Inside Burma Tours
Expedition cruising on the Chindwin River

Expedition cruising on the Chindwin River

Journeys on the Chindwin River offer a chance to explore otherwise inaccessible parts of northern Burma in comfort and style.

Each day of the journey you will have the chance to disembark to explore the towns and villages that lie on the banks of the river, learning about the fascinating history of an area rarely seen by outsiders.

A number of companies offer cruises on the Chindwin, with the RV Pandaw Kalay a particular favourite. This small ship has been specially designed with a very low draught to ensure it can pass over the numerous sandbanks that often prevent the larger ships from progressing further upstream.

Reflecting the stark seasonal differences in Burma's climate, the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers have a dramatic ten-metre average height difference between the rainy season (May to October) and the dry season (November to April). Cruises operate from the end of the rainy season through to the end of March, when water levels become too low for many vessels to operate.

When to go:

Expedition cruising on the Chindwin River

located in Monywa

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Sail away down the Chindwin River into an area of Burma rich with history and barely touched by the modern world.

    Chindwin River Explorer

    Bookended by stays in the colonial cities of Mandalay and Yangon, this cruise whisks you away from the tourist trail and deep into northern Burma, where the towns and villages are rich with the stories of history.

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    Sail away down the Chindwin River into an area of Burma rich with history and barely touched by the modern world.

Other suggested Boating & Cruising

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  • Boating to Sagar

    Boating to Sagar

    Sagar, the far southern region of Inle Lake, is a very special destination and one that very few visitors have the chance to witness.

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  • The boat to Twante

    The boat to Twante

    For an alternative view of life in and around Burma's biggest city, board a riverboat for a short cruise to the small market town of Twante.

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  • Longtail boats on Inle Lake

    Longtail boats on Inle Lake

    Get out on Inle Lake in the local way: aboard a longtail boat that glides through the narrow channels between floating farms and stilt houses.

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