Irrawaddy Cruise - Myanmar (Burma)
Set sail on an unforgettable journey on the majestic Irrawaddy River as it weaves its way through Burma. Take in the gorgeous scenery as you drift peacefully past jungle-clad river banks alongside limitless rice fields. Marvel as Pagodas and Temple-tops burst through the jungle canopy, and glimpse the peaceful monks who make their way to worship there. See how rural life still thrives in the countryside, with local people still sustaining life from their natural surroundings that provide bountiful amounts of fish and bamboo. The river is home to several impressive animals, not least the Irrawaddy Dolphin with its distinctively round beak-less head. Saltwater Crocodiles also camouflage themselves among the reeds at the riverside. Most cruises traverse the river between the bustling city of Mandalay and the magical city of Bagan, whose temple-sprinkled plains make it one of Buddhism’s most sacred spiritual centres. An Irrawaddy cruise ensures you see almost every intriguing facet of Burma all in one trip.
Where is it?
Burma’s longest river flows from the north of the country high in the Himalaya’s down to the Andaman Sea. It runs roughly down the centre of Burma.
What is it?
The river bisects the country and serves as Burma’s most important commercial waterway. The Irrawaddy Delta, at the very south of the river, is a hugely important resource used for the cultivation of rice and fishing.
Best time to visit?
Burma is a very humid and warm country, so the best time to visit is during the dry season from November to April. These months afford the most comfortable temperatures for sightseeing.
Bagan is the ultimate highlight of any cruise on the Irrawaddy. Thousands of monks worship in the timeless city, principally at the Bagan Temples which surround it. Over 4,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries still stand in this remarkable place.