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  • Journey overland to Monywa and the colourful Thanboddhay Pagoda
  • Witness a Buddhist novitiation ceremony at Mokehtaw
  • Tuk tuk excursion to the Buddha Lotus Garden in Homalin
  • Tour of Mingun and the Mahar Min Kyaung Monastery

This leisurely cruise follows the Chindwin River through rugged and dramatic scenery, stopping at rural villages and remote monasteries. Discover a Myanmar few have experienced.

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The small ship Orcaella, with just 50 passengers, can navigate Myanmar’s little-known Chindwin River, site of a remote monastery with carved Buddha.

Discovering the Chindwin River Aboard the Orcaella

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What a perfectly run experience! December 2016

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I have been on board the Northern Belle train three times now and cannot explain how wonderful it is. The food is perfect, the train itself is immaculate and the staff give a level of service that I have not experienced elsewhere. The people who work the Northern Belle are incredibly special each & every one of them. I was taken ill on one of the trips & the concern of the staff- even sending me flowers, was extremely kind. I look forward to travelling with them very soon- what a perfectly run experience!
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Looking forward to their train journey next year! December 2016

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I just want to say a massive thank you to Chloe your reservation manager who was simply amazing, compassionate and understanding with a booking change for my elderly parent-in-laws. Thank you again for all of your help and both are really looking forward to their train journey next year!
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I would definitely recommend it to everyone October 2016

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We have now had two wonderful experiences with Belmond. Our first experience with Belmond was during our trip to Peru last month. We rode the Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. The service from the time you board to disembark is like no other. From the food to the tour guide and entertainment on board it's just wonderful!!
Yesterday we returned from the Belmond Las Cataratas in Brazil and it was everything I expected it to be! The room was fabulous and the service impeccable.
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Will definitely be back! September 2016

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Just got off the Royale Scotsman. This was a 5 Star trip. I've never been treated as well as Belmond treated us. Private tours and access, every meal gourmet. Will definitely be back!

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Day 1:

Arrive in Mandalay and enjoy a sightseeing transfer to the ship. You’ll see the revered Mahamuni Temple, Kyaukisittan and Shwe Kyaung before arriving.

Once on board a buffet lunch will be served as we sail past the golden temples of Sagaing, followed by a welcome briefing and afternoon tea in the Lounge Bar.

Join us in the Restaurant for a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Day 2:

This morning enjoy an introductory lecture about the Myanmar way of life as we cruise towards Monywa.

Later visit the colourful Thanboddhay Pagoda at Monywa. Complete the tour with a photo opportunity at the magnificent 424ft standing Buddha at Bodhi Tataung.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 3:

After breakfast alight for a walking tour of the traditional farming village of Moktaw. Witness an important rite of passage in Myanmar, the novice initiation ceremony, at the Moktaw monastery.

Spend a leisurely afternoon on board before a longyi cocktail party and after dinner entertainment.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.

Day 4:

Disembark for an early morning visit to the ‘Teak Port’ of Maukkadaw before returning to the ship for brunch.

This afternoon take afternoon tea in the Lounge while Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt treats you to a local history lecture.

Dinner is followed by Toh dances on the Sundeck.

Day 5:

After breakfast take an excursion to Kalay for a glimpse of local life at the lively market.

Relax and enjoy the ship’s luxurious facilities this afternoon as we cruise towards Mawleik.

Dinner this evening is a barbecue on shore at Mawleik, with transfers by local tuk tuk.

Day 6:

This morning visit Mawleik town, once the adminstrative seat of the Bombay Burma Trading Company. Take a local truck transfer to Mawleik elephant camp followed by a historical tour of the town.

Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board. This afternoon your guide will present a lecture on the current situation in Myanmar.

Dinner is followed by the release of Shan balloons. Belmond Orcaella docks tonight at Sitthaung.

Day 7:

Disembark for a morning trek to the rural village of Sitthaung. See the emerald green paddy fields on your way to the village pagoda.

After lunch on board the ship enjoy the views as we sail towards Naung San Kyin, or participate in the discussion of Myanmar religions, culture and traditions in the Lounge.

Day 8:

Today’s excursion takes us to Homalin town. Enjoy a riverside walk, the morning market and the Buddha Lotus Garden with its exquisite temple and stunning views.

Spend the afternoon at leisure as we sail to Nan Maw Leik.

Day 9:

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as we sail through beautiful scenery towards Kyidaung.

This morning watch Belmond Orcaella’s Executive Chef deliver a cooking demonstration on the sundeck.

In the afternoon join a walking tour to the quaint village of Kyidaung and visit the Oo monastery.

Day 10:

Take a morning tour of Mingin, an important town during the reign of King Mindon, including a visit to the impressive Mahar Minkyaung Monastery.

Return to the ship and continue towards Kani for an afternoon tour. Visit the site of the Nat Shrine and experience a real 'Nat Pwe' paying homage to the Nat of Kani.

Day 11:

Enjoy a mid-morning brunch before disembarking for a visit to the exceptional and historically important sites of Bagan, accompanied by our guides.

Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 12:

After breakfast transfer to shore to experience the morning market of Nyaung Oo followed by a tour of Bagan’s major temples.

Lunch is taken on shore in a Bagan restaurant.

This afternoon there is a choice of activities. Travel to sacred Mount Popa, stopping off at a Toddy Palm plantation on the way, or take a private horse and cart or bicycle tour within the city of Bagan.

Enjoy the evening’s farewell cocktail party and entertainment before your final dinner on board.

Day 13:

Disembark early morning for your return flight to Yangon and onward travel.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 6,900

Price Per Day:

$ 531 per person
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch, and table d'hôte dinner - both eastern and western choices available
  • Complimentary soft drinks, mineral water, local beer and free flow house wine (local and international) with
  • lunch and dinner
  • Internal flights within Myanmar included between Yangon and ship, as per itinerary
  • Fully-qualified resident doctor
  • All sightseeing, as per itinerary
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 6
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