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Burma Travel Guide

Burma river cruises cover Myanmar (formerly Burma), following the Irrawaddy River, or the longest river in the country. As the country's lengthiest steam, the Irrawaddy River stretches 1,350 miles. Therefore, the best way to book a Burma river cruise is to schedule a river cruise holiday down the Irrawaddy River. Burma river cruises usually start in Mandalay and commence in Bagan. Mandalay is the second-largest city in Myanmar after Yangon. Pagodas, lush green scenery, and ornate palaces await you on this river cruise journey. With river cruise volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 50% versus the brochure price! Book your Burma river cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted river cruise headquarters.

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Burma River Cruises Highlights

  • Relax in a luxury cabin or suites with teakwood flooring, and windows with panoramic river-scape views.
  • En-suite bathrooms feature amenities, such as plush terry cloth robes, small scented soaps, and slippers.
  • Get complimentary access to the Internet and Wi-Fi.
  • Enjoy 24/7 butler services so you can relax and stay organized.
  • View the riverine landscape from you onboard balcony.
  • Exercise in the ship's well-appointed fitness facility.
  • Access complimentary beverages, such as tea, coffee, or soda, anytime.
  • Dine outside on the upper deck of your river cruise ship.
  • Enjoy three meals daily during the duration of your river cruise holiday.
  • Dine outside on the upper deck of your river cruise ship.
  • Order from an international menu that includes Asian entrees.

Burma River Cruises Travel Tips

  • Taking a Burma river cruise entails getting a Visa. Go online to get an e-Visa if you plan to go by way of Yangon when entering Myanmar.
  • U.S. dollars can be spent easily in Myanmar. ATMs are available in public areas and at luxury hotels. ATMs can be used for receiving Myanmar currency.
  • Some pre-packaged Burma river cruise trips include air travel to Yangon or Mandalay as well as hotel stays. 
  • Make sure to wear comfortable skid-resistant footwear.
  • See if you have extended travel options where you can participate in outdoor activities, such as fishing or snorkeling. 
  • When visiting the temples during a Burma river cruise, cover the knees and shoulders. While men can wear long shorts, women should wear lightweight slacks.
  • Footwear must be removed when visiting Buddhist temples.
  • Wear a lightweight windbreaker or sweater if you plan to visit Myanmar from October to February. 
  • Find out if you need to obtain malaria medicine before you embark on your river cruise trip.

Burma River Cruises Things To Do

  • Mandalay

    Sitting along the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay is home to Sagaing Fault, which is the meeting point for the India and Sunda tectonic plates. The presence of the plates puts Mandalay at risk for earthquakes. Mandalay experienced a magnitude 7 quake in 1956, also called the Great Sagaing Quake. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Mandalay features two seasons - a dry season and a wet season. Travel to Mandalay between November and February, known as the dry season. The wet season covers the months of March through October. April is extremely hot, with temperatures averaging about 87 degrees Fahrenheit. 


    You Should Know

    You can visit a variety of pagodas and temples when you climb to the top of Mandalay Hill. The Kyauktawgyi Pagoda was built by King Mindon between 1853 and 1873. King Thibaw Min had the Shwenandaw Monastery or Golden Palace built in 1880. Made of teakwood, the structure displays carvings of Buddhist mythical stories. While most of the Mandalay Palace was annihilated during World War II, the watchtower and Royal Mint survived.
  • Mingun

    Sitting next to the Irrawaddy River to the northwest of Mandalay is Mingun, a town that is found in central Myanmar. The "Unfinished pagoda," called Mingun Pahtodawgyi, is one of the town's fascinating buildings.

    You Should Know

    The "Unfinished Pagoda" features the highest brick pile in the world.King Bagyidaw built the Myatheintan Pagoda to honor his wife, Queen Hsinbyume, who died when giving birth in 1812. About 100,000 emeralds were used in the construction of the pagoda which was flattened by an earthquake 20 years later. However, the building was restored by King Mndon, a little lover 40 years later, in 1874.
  • Ava or Inwa
    Ava or Inwa

    Known for its temples, Ava or Inwa is home to religious structures built from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries. At that time Ava served as the capital of Burma. The Bagaya Kyaung, made of teak wood, is a well-known monastery built in the 1800s.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to see Ava or Inwa is during the dry season, which takes place from November through April. The beginning of the season is cooler, so you may want to travel at that time.


    You Should Know

    The Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery dates back to the 1800s. The monastery's crypts attract bats in the area. 
  • Bagan

    One of the most popular port destinations, Bagan is known for its temples. The archaeological area of Bagan features an approximate 25 square-mile area. The quiet town is a big draw for anyone interested in archeology and Asian history.

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit Bagan during the first part of the dry season, when you can experience cooler temperatures.


    You Should Know

    The Shwezigon Pagoda is known for it intricate gold leaf facings. At least 2,200 temples and pagodas can currently be seen in Bagan. Archeological experts believe about 10,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas once stood in the area. 
  • Nyaung Shwe
    Nyaung Shwe

    Regarded as being the portal to Inle Lake, Nyaung Shwe appeals to the backpacker crowd. The main street of Yone Gyi Road boasts economical eateries, stupas, and places where you can gain online access. 

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit Nyaung Shwe from November to December, when the weather and temperatures are pleasanter.


    You Should Know

    The biggest pagoda in Nyaung Shwe, Yadana Manaung can be found on Paung Daw Seiq Road. The road runs next to the primary thoroughfare of Yone Gyi Road. Mingalar Market features local produce and souvenir handicrafts.
  • Kalaw

    If you wish to experience village life up-close in Myanmar, Kalaw is your go-to place. Some of the popular sites in Kalaw village include the Thein Taung Monastery, the Hnee Pagoda, which features a massive gold Buddha, and the local Myoma Market.

    Best Time To Visit

    Travel during the first part of the dry season, or in November or December.


    You Should Know

    Find spices and noodles at the central Myoma Market. Visit Hnee Pagoda in the early morning when it first opens to enjoy a little peace before the crowds descend on the site. The temple opens its doors at 8:00 am.
  • Inle Lake
    Inle Lake

    A good place to hike or cycle is Inle Lake. At the lake, you can also observe fishermen rowing their boats with one leg. Floating gardens can also be seen. Along the lake, stilt houses frame the borders of the water.

    Best Time To Visit

    Plan a visit to Inle Lake during November. 


    You Should Know

    The Khaung Daing hot springs, in the area, feature dips in private pools. Close to Inle Lake, the village of Khaung Daing is the place to visit for shan tofu and tofu salad.
  • Yangon

    Yangon is another popular Burma river cruise stop. The largest city in Myanmar, Yangon began as a fishing village called Dagon. It was Myanmar's capital from 1948 to 2005. Yangon is noted as being the place of the "Golden Pagodas." The largest pagoda in Yangon is the Swhedagon Pagoda.

    Best Time To Visit

    Visit Yangon when the temperatures and weather are more moderate, or in November or December. 


    You Should Know

    Yangon's high-rise structures do not feature elevators. Instead, baskets are hung out of the buildings with ropes, which people use to pull up items or food. Both men and women wear a piece of clothing known as lonyi. The sheet of fabric ties around the waist and falls at the ankle.

Burma River Cruise Packages

Quick Facts

The best time to visit Myanmar, or take a Burma river cruise, is during November or December when the temperatures are cooler and there is less threat of rain. The dry season in the country lasts from November to February. River cruise travel is slower during this period. By the time the wet season arrives in March, the temperatures and humidity begin to climb. If you can withstand the weather during this period, you normally will pay less for your Burma river cruise package. River cruises often operate from September through April to avoid issues with flooding.  

Burma River Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • Best Time to Take Burma River Cruises

    When you choose to embark on a Burma river cruise will depend on your budget and your tolerance to hot temperatures. If you plan on going out on daily excursions, it is probably best to plan your river cruise in November so you will not feel impaired by the heat and humidity.

  • What Are Burma River Cruises?

    Burma river cruises feature popular river stops at the capital of Mandalay and Bagan. Some go as far as Yangon. It just depends on the length of the river cruise route and the number of days you plan to travel. Burma river cruises feature stops at villages and enable river cruise-goers to see some of the area's leading temples.

  • What’s Included on Burma River Cruises?

    If you take a Burma river cruise, you will receive all your daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) onboard ship free as well as complimentary beverages. Wi-Fi is also provided along with luxury accommodations that feature balconies. Guided tours are provided by experienced tour guides.

  • What’s the Best River Cruise of Burma River Cruises?

    The best Burma river cruise is one that meets your criteria with regards to pricing and interests. Talk to your travel representative about customizing a Burma river cruise package for you. 

  • How Much Do Burma River Cruises Cost?

    If you schedule a Burma river cruise for 10 days, you will pay, on average $3,500 per person. The price includes free Wi-Fi, all your meals and beverages, airport transfers, and Wi-Fi.

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