There are four main rivers in Myanmar; Irrawaddy, Chindwin, Thanlwin, and Sittaung.

The name Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady), some say, is derived from the Sanskrit term airavati, meaning "elephant river." Anyhow, this river symbolizes the history of our nation, where you can see our past, the present, and the future. The Irrawaddy is a live witness to the great moments of our civilization, and still murmurs her happiness and joy.

The Chindwin is hidden among beautiful valleys, jungles, and mountains. The Chindwin is used less for commerce than the Irrawaddy, so it’s not as busy with boat traffic. Here, you will have a chance to visit small villages that are isolated from the modern world, see unspoiled nature, and wander around well-preserved religious monuments.

The Thanlwin-Salween is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the world (formerly named as Salween or Salwin). It crosses the borders of China, Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand, and then enters Myanmar again before ending at the Andaman Sea at Mawlamyine (Moulemein).

The Sittaung (formerly, the Sittang or Sittoung) has a strong current that make it less useable for boat track. Because of this flow it’s known as the untamed river.

Among these 4 rivers only 2 are tame enough for cruises. We can propose you RV PAUKAN, PANDAW, and ROAD TO MANDALAY as they operate along the Irrawaddy and the Chindwin for short and long trips.  

As a day cruise (public ferry boat) between Mandalay and Bagan, we can propose RV Shwe Keinnari and Malikha. There are also some cheaper government boats operating the same route, but the trip takes longer and is less comfortable.

We have another cruise category, between the luxury cruises and the public boat, called the Yandabo cruise.

In the Delta area, we have some cruises for sunset along the Yangon River, or you can take a day trip to Twante (pottery-making village), or an overnight trip downriver to Pathein.

Contact us if you need further details.


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