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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:

  • 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.

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

Other suggested Boating & Cruising

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  • The boat to Twante

    The boat to Twante

    For an alternative view of life in and around Burma's biggest city, board a riverboat for a short cruise to the small market town of Twante.

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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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