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Myanmar (Burma) River Cruises

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inle lake, Shan state, Myanmar (Photo: lkunl/Shutterstock)

About Myanmar (Burma) River Cruises

A Burma river cruise takes you into the heart of a country that has been inaccessible for decades (it's also known as Myanmar). Burma river cruises take place on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers, which have been the country's lifeblood and are inseparable from Burmese spiritual life. Expect glorious temples, pastoral scenery and interactions with people who still are far removed from western life.

  • What is the best time to cruise to Myanmar (Burma) River?

  • Which cruise lines go to Myanmar (Burma) River?


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What is the best time to cruise to Myanmar (Burma) River?

Myanmar (Burma) river cruises are along the Irrawaddy River. The dry season is between November and February when they temperatures are also cooler and more enjoyable. Sailings might also be available in September and October as well as in March and April, but the weather is considerably less pleasant during those months. Monsoon season is between late May and October, so book with caution during those months. For more: Irrawaddy River Cruise Tips.

Which cruise lines go to Myanmar (Burma) River?

Tourism in this region can be unstable, and most major cruise lines do not have an established presence in the Myanmar (Burma) region. River cruise lines that do ply the Irrawaddy include Belmond, Scenic, Vantage and Pandaw River Cruises.

What are some things to do in Myanmar (Burma) River?

Cultural and historic sights and activities abound in the Myanmar (Burma) river cruise region, but one of the major draws is touring the ornate Buddhist temples, monasteries and religious ruins that pepper the towns and villages along the Irrawaddy River. See the ancient Sule Pagoda in Yangon then stop at the Bogyoke Market for souvenirs, check out the intricate wood carvings at Golden Palace Monastery in Mandalay and see Buddhist relics at the Shwesandaw Paya temple in Pyay.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to Myanmar (Burma) River?

A passport -- and visa -- are required to cruise the Myanmar (Burma) river region. Check with your cruise line for how to obtain the proper tourist visa.

What should I pack for a cruise to Myanmar (Burma) River?

It is very hot and humid in the Myanmar (Burma) river cruise region for much of the year, so breathable, lightweight clothing and sun protection are necessary. If you're sailing during the months that experience cooler temperatures at night, a light jacket should be sufficient. Of course, if you are visiting during monsoon season, rain gear is essential. Be sure to bring meds in case traveler's tummy becomes a problem.

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