Inside Burma Tours

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 Strand cruise and the Sanctuary Ananda ship. Other popular options include the delightful RV Pandaw ships and the well-regarded Belmond Road to Mandalay cruise. For more details on cruising dates and costs please contact us.

When to go:

Expedition cruising on the Irrawaddy River

located in Mandalay

Read more >

Book now to save 10% on a 7 night Burma Cruise

Cruises

CRU003

Book by 31/05/2017

Travel before 31/03/2018

Cruising between Mandalay and Bagan just got more affordable thanks to Pandaw.

Ask about me

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

  • If you are keen to explore the remoter corners of the world, our Untouched Burma trip is for you.

    Untouched Burma

    Combining a number of the country's most iconic destinations with the dramatic landscapes of Eastern and Central Burma, this is a trip for the travel connoisseur seeking experiences far from the usual tourist trail.

    Read more >

    If you are keen to explore the remoter corners of the world, our Untouched Burma trip is for you.

Other suggested Boating & Cruising

View more >
  • 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?

    Read more >

  • Expedition cruising on the Chindwin River

    Expedition cruising on the Chindwin River

    Journeys on the Chindwin River offer a chance to explore otherwise inaccessible parts of northern Burma in comfort and style.

    Read more >

  • Insider Experience: Art and architecture of Phnom Penh

    Insider Experience: Art and architecture of Phnom Penh

    Meet an art "Insider", a galley curator, for a deep unstanding of Cambodia's evolving art and architecture scene

    Read more >