8-Day Pandaw Cruise (The Chindwin-Upstream_Monywa to Homalin (or) Kalewa) – Group Discovery

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • 7 Nights river cruise along the Chindwin River from Monywa to Homalin/Kalewa
  • Learn about the history of Myanmar as you travel through important areas
  • Relax watching the scenery along the way and share the experience with the travellers on board
  • See the stunning Pho win Taung Caves, adorned with beautiful murals and Buddha statues
  • Drink in the tranquility of Myanmar's rural villages

tour details

This cruise brings you to an area not frequently visited. The chindwin river has its origin up in the himalaya and makes its way through the chin state into the ayeyarwaddy river. Along the river journey you will visit villages where life has not change over the past decades. This is a unique opportunity to see remote areas before modernization takes over.

Join in tour with departure on Saturday: Monywa to Homalin from March to November and Monywa to Kalewa from December to February.

Transfer from Mandalay with 3 hours driving and embarkation at Monywa at 11:30 hours to join the cruise. Explore the town and make a trip to the Thanboddhay Pagoda, about 20 Km from Monywa. Visit night market in the evening. Overnight on board.
PO WIN DAUNG: March to November
After breakfast, coach to the Phowin Taung Caves, where you will admire beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues in riches. Beyond Monywa we enter the Upper Chindwin.

PO WIN DAUNG AND KYAUK KA VILLAGE: December to February
Morning Excursion by coach to Phowin Taung where you will visit the Phowin Taung Caves with beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues dating back to the 14th and 18th centuries. In the afternoon, visit the Kyauk Ka Village, famous for the making of black Lacquer. Overnight on board.
CRUISING: March to November
The river narrows and the forested hills fall away to farmland we pass a number of attractive villages like Kanee where you can stretch your legs. Overnight on board.

KANEE: December to February
The river narrows and the forested hills fall away to farmland you pass a number of authentic local villages, including Kanee where you can stretch your legs. Enjoy a morning culinary demonstration by the head chef how to prepare a traditional Burmese Ginger Salad. Arrive in Kanee and take an afternoon walking tour of the village. Overnight on board.
MINGKIN AND KALEWA: March to November
Mingkin was rediscovered by Paul Strachan in 1987 and described in some detail in his book Mandalay: Travels from the Golden City. It remains for Paul the most historically interesting site in Myanmar with its Konbaung court style teak monasteries sumptuously decorated. The gateway town for the Chin State, you will explore Kalewa with its markets and quaint wooden architecture. Overnight on board.

MINGKIN: December to February
Morning cruise up river. After lunch, explore Mingkin, rediscovered by Paul Strachan in 1987 and described in some detail in his book Mandalay: Travels from the Golden City. It remains for Paul the most artistically interesting historic site in Myanmar with its Konbaung court style teak monasteries sumptuously decorated.
MAWLAIK: March to November
Morning explore Mawlaik replaced Kindat as the administrative capital. It was mainly settled with the company houses of the by the Scottish owned and run Bombay Burma Trading Corporation in the 1920s and 1930s. There are many splendid 'Dak Bungalows' set around a verdant golf course. Mawlaik and the other towns of the Upper Chindwin can only be reached by boat so cars can be rarely seen. Overnight on board.

MINGKIN - KALEWA: December to February
Morning walking tour of Mingkin followed by cruise to Kalewa located at the confluence of the Chindwin and the Myittha Rivers, where you will enjoy a walking tour. Kalewa is one of the largest ports on the Chindwin River and an important trans-shipment point for goods going to and coming from nearby India. Overnight on board.
SITTHAUNG: March to November
Sitthaung was the final resting place of a number of IFC steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an 'act of denial' from the advancing Japanese who were a matter of hours behind. Hope to find remains of these ships as we have in the past at Katha on the Irrawaddy. It was from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched out to Tamu on the India border. Pantha was an important oil refinery belonging to the Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers). Overnight on board.

MAWLAIK: December to February
Morning visit to Masein Village and then sail to Mawlaik, the town that replaced Kindat as the administrative capital. It was mainly settled with the company houses of the by the Scottish owned and run Bombay Burma Trading Corporation in the 1920s and 1930s. There are many splendid 'Dak Bungalows' set around a verdant golf course. Mawlaik and the other towns of the Upper Chindwin can only be reached by boat so, cars are rarely seen.
TOUNGDOOT - HOMALIN: March to November
Toungdoot is an ancient Shan enclave which in British times still had a ruling sawbwa complete with palace and court. It will be interesting to see what has become of the royal family and their home and to see these Shan people so far from their Tai-Shan homelands. On the way to Homalin, the atmosphere of quiet and peaceful living. Homalin is the headquarters of a township, but has a very little trade.

MAWLAIK - PYAR SWE ELEPHANT CAMP: December to February
Morning excursion by Tuk Tuk or coach to Bus to view the teak wood forest outside Mawlaik. Continue to the Pyar Swe Elephant Camp, a working camp where the elephants are protected in natural surroundings. Tthen sail to Kalewa. Overnight on board.
HOMALIN: March to November
After breakfast, disembarkation and transfer to Homalin airport.

KALEWA: December to February
Disembark at Kalewa IWT Jetty and explore Kalewa with its markets and quaint wooden architecture. Continue to Kalay Airport for your onward flight to Yangon or Mandalay.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • Domestic Flights Homalin/Kalay
  • Yangon or Homalin/Kalay
  • Mandalay
  • 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 and baggage handling

excludes

Not included are:

  • International flights,
  • No flights included to Monywa/Mandalay for cruise starting in Monywa
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • 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 at bar
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


notes

Important Notes:

Please note that water levels drop dramatically as of December and you might not be able to reach Homalin. You will be well rewarded with alternative excursions. We will be cruising up to Mawlaik and return to Kalewa where you will be flown out to Yangon or Mandalay.

Notes:
Flight from Homalin/Kalay to Yangon/Mandalay and transfers from airport to jetty are included in the cruise package

Homalin
  • Yangon YJ-264 1540-1820/Kalay
  • Yangon K7-227 1615-1845
    Homalin
  • Mandalay YJ-264 1540-1640/Kalay
  • Mandalay K7-227 1615-1705
    Flight timings are subject to change.

    Your transfer Mandalay to the pier in Monywa is included in the cruise package.
  • You will be picked up between 08.00am-08.30am on embarkation day.
  • Mandalay Airport to Monywa (transfer 2.5 hours)
  • Hotels in Mandalay to Monywa (transfer 3 hours)
Tour code: PDW7TCUP

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