The Irrawaddy & Burma’s Rivers

The Irrawaddy, or Ayeyarwady as it is all known, runs from the snow-capped Himalayas, through the fertile plains of Burma, past Mandalay and Bagan and down to the Indian Ocean. On its banks, you will see the timeless charm that hasn’t changed in centuries: bullock-carts and ox-ploughs working the fields, teak Buddhist Monasteries and glistening golden pagodas straddling the hillsides. Walk through the villages and see remarkable communities going about their daily lives, such as crafting pots from the alluvial clay of the banks of the Irrawaddy. Most guests opt for the cruise between Mandalay and Bagan, opting for either traditional boats, or the best of the luxury river-ships such as the Road to Mandalay. Other fantastic options include the new Anawrahta, the traditional RV Paukan and the Strand Cruise. For those who want something more intrepid, then head up-stream from Mandalay where you find Katha, the setting for Orwell’s ‘Burmese Days’. Alternatively, cruise along the remote tributary, the Chindwin, on the exceptional Belmond Orcaella. There are many options of varying lengths of cruise that can be incorporated into a tailor-made tour of Burma from simple one night experiences to longer twelve day adventures, and the boats we feature are only a sample of what we can offer. Millis Potter will advise on which is the most suitable ship for you, and then create an itinerary around your cruise experience.

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The Irrawaddy & Burma’s Rivers Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

The Road to Mandalay: Cruising the Irrawaddy

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy Cruise - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Nothing quite compares to a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan. You’ll see the major sights of Burma, but also see the traditional villages and rural charm along the banks of the river.

12 days from £3795 p. p.

Remote Burma: Cruising the Chindwin

Mandalay - Chindwin River - Yangon  

The further you get off-the-beaten track in Burma, the more remarkable the destination becomes. Ideal for a second-time trip, this tour explores the hidden Chindwin on the luxury Belmond Orcaella.

17 days from £6150 p. p.

Burma in Depth

Bago - Hpa An - Golden Rock - Yangon - Bagan - Yandabo - Mandalay - Maymyo - Hsipaw - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali  

If you want to leave no stone unturned in Burma, then we can offer longer private journeys which get further off-the-beaten track to see more of this amazing country.

24 days from £4630 p. p.

Luxury Burma in Style

Yangon - Bagan - Irrawaddy Cruise - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

With the introduction of a selection of new luxury hotels in recent years, Burma is fast becoming the destination to explore in style on a luxurious tour packed with authentic and amazing experiences.

15 days from £7140 p. p.

Burma in a Nutshell

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy - Bagan - Inle Lake  

This shorter private tour of Burma combines all the main highlights of this amazing destination, exploring Yangon, visiting Mandalay, cruising the Irrawaddy, the temples and pagodas of Bagan and Inle Lake.

11 days from £2360 p. p.

The Irrawaddy & Burma’s Rivers Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Road to Mandalay, Irrawaddy, Burma

Belmond Road to Mandalay

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The Belmond Road to Mandalay is the definitive Irrawaddy cruiser in Burma; classic and elegant, yet modern and exceptionally luxurious.

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Belmond Orcaella, Irrawaddy, Cindwin | Luxury Ships and River Cruises in Burma

Belmond Orcaella

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The elegant and luxurious Belmond Orcaella cruises the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers in Burma and offers just luxury 25 cabins.

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The Anawrahta

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The Anawrahta is a luxury Irrawaddy cruiser and resembles a British colonial paddle-steamer and cruises between Mandalay and Bagan.

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RV Paukan, Irrawaddy Cruise, Burma

RV Paukan 2007

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Launched in 2007, the RV Paukan is a classic boutique colonial-themed river boat cruising along the Irrawaddy between Bagan and Mandalay.

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Yandabo Home, Irrawaddy, Burma

Yandabo Home

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Yandabo Home is a remote small boutique hotel located midway between Mandalay and Bagan in Burma, offering just twelve rooms.

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The Irrawaddy & Burma’s Rivers Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.

Road to Mandalay, Irrawaddy, Burma

Cruising the Irrawaddy

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