Chindwin River Cruise - A river journey to discover the hidden treasures of Myanmar

starting from $2.621

Chindwin is a river less travelled, and apart from its religious monuments it offers spectacular sceneries as it meanders through beautiful valleys and jungles, lofty blue mountains rising in the distance or towering over towns and villages on the banks.

The cruise begins from Bagan and you will sail the Chindwin up to the Teak town of Mawlaik the turnaround point. You disembark in Monywa from where you will drive to Mandalay. You will visit remote villages and towns with beautiful and whimsical pagodas and monastery probably the most preserved of Myanmar: the ancient cave pagodas of Hpo-Win Daung and Shwebataung with hundreds of Buddha images and paintings; the Sambuddhay pagoda of Monywa, a complex of buildings covered with nearly 600.000 Buddha images.


Ship: RV Paukan 2012
Price: schon ab $2621 (based on 2 travellers)
Start of the trip: 01.09.20
Duration: 10 Nights
  • Private transfer to the ship in Bagan
  • Full board
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Ayravata English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Coffee/Tea/Water
  • Port tax
  • Transfer from the ship in Mandalay
  • Drinks (not mentioned above)
  • Laundry
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Health-accident-baggage or travel protection plan
  • Fuel surcharges (if any)

You have questions? Then please contact us! We will be happy to help you customize your own dream trip.

Day 01 BAGAN – PAKOKKU (26 miles / 42 km) (L, D)

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel at 08:00 for the transfer to the jetty. Board RV Paukan 2007 at 09.00 hrs. We cast off at 09.30 hrs and sail upstream to the Ayeyarwaddy and Chindwin confluence. If time permits we stop in Thein Gone, a typical river village where we visit the school and the monastery. Continue cruising North to the bustling town of Pakkoku where we visit the monastery, cheroots and weaving workshops. We pass the Chindwin and Ayeyarwaddy river confluence and we stop for the night.

Day 02 PAKOKKU – PANKANGYI – AHMYINT VILLAGE - MONYWA (70 miles / 113 km) (B, L, D)

Visit the little town of Pakhan-gyi. This post-Pagan period provincial capital was walled with a moat and originally had a governor¹s palace. We 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 beautiful houses and the lovely the 17th century style Min Kyaw Swa stupas with 18th century style paintings. Arrive Monywa, the Chindwin River largest port, in the early evening.

Day 03 MONYWA (Pho-Win Daung Caves) (B, L, D)

Visit Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings. Late lunch and cast off.

Day 04 MONYWA – KANI (34 miles / 55 km) - KIN (30 miles / 48 Km) (B, L, D)

Late morning explore the village of Kanee and climb the pagoda hillock for its view. Continue sailing upstream until late at night to reach the village of Kani.

Day 05 KIN – MINGIN (Miles 40 / 64 km) (B, L, D)

Early morning we explore Kin village with its beautiful wooden houses and the woodcarvings monastery. Continue sailing upstream to the small enchanting town of Mingin. Explore its temples and 1900’s wooden houses and the Min Kyaung Monastery with old Buddha Images.

Day 06 MINGIN – KYIDAW (1.5 Miles / 2.4 km) - KALEWA (42 miles / 68 km) (B, L, D)

At Kyidaw (Kyi Taung Oo) we 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. We walk through a beautiful scenario of paddy fields to the village of Kan where we visit another splendid example of Myanmar old monastery. Back to the ship by local boat. Proceed upstream up to Kyaw Zin, a village very close to Kalewa, where we stop for the night.

Day 07 KALEWA – MAWLAIK (38 miles / 61 km) (B, L, D)

In the morning we explore Kalewa, the main river port for the trading with India, the lively market and climb up to Shwe Moat Htaw stupa for the beautiful view. Back to the ship before lunch and keep on cruising upstream to Mawlaik.

Day 08 MAWLAIK – Sailing back Downstream (B, L, D)

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 (there is still a small community of Indians that used to work for the Scottish company and their descendents). The governor’s house, the administrative building, the school, the hospital, the “Dak Bungalows”, the headquarter of the company are well preserved, still in use nowadays and nicely maintained.
Being this our turnaround point, we begin sailing back downstream to Monywa.

Day 09 Sailing Downstream for 100 miles (160 km) (B, L, D)

Continue sailing all day downstream. Stop at Kyauk Hlay Gar village, famous for its Petrified Wood, where we visit the school and the typical houses.

Day 10 YANDABO (B, L, D)

In the morning we arrive Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walk stopping at some pot-making workshops and to visit the school and the monastery. We cruise upstream the rest of the day.

Day 11 MANDALAY (disembark) (B)

After breakfast disembark at Gawein Jetty approx. 09:00 am.

PRICES IN US$ PER CABIN VALID FROM 01.09.2020 – 30.09.2020

Single Cabin on Lower Deck
Twin Cabin on Main Deck
Twin/Double cabin on Upper Deck
Suite Bow on Upper Deck
RV Paukan 2012

Is one of the latest boutique style river ship added to Ayravata fleet. It consists in 18 elegant private cabins all attached with a balcony; expect the 2 single cabins, to enjoy the scenery at the Ayeyarwady River. The vessel started to operate in October 2012 and benefits of the latest standards in term of safety measures, with modern facilities. Cabins have their private bathroom with individual air conditioning, decorated in modern and elegant design and proper mattresses for a better comfort. Part of the 18 comfortable cabins, RV Paukan 2012 offers a dining room, a lounge & bar outlet and a solarium at the roof deck for relaxation on board, the best place to observe the breathtaking sunrises on the Ayeyarwady River.


18 with Private Bathroom
Lower Deck

2 Single for Guides/TL 8 SQ MT / 86 SQ FT

Main Deck
8 Deluxe (Twin) with French Balcony 23 SQ MT / 250 SQ FT
Upper Deck

6 Deluxe (Double) with Balcony 25 SQ MT / 270 SQ FT
2 Premier with Balcony (at Bow) 25 SQ MT / 270 SQ FT
2 Single 10 SQ MT / 107 SQ FT

Lounge & Bar
On The Upper Deck (Capacity 16 seats Indoor and 15 Outdoor)
Dining Room
On The Main Deck (Capacity 34 Seats)
On Sun / Roof Deck (Capacity 16 sun chairs)
DE sedimentation and Full Water Treatment – Reverse Osmosis System for the Kitchen

Technical Data

138 Feet (42 Meter)
32.8 Feet (10 Meter)
Design Draft
2.5 Feet (0.76 Meter)
Diesel Engine

2 x 275 hp Cummins Marine / Model NT855-M270

Rudder Propeller Inboard Well Mounted
Design Speed
9 Knotes
Max. Upstream Speed
6 Nautical Miles per Hour (Dry Season)
Max. Downstream Speed
11 Nautical Miles per Hour (Dry Season)
Navigation lights, ships horn, searchlight
Gsm phone, Internal phone system, Tannoy for navigation
2 x 120 kva +1 x 40 kva Cummins/Marathon Marine
Fire Protection
Smoke Detectors, Heat Detectors, Manual alarms stations, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Cabinets, fire pumps
Emergency Lights, Emergency Genset, Life Jackets, Life Rafts


You have the option to hold your booking, subject to the timeframes listed below.

Provided your request to hold your booking occurs as follows:

  • More than 181 days before departure: 45 days
  • Between 180 and 151 days: 30 days
  • Between 150 and 61 days: 15 days
  • Between 60 and 31 days: 7 days
  • Between 30 and 10 days: 2 days


In order to secure your booking, a deposit payment of 30% is required before expiry of your chosen payment period.

In the event that your deposit is not received within the stipulated times, your cabin will be deallocated.


  • Up to 61 days before travel date: 30% of travel costs (deposit amount)
  • 60 to 31 days before travel date: 50% of travel costs
  • 30 days to ‘no show’: 100% of travel costs


Full payment or final settlement by bank transfer must be received 31 days before travel date at the latest. Non-payment may be treated as cancellation, whereupon the above cancellation charges will become payable.


The company reserves the right to cancel any trip up to 60 days before scheduled departure date, including cruises with completed bookings of fewer than TEN PASSENGERS for short river cruises and fewer than TWELVE PASSENGERS for longer river cruises and expedition cruises. A written confirmation will be forwarded to all booked customers and/or their travel companies no later than 60 days before departure date. In the event of our cancellation, an alternative cruise will be offered. If this is unacceptable, all completed payments will be refunded.

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