The Irrawaddy
FRC-836106/194299 Irrawaddy
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Entrance fees,
  • Guide services (English language),
  • Gratuities to crew,
  • Main meals,
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes.

What's Not Included

  • International flights,
  • Port dues (if levied),
  • Laundry,
  • All visa costs,
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions),
  • All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, busd rivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.
Itinerary
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Day 1
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

Known as Rangoon until 1989, Yangon is the mesmerising capital of Burma, now known as Myanmar. The city's history revolves around the ancient Shwedagon Pagoda, a must-see for all visitors, which is adorned with over five thousand diamonds and thousands more precious stones besides. Other places of interest include the National Museum, Zoological Garden, Wildlife Park in Hlawga and the Peoples Park on Pyay Road.

A Buddhist monarchy ruled Burma throughout the 11th century, followed by the Chinese Mongols and the Shans. During this time, the city was known as Dagon and then Yangon, and it wasn’t until the British came to occupy Burma that the name Rangoon was introduced. However, in 1937 it was declared an independent nation and reverted back to the preferred Yangon 50 years later.

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Day 2
Maubin, Myanmar (Burma)

The township of Maubin is located in the Irrawaddy division of south-west Myanmar. The town is filled with stunning pagodas and landmarks, most notably the ancient Paw Taw My Ceti Pagoda. 

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Day 3
Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated in the Irrawaddy Division, the Irrawaddy Delta is the lowest expanse of land in Burma, spreading over an area of land due to the limit of tidal influence. This area is densely populated and the rich alluvial soil plays a key role in the cultivation of rice. This area is also home to a number of significant Burmese cities and islands.

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Day 4
Myanaung, Myanmar (Burma)

A small town on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Myanaung is located in the Hinthada District of Myanmar.

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Day 5
Prome, Myanmar (Burma)

On the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy River in the Bago Region in Myanmar, is the principal town of Prome. Founded in the 8th century, Prome is one of the oldest towns in Myanmar and a commercial town and port. Among the many places of interest in the town is the Shwesandaw Pagoda, encircled by 83 small gilded temples, it is a sight like no other.

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Day 6
Thayetmyo, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River in central Myanmar is the town of Thayetmyo. Once a border point of British Burma, Thayetmyo is a pleasant colonial town and home to the oldest golf course in Burma.

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Day 7
Minhla, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, in Upper Myanmar, is the Italian-built Minhla Fort, which was built to ensure the British were kept at bay from Royal Burma. This spectacular fort was built in 1864 and positioned on the banks of the river to destroy any enemy vessels which sailed upstream.

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Day 7
Magwe, Myanmar (Burma)

The Myanmar town of Magwe, or Magway, sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, opposite the town of Minbu. It is home to a number of educational institutions including many specialist universities and colleges. Magwe is also home to the magnificent Myat-Thalon Pagoda, which features solid gold brick work, as well as many temples and hermitages.

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Day 8
Sale, Myanmar (Burma)

On the eastern banks of the Irrawaddy River lies the ancient town of Sale.  This remote town has been the centre of Myanmar culture for over 700 years and is home to over a hundred ruins.  Sale is perhaps most famous for its 19th century wooden monastery, Yoke-sone Kyaung, which houses the largest Buddha image in lacquered wicker work in Myanmar. Sale is also known as the birthplace of U Ponnya, one of Burma’s most celebrated writers, here you can visit a museum dedicated to the celebration of his life and works.

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Day 9
Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Without question, Bagan is one of Myanmar’s most spectacular temple cities. This spectacular city, located on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River – 90 miles southwest of Mandalay, is home to thousands of temples and pagodas. Founded in 1058, this archaeological zone was once home to 5,000 temples, although a few thousand of these no longer remain. Within this zone, there are many ancient Buddhist shrines and the beautiful golden pagoda of the Shwe Zigon Temple. Built by King Anawratha, the Shwe Zigon pagoda resembles a terraced golden pyramid and is topped by a golden umbrella, which holds many encrusted jewels.

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Day 11
Yandabo, Myanmar (Burma)

The remote village of Yandabo can be found along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. The people here are well known within the country for their talented pottery making skills. They produce terracotta from mud found along the river bank and you can view the pottery making process at various stages. Yandabo is also famous in Burmese history as the place where the Treaty of Yandabo was signed in 1855 between the Burmese king and the British.

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Day 12
Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) - Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma) - Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)

Located in Central Myanmar, the city of Mandalay was the capital of Myanmar’s Last Kingdom and is located on the banks of the River Irrawaddy, 415 miles north of Yangon. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, it was the official seat of Myanmar kings until it was occupied by the British in 1885 – who relocated the capital to Yangon. Despite this, many remains of the old Royal City and a number of old monasteries remain in Mandalay. It is also an important Buddhist religious centre and this soon becomes evident upon seeing the vast number of monks who reside here.

There are many palaces, temples, pagodas and monasteries to explore in the centre of the city, each of which will take your breath away. There are some 730 pagodas located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, near the Irrawaddy River. Each of these pagodas is set in a square which protects the Kuthodaw (“Works of Royal Merit”), which consists of Buddhist scriptures recorded on 729 white marble tablets.

Sagaing is the capital of Sagaing region of Myanmar and located along the Irrawaddy River. Sagaing is an important religious and monastic centre, and as such is brimming with Buddhist monasteries and pagodas. The central and most breathtaking pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, is connected by a set of covered staircases that run up the entire length of the 240m hill.

Founded by King Bodawpaya in 1783 as the capital and “City of Immortals”, Amarapura is home to many glistening and spectacular monuments. It is thought that Amarapura may have once been laid out as a square, with walls that were each 1km long. Perhaps the most significant landmarks within the kilometre-squared area are the 100-foot tall solid brick pagodas, which stand at each corner of the ruined city walls.

From here, you can also travel to Taungthaman Lake, where you will find the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar. Spanning 1,208 metres and built entirely from teak, the bridge provides a path across the lake to the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda.

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Day 13
Mingun, Myanmar (Burma)

The fascinating Myanmar town of Mingun is located roughly an hour away from the city of Mandalay via the Irrawaddy River. One of the main attractions in the town is the Mingun Pathodawgyi, a monumental, yet incomplete stupa. It was built for King Bodawpaya in 1790, but the structure was never finished, after an astrologer claimed that upon completion, the king would die. Had it been completed, it would have been the largest stupa in the world. What was built remains standing today, albeit with huge cracks, which were formed following an earthquake in 1839. Other landmarks in the town include the world’s largest uncracked bell and the white pagoda of Hsinbyume Paya.

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Day 14
Kyaukmyaung, Myanmar (Burma)

Situated in the Sagaing Division of Myanmar is the town of Kyakmyaung, which is located 46 miles north of Mandalay on the west bank of the Irrawaddy River. This town is particularly famous for the manufacture of large glazed earthenware pots, which are otherwise known as Martaban jars.

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Day 15
Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

Located in Central Myanmar, the city of Mandalay was the capital of Myanmar’s Last Kingdom and is located on the banks of the River Irrawaddy, 415 miles north of Yangon. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, it was the official seat of Myanmar kings until it was occupied by the British in 1885 – who relocated the capital to Yangon. Despite this, many remains of the old Royal City and a number of old monasteries remain in Mandalay. It is also an important Buddhist religious centre and this soon becomes evident upon seeing the vast number of monks who reside here.

There are many palaces, temples, pagodas and monasteries to explore in the centre of the city, each of which will take your breath away. There are some 730 pagodas located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, near the Irrawaddy River. Each of these pagodas is set in a square which protects the Kuthodaw (“Works of Royal Merit”), which consists of Buddhist scriptures recorded on 729 white marble tablets.

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