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Luxury River Cruises on the Irrawaddy

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

The Irrawaddy River flows from north to south through Myanmar and is the country’s largest river. Cruise along the waters and gain insight into local life along the riverbanks, explore its major tributary, the Chindwin, and discover the stunning scenery.

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Myanmar Cruising and Beaches on board RV Paukan

Discover the vibrant scenes of local life as you float along the Irrawadddy on board the charming boutique river cruise, the RV Paukan. Named after the ancient city of Bagan, the ship was built in 2007 and features colonial-style timber-walled cabins, a sun deck, message rooms and a bar. Join the cruise and learn about the unique tribal communities who call Inle Lake home, watch the local fishermen using their traditional techniques and witness floating markets and sacred pagodas.

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Irrawaddy Cruise and Inle Lake on board Sanctuary Ananda

Cruise in style along the river aboard the luxurious custom-built Sanctuary Ananda. The sleek ship was built in 2014 by local craftsmen and features contemporary finishes, wooden floors and cabins with individual balconies. See the famous sites of Mandalay and Bagan and discover the tranquil beauty of Inle Lake. Unwind in the on board spa, take a dip in the outdoor plunge pool or soak up the views from the panorama lounge.

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Myanmar and Remote Northern Cruising on board Sanctuary Ananda

Delve deeper into the local culture of the Inle Lake region and spend time in the hilltribe villages. See the confluence of two rivers as you set sail to the remote northwest of the country along the Chindwin River. Visit the charming town of Katha, the setting of George Orwell’s novel Burmese Days.

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Golden Ayeyarwady Adventure on board Belmond Road to Mandalay

Experience Myanmar from a spacious deck and watch the Irrawaddy flow by from your fully air-conditioned and furnished cabin on board Belmond Road to Mandalay. On board facilities include a wellness and fitness centre, swimming pool and Piano Bar. Cruise from Mandalay to Bagan on the three day cruise and witness local life on the waters in Myanmar.

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Jewels of the Ayeyarwady on board Belmond Orcaella

Sister to Belmond Road to Mandalay, Belmond Orcaella offers intimate, elegant and stylish accommodation. Cruise from Yangon to Bagan and take in the views from a spacious and comfortable cabin. Make the most of the massage facilities, swimming pool and lounge on the eight night cruise.

Cruise the waters of Myanmar on one of our small group journeys or check out our range of private tours.