Itinerary Chindwin EXPEDITION
on board RV Thurgau Exotic
15 days on the Chindwin and Irrawaddy rivers with 1 night in Rangoon
BAGAN – PHAUNGBYIN - MANDALAY
Day 1 Rangoon
Arrive in Yangon international airprot and transfer to our 4-star Hotel.This afternoon we offer a city tour which includes a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the landmark of the former Burmese capital, and to the Scott Market with its huge variety of stalls. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 2 Rangoon – Bagan
After breakfast check out from hotel and fly to Bagan to embark the RV Thurgau Exotic. This historic former imperial capital, with its 3000-plus brick-built Buddhist monuments, is one of the major archaeological sites in South East Asia. A coach tour takes us to some of the most important temples and pagodas. This evening there is the Welcome Cocktail and a traditional puppet show on board.
Day 3 Bagan
Further visits to Bagan including a visit to a traditional lacquer workshop. At noon cast off from Bagan and cruise the Irrawaddy river upstream. In the afternoon there is a demonstration on board of traditional Burmese dance.
Day 4 Chindwin - Monywa
Enjoy our passage through the grandiose lower reaches of the Chindwin. On board there is a presentation of Burmese customs and traditions. In the late afternoon we arrive in Monywa, an important trade centre on the Chindwin. Here we offer an excurison by coach through the surrounding countryside to the spectacular Thanbodi Temple.
Day 5 Monywa
Today we visit the Phowin Taung Caves with their impressive wall-paintings and their statues of Buddha dating from the 16th – 18th Century. We also tour the lively port city of Monywa before continuing our cruise during the afternoon.
Day 6 Kani
This morning we take a stroll through the picturesque village of Kani. We climb the pagoda hill, which offers an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. During the afternoon we cruise through the narrow upper reaches of the Chindwin. Lecture on board.
Day 7 Mingkin
We visit the two villages of Kan and Kyi Taung Oo in the district of Mingkin. With its teak monasteries Mingkin is a very interesting places in terms of art history. The monasteries are richly decorated with fine carvings and gilded wall-paintings.
Day 8 Kalewa – Masein
This morning we offer a guided walk in Kalewa, an important location for trade with India. The walk allows time at the lively local market. We then cruise upstream past Masein, with its many small pagodas set on a hill, and through some attractive countryside, characterised by hills and evergreen forests.
Day 9 Mawleik
We take a rickshaw ride through the town to the colonial-style Town Hall. Many of the buildings dating from the colonial era still remain here, as Malweik was once the administrative centre for the Upper Chindwin region.
Day 10 Phaungbyin – Kindat (start of our cruise downstream)
We cruise upstream throughout most of the day to arrive in the small town Phaungbyin, where we again offer a guided walk. There is also a walking tour of the attractive village of Kindat.
Day 11 Gazet
We spend the morning cruising downstream through spectacular countryside and perhaps listening to an on-board lecture. During the afternoon there is a walking tour through a typical riverside village to enjoiy its excellent local hospitality.
Day 12 Amyint
This morning we tie up in the village of Amyint to walk to the impressive 17th Century Min Kyaw Swa Stupa. We then cruise through the lower reaches of the Chindwin to its confluence with the Irrawaddy.
Day 14 Cruise
Enjoy the day on board with cruise on the Irrawaddy river upstream.
Day 13 Sagaing - Amarapura
This morning there is a coach tour to the lovely Sagaing-Hills, a centre of Buddhist learning and meditation. We visit the 14th Century Sun-U-Ponnya-Shin Pagoda, plus a monastery and a silversmith. In the afternoon continue to Amarapura, where we admire the world’s longest teak bridge – the U Bein Bridge. Visit to a cotton and silk weaver’s workshop in Amarapura. This evening there is a demonstration on board of traditional Burmese dance.
Day 15 Mandalay
Mandalay is the last legendary capital of the former Kingdom of Burma. Our city tour takes us to a series of craft workshops and a centre for gold leaf production. Visit to the famous Mahamuni Pagoda with one of the most admired Buddha images of the country and stop at the Central Makret. During the afternoon we visit the teak monastery of Shwenandaw Kyaung as well as a stone-carving, wood-carving and embroidery work shop. The evening includes a Farewell Cocktail on board.
Day 16 Mandalay – Rangoon – Bangkok
We disembark in the early morning for the transfer to Mandalay airport. We take Lunch in a local restaurant in Rangoon, before transferring to the International airport in Rangoon.
We reserve the right to alter this itinerary.