The loveliest of rivers. In the past we only offered this during the monsoon due to water levels, but now our ultra low draught Pandaws can sail through to February. The river carves it way through mountains and forests and we stop at delightful unspoilt little towns. Our objective, Homalin is the capital of Nagaland and close to the India border. We will ply the Upper Chindwin weekly between Monywa and Homalin. Monywa is under three hours from Mandalay and the car transfer is included with the cruise. Homalin is now connected by scheduled flight with Rangoon and Mandalay.

High Water & Low Water Itineraries: The Monywa to Homalin (and vv) itinerary sails from July to August and October to November (it is the itinerary you can see on our website). We have a revised itinerary from Monywa to Kalewa (and vv) operating December to February. Please contact us for more details.

Please note river banks can be steep and walks through villages are on the daily program. Medium fitness is requiered.

Late bookings: please note that Chindwin expeditions need special permits, which can take up to 3 weeks.

Your voyage rates include one way domestic flight JUL-NOV: Yangon/Mandalay-Homalin resp Homalin-Yangon/Mandalay and for DEC-FEB: Yangon/Mandalay-Kalewa resp Kalewa-Yangon/Mandalay.

Highlights


• Discover the Phowin Taung Caves & admire beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues in riches

• Explore Kalewa with its markets and quaint wooden architecture

This itinerary is also available in reverse. Click here for additional dates.

Transfer to Homalin, the furthest navigable point on the Chindwin for vessels of our size. Alister McCrae wrote of his visit there 1935 ‘I loved the atmosphere of quiet and peaceful living there. At night I could hear greylag geese as they came in to the flooded land around us from far away north’. Until we get there and explore the place there is not much we can say! IMPORTANT: Please note that water levels drop dramatically as of December and we might not be able to reach Homalin. You will be well rewarded with alternative excursions. We will be flying you to Kalay (instead of Homalin) where you will embark your ship in Kalewa, cruising up north to Mawlaik and returning downstream towards Monywa.
Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, is an ancient Shan enclave which in British times still had a ruling sawbwa complete with palace and court. It will be interesting to see what has become of the royal family and their home and to see these Shan people so far from their Tai-Shan homelands. On the way to Paungbyin. Patha was an important oil refinery belonging to the Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers).
Sitthaung was the final resting place of a number of IFC steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese who were a matter of hours behind. We hope to find remains of these ships as we have in the past at Katha on the Irrawaddy. It was from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched out to Tamu on the India border. We pass the mouth of the Yu River which drains the Kubu valley that provided the route for a Lieutenant Grant to march to the relief of the Manipur garrison when the chief commissioner of Assam was massacred in a local rebellion.
Explore Mawlaik replaced Kindat as the administrative capital but ironically the Myanma refused to move there from upstream Kindat. It was mainly settled with the company houses of the by the Scottish owned and run Bombay Myanmarh Trading Corporation in the 1920s and 1930s. There are many splendid ‘Dak Bungalows’ set around a verdant golf course. Mawlaik and the other towns of the Upper Chindwin can only be reached by boat so cars are few. There is a dreamy otherworldly quality to such places and truly one feels that one has travelled there in the Pandaw time machine! Then the gateway town for the Chin State. We explore Kalewa with its markets and quaint wooden architecture.
Mingkin was rediscovered by Paul Strachan in 1987 and described in some detail in his book Mandalay: Travels from the Golden City. It remains for Paul the most art historically interesting site in Myanmar (more so than the now spoilt Pagan) with its Konbaung court style teak monasteries sumptuously decorated. Mingkin may be described as the Luang Prabang of the Chindwin. And we pass a number of attractive villages like Kanee where we can stretch our legs.
Entering the lower Chindwin where the river widens and the forested hills fall away from farmland, we pass a number of attractive villages. We will explore Monywa and make a trip to the Thanbodi Temple with its million Buddha images.
In the morning, coach to the Phowin Taung Caves, where we will admire beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues in riches.
Disembark at Monywa and transfer to Mandalay.
Please note that water levels drop dramatically as of December and we might not be able to reach Homalin. You will be well rewarded with alternative excursions. We will be cruising up to Mawlaik and return to Kalewa where you will be flown out to Yangon or Mandalay_

This itinerary is also available in reverse. Click here for additional dates.

Main Deck Twin Sharing. From

$4,410 USD pp
Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
6 main deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From

$5,604 USD pp
Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
4 upper deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Main Deck Twin Sharing. From

$4,410 USD pp
Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
6 main deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From

$5,604 USD pp
Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
4 upper deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Main Deck Twin Sharing. From

$4,410 USD pp
Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
6 main deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From

$5,604 USD pp
Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
4 upper deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Main Deck Twin Sharing. From

$4,410 USD pp
Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
6 main deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From

$5,604 USD pp
Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
4 upper deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Main Deck Twin Sharing. From

$4,410 USD pp
Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
6 main deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From

$5,604 USD pp
Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
4 upper deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Main Deck Twin Sharing. From

$4,410 USD pp
Main Deck Twin Sharing. From
6 main deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From

$5,604 USD pp
Upper Deck Twin Sharing. From
4 upper deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Panoramic sliding window - Kimonos and slippers - Spa-branded amenities - Unlimited mineral water - Electric mini safe - Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift - Mirror - Multi-configuration plugs - Generous closet space and under-bed storage - Hair dryer - Daily nightly turndown service - 24h laundry service - Complimentary evening canapés and cocktails - Yoga mats in all cabins

Additional charges:

Port Taxes: 65 USD pp

Zawgyi Pandaw

Vessel Type: Luxury River Cruising

Passenger Capacity: 20 passengers

Length: 132.9 ft / 40.58m

Built: 2014

ACCOMMODATION

6 main deck and 4 upper deck staterooms - 150 square feet (14sqm), finished in teak and brass - Premium mattresses - Convertible bed configuration - 24h laundry service

WINING & DINING

Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team - Personalized meal service - Daily lean & light menu options - Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices - Extensive wine list with premium wines - Welcome drink on arrival - Welcome cocktail - Farewell reception - Theme- and gala dinners

ON EXCURSIONS

Admission fees - Shoe cleaning after excursions - Bottled drinking water - We give away aluminium water bottles - Cold towel service after excursions - Refreshing drink following excursions - Private guide and transportation for all excursions - Quality mountain bikes available for independent exploration

SAFETY & SECURITY

All onboard crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards - Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas - Firefighting system in all ship areas - Expert marine superintendant - 24 hrs watch on duty

Cabin layout for Zawgyi Pandaw

PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

RGN Pre/Post cruise Rangoon, Northern Shan State Adventure 4 Nights Read More

POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Post Cruise Royal Mandalay 3 nights

PRE-BOOKABLE HOUSE WINE PACKAGE (110.00 USD)

Local soft drinks, local beer and local spirits are included on every Pandaw owned ship. However, in response to requests from clients, we are pleased to introduce new, pre-bookable unlimited house wine with lunch and dinner packages.

Save Up to 10% & No Single Supplement on Southeast Asia & India Voyages

SAVE UP TO 10% AND NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON SELECTED DATES

Prices online do not show the discounted rates. Terms and Conditions apply, special offer is subject to availability, please contact us for more details.

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• Welcome cocktail party
• Signature hors d’oeuvres at cocktails each evening
• Cookery demonstrations and classes using local produce
• All scheduled excursions
• At least two cultural performances per cruise
• Tour of the engine rooms, galley and working parts of the ship
• Film presentations on local culture and history
• Local mineral water
• Jugged coffee, tea and tisanes on deck from sunrise till sunset
• Crew gratuities

Exclusions


• International and domestic flights
• Travel insurance
• Passport and visa costs
• Port taxes where applicable
• Gratuities for land guides/drivers
• Beverages other than those in inclusions
• Any item of a personal nature including onboard spa treatments
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