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Nagaland Voyage Cruising Tour 8D7N Downstream Trip

Homalin, Myanmar (Burma)
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8 Days 7 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

20 people




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.

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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.


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.


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.


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’.


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.


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.


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.


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


  • + 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
  • - International flights
  • - Port dues (if levied)
  • - Laundry
  • - All visa costs
  • - Fuel surcharges
  • - All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • - Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers

Tour's Location

Homalin, Myanmar (Burma)


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

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)
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