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.