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DISCOVER THE LAND OF THE NAGA WARRIOR

A VOYAGE TO NAGALAND

7 NIGHTS

Only the small Kalay and Zawgyi Pandaws, with their ultra-low drafts, can journey north beyond Homalin in the high water season from mid-August to Mid-October on an adventure to Nagaland, famous for the fierce and distinctive Naga warriors and various ethnic communities. Along the way, the Chindwin River passes through dramatic scenery of dense jungles, high cliffs and deep gorges and visits remote villages each with a unique way of life.

To further enhance your experience, we now have a number of quality mountain bikes for your use on the cruise.

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

Please note that Chindwin expeditions need special permits which can take up to 3 weeks. We kindly ask you to contact us via EMAIL or PHONE for short notice bookings.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR THIS EXPEDITION

The situation in Burma has deteriorated rapidly to the point where we are now looking at long-term impacts on the country and the local people. After much deliberation and discussion with our team on the ground, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel all of our scheduled departures in Burma for the foreseeable future, returning only once the situation is settled.

To register your interest for this expedition once we return to Burma please click the button below and complete your details, we will contact you to discuss your arrangements when travel to Burma is possible again.

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ITINERARY

Upstream      Downstream

DAY 1 HOMALIN

Fly to Homalin and embark your Pandaw for your 7-night cruise.

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

More about Homalin

DAY 2 NAGALAND

Sail northbound into Nagaland, a remote and fascinating tribal area. As we will be the first luxury vessel to venture this far north, we will stop at villages not used to receiving international guests. Our arrival will no doubt be something of an occasion.

More about Nagaland

DAY 3 KHAMTI

Visit Khamti, known as ‘the land full of gold’ due to the prevalence of gold panning in the nearby tributary of the Chindwin. We visit the town, the monastery meet local Tai speaking peoples. Later sail downstream to Homalin.

More about Khamti

DAY 4 TOUNGDOOT

Today we explore Homalin, an interesting town close to the Indian border with attractive forested mountains on either side – some rising to over 9,000 feet. Irrawaddy Flotilla Company used to visit here and during World War II, Homalin was occupied by the Japanese. We continue to Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, is an ancient Shan enclave who 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. Alistair 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’.

More about Toungdoot

DAY 5 SITTHAUNG

An enjoyable day exploring the lesser visited villages along this beautiful stretch of the Chindwin River. We sail to Paungpyin village and take a walking tour including a visit to the market and the attractive wooden houses. Continue to Sitthaung, the final resting place of a number of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese who were a matter of hours behind. Remains of these ships can be found here. It was from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched out to Tamu on the India border. Pantha was an important oil refinery belonging to the Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers). We continue downstream and moor up overnight at the village of Yuwa.

More about Sitthaung

DAY 6 KINDAT

Morning walking tour of the tiny village of Yuwa and sail to Kindat (translated in Burmese meaning a military outpost), with its old colonial post office (now a school) and friendly welcoming villagers.

More about Kindat

DAY 7 MAWLAIK

Morning visit to Mawlaik, the former seat of the Bombay Burma Corporation's timber extraction operations for the Chindwin Area. The old Headquarters building still stands here. We then cruise to Kalewa, and explore the area of the gateway to the Chin State. Kalewa has beautiful wooden architecture. We will visit the local market and enjoy panoramic views over the Chindwin from top of a hill.

More about Mawlaik

DAY 8 KALEWA

Disembark and transfer to the airport in Kalay for your domestic flight. More about Kalewa

DAY 1 HOMALIN

Fly to Homalin and embark your Pandaw for your 7-night cruise.

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

More about Homalin

DAY 2 NAGALAND

Sail northbound into Nagaland, a remote and fascinating tribal area. As we will be the first luxury vessel to venture this far north, we will stop at villages not used to receiving international guests. Our arrival will no doubt be something of an occasion.

More about Nagaland

DAY 3 KHAMTI

In the afternoon, Visit Khamti, known as ‘the land full of gold’ due to the prevalence of gold panning in the nearby tributary of the Chindwin. We visit the town, the monastery meet local Tai speaking peoples. Later sail downstream to Homalin.

More about Khamti

DAY 4 HOMALIN

Today we explore Homalin, an interesting town close to the Indian border with attractive forested mountains on either side – some rising to over 9,000 feet. Irrawaddy Flotilla Company used to visit here and during World War II, Homalin was occupied by the Japanese.

More about Homalin

DAY 5 TAUNGDOOT - PAUNGPYIN

Morning visit market to Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, is an ancient Shan enclave who 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. Alistair McCrae wrote of his visit there 1935 'I loved the atmosphere of quiet and peaceful living there'.

An enjoyable day exploring the lesser visited villages along this beautiful stretch of the Chindwin River. We visit to Paungpyin village in the evening and take a walking tour and the attractive wooden houses.

More about Toungdoot

DAY 6 SITTAUNG - YUWA

Continue to Sitthaung, the final resting place of a number of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese who were a matter of hours behind. Remains of these ships can be found here. It was from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched out to Tamu on the India border. Pantha was an important oil refinery belonging to the Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers). We continue downstream and moor up overnight at the village of Yuwa.

Morning walking tour of YUWA and then Kindat (Burmese for ‘military outpost’), with its old colonial post office (now a school) and friendly welcoming villagers.

More about Sitthaung

DAY 7 MAWLAIK - SHWETAUNG

Sail on to Mawlaik, the town that 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 Burmah 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!

More about Mawlaik

DAY 8 KALEWA

Disembark and transfer to the airport in Kalay for your domestic flight.

More about Kalewa

DAY 1 HOMALIN

Fly to Homalin and embark your Pandaw for your 7-night cruise.

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary for this expedition is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

More about Homalin

DAY 2 NAGALAND

Sail northbound into Nagaland, a remote and fascinating tribal area. As we will be the first luxury vessel to venture this far north, we will stop at villages not used to receiving international guests. Our arrival will no doubt be something of an occasion.

More about Nagaland

DAY 3 KHAMTI

In the afternoon, Visit Khamti, known as ‘the land full of gold’ due to the prevalence of gold panning in the nearby tributary of the Chindwin. We visit the town, the monastery meet local Tai speaking peoples. Later sail downstream to Homalin.

More about Khamti

DAY 4 HOMALIN

Today we explore Homalin, an interesting town close to the Indian border with attractive forested mountains on either side – some rising to over 9,000 feet. Irrawaddy Flotilla Company used to visit here and during World War II, Homalin was occupied by the Japanese.

More about Homalin

DAY 5 TAUNGDOOT - PAUNGPYIN

Morning visit market to Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, is an ancient Shan enclave who 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. Alistair McCrae wrote of his visit there 1935 'I loved the atmosphere of quiet and peaceful living there'.

An enjoyable day exploring the lesser visited villages along this beautiful stretch of the Chindwin River. We visit to Paungpyin village in the evening and take a walking tour and the attractive wooden houses.

More about Toungdoot

DAY 6 SITTAUNG - YUWA

Continue to Sitthaung, the final resting place of a number of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese who were a matter of hours behind. Remains of these ships can be found here. It was from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched out to Tamu on the India border. Pantha was an important oil refinery belonging to the Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers). We continue downstream and moor up overnight at the village of Yuwa.

Morning walking tour of YUWA and then Kindat (Burmese for ‘military outpost’), with its old colonial post office (now a school) and friendly welcoming villagers.

More about Sitthaung

DAY 7 MAWLAIK - SHWETAUNG

Sail on to Mawlaik, the town that 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 Burmah 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!

More about Mawlaik

DAY 8 KALEWA

Disembark and transfer to the airport in Kalay for your domestic flight.

More about Kalewa

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Domestic flights Yangon/Mandalay to Kalewa and Homalin to Mandalay, entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes. Quality mountain bikes available for independent exploration on the Kalay and Zawgyi Pandaws.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 HOMALIN

Fly from Mandalay to Homalin. For flight from Mandalay: We will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay between 09:00 and 10:00.

This domestic flight is included in the cruise price. Please note that flight times might change.

Mandalay - Homalin UB-585 1200-1310 May – Sep

DAY 8 KALEWA

Transfer to the airport in Kalay for flight to Yangon or Mandalay.

Please note that flight times might change.

Kalay - Yangon K7-227 1545-1815 (Via MDL)
Kalay - Mandalay K7-227 1545-1635 (Direct)

DAY 1 HOMALIN

Fly from Mandalay to Homalin. For flight from Mandalay: We will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay between 09:00 and 10:00.

This domestic flight is included in the cruise price. Please note that flight times might change.

Mandalay - Homalin UB-585 1200-1310 May – Sep

DAY 8 KALEWA

Transfer to the airport in Kalay for flight to Yangon or Mandalay.

Please note that flight times might change.

Kalay - Yangon K7-227 1545-1815 (Via MDL)
Kalay - Mandalay K7-227 1545-1635 (Direct)

DAY 1 HOMALIN

Fly from Mandalay to Homalin. For flight from Mandalay: We will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay between 09:00 and 10:00.

This domestic flight is included in the cruise price. Please note that flight times might change.

Mandalay - Homalin UB-585 1200-1310 May – Sep

DAY 8 KALEWA

Transfer to the airport in Kalay for flight to Yangon or Mandalay.

Please note that flight times might change.

Kalay - Yangon K7-227 1545-1815 (Via MDL)
Kalay - Mandalay K7-227 1545-1635 (Direct)

TESTIMONIALS

TRAVEL BLOGS

Sadie Whitelocks Naga story

It suddenly dawned on me, after spending a couple of days cruising up the Chindwin River through the heart of Burma, that we hadn’t seen a singl.... read more

 

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