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.
This 15 night itinerary offers a well-paced introduction to one of South East Asia’s most beguiling destinations, combining culture rich cities, picturesque towns, a cruise down the Irrawaddy River and a relaxing beach break on Burma’s idyllic west coast.
Once off limits to visitors, Myanmar has recently dusted off the cobwebs of its hidden past, opening its doors to reveal a country steeped in cultural splendour, natural wonder and historical intrigue. For us, Burma is the land of lotus flowers, horse drawn carts, traditional tea houses and an exquisitely leisurely pace of life; Burma is a land where a traditional way of life prevails. The landscape is a glittering exhibition of gilded pagodas, the culture is an intoxicating blend of influences from across Asia and its cities are abuzz with spiritualism.
A fantastic combination of culture and beach, this itinerary is perfect for those wanting to combine the gilded pagodas and temple strewn plains that Burma is famed for with some time on the beach.
Magnificent temples abound in Burma, dotting the horizons of its verdant landscapes up and down the country. From the temple studded lands of Bagan to the glittering pagodas of Yangon, the holy sites of Burma are simply mind boggling both in size and beauty. Whilst stupas are solid temples, said to house remains of Buddhas or monks, Pagodas are open to enter for worship. Having evolved from the shape of a stupa, the two often look similar yet their significance is marked by their history.
When To Go To Burma
Burma’s climate is influenced by the tropical monsoon that visits the country every year. The cool dry season is the best time to visit Burma, which is between November to March, when the country sees its most visitors. The wet season begins in May and finishes around October, however the major tourist areas in Central Burma can all be visited year round.
The Dry Season - November to April
The best time to visit Burma is during the dry season from November to April. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country.
The temperatures start to rise in March and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.
The Wetter Season - May to October
The months at the start of the wet season are usually the hottest of the year when temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius. May to August are characterised by heavy downpour and the climate is hot and humid.
At the end of the rains, the cooler months arrive when at the foothills and in the highland areas, it is really cold especially at night.