Closed off for decades, Myanmar remains untainted by the globalisation sometimes seen elsewhere in Asia. Travelling in Myanmar is like travelling back in time. Hoof and muscle are used in place of machines, and western fashion sensibilities haven’t yet set root. For those looking for a ‘pure’ travel destination, Myanmar is it.
Southeast Asia’s largest and most westerly nation, Myanmar is at the crossroads between East and South Asia resulting in an intoxicating blend of cultural influences. Combined with a traditional way of life that prevails due to decades of isolation following British colonial rule, Myanmar’s geography contributes to a unique sense of ‘otherworldliness’.
Experience the intriguing history and diverse culture of the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay, the cultural centre of Myanmar, to Yangon. This former capital is home to the Shwedagon Pagoda which dominates the city’s skyline.
Get to know this area intimately on board one of the newest and most luxurious river cruise boats sailing these waters, the RV Irrawaddy Explorer.
This incredible journey transports you through areas of Myanmar rarely visited by westerners, many of which are inaccessible except by river. Every port will tell a story, from the more than 2,200 intricately carved temples in Bagan, to the handmade pottery made in the village of Yandabo which is floated down the Irrawaddy as it has been for hundreds of years.
Thousands of temples, pagodas and stupas pepper the Myanmar landscape. Along your journey, visit sites both ancient and colonial, from temples and markets to stunning pagodas, such as the solid-gold Myathalun Paya. While ashore, visit nearby sites or venture deeper into towns and villages by the more traditional means of foot, horse and ox cart, or on board modern and well equipped coaches.
This is a region of breathtaking beauty and charm, steeped in fascinating history and traditions and an experience like no other. Welcome to magical Myanmar!