Inside Burma Tours

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 Zawagyi 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 - the only ship to journey beyond Homalin into Nagaland.

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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  • Expedition cruising on the Irrawaddy River

    Expedition cruising on the Irrawaddy River

    By river is one of the best ways to explore Burma, with an enticing range of options guiding you to the remote corners of this beautiful country.

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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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  • Day Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

    Day Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

    A sedate downriver cruise to take you from Mandalay to Bagan.

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