Myanmar: Cruising The Chindwin River


Myanmar is still a mysterious country, with remote rivers, jungles and mountains that are almost untouched by travel and tourism. The Chindwin River, the largest tributary of the Irawaddy, flows through one such remote part of Myanmar, inhabited by Nagas, Kachin and other tribal communities.   The river itself rises in Kachin State at the confluence of 4 rivers – the Tanai, the Tabye, the Tawan, and the Taron. High mountain ranges and dense jungle forests make access to the remote Chindwin area extremely difficult and the river serves as the best highway.

This Chindwin area also forms one of the border lands between India and Myanmar, and played an important role during the World War I and II. The towns along the Chindwin were caught up in the warfare between the Japanese Army and the Indian Assam Rifles, as well as soldiers from India fighting for Indian independence from the British.

You will travel up river from Mandalay, visiting small villages, markets, areas occupied by the Japanese during World War 11, villages where jade is mined and people panned for gold, as well as parts of Nagaland that have gone back and forth between Myanmar and India over the years. The trip will end in the remote village of Homalin, where you will catch a flight back to Yangon. Note that depending on the water level and weather, there may be changes in the itinerary and flights.


Land Cost

Starting at



Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive in Yangon. Sunset at Shwedagon and dinner at Le Planteur.

Day 2

Train Ride. Walking tour of colonial buildings. Visit Sule Pagoda, market. National Museum Evening in the night market in Chinatown.

Day 3

Fly to Bagan and explore the area, including cave temple and sunset boat ride on the Irawaddy and home hosted dinner.

Day 4

Fly to Mandalay and enjoy a city tour, particularly of the handicraft workshops and Zeigyo Market. Sunset at Mandalay Hill and Marionette Show.

Day 5

AM bathing of Budhha at Mahamuni Paya. Head out to Amarapura Sagaing Hills, and Ubein Bridge.

Day 6

Transfer to dock at Monywa. Board boat.

Day 7

To Phowin Taung

Day 8


Day 9

Explore Mingkin

Day 10

Explore Mawlaik

Day 11

Explore Sitthaung

Day 12

Explore Toungdoot

Day 13

Dock in Homalin. Transfer to airport and fly back to Yangon. Met and taken to hotel.

Day 14

Transfer for your flight home.