Asia is a stunning continent with huge areas of coastline, so there is no better way to explore Asia than by boat! Here are our top six cruises, personally selected by Asia specialist Nathan, to inspire your very own boat trip around some of Asia’s most iconic and beautiful sites.
Cruising in Burma
The Irrawaddy is the crucial artery which connects Burma’s main cities, snakes through its glorious countryside and reaches as far as the border with China. Cruising along it is not only an incredibly leisurely way of getting from A to B but an enriching experience too. Just in case you needed convincing, we’ve compiled our top five reasons to cruise in Burma.
Catch a glimpse of local life
Whether its watching conical hat crowned fishermen haul in their catch, cruising past stilted bamboo villages, drifting past beaming children playing on the river bank or hopping off the boat and encountering local villagers, cruising is a great way to see the real Burma. The boats strive to give back to the local communities you encounter during your stay and to see the impact of this charity is hugely rewarding. Visiting villages and temples which are unreachable by land allows you to get under the skin of this fascinating country, learning from the people themselves about the captivating culture of Burma. Take an ox cart ride, visit a temple and fall under the spell of its storybook charm.
Learn about Burma
With a line-up of cultural demonstrations and a host of knowledgeable guides on board, cruising is an educational experience from start to finish. Whether its learning about the fascinating history of Burma, discovering the traditions of the longyi, trying your hand at preparing authentic cuisine or getting stuck in with a language class -there is something for everyone to enjoy on board. These experiences compliment excursions on land perfectly, allowing you to unlock the secrets of this largely undiscovered land.
Get from A to B
There is simply no better way of getting from A to B in Burma. Whether you take a direct route between Bagan and Mandalay or while away some time on a 3 or 4 day itinerary, there is a cruise to suit each and every itinerary. If time is on your side, taking a week long journey to Chindwin will be rewarded with scenery which spans the gamut of landscapes; mountains, jungles and gorges. The routes pass by former royal capitals, temple strewn landscapes, tiered pagodas atop rambling monasteries, and at every turn you will discover another corner of Burma which is imbued with the charm of ancient Asia. Fast becoming one of the continent’s most iconic river cruises, it is a brilliant way to squeeze in an extra dose of adventure into your Burma itinerary.
Not only is your waterborne home away from home a comfortable place to stay, it is also a snapshot of a bygone era. Step back in time on the famed route which inspired Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Road to Mandalay’ on an ancient steamer which retains the charm of its former glory. If there is one thing to note about life on board is that it is deliciously relaxed. Lull into a sleepy pace of life as the outside world drifts past. Onboard, everything is taken care of, from fantastic excursions to delicious meals, to ensure that your experience is as magical and comfortable as possible. So with sundowner in hand, sit back, relax and watch the world pass you by.
Cruising on the Irrawaddy is one of a kind. The vessels maintain a colonial style yet exquisite décor and meticulous attention to detail ensures they do not neglect the finer touches of luxury or comfort. Imagine waking up to a different landscape each day from the comfort of a five-star cabin, surrounded with all the amenities of a hotel yet on board one of the most iconic boats in Asia. As the ships vary in size and style, our specialists can recommend the perfect on board experience for you, ensuring your Irrawaddy experience is ultimately tailored to you.
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