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.
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From the cultural melting pot of Malaysia, to the ancient treasures of Burma and the age-old traditions of Japan, Asia is a hotbed of spiritual celebration and religious reinvention. Immerse yourself in the culture of Asia and India, by trekking the well- trodden routes of the jungle, visiting a glittering temple at sunrise or experience the magic of one of Asia’s many festivals on the ultimate cultural adventure.
Off limits for years, travellers can now enjoy the cultural treasures and architectural marvels that abound in Burma. Visit the ancient city of Bagan, one of Asia’s finest archaeological sites offering a plethora of Buddhist monuments which dot the horizon, or soak up the ancient charm of Yangon, where crumbling British colonial mansions stand beside golden pagodas.
Asia’s cities are a place where modernity and tradition collide, and roaming the cities’ streets allows you an incredible insight into daily life, steeped in tradition yet with a nod to the contemporary. Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City offers a glimpse into the many different facets of Vietnamese culture and its intricate history. With its ancient pagodas and towering temples found alongside modern museums and historic monuments, this Vietnamese gem is a truly enchanting destination. In Japan, the past, present and future blend seamlessly, it is a place where time-worn temples rub shoulders with lofty sky-scrapers.
In India, venture to the pink and blue cities of Rajasthan, Jaipur and Jodhpur to discover bustling markets, hill-top forts and magnificent palaces. Adventure can be found in the Golden Triangle, in the unmissable Delhi and Agra, whilst Cochin is the only place where you can see a 16th century synagogue, Portuguese churches, Dutch architecture and giant Chinese fishing nets all in one day.
From Burma’s mystical allure, found in the ancient cities of Bagan and Yangon, to India’s old world charm, Asia is abundant in vibrant culture and stunning architecture. Bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges, dine with a geisha in Japan or visit Angkor Wat at sunrise for a truly immersive experience in Asia.