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River Cruisesin Myanmar

For centuries the grand Ayeyarwaddy River has played as large a role in the Myanmar national consciousness as the Nile does in Egypt and the Amazon in South America. Snaking its way south like a winding spine, the Ayeyarwaddy has been a central highway for trade and transportation across the region since the 6th century, and was once home to the largest private armada that the world has ever seen: the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company.

Since the poem by Rudyard Kipling, the Ayeyarwaddy has been doused in a romantic gloss and has come to be known affectionately as ‘the Road to Mandalay’. Today, there are few ways to explore the ‘greener, sweeter Land’ of Myanmar than by tracing the route the old flotilla once trawled in a luxury cruise ship.

Which Cruise?

The most popular cruises are those between Bagan and Mandalay however there are also luxurious ships sailing up the Ayeyarwaddy to Bhamo, stopping off in Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s novel Burmese Days, and up the Chindwin River to Homalin. 

Aboard these luxury cruise ships, top class dining can be anticipated, featuring both western dishes and a selection of local Burmese recipes with ingredients sourced from riverside markets passed on the way. Passengers on these luxury ships can recline on observation decks as well as take advantage of spa treatments, gym facilities and an array of onboard entertainment.

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