Luxury Irrawaddy River Cruises

Running through the heart of Myanmar, the Irrawaddy journeys past some of the most captivating landscapes on Earth. With a wealth of cultural experiences and sightseeing opportunities galore, this river is a testament to the region’s long and fascinating heritage.

Luxury river cruise lines on the Irrawaddy

Where to discover

Explore the Far Eastern exotics on-board a luxury Irrawaddy river cruise. Also known as the Ayeyarwaddy, it stretches across the Asian nation of Myanmar, beginning in the mountains and flowing for 1,350-miles before emptying into the Andaman Sea.

Playing the parts of a commercial trading link and living network of life along the banks, the Irrawaddy passes many fishermen with their nets, as well as rice paddies and golden stupas (spires) that pierce the landscape. Stop in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, and explore the nation’s economic hub. Though not situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy, this region is often included in itineraries purely for its landmarks (the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda) and natural beauty.

Second in size to Yangon, Mandalay is another voyage of discovery, where you can enlighten your religious spirits and marvel at impressive monasteries. Gaze at the beautiful Royal Palace around which the city was built – awash with red and gold paint and detailed with ornate carvings.

The Irrawaddy river has been translated by scholars to mean a ‘river that brings blessings to the people’; constantly refuelling the fields and replenishing the country with water, fish and fertile soil. Stirring imaginations of literary minds like Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell, this river is the enduring spirit of Asian life.

Having been rebuilt in the 1990s following WWII, Mandalay won´t entice you with elaborate aesthetics and architectural becoming; rather, you will be teased by temples, the many monasteries and mosques, and the thriving teahouse culture that endures to this day.
Considered Myanmar’s temple town, explore the expansive 26-square-mile area where 2,230 of the original 4,450 temples survive as a legacy of the Buddhist religion. Many have been restored by UNESCO and contain delicate frescoes and carvings just waiting to be discovered.
The largest city in Myanmar, Yangon is an artistic and cultural hub reflecting the many changes that have occurred over years gone by. Restaurants, bars and shops appeal to your tourist needs, while golden monuments and serene parks ignite your inner explorer.

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