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
  • Sightseeing the ancient capitals of Mandalay and Bagan
  • Exploring the remote villages along the Ayeyarwaddy river and observe their typical ways of life
  • Participate in the traditional event of Naga tribe and get inspired by their beautiful culture
  • Mini golf course in the colonial-influenced town, Mawlaik
  • Sightseeing in Monywa with visit to Pho Win Taung and Shwe Ba Taung
  • Relax watching the scenery along the way and share the experience with the travellers on board

tour details

Anawrahta cruise is a charming cruising luxury boutique hotel. This luxury cruise ship gives you comfort, experience and a wonderful home to explore stunning sites in central Myanmar. Start your journey from Mandalay, cruising all the way down to visit Bagan, an old city filled with historic pagodas and temples. This tour will offer a unique opportunity to mingle with the friendly rural people and learn their daily lifestyle. Participating in the cultural festival of Naga people will be the highlight of this 11-night river journey. Also, explore the colonial town of Mawlaik where you will enjoy a mini golf course with your fellow passengers.

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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.
An early morning yoga session will be held on the sundeck before morning excursion takes you to the historical village of A Myint, which endured almost all of Myanmar's dynasties. Explore the village life and their ancient pagodas built in 11-13 AD. Back on board, sail a short distance to Monywa while lunch is served on board. Visit the spectacular styled Thanboddhay Pagoda with over 500,000 Buddha images and hundreds of golden spires. Further down the road is the second tallest Buddha statue in the world, measuring 116 meters. It's located behind a tremendous religious site with Bodhi trees, housing hundreds of sitting images and a huge lying Buddha. The whole interior features depictions of Buddhist teachings on several floors. Back on board, continue sailing up the river. Enjoy BBQ dinner and "Yamayana" dance performance on the sundeck.
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 you are lucky, you might witness a special ceremony at the local monastery. In the evening, dress up in style for a special even of British Club gathering at the Kipling's Bar.
Overnight on board.
Start your day with an early-morning walk through the small village of Maukkadaw. This used to be a busy teak port and you will see the remaining teak enterprises before visiting the local school and walking through this old village. Back on board, there will be another Burmese for-Beginners language lesson. Before dinner, there should be a chance to stretch your legs at the riverside port of Kalewa.
Overnight on board.
This morning, take a tour around Kalewa by local tuk tuk. Visit the Pagoda on a hill top to have a vast view over the whole town and Chindwin River. Proceed to local market afterwards to do some shopping where you can practice your Burmese language skills during a market rally.
Overnight on board.
Join a lecture by the cruise guide or relax on the sundeck watching the passing sceneries of jungled cladded gorges. In the afternoon, arrive in the small Sittaung village, with its 28 houses and only 200 inhabitants. You will be led to the ships of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company (the greatest river fleet that was ever assembled worldwide). Many of these were sunk by the retreating British in 1942; rather than leaving them for the advancing Japanese Army. Back on board, keep sailing upstream and afternoon tea will be served at the Kipling's Bar.
Overnight on board.
After breakfast, you can join a demonstration about the ancient habit of betel-chewing as well as smoking cheroots cigars. (Tasting is optional) On your afternoon excursion, visit the town Homalin, the end of the 400 navigable miles on the Chindwin river. Here you will take a tour of the stunning views from the high vantage point of the Buddha Lotus Garden before starting downstream voyage. On the way back from this view point, you have a great chance to visit the village of the Naga tribe; one of Myanmar's minorities that still have their own lovely culture and customs. Join their traditional tribal dance and taste the local cuisines.
Overnight on board.
Today you have another opportunity to simply relax, enjoy the surrounding scenery and the rich facilities on board. In the late morning, there will be a cooking demonstration by the Executive Chef. In the afternoon, a presentation about "Buddhism in Myanmar" will be lectured and a BBQ dinner will be served together with an entertaining performance. Anawrahta will moor near Mawlaik.
Overnight on board.
Mawlaik has been used as the administrative capital of the British and many of the colonial-era house built by the Bombay-Burma Trading Company still remain nowadays. Visit the post office, former British administrative buildings, the house of a former British commissioner, and the Mawlaik Golf Course which was built in the old colonial times. The tour ends with fun mini golf match at the greens of the Mawlaik Golf Course. Afterwards, return to the ship and enjoy lunch on board. If time permits, you will get a chance to visit the small village of Kyi Taung Oo where you can discover the only surviving (and still-working) wooden monastery that pre-dates the Konbaung Dynasty's Foundation in 1752.
Overnight on board.
This morning, enjoy your time absorbing the river scenery and relaxing on board. The afternoon excursion will take you on a 45 minutes' bus ride to Pho Win Taung to discover the cave-temple complexes outside of the city and the Shwe Ba Taung mountains. The caves are believed to be around 500-years-old containing many sandstone carvings of Buddha images, animals, plants, demons and ogres. In the evening, a group will perform a "Puppet Show" on board in the lounge.
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 Shwe San Daw Temple and ends at one of the 'sunset' pagodas to watch the breathtaking vista of the sun setting over the temple-strewn plain.
Overnight on board.
Bid farewell to the crew and the fellow passengers after breakfast and disembark for your onward journey.


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)
  • Naga festival and village fund
  • 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)



Please kindly note that although it is our intention to operate the proposed itinerary as outlined above, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes of the program that might be necessary as a result of weather conditions, alterations to cruise schedules or other operational factors.
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