Irrawaddy River

The Irrawaddy River is your gateway to the mysterious lands of Myanmar, also known as Burma. Visiting Myanmar is almost like traveling back in time to the 1960s. There are cars, but they are old, and it's not unusual to see people traveling on a horse and carriage. This is a land lost in time, an aspect that makes for a truly memorable vacation. Featured below are a few of the unforgettable experiences to be enjoyed on a river cruise through Myanmar along the Irrawaddy River:

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Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sightsee in Yangon, Myanmar’s cultural epicenter and largest city. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s highlights, including the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, often referred to as the Golden Pagoda.
  • Some Irrawaddy river cruises feature a couple days in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. This city is rich with colorful temples and pagodas, as well as skyscrapers. It is a wonderful mix of the old and the new.
Bagan Archaeological Museum, Myanmar
  • Visit the magnificent Mahamuni Pagoda near Mandalay. The temple houses a statue of the Buddha that is thought to be one of only five Buddha likenesses created while the Buddha was alive.
  • Tour the ancient city of Bagan where you will see more than 2,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries. Those 2,000 structures are all that remain from the 10,000 structures built from the 9th to the 13th centuries.
Sunset in Bagan, Myanmar
  • Explore some of the small villages located along the Irrawaddy, such as Yandabo or Magway. Tour the villages by foot and attend a workshop to learn how the locals make a living with their pottery, and then enjoy a traditional Burmese puppet show performed aboard your river ship.
  • Ascend Tan-Kyi-Taung Mountain (by car) for awe-inspiring views of Bagan, and then tour the teak Salé Monasteries with their intricate wood carvings.


See the best of Myanmar (Burma) with a river cruise along the Irrawaddy River, your pathway to mysterious lands full of beautiful monasteries, towering pagodas, quaint villages and unforgettable experiences. Contact our river cruise experts to start planning your Irrawaddy river cruise today.


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