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CHINDWIN RIVER

The Chindwin River flows down from the Burma – Assam border area, its waters rising from the Himalayan foothills. It is the main tributary of the Irrawaddy and is 1,207km long. Of this great length, about 1000km is navigable only in vessels that have the shallowest drafts in the world. These designs, perfected by the Irrawaddy Flotilla in the 1880s, are the ones that we at Pandaw continue to use to this day.

The Chindwin flows through remote areas with few roads or cars and most communities are connected by the river. Above Homalin we are in Nagaland where until Christianity arrived in the 19th Century the Nagas specialised in shrinking the heads of their human quarry. This is the loveliest of rivers but treacherous to navigate and larger ships can only venture up there in the monsoon, and even then not without difficulty.

Pandaw operates the ultra-shallow draft Zawgyi Pandaw throughout the dry season between Monyaw and Homalin and in the monsoon as far as Hkamti.

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River Cruise itinerary for Chindwin & Mergui Archipelago

Chindwin & Mergui Archipelago

Monywa - Homalin - Rangoon - Mergui Archipelago

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Chindwin & The Upper Irrawaddy

Monywa - Kalewa - Mandalay - Pagan

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Mergui Archipelago & Irrawaddy Delta

Kawthaung - Rangoon - Maubin

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The Chindwin: 7 Nights

Chindwin Monywa - Homalin

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A Voyage to Nagaland

Homalin - Kalewa

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Britain's Longest Retreat - A trip up the Chindwin River

By General Mike Riddell Webster The Japanese first bombed Rangoon on the 23rd of December 1941. Between then and late April/early May 1942,....

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Ava

“And here it may be said that of all the ruined capitals of Burma which make their appeal on behalf of the transitoriness of life. . . Ava is th....

 

Bogale

Bogale is a small city located in the Bogale Township, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar. It is located on the southwestern part of Myanmar/Burma on th....

 

Homalin

You will pass the Uyu River, which was worked by gold washers on route to Homalin, the furthest navigable point on the Chindwin for vessels of o....

 

Kalewa

Kalewa is one of the largest ports on the Chindwin River and an important trans-shipment point for goods going to and coming from nearby India.....

 

Katha

The enchanting colonial town of Katha was setting for George Orwell’s Myanma Days. Katha was also the final resting place of the old flotilla an....

 

Kawthaung

Kawthaung is in the southernmost part of Myanmar, located in Tanintharyi Region. During British rule in Burma between 1824 and 1948, it was know....

 

Khamti

Khamti is known as ‘the land full of gold’.....

 

Khanyat

Visit a Buddhist orphanage and the grave of an English officer assasinated here during the Pacification of Burma (1887).....

 

Kindat

Kindat was as far as the old IFC steamers ventured outside of the Monsoon season. This part of the Chindwin valley is very sparsely populated an....

 

Kyauk-Myoung

Visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-myoung We enter the Third Defile and sail upstream all day stopping at Khan-nyat village with its man....

 

Maubin

Ma-ubin or Maubin is a town in the Ayeyarwady Division of south-west Burma. It is the seat of the Ma-ubin Township in the Ma-ubin District. T....

 

Mawlaik

Mawlaik replaced Kindat as the administrative capital. Like other towns of the Upper Chindwin, they can only be reached by boat so cars are few.....

 

Mergui

The Mergui Archipelago is an archipelago in far southern Myanmar (Burma) and is part of the Tanintharyi Region. It consists of more than 800 isl....

 

Mingkin

Mingkin, with its Konbaung court style teak monasteries are sumptuously decorated. Mingkin may be described as the Luang Prabang of the Chindwin....

 

Mingun

We cast off early and stop at Mingun to see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda that is the largest single mass of b....

 

Monywa

Entering the Lower Chindwin where the river widens and the forested hills fall away to farmland we pass a number of attractive villages. We will....

 

Myaungmya

Myaungmya is a town in Myaungmya Township, Irrawaddy Region, Burma. The town is home to the Myanmar Union Adventist Seminary, a Seventh Day Adve....

 

Nagaland

Nagalan is a state in Northeast India. The state capital is Kohima, and the largest city is Dimapur.....

 

Pagan

Pagan is one of the richest archeological sites in the world and the highlight of every tour through Myanmar. In between 11th and 13th century t....

 

Phowin Taung

We are exploring the caves of Phowin with its beautiful mural paintings and Buddha statues....

 

Pyapon

Pyapon is a town and seat of Pyapon District in the Irrawaddy Division of Myanmar, along the Pyapon River, a tributary of the Irrawaddy River. I....

 

Rangoon (Yangon)

“Rangoon owes its history to two factors, the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and the River. The former made it a place of note in earlier ages; the latter ha....

 

Sitthaung

Near the mouth of the Yu River which drains the Kubu valley, Sitthaung was the final resting place of a number of IFC steamers scuppered there i....

 

Tagaung

Explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung viewing the fortifications. In the evening we climb the Pagoda Hill at Tigyang with its stunning vie....

 

Toungdoot

Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, is an ancient Shan enclave which in British times still had a ruling prince or sawbwa complete with palace and ....

 

Wakema

Wakema is a town in the Ayeyarwady Division of south-west Myanmar. It is the seat of the Wakema Township in the Myaungmya District. It is home....

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Chindwin River Climate

Chindwin River climate chart

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