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Flowing 1,350 miles through the centre of the country, the Irrawaddy is Myanmar's lifeline and an essential element of Myanmar's history, culture and economy. A commercial waterway for centuries, providing irrigation for agriculture, water for drinking and washing and even a spiritual link between communities, the banks of the river are busy with communities who farm or fish for a living. A few days on the river is a relaxed way to get between destinations and gives you the opportunity to see authentic Myanese life as well as some of Myanmar's most important heritage that sits close to the water – Bagan and Mandalay to name a few.
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