Mandalay to Homalin River Cruise

Upper Chindwin River Cruise visiting Monywa, Mingin, Mawlaik, Sitthaung and Homalin

Mandalay to Homalin River Cruise

Follow the Chindwin River into the heart of Burmese Nagaland on this unique 8-day river cruise. Departing from Monywa, near Mandalay, your cruise will take you along the Upper Chindwin to Homalin, the capital of Nagaland, on the border with India. En-route, you’ll find time to stop and explore remote villages, religious sites from the Konbaung-era, and old colonial towns.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Monywa

    Your cruise departs from Monywa, a small city on the banks of the Chindwin River, about 3 hours’ drive from Mandalay.

  2. Day 2: Phowin Taung

    After breakfast, set sail from Monywa. You’ll stop late morning to explore the Phowintaung Caves, a series of mountain caves decorated with a huge number of Buddha statues and murals depicting jakata scenes, reminiscent of the better-known Pak Ou Buddha Caves in Laos.

  3. Day 3: Cruising

    oday is spent cruising the Upper Chindwin. Relax on board the RV Kalay Pandaw and watch life go by on the river bank.

  4. Day 4: Mingin

    Sometimes described as the Luang Prabang of Myanmar, Mingin is one of the country’s very best-kept-secrets, a beautiful town on the banks of the Chindwin.

  5. Day 5: Mawlaik

    This morning you’ll have the chance to explore the old British colonial outpost of Mawlaik. Originally intended to replace Kindat as the administrative capital of Chindwin, the town was largely settled by the staff of the Bombay Myanmar Trading Corporation in the early 19th century.

  6. Day 6: Sitthaung

    Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore a more recent period of Burmese history with a visit to the town of Sitthaung.

  7. Day 7: Thaungdut

    Thaungdut is an historic Shan enclave which in colonial times was governed by an independent Sawbwa, or Shan chief. You’ll have the morning to explore the town, including the old Royal household and palace, before continuing to Homalin.

  8. Day 8: Homalin

    This morning is free to explore the peaceful town of Homalin, before transferring to the airport for your afternoon flight to Mandalay/Yangon (included).

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in a shared twin/double cabin and subject to availability at the time of booking. Please contact us for upcoming departure dates.

8 days from £2290pp


8 days from £2290pp

Special Offer

Pandaw are offering a selection of great offers through 2021, 2022 and 2023, including no single supplements on many of their cruise departures, and complimentary places for children during school holidays.

No single supplements
The single supplement waiver is valid for a wide selection of Pandaw cruises to Myanmar, India, Vietnam and Cambodia. For a full overview of the available cruise itineraries and departure dates, please contact us.

Children travel free
This is a special opportunity to share an educational family adventure on selected dates during school holidays. Explore Asia in the comfort of a Pandaw vessel, including daily excursions, all meals, local drinks, cultural performances, and free mountain bikes to explore rural villages, temples and countryside. On selected 2021/2022/2023 cruise dates, up to two children under the age of 18 will travel for free if travelling with two adults.

First cabin: Two adults pay full price
Second cabin: One or two children between the ages of 5 and 18 travel free

Please contact us for further details including applicable cruise dates.

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