Grand Voyage Of The Chindwin River (Paukan 2012)

Grand Voyage Of The Chindwin River (Paukan 2012)

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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 we will sail the Chindwin up to the Teak town of Mawlaik our turnaround point. We disembark in Monywa from where we will drive to Mandalay.

We visit remote villages and towns with beautiful and whimsical pagodas and monastery probably the most preserved of Myanmar; the ancient cave pagodas of Hpowintaung 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.

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Grand Voyage Of The Chindwin River (Paukan 2012)
Vessel Type: River Cruise Length: 10 metres Passenger Capacity: 34 Built: 2011/2012 The latest member of the Paukan Cruises family under the management of the Ayravata Cruise Company is the RV Paukan 2012 which was launched in September of 2012. She was 'born' in the well-known Ahlone Ship Yards on the banks of the Yangon River, where men with decades-long experience started work on her in 2011. Captain Michael Symes of His Britannic Majesty's 7th Regiment who saw the shipyards in 1795 noted the Yangon River as "the most favourable river in the world for naval architecture". The 200 years-old tradition of excellent craftsmanship still exists in this workplace and a sister vessel, the RV Paukan, was also 'born' here in 2007. RV Paukan 2012 is slightly smaller than this older sister and is in the same genre of a floating boutique hotel of timeless elegance. Paukan 2012 is a gem of a vessel, a compact but elegant vessel made of teak with a hull of marine steel. The walls and floors are of timber with each plank carefully chosen to showoff the beautiful grain. The décor is modern chic, with a touch of Myanmar culture through a few traditional motifs, wooden figures, fabrics and paintings. There are 18 cabins, twin and double, with attached bathrooms for a total of 34 passengers. . . The price is inclusive of transfer between the ship and airport, all meals, sightseeing tours and entrance fees at monuments. All the cabins are nicely decorated and comfortable with ensuite bathrooms. The most beautiful cabins are the two 'Premier' on the upper deck, each with French windows on two sides, leading out to a spacious balcony. The six Double Deluxe cabins on the upper deck have a balcony and French window, as do the eight Twin Deluxe cabins on the main deck. With the drapes pulled aside, there lay in front of your eyes the amazing the view of the river as it changes moods during different times of the day. There are also two single cabins on the upper deck. The dining room with a capacity for 34 is a spacious hall on the main deck where evety morning a lavish and scrumptious breakfast buffet is served. The other meals are prepared with loving care for freshness and incredible tastes by experienced chefs. If you are a vegetarian, inform the steward in advance. The lounge on the upper deck seats 16 and the open deck with a wellstocked bar leading out from it seats 15. It is the perfect place to make new friends or to hold a party, if you are already with friends. In fact, a cruise on the Paukan 2012 is a perfect way to celebrate a special moment in your life, surrounded by friends. The lounge is arranged and decorated tastefully with comfortable chairs, for groups of several people or in a more intimate setting. The solarium on the roof deck is the best place to enjoy an evening drink as the sun sets with a backdrop of the sky's spectacular display of colours.


TRANSFER : Transfer from airport or hotel to Jetty can be arranged at supplement upon request. Pls note that it takes approximately 30 minuts drive from Airport and Hotel to ship (Koe Lone Ye Kin).Please note: We are not able to accept early arrival before 09:00 AM.EMBARKATION: BaganBoard the ship at 09.00 hrs at Koe Lone Ye Kin Jetty and cast off at 09.30 hrs, welcome drinks in the Salon.AFTERNOON EXCURSION: PakkokuSail upstream to the Irrawaddy and Chindwin confluence. Continue cruising north to the bustling town of Pakkoku where we visit the monastery, cheroots and Local Slipper workshops. We pass the Chindwin and Irrawaddy river confluence and we stop for the night.ENTERTAINMENT: Pre Dinner Welcome Cocktail Party and Crew Introduction.
MORNING: SailingSailing the whole morning.AFTERNOON EXCURSION: Ahmyint Village & MonywaAfter lunch, we arrive Ahmyint village and visit to see beautiful houses and the lovely17th century style Min Kyaw Swa stupas with 18th century style paintings. Then guest will be picked up at Ahmyint village by coach and drive to visit Thanbodda Pagoda and Bawdhi Tadaung. We return to the ship by coach where guest will rejoin the cruise at Monywa Jetty. Ship overnight at Monywa.ENTERTAINMENT: Film screening (after dinner) - Irrawaddy Documentary Movie
Day 3 - DAY 3 : MONYWA
MORNING EXCURSION: MonywaAfter breakfast, visit Hpowindaung & Shwebadaung caves where hundreds of Buddha Statues are placed inside niches decorated with wonderful mural paintings. On the way back visit Local Market if time permit only. Back to the ship for lunch and cast off.AFTERNOON: SailingSailing the whole afternoon and overnight midstream.ENTERTAINMENT: Afternoon - Longyi & Thanakha Presentation by on board guide. U Shwe Yoo & Daw Moe dance performance by the crew.
Day 4 - DAY 4 : KANEE-KIN
MORNING EXCURSION: KaneeLate morning explore the village of Kanee and climb the pagoda hillock for its view. Back to the ship for Lunch.AFTERNOON EXCURSION: KinIn the afternoon, we explore Kin village with its beautiful wooden houses and the monastery. Moor overnight at the village.ENTERTAINMENT: Film Screening (after dinner) - Burma Forbidden Island “AboutSalone Ethnic Group”
Day 5 - DAY 5 : MINGKIN
MORNING: SailingContinue sailing upstream the whole morning.AFTERNOON EXCURSION: MinginIn the afternoon, we arrive the small enchanting town of Mingin and explore its temples and some wooden houses and the Min Kyaung Monastery with old Buddha Images. Continue sailing to a village where the ship moorovernight.ENTERTAINMENT: Morning - Country and People lecture by onboard guide.
Day 6 - DAY 6 : KYIDAW
MORNING EXCURSION: Kyidaw & KanAfter breakfast, we explore Kyidaw (Kyi Taung Oo) and 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 village of Kan by tuk-tuk where we visit another splendid example of Myanmar old monastery. Afterwards we return to the ship.AFTERNOON: SailingProceed upstream up to Kalewa, where we stop for the night.ENTERTAINMENT: Afternoon - Myanmar Traditional Tealeaf and Ginger Salad DemonstrationEvening – Traditional Bamboo Dance Performance by Chin ethnic group (if available) OR In House Movie.
Day 7 - DAY 7 : KALEWA
MORNING EXCURSION: KalewaIn the morning we explore Kalewa, the main river port for the trading with India before, the lively market and climb up to Shwe Moat Htaw stupa for the beautiful view. Back to the ship before lunch.AFTERNOON: Sailingkeep on cruising upstream to Mawlaik. Moor overnight near river village.ENTERTAINMENT: Film screening (after dinner) - “The Lady Part I” Movie
Day 8 - DAY 8 : MAWLAIK
MORNING EXCURSION: MawlaikAfter breakfast, we visit 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 (there is still a small community of Indians that used to work for the Scottish company and their descendents). The governor’s house, the administrative building, the school, the hospital, the “Dak Bungalows”, company headquarter are well preserved, still in use nowadays and nicely maintained. Explore the city by Tuk-Tuk. Back to the ship before Lunch.AFTERNOON: SailingBeing this our turnaround point, we begin sailing back downstream to Monywa. Moor overnight at midstream.ENTERTAINMENT: Film screening (after dinner) - “The Lady Part II” Movie
MORNING & AFTERNOON: SailingContinue sailing all day downstream. Relax on board and stop midstream for overnight.ENTERTAINMENT: Morning - Buddhism and History Lecture by onboard guideAfternoon – Myanmar Traditional Cooking Demonstration
Day 10 - DAY 10 : YANDABO
MORNING EXCURSION: YandaboIn the morning stop at Yandabo, a picturesque river village specializing in Pot-Making, where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war signed on Feb. 24, 1826. Explore the village stopping to some pot-making workshops to learn their unique production technique and visit the school. Back to the ship for Lunch and sail all day.AFTERNOON: SailingSail the whole afternoon and moor overnight at midstream.ENTERTAINMENT: Afternoon - Ship TourPre-dinner Farewell Cocktail Party with all Crew
Day 11 - DAY 11 : MANDALAY
DISEMBARKATION: After breakfast, the client dis-embark at Gawein Jetty around 9:00 am.TRANSFER : Transfer to the Mandalay Int'l Airport or hotel in Mandalay can be arranged at supplement upon request. Pls take note that it takes around 1 hr drive from ship (Gawein) to Mandalay Int'l Airport and 30 minuts to hotel in Mandalay.
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Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

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    • Bagan, Pakkoku & Ahmyint
    • Monywa, Mingkin & Kalewa
    • Mawlayik & Mandalay