12-Day Anawrahta Cruise (Exotic Chindwin) – Group Discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 12 Days

tour highlights

  • 11 Nights river cruise along the Chindwin River from Mandalay, Homalin to Bagan
  • Travel around Mandalay and have sightseeing of striking Sagaing Hills as well as Chindwin river confluence
  • Have chance to see demonstration of wearing Longi and making up Ta Na Khar
  • Enjoy a pleasant sailing then pay a visit to Monywa and its famed Thanboddhay Pagoda
  • Take a walk to explore Moktaw
  • a simple country town with its workshops, markets and monastery
  • Cruise to Maukkadaw and view its dramatic teak buildings with the surrounding tropical jungle
  • Visit Sittaung village which was the final resting place of IFC steamers scuppered on the Chindwin River
  • Sail to Homalin
  • a small town closed to the Indian border and see its major highlights
  • Take pleasure in cooking class on board and learn more about the diversity of Burmese cuisine
  • Visit MaharMinkyaung Monastery which is an astonishing mélange of European and Burmese architecture

tour details

This journey brings you to the most popular sites in Burma, with highlights in Mandalay, Homalin and the thousands of majestic temples filling the Bagan plains that you can’t afford to miss. You will learn Myanmar through their language, visit some cave-temple complexes believed to be around 300 years old, attend a special ceremony at the local monastery, make a tour around working elephants of Pyarswal Elephant Camp. Experience the Chindwin River – a beautiful and unspoiled part of the world and traveling here is always an adventure. This itinerary is arranged to get the dramatic landscapes of Myanmar culture.

Join-in tour with departures as per schedule.

Embark the luxurious Anawrahta Cruise at Gawein jetty. After a short Safety Briefing, enjoy a relaxing day's sailing, an ideal way to unwind. After lunch, spacious Spa facilities including Swedish-style sauna and Jacuzzi-style swimming pool await you. Early in the afternoon, there will be a demonstration of Myanmar Traditional Dress and later, a lecture on Myanmar Culture. At night, join Longyi Cocktail Party and take a chance to have some chats with the other guests
Overnight on board.
This morning, you will enter the Chindwin River and sail towards Monywa. Join the cruise guide for a relaxed Burmese language lesson in the Mandalay Lounge. Visit some cave-temple complexes outside the city at Pho Win Taung and Shwe Ba Taung. Believed to be around 300 years old these caves contain many carvings in the sandstone including Buddha images, animals, plants, demons and ogres. There are also many beautiful Konbaung-period murals and paintings. Enjoy sunset along the river passing small villages amid rolling hills.
Overnight on board.
After a short sail, disembark for a morning visit to the typical riverside village of Moktaw to see the traditional way of life. If we are lucky we may witness a special ceremony at the local monastery. Enjoy the scenery as lunch is served and, after Afternoon Tea, join an explanation and demonstration concerning the ancient habit of betelchewing. Tasting is optional! Tonight the ship will moor near Maukkadaw.
Start your day with an early-morning walk through the small village of Maukkadaw. This used to be a busy teak port and we will show you their remaining teak enterprises before visiting the local school and walking through this old village. Back on board there will be another Burmesefor-Beginners language lesson and a Book Review with Burma as it's subject. During the afternoon there will be another lecture, this time looking at Burmese history and current situation. Before dinner there should be the chance to stretch your legs at our destination for tonight, the riverside port of Kalaywa.
This morning, take an hour drive inland to visit the market at Kalemyo, which is the gateway to Chin State and a trade post to India, being less than 80 miles from that border. There will be the opportunity to purchase traditional Chin fabrics and to visit a silk weaving factory. The Chin Hills stand over the town, making a dramatic backdrop on a clear day. Return in time for lunch on board and continue sailing through a wild landscape of forested gorges and rolling hills.
Overnight on board.
Once again, take advantage of the cooler air of morning and visit to see the working elephants of Pyarswal Elephant Camp before making a tour around the town of Mawleik. This used to be the Administrative Capital of the region under the British and many of the Colonial-era houses built by the Bombay-Burma Trading Company still remain. Key to the development of the area was the subject of this afternoon's lecture - the 700 ships of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, the greatest river fleet ever assembled in the world. Next stop is Sittaung.
Overnight on board.
Tiny Sittaung, with its 28 houses and 200 or so inhabitants, is the place for the morning village walk before we sail on northwards. Join the staffs in the Mandalay Lounge and learn how to write your name in beautiful Burmese script before enjoying another delicious buffet lunch. Early in the afternoon, make a second stop for today at Taungdoot, a remote outpost of the Shan people who are far from their usual lands in the east of Myanmar, near to the border with Thailand. Then carry on into the sunset tonight, eventually mooring near Kyaing Kyaing.
Make a morning tour in Homalin before starting downstream voyage including taking in the view from the high vantage point of the Buddha Lotus Garden. Here your guide will explain the significance of the various statues depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha. Return to the ship, you may appreciate the power of the river as the ship sails with the force of the current on your side. During the afternoon, continue the religious theme of the morning with a lecture entitled "Religion in Myanmar".
Overnight on board.
Today you have another opportunity to simply relax, enjoy the passing scenery and enjoy the facilities on board. The ship will take you to the area around Mingkin, an outpost of the Konbaung Kings of Burma and home to some outstanding carved-teak monasteries. Visit one of these at the end of the day, in a small village called Kanywa.
Overnight on board.
This morning, visit the small village of Gyitaung-oo where you can discover wooden monastery that pre-dates the Konbaung Dynasty's foundation in 1752. Moving on to Mingkin town, continue your monastic explorations with a stop at the Maha Min Kyaung Monastery. This was built in 1912 and has an unusual mix of Burmese and European architectural influences, including some Italian stained-glass windows. Sailing on through lunch, stop again early in the afternoon to visit the small town of Kani, home to the "Lord of the White Horse", one of the most famous "Nat Spirits". These are pre-Buddhist, animist spirits which are still honored by many Burmese.
Overnight on board.
Today's morning tour will include a lecture on the subject of your final destination - Bagan, the ruined city of King Anawrahta. The Bagan Period is one of the finest in Burmese history as the newly-unified country converted to Buddhism and set to work in a frenzy of pagoda-building. You will arrive in time to enjoy an orientation tour which will include the magnificent Ananda Temple, the pretty Sulamani Pagoda and ends at one of the 'sunset' pagodas to watch the breathtaking vista of the sun setting over the temple-strewn plain. Tonight the ship moors at Bagan.
Overnight on board.
An early morning tour is available that will take you to the bustling Nyaung-U market and the revered Shwezigon Pagoda. Then you can make a visit to one of the famous lacquerware shops where the fascinating production techniques of this ancient craft will be explained before returning to the ship for a late-morning check-out.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • Accommodation in twin/sharing cabin (or single cabin)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, 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 and baggage handling


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Transfer to and ex boat
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • 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)


Depending on water level, embarkation and disembarkation points can be changed.
    Tour code: ANA11ECMHB

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