Irrawaddy River Cruises
Why Cruise The Irrawaddy?
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime, on board a cruise along Myanmar’s largest river, the Irrawaddy (officially Ayeyarwady), and its main tributary, the relatively untouched Chindwin River. Flowing from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean, the mighty Irrawaddy meanders through the heart of Myanmar (formerly Burma) and a voyage on one of our colonial-inspired Irrawaddy river cruises is a truly memorable way to experience up-close this captivating ‘golden land’.
River cruise Burma in the height of comfort, as you indulge in leisurely days cruising past Myanmar’s ever-changing, yet timeless landscapes of jungle-clad hills, riverine villages, and ancient royal capitals of Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon. Our Myanmar river cruises afford unparalleled access deep within one of Southeast Asia’s lesser-explored gems.
Our hand-picked portfolio of Irrawaddy river boats has been carefully chosen to include remarkable vessels operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers in the region who offer the best Burma boat trips with exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge and utmost levels of service.
Our custom Myanmar tours seamlessly combine Irrawaddy cruises with bespoke land tours featuring private expert-led excursions and curated accommodations. Browse our best-sellers below and begin an unforgettable journey tailored uniquely to you.
Want to know more about cruising in Myanmar? Our destination specialists have compiled the definitive Myanmar travel guide to help you plan your cruise. Find out when and where to go, what to see and do, where to eat and sleep, and more below.
Do I Need A Visa To Travel To The Irrawaddy River?
The Irrawaddy River is located in Myanmar. To enter the country, you will need a tourist’s visa which can normally be applied for online. Some nationalities can obtain an e-Visa. You also need a valid passport with at least six months remaining until the expiration date.
Do I Need To Get Any Vaccinations Or Malaria Tablets Ahead Of Travel?
Some travelers start taking malaria tablets before traveling to the Myanmar, but it’s not a requirement. Your doctor may recommend that you get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, and yellow fever.
What Is One Thing I Shouldn’t Miss Near The Irrawaddy River?
The Irrawaddy flows for 1,300 miles through the country, so there are no end of amazing sights. Some of the most remarkable, however, are the local Buddhist temples and architecture. Make sure you have time to explore Bagan’s top temples, maybe even take a flight over them in a hot-air balloon.
What Is The Local Cuisine Like?
Burmese cuisine is unique and delicious. As you travel along the Irrawaddy River, you will have the chance to sample local and regional dishes like chicken, rice, and vermicelli. Unsurprisingly, there are many fish dishes for tourists to enjoy fresh from the river, but make sure you try the tea leaf salad too!
Is The Irrawaddy River Safe?
In general, the Irrawaddy River is a very safe place to travel. Myanmar as a whole is also a safe travel destination with the exception of a few regions that may still be prone to periods of civil unrest. However, most travelers can expect to enjoy a safe holiday.
UPDATE: Please check with us in regards to the current political situation in Myanmar. After the coup in February 2021, the country is temporarily unavailable for tourism.
When Is The Best Time Of Year To Go To The Irrawaddy River?
The best time of year for an Irrawaddy River cruise is between November and February. During these months, the weather is slightly cooler and drier. During the rest of the year, the weather is much warmer and more humid.
Is The Irrawaddy River A Good Family Destination?
Visiting the Irrawaddy and Myanmar with kids can be a great off-the-beaten-path family vacation. Irrawaddy family cruises are fun and educational experiences, especially if you see the Irrawaddy river dolphins! Please note some boats have minimum age requirements – please check with your agent.
Is The Irrawaddy River A Good Honeymoon Destination?
Depending on what type of honeymoon you’re looking for, an Irrawaddy honeymoon cruise could be an excellent option. It would certainly be a honeymoon like no other, full of amazing sights, meals, and experiences that neither of you will ever forget.
On top of that, some of the boats on the Irrawaddy are 5-star high-end vessels, so your honeymoon can be luxurious and adventurous at the same time!