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Best time to go: July & August
Best for: River Cruises, Repeat Visitors, Longer Journeys, Slow Travel, Cultural & Immersive

2017 SAILING DATES FROM MANDALAY: 15th JULY 2017, 31st JULY 2017, 15th AUGUST 2017

The Chindwin River takes you into the remote corners of Burma, and is also possible during the summer months when the higher water levels mean you get further into Burma’s rural heartlands. Most guests who visit Burma tend to just cruise from Mandalay to Bangan, or possibly down to Yangon. Now you can explore the Upper Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers, meaning you can see the breathtakingly amazing authentic culture which makes Burma such a vivid and dramatic destination to visit. There are simply no hotels to speak of in this part of Burma, so the only way to access it is by boat. Get off at local villages and see the traditional way of life, see glittering golden pagodas as you drift along the river.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

  • £6150
    Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights. We can arrange international flights should you wish.


    • Begin the cruise in Mandalay with two days to explore the city
    • Get off-the-beaten track into the remote corners of Burma along the Chindwin River
    • Stay on the Belmond Orcaella, one of the most luxurious boats cruising the rivers of Burma
    • Head out on immersive experiences along the river, exploring local villages and meeting the locals
    • The cruise ends in Bagan before your return to Yangon
    Days Location Hotel
    Day 1 Mandalay The Hotel by the Red Canal
    Days 2-11 Chindwin River Belmond Orcaella
    Days 12-13 Yangon Governor’s Residence

    Suggested Hotels

    Day 1
    Red Canal, Mandalay, Burma

    The Hotel by the Red Canal

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The Hotel by the Red Canal is a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Mandalay in Burma, set within lush gardens.

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    Days 2-11
    Belmond Orcaella, Irrawaddy, Cindwin | Luxury Ships and River Cruises in Burma

    Belmond Orcaella

    $ $ $ $ $  

    The elegant and luxurious Belmond Orcaella cruises the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers in Burma and offers just luxury 25 cabins.

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    Days 12-13
    Governor's Residence, Yangon, Burma

    Governor’s Residence

    $ $ $ $ $  

    Considered by many as the best address in town, the Belmond Governor’s Residence is a charming boutique colonial hotel located in Yangon in Burma.

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    Customise Your Itinerary

    We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

    Idea 1

    You might well have been to Burma before, but you can add on a visit to Inle Lake after your cruise.

    Idea 2

    For a beach stay, the Chindwin Cruises generally take place in the summer, so best to fly to Bangkok and down to Koh Samui where the weather is perfect.