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.
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.
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