kyaung Monastery with old Buddha Images.

Overnight on board
At Kyidaw (Kyi Taung Oo), visit Shwe Za War Yaw monastery one of the oldest and best preserved wood carved monastery of Myanmar, embellished with wooden sculpted idols with fascinating gold leaf wall decorations. Walk through a beautiful scenario of paddy fields to the village of Kan. Here you will visit another splendid example of Myanmar old monastery. Afterwards, return to the ship by local boat. Proceed upstream to Kyaw Zin, a village very close to Kalewa for overnight stop.

Overnight on board
In the morning, start your excursion at Kalewa, the main river port for the trading with India. Explore the lively market and climb up to Shwe Moat Htaw pagoda for the beautiful panoramic view. Back to the ship before lunch and keep on cruising upstream to Mawlaik.
Overnight on board
Mawlaik (situated 35 km from the Indian Border) was the administrative capital of this area rich of Teak forests. It is a pleasant colonial town with its golf course surrounded by splendid colonial houses built by the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation in the 1920's and 1930's. The governor's house, the administrative building, school, hospital, the "Dak Bungalows", company headquarter are well preserved, still in use nowadays and nicely maintained. Back on board and sail back downstream to Monywa.
Overnight on board
Continue sailing all day downstream. Stop at a typical river village, famous for its Petrified wood. Take your chance to visit the school and the typical village houses.

Overnight on board
In the morning, stop at Yandabo, a picturesque river village specializing in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb 24, 1826. Explore the village stopping to some pot-making workshops to learn their unique production technique and visit the monastery. Back to the ship for lunch and sail all day.

Overnight on board
After breakfast, the client disembark at Gawein jetty around 09:00 hours.


  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Tours with English-speaking on board guide (all tours are join-in)
  • Service charges, room tax


  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Transfer to and ex boat
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Fuel surcharges if applicable
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13
  • 17 April
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


  • The Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers are subject to seasonal rises and falls of water level. In such events, all schedules and itineraries may be subject to alterations and delays at short notice.
  • Due to water level, speed boat may be used for transfer from ship to the Jetty. Lunch box provide by the ship.
Tour code: PKBUAGVCA

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