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Myanmar River Cruises - Avalon Waterways

Irrawaddy River cruises are one of Avalon Waterways more recent offerings, and what a great new experience it is! Special memories are waiting to be created on an exploration of Myanmar, which has made huge steps recently to open the doors for more international tourism. While cruising through Myanmar with Avalon Waterways, you could learn a new craft from a local village workshop, experience the lifestyle of monks, ride an elephant and stand in wonderment at the landscape of temples and shrines.

Highlights of Avalon Waterways’ Irrawaddy River cruises include the Shwedagon pagoda – one of the oldest in the world – and the Shwenandaw Monastery. These ancient structures will give you a new understanding of eastern religions, but perhaps while uncovering even more mysteries along the way.

Your Irrawaddy River cruise will visit cities and towns like Yangon, Bagan, Sagaing, Mandalay, Bhamo, Katha and more. Your experiences in “The Golden Land” – as Myanmar is known – will provide a lifetime of memories in a land like no other. Continue below for a preview of the memorable experiences available on an Irrawaddy River cruise with Avalon Waterways:

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Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar
  • Take a guided tour of Yangon, one of Myanmar’s largest cities, and see many of the nation’s most treasured landmarks, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Central Railway Station, City Hall and the Chaukhtatgyi reclining Buddha.
  • Tour a lacquer workshop in Bagan for an interactive lesson on this ancient Burmese trade, and then make your way to the beautifully-preserved Dhammayangyi monument and Ananda temple.
Temples of Bagan, Myanmar
  • Explore some of the 2,000+ pagodas, temples and monasteries left in Bagan. A stunning number on its own, but even more incredible when you realize many date back to the 9th century.
  • In Amarapura, take a sunset boat ride around the iconic U Bein Bridge while guides explain the history of this famous teakwood bridge, which is still traversed daily by monks.
Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Get your hands dirty at a local farm house in Shwe Pyi Thar. Locals will teach you how to make their popular sap-based palm candy while you learn about the daily life of a farmer in Myanmar.
  • Some Myanmar river cruises offer a chance to visit Bangkok, the vibrant city featuring an intricate canal system. Explore the canals and visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace and more.


Let the Irrawaddy River guide you to new discoveries in the mysterious landscape of Myanmare. To book your Avalon Waterways river cruise to Myanmar, contact our river cruise specialists at 1-800-377-9383.


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