Cruising in Burma
The river remains one of the best ways to explore Burma, with an enticing range of cruising options on the Irrawaddy River from the popular day cruises connecting Mandalay and Bagan to ten-night expeditions linking the famous sites with more remote regions of the country. Journeys on the Chindwin River, one of the Irrawaddy's largest tributaries, offer a chance to explore otherwise inaccessible parts of northern Burma in comfort and style.
If river cruising doesn't appeal, perhaps an elegant yacht journey through the untouched Myeik archipelago in the spectacular Andaman Sea might be more your thing? Visit the celebrated sea nomads, stop in at untouched beaches and dive or snorkel in the unspoilt glory of Burma's southern islands.
Recommended Cruises Experiences
Climb aboard one of Burma's most luxurious river cruise vessels to discover the nation's most iconic sights and spectacular scenery.
Sail away down the Chindwin River into an area of Burma rich with history and barely touched by the modern world.
Cruises accommodation across Burma
Sanctuary Ananda Cruise (Bagan)
Launched in late 2014, the Sanctuary Ananda ranks amongst the newest and most luxurious of the cruise ships that explore Burma's great rivers. The all-suite ship voyages between Bhamo in Burma's far north and Yangon on the mighty Irrawaddy, visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way. Other expeditions explore its great tributary, the Chindwin, taking guests to remote locations visitors rarely see – through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, ancient towns almost to the Indian border. The Sanctuary Ananda has been custom-built by local craftsmen using traditional materials but designed to provide sleek contemporary luxury in 20 spacious suites spread over three decks. Facilities also include a sundeck with an outdoor pool and the Kansi panorama lounge.
RV Kalay Pandaw Cruise (Mandalay)
The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company once constituted a great fleet of vessels that plied the waters of Burma's greatest river during Kipling's day. Resurrected by the Pandaw Cruise company in the late 1990's the company has been the pioneer luxury river cruising in modern Burma. The Pandaw fleet comprises many ships of various scale, designed for specific journeys, and the RV Kalay is no exception. With only five cabins and an extremely low draught the boat is able to journey to the very upper reaches of the Chindwin River, without the risk of grounding on the numerous sandbanks which hinder larger vessels. As with all Pandaw cruises this is a fully inclusive experience, with all meals, drinks and daily shore excursions included within the price.
Sanctuary Ananda Cruise (Mandalay)
RV Paukan 2007 Irrawaddy River Cruise (Bagan)
Built in 2007, the RV Paukan 2007 is one of three boats in the Ayravata Cruise line that makes the journey between Bagan and Mandalay on the great Irrawaddy River. The 29 traditional colonial-styled ensuite cabins reflect the golden age of the Irrawaddy flotilla, but benefit from ensuite facilities and air-conditioning. A delightful sundeck provides the ideal spot from which to savour the passing scenery, and massage services and a crew of 22 ensure a relaxing and unforgettable cruise.
Burma Boating (Myeik Archipelago)
The small fleet of elegant yachts owned and operated by the Burma Boating company offers a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful and as yet largely undeveloped Mergui Archipelago is considerable style and comfort. Scheduled itineraries of 3, 5 or 6 night operate throughout the sailing season from October to May, or private charters can be arranged with personalised itineraries arranged to suit your available time and interests. This is a spectacular way to explore one of Asia's most incredible gems.