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The country’s longest river and a waterway that is inextricably linked with Burma’s history, culture and spirituality, the Irrawaddy has provided transport, communication links, irrigation and water for cooking, washing and drinking for centuries. It is along the banks of the Irrawaddy that you’ll glimpse the day to day panoramas of Burmese life, and get to see some of its most spectacular natural scenery – farmers tending rice paddies, stilt villages in the shallows and, farther north, dramatic gorges that channel the river into an angry rush. An Irrawaddy River cruise is one of the best and most relaxed ways to explore Burma, and gives you access to a side of the country that those travelling by land just won’t see.  

Irrawaddy River at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Irrawaddy River:

GMT +6.5
time difference
14 Hours
flight time
53 Million
famous landmark
local food
best time to visit

Popular Holidays to Irrawaddy River

Irrawaddy River offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?

Burma and the Irrawaddy Tour

14 days from £3,590pp
  • 2 night Irrawaddy Cruise
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  • Mandalay
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Things To See In Irrawaddy River

No trip to Irrawaddy River would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.