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Expedition cruising on the Irrawaddy River

Expedition cruising on the Irrawaddy River

By river is one of the best ways to explore Burma, with an enticing range of options guiding you to the remote corners of this beautiful country.

Burma is home to one of Asia's great rivers, the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady), which begins in the north of the country and flows south for more than 2,000 km (1,200 mi) past many of Burma's most celebrated destinations. During the British colonial era the Irrawaddy was the principle route for transport between the capital of Rangoon (Yangon) and the north, giving rise to Kipling's reference to the river as "the road to Mandalay".

Longer cruising options of varying lengths are available in a wide variety of ship styles to suit a range of budgets, though the majority link Mandalay with Yangon in the south or Bhamo in the north.

In recent years a selection of new, purpose-built ships have been launched on the Irrawaddy to cater for the luxury end of the market, including the Orcaella and the Sanctuary Ananda. Other popular options include the delightful RV Pandaw ships and the well-regarded Road to Mandalay cruise. For more details on cruising dates and costs please contact us.

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Expedition cruising on the Irrawaddy River

located in Mandalay

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Climb aboard one of Burma's most luxurious river cruise vessels to discover the nation's most iconic sights and spectacular scenery.

    Irrawaddy Luxury Explorer

    Climb aboard one of Burma's most luxurious river cruise vessels to discover the nation's most iconic sights and spectacular scenery. Finish with a few days of glorious relaxation at Ngapali, one of Asia's finest beaches.

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    Climb aboard one of Burma's most luxurious river cruise vessels to discover the nation's most iconic sights and spectacular scenery.

Other suggested Boating & Cruising

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  • Overnight cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

    Overnight cruise from Mandalay to Bagan

    For a few glorious days travelling on the mighty Irrawaddy River, why not join a cruise linking the must-see destinations of Bagan and Mandalay?

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  • Longtail boats on Inle Lake

    Longtail boats on Inle Lake

    Get out on Inle Lake in the local way: aboard a longtail boat that glides through the narrow channels between floating farms and stilt houses.

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  • Boating to Sagar

    Boating to Sagar

    Sagar, the far southern region of Inle Lake, is a very special destination and one that very few visitors have the chance to witness.

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