CHINDWIN RIVER CRUISE A River Journey to discover the hidden treasures of Myanmar

Chindwin is a river less travelled, and apart from its religious monuments it offers spectacular sceneries as it meanders through beautiful valleys and jungles, lofty blue mountains rising in the distance or towering over towns and villages on the banks.

The cruise begins from Bagan and you will sail the Chindwin up to the Teak town of Mawlaik the turnaround point. You disembark in Monywa from where you will drive to Mandalay. You will visit remote villages and towns with beautiful and whimsical pagodas and monastery probably the most preserved of Myanmar: the ancient cave pagodas of Hpo-Win Daung and Shwebataung with hundreds of Buddha images and paintings; the Sambuddhay pagoda of Monywa, a complex of buildings covered with nearly 600.000 Buddha images.

Day 01 BAGAN – PAKOKKU (26 miles / 42 km) (L, D)

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel at 08:00 for the transfer to the jetty. Board RV Paukan 2007 at 09.00 hrs. We cast off at 09.30 hrs and sail upstream to the Ayeyarwaddy and Chindwin confluence. If time permits we stop in Thein Gone, a typical river village where we...read more

Day 02 PAKOKKU – PANKANGYI – AHMYINT VILLAGE - MONYWA (70 miles / 113 km) (B, L, D)

Visit the little town of Pakhan-gyi. This post-Pagan period provincial capital was walled with a moat and originally had a governor¹s palace. We see the old walls, visit the museum and a spectacular 19th century wood carved monastery.
Continue cruising to Ahmyint village...read more

Day 03 MONYWA (Pho-Win Daung Caves) (B, L, D)

Visit Hpowindaung and Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings. Late lunch and cast off.

Day 04 MONYWA – KANI (34 miles / 55 km) - KIN (30 miles / 48 Km) (B, L, D)

Late morning explore the village of Kanee and climb the pagoda hillock for its view. Continue sailing upstream until late at night to reach the village of Kani.

Day 05 KIN – MINGIN (Miles 40 / 64 km) (B, L, D)

Early morning we explore Kin village with its beautiful wooden houses and the woodcarvings monastery. Continue sailing upstream to the small enchanting town of Mingin. Explore its temples and 1900’s wooden houses and the Min Kyaung Monastery with old Buddha Images.

Day 06 MINGIN – KYIDAW (1.5 Miles / 2.4 km) - KALEWA (42 miles / 68 km) (B, L, D)

At Kyidaw (Kyi Taung Oo) we visit Shwe Za War Yaw monastery one of the oldest and best preserved wood carved monastery of Myanmar, embellished with wooden sculpted idols with fascinating gold leaf wall decorations. We walk through a beautiful scenario of paddy fields to the vi...read more

Day 07 KALEWA – MAWLAIK (38 miles / 61 km) (B, L, D)

In the morning we explore Kalewa, the main river port for the trading with India, the lively market and climb up to Shwe Moat Htaw stupa for the beautiful view. Back to the ship before lunch and keep on cruising upstream to Mawlaik.

Day 08 MAWLAIK – Sailing back Downstream (B, L, D)

Mawlaik (situated 35 km from the Indian Border) was the administrative capital of this area rich of Teak forests. It is a pleasant colonial town with its golf course surrounded by splendid colonial houses built by the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation in the 1920’s and 1930’s ...read more

Day 09 Sailing Downstream for 100 miles (160 km) (B, L, D)

Continue sailing all day downstream. Stop at Kyauk Hlay Gar village, famous for its Petrified Wood, where we visit the school and the typical houses.

Day 10 YANDABO (B, L, D)

In the morning we arrive Yandabo, a picturesque village that specializes in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. We go ashore for a walk stopping at some pot-making workshops and to visit the school and the monastery. We cr...read more

Day 11 MANDALAY (disembark) (B)

After breakfast disembark at Gawein Jetty approx. 09:00 am.

PRICE IN US$ PER CABIN VALID FROM 01.09.2020 – 30.09.2020

Category  01.09.20-30.09.20
Single Cabin on Lower Deck2.238 
Twin Cabin on Main Deck3.3785.242
Twin/Double cabin on Upper Deck3.7485.814
Suite Bow on Upper Deck7.2807.380
RV Paukan 2012

Is one of the latest boutique style river ship added to Ayravata fleet. It consists in 18 elegant private cabins all attached with a balcony; expect the 2 single cabins, to enjoy the scenery at the Ayeyarwady River. The vessel started to operate in October 2012 and benefits of the latest standards in term of safety measures, with modern facilities. Cabins have their private bathroom with individual air conditioning, decorated in modern and elegant design and proper mattresses for a better comfort. Part of the 18 comfortable cabins, RV Paukan 2012 offers a dining room, a lounge & bar outlet and a solarium at the roof deck for relaxation on board, the best place to observe the breathtaking sunrises on the Ayeyarwady River. 

Cabins18 with Private Bathroom
Lower Deck

2 Single for Guides/TL 8 SQ MT / 86 SQ FT

Main Deck8 Deluxe (Twin) with French Balcony 23 SQ MT / 250 SQ FT
Upper Deck

6 Deluxe (Double) with Balcony 25 SQ MT / 270 SQ FT
2 Premier with Balcony (at Bow) 25 SQ MT / 270 SQ FT 2 Single 10 SQ MT / 107 SQ FT

Lounge & BarOn The Upper Deck (Capacity 16 seats Indoor and 15 Outdoor)
Dining RoomOn The Main Deck (Capacity 34 Seats)
Solarium On Sun / Roof Deck (Capacity 16 sun chairs)
WaterDE sedimentation and Full Water Treatment – Reverse Osmosis System for the Kitchen
Technical Data
Length138 Feet (42 Meter)
Beam32.8 Feet (10 Meter)
Design Draft2.5 Feet (0.76 Meter)
Deck 3
Diesel Engine    

2 x 275 hp Cummins Marine / Model NT855-M270

PropulsionRudder Propeller Inboard Well Mounted
Design Speed9 Knots
Max. Upstream Speed6 Nautical Miles per Hour (Dry Season)
Max. Downstream Speed11 Nautical Miles per Hour (Dry Season)
NavigationNavigation lights, ships horn, searchlight
CommunicationGsm phone, Internal phone system, Tannoy for navigation
Generators 2 x 120 kva +1 x 40 kva Cummins/Marathon Marine
Fire ProtectionSmoke Detectors, Heat Detectors, Manual alarms stations, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Cabinets, fire pumps
SafetyEmergency Lights, Emergency Genset, Life Jackets, Life Rafts

Option Terms:

We can hold your reservation on option according to the following timeline.

If the option requested date is

  • More than 181 days before departure: 45 days
  • Between 180 and 151 days: 30 days
  • Between 150 and 61 days: 15 days
  • Between 60 and 31 days: 7 days
  • Between 30 and 10 days: 2 days


To secure your reservation, a 30% deposit is required within the option expiration date.
If payment is not received within the stated option deadline the cabins will be released.


The cancellation notice must be received in writing either by e-mail or fax. It will be effective on the date of receipt. Cancellation charges, per person, are based upon the date of cancellation:

  • Over 61 days before departure: 30% of cruise fare (the Deposit)
  • From 60-31 days: 50% of cruise fare
  • From 30 days before departure to “no show”: 100% of cruise fare

Full payment or final balances:

Must be received via bank transfer within 31 days prior to departure. Payment failure may be treated as a cancellation and the cancellation charges apply. 


For all departures should the occupancy be less than 10 PASSENGERS for Short Discovery Cruise and 12 PASSENGERS for Discovery and Expedition Cruises, the Company reserves the right to cancel the cruise up to 60 days prior the departure date. A written confirmation notice will be released to all booked clients and/or their agents within and not later than 60 days prior the departure date. In case of cancellation an alternative cruise will be offered and if not acceptable all down payments will be refunded. 

Operating Vessel

Ayravata Cruises reserves the right at its sole option and discretion, without any liability for damages or refund, of any kind to arrange for substantially equivalent transportation by another vessel, whether belonging to the company or not.

CHINDWIN RIVER CRUISE A River Journey to discover the hidden treasures of Myanmar