Irrawaddy River Cruise

Myanmar River Cruises.

The Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

The Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River in Myanmar is probably the biggest and best known of all rivers in South East Asia ASEAN together with the Mekong River included here is an Irrawaddy river map.

The Irrawaddy stream is also a fixed point in Myanmar history since many important events in the country had something to do with it. There are many other important waterways in the former Burma such as the Salween or Thanlwin and Sittang River in the east along the border Myanmar-Thailand, just to cut it short there is no more legal land border crossing between Thailand & Myanmar since 2020. The Thais are playing mad as usual they haven't forgotten yet that the more professional Myanmar army sacked Ayutthaya in the 18 century.

Irrawaddy River Sources Kachin State Myanmar

Irrawaddy River Sources in Kachin State north Myanmar.


Ayeyarwady river sources


The Irrawaddy River emerge from the north Myanmar mountains which are extensions of the Tibetan Himalayas whose sides are marked with huge granite boulder, tropical rainforest, bamboo thickets and an abundant wilderness in the north this is Kachin State a real beautiful piece of land with a great tourism potential if the insurgency would ever stop their continuous fighting with the central government which they got trained by the British Colonialists


Imagine with all this beautiful nature, the big and small rivers of Myanmar around, having the highest peak in South East Asia plus the only area with snow, stop quarreling, start thinking and get wealthy, many other groups have done like this and were successful. Here is a Irrawaddy River map from the very north of Myanmar to the Irrwaddy Delta.


Kachin people in north Myanmar should know they cant win this struggle and only listen to people within their own community inside the country, groups abroad just use them for flimsy ideas. Instead they should cooperate with the central government and try a revolution from inside the system by melting into the bureaucracy and finally get what they want within the current borders. Fight with weapons is outdated in this kind of liberation struggle, is better to use the brain and within two or three generations results will show up.


The sources of Irrawaddy river are in the wilderness of the Kachin mountains and not only Kachin at the north west where Naga and Chin are living the Chindwin comes down.


The Ayeyarwady river delivers great exotic colors and incredible sunsets with mysteries enclosed, in particular at the Sagaing Mandalay and the pagoda studded plains at the eastern bank of the waterway at Bagan. In that areas the connection to Myanmar history can clearly be seen.


Irrawaddy River Map:


Today its a different perspective every year thousands of tourists from all over the world come to this places to have a look for one of the last real ojd style Asian countries immersed in the past with only minimal modern influence. A Irrawaddy River cruise is like a "time machine" three hundred years and more back into the past its genuine its very attractive from a travelers point of view we don't talk about politics here today its great views around the Irrawaddy River open up during Monsoon time from around June to October after the dry season everyone is awaiting the Monsoon floods which immediately let the Irrawaddy flood the close environ.

The Irrawaddy River Map give orientation.

Irrawaddy River Vessel Passengers

Irrawaddy River Vessel Passengers

Irrawaddy River Bank

Irrawaddy River Bank

In Myanmar it is said that the Irrawaddy Dolphins is an endangered species but I have never taken it seriously, because the internet is constantly spreading fake news. This dolphin species has a rather blunt brow and nose slightly different than the oceanic type of noses.


Old Irrawaddy River Paintings


The Ayeyarwady is emerging from the mountains of north Myanmar which are offshoots of the Tibetan Himalayas. At the confluence with the Chindwin River a bit southwest of Mandalay the river unites with the Irrawaddy and forms more or less the artery of Myanmar or Burma finally pouring through the Irrawaddy Delta into the Andaman Sea

Irrawaddy River Sailing

Irrawaddy River Sailing

Irrawaddy River Sailing (1)

Irrawaddy River Sailing (1)

The Mingun Pagoda

The Mingun Pagoda.

About 10 km north of Mandalay on the Sagaing Irrawaddy River Banks stands a huge half-rotten pagoda structure. The pagoda was never finished King Mindon gave the order to build this collosal brick structure he run out of money before the pagoda was finished but he produced over 100 children during that time. Today there is a monastery and retirement home nearby which is visited by a

Tour to Mandalay.

is a popular destination during a tour to Mandalay since every day the elderly donate food to the monks of the monastery.

Recently I was on a tour in Thailand south of Surat Thani and came across a tour info in which a day trip was touted to "pink dolphins" to observe. Since I had never heard of these animals with this color I was curious and booked a trip unfortunately the weather conditions were not good but I actually managed to convince visually that there were "pink dolphins". They then brought me to think about the idea of the Irrawaddy Dolphins which I had already read before but never saw them is also not automatically on a Irrawaddy River Cruise.


The Irrawaddy River in the 18.th Century.


The Irrawaddy River and its tributaries inspired many artists to visualize the stream and the life around. Since there was no photography during that time no much choices were avaible to do this the main choice was paintings of the Myanmar Rivers as seen here:


Old Irrawaddy River Paintings

The Ayeyarwady is emerging from the mountains of north Myanmar which are offshoots of the Tibetan Himalayas. At the confluence with the Chindwin River a bit southwest of Mandalay the river unites with the Irrawaddy and forms more or less the artery of Myanmar or Burma finally pouring through the Irrawaddy Delta into the Andaman Sea.


The clear white water passes the mountains of the north hills and forests becomes brown and flows lazy past the white and golden pagodas along the river For local people this is one way to reach large parts of the country since the road and train system is even less than lousy.


Crossing the Irrawaddy River:


Today for tourists this has another dimension and that is called luxury travel in a river vessel. E.g. probably the best of those had been floated the half-world around from the Rhine in Germany to become the "Road to Mandalay". There are some more cruisers and even refurbished old ones from colonial times were resurrected and renovated. The "Road to Mandalay" vessel was moved into a floating dock and towed the half globe around today that is the backbone of the "Orient Express" river fleet. Tourists pay a high charges to float between Mandalay and Bagan


The Irrawaddy stream around Mogok north of Mandalay was the main traffic lane until the British came into the country since there were only some dirt roads at that time.


Actually not much has changed since the British run away from Japanese they did nothing for any development after WW2. They only collected teakwood and rubies plus other precious stones and gave back nothing. On top of it, the English / US threatens the Myanmar's continuously by embargo although they have very well known that the people (east India company and the crown in London were responsible for the mess in Myanmar / Burma.)


The only European people from the UK who ever did something positive for the Burmans where some Scotish who run the "Irrawaddy Flotilla Company" with around 3000 river vessels operating on all bigger Myanmar rivers. It needs to keep in mind that Myanmar is as big as France and UK combined. Stretching from icy Myanmar mountains to tropical beaches. Actually its almost the size of half Europe including all climate & elevation zones from the 6000m high Myanmar Himalayas (an extension of the Tibetan Himalayas) to the tropical Andaman Sea a part of the Indian Ocean


The stream around Mogok north of Mandalay was the main traffic lane until the British came into the country since there were no real roads at that time only dirt tracks for the oz-carts Actually not much has changed since the British run away from the Japanese they did nothing for any development WW2. They only collected teakwood and rubies plus other precious stones and gave back nothing. On top of it, the English / US threaten the Myanmar's continuously by embargo although they have very well known that the people (east India company and the crown in London were responsible for the mess in Myanmar / Burma


Visiting Myanmar the old Burma.


The only people from the UK who ever did something positive for the Burmans where some Scotish who run the "Irrawaddy Flotilla Company" with around 3000 river vessels operating on all bigger Myanmar rivers. It needs to keep in mind that Myanmar is as big as France and UK combined. Stretching from icy Myanmar mountains to tropical beaches

When visiting Myanmar a voyage on the mighty Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) river should be on the agenda.


For local people this is one way to reach large parts of the country since the road and train system is even less than lousy. Today for tourists Irrawaddy River travel has another dimension and that is called luxury ours in a river vessel. E.g. probably the best of those had been floated the half world around from the Rhine in Germany to become the "Road to Mandalay". There are some more cruisers and even refurbished old ones from colonial times were resurrected and renovated.




The "Road to Mandalay" vessel was moved into a floating dock and towed around the half globe today that is the backbone of the "Orient Express" river fleet.


Tourists pay high prices to float with the river vessel between Mandalay and Bagan.

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The Irrawaddy river around Mogok in Ruby land.


When visiting the country a voyage on the mighty Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) river should be on the agenda.


The Irrawaddy River Basin.

The Irrawaddy River Basin becomes a very large Waterworld south of Mandalay and north of Bagan where the confluence of the Irrawaddy River and another mighty stream of Myanmar takes place, See the Irrawaddy Map below. The Chindwin river drains northwest Myanmar the and these two river systems are somehow the arteries that supply Myanmar with the cool water that comes from the Himalayas to end in the Irrawaddy Delta around Yangon.

Irrawaddy River Life.

Irrawaddy River Tour.

The king on an inspection tour in 17.th century.

Irrawaddy River Banks.

Irrawaddy River Banks.

rv road to Mandalay

The RV Road to Mandalay.

Cruising today with fully loads of high end tourist who still want to enjoy the colonial travel touch o a bygone area. Soon the Chinese will take over its one of the last genuine Irrawaddy River Tours.


The Mekong River is in the north and the Kaladan river in the northwest near the Bangladesh border region plus the Chindwin River in the west which became a tributary to the Irrawaddy south of Mandalay.

These days the Irrawaddy Dolphins are probably the most popular species people in "western countries" relate the Ayeyarwady to.