The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company was established by Scots merchants in 1865. By the 1920s the company ran over 650 vessels on the rivers of Burma, then a British colony. It had become the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world. Mainly paddle steamers, the largest class of vessels were 350ft long and licensed for 4,000 passengers. The IFC fleet in its entirety was scuppered as an “act of denial” when the Imperial Japanese Army invaded Burma. Then, Paul and Roser Strachan revive the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company and are the first to offer river cruises on the Irrawaddy since colonial times. Local boats are chartered and converted and the spirit of high adventure was experienced by a new generation of travellers. In 1998, Paul Strachan discovered an original Clyde-built steamer called the Pandaw and arranged for its lease and restoration. Thus Pandaw was born and a unique concept and style of river cruising was created.Pandaw Cruises is the largest river cruising company in Asia, with expeditions through Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam and Borneo. While Pandaw Cruises offers a real adventure experience, they also provide you with a way to cruise through the exotic lands of South East Asia in luxury. Onboard a Pandaw river cruise, guests will find a friendly and informal environment, staterooms finished in teak and brass, fine dining, and panoramic views from the romenade and observation deck. The low crew to passenger ratio ensures that each Pandaw river cruise is an individual and unique experience.All of Pandaw’s ships are built new, and designed to replicate colonial river steamers. Pandaw river cruises tour the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers through Burma, the Mekong River through Cambodia and Vietnam, and the Rajang River through Malaysian Borneo. Learn about the local history and culture from onboard lectures, take guided tours at every port, and interact with local communities through optional Pandaw Charity projects along the trip.
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Discover the magic of Myanmar on a romantic journey along the Ayeyarwady River aboard this beautiful luxurious river cruiser. Belmond operates two luxurious river cruisers; the Orcaella and the Road to Mandalay.
Belmond Road to Mandalay built in 1964 and repaired in 2009, the Road to Mandalay Cruise Ship is the most famous and prominent masterpiece of classic and modern among the cruiser in Myanmar. Belmond Road To Mandalay operates in Myanmar on the Irrawaddy River offering three- to 11-night itineraries from Yangon in the south to Bhamo, on the border with China in the north. The 86-passenger ship includes luxurious en-suite cabins more akin to a five-star hotel than a boat; with TV, DVD, wardrobe and luxurious bathrooms with showers. The ship also has an Observation Deck with swimming pool, and gourmet dining, with a mixture of Western and Eastern dishes. It also has a gym and a small spa, offering various treatments.Belmond Orcaella is a newly cruise of Belmond Group, launched in July’2013 which offers similar itineraries to the Road to Mandalay, as well as cruising the Chindwin River through western Myanmar as far north as Homalin, just 30 miles from the Indian border.
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Sanctuary Ananda is custom built by local craftsmen using traditional materials while offering sleek contemporary luxury. Sanctuary Ananda set sail on the Myanmar Rivers in November 2014 and offers 20 spacious suites on three decks, the luxurious Owner's suite, a sundeck with an outdoor pool and the Kansi panorama lounge. All suite ship will take you in style on voyages of breathtaking beauty and discovery on the mysterious rivers of Myanmar (Burma). Visit temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the Irrawaddy River on a choice of cruises from Mandalay to Bagan, Bhamo or Yangon. Journeys on its great tributary, the Chindwin, will take you to places visitors rarely see – through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, and ancient towns almost to the Indian border.
• The only all-balcony ship on the Irrawaddy
• Sails every full day of each itinerary
• Wi-Fi in all suites (coverage is limited outside main cities of Mandalay & Bagan)
• Individually controlled air conditioning in all suites
• Largest entry level suites on the river
• Largest suite on the river, the Owner's Suite
• One of the highest staff to guest ratios on the river
• Fascinating itineraries with full choice of excursions included
• Delicious dining options serving both Asian and international dishes
• Custom built with shallow draft to navigate the Upper & Lower Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers
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With the largest cabin space on the Ayeyarwady, and the highest crew to passenger ratio, The Anawrahta offers the finest on-board experience in Myanmar. This impressive vessel is named after the founder of the Burmese nation, modern day Myanmar. During his reign, from 1044-1077, he introduced and spread the religion of Theravada Buddhism throughout the land.King Anawrahta was born in 1014. His mother was Myaunk Pyinthe and his father, King Kuhshaw Kyaunghpyu was once the ruler of Pagan. His father was overthrown by his stepbrothers, Kyiso and Sokkate. Anawrahta upon coming of age and learning the betrayal of his father, challenged Sokkate to a duel and won, bringing back the crown to their family.King Anawrahta made Pagan the capital of Burma and described it as the “City of a thousand temples” because of the numerous structures, temples and pagodas built there. He also unified the country and introduced Theravada Buddhism, the oldest and most traditional form of the practice that focuses on the “Teachings of the Elders.”Blending the purity and serenity of King Anawrahta’s Buddhist beliefs with the opulence of the British Empire, The Anawrahta is the perfect vessel on which to explore Myanmar’s mighty Ayeyarwady River. Built to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer, the elegant 65-meter/ 214 feet long Anawrahta features three spacious decks and 23 luxurious cabins. With its gleaming white rails, polished lacquer, intricately carved woodwork and shining brass, The Anawrahta takes guests back in time to an era of bygone elegance.
Ayravata Cruises was founded in the 2003 by three Myanmar entrepreneurs with the support and management of a European expert in cruises on Asian rivers. Presently it operates two ships: RV Paukan 2007 (a newly built Charming Cruising Boutique Hotel) and RV Paukan1947 (an original Scottish made Colonial Steamer formerly known as RV Pandaw), a third ship RV Paukan2012 is completed in the 2012 and is operating now as well.
These boutique cruises on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers will unveil you the Myanmar cultural heritage, the ex Royal capitals, the lifestyle and traditions of the people living along their banks.
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The Strand Cruise is the latest Luxury Cruise to sail the magnificent Ayeyarwady River of Asia’s hidden treasure that is Myanmar. Embark for an authentic journey of discoveries from visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries to remote villages aboard this ship, which mirrors the heritage and reputation of its sister property, The Strand Hotel in Yangon. The luxurious Strand Cruise takes you on a lavish journey down the historical Ayeyarwady River with breathtaking views of Myanmar and its beautiful scenic heritage. Cruise itineraries include 4 nights from Bagan to Mandalay and 3 nights from Mandalay to Bagan.
With its sister property being the refined Strand Hotel, it is no surprise this latest embodiment of the Strand legacy offers the same range of activities to indulge in.
Clear your mind with a rejuvenating massage, or relax by our custom swimming pool. Enjoy the magnificent sunset from the upper deck while our sommelier delights you with our wide variety of wines. For dinner, let our Chef take you on a journey through refined cuisine. When the night is over, retreat to your comfortable cabin and sleep soundly on the waves of the river.
Our team and private concierge have dedicated themselves to your comfort to ensure a most memorable experience from the moment you step aboard The Stand Cruise.
The Amara River Cruise is a traditional Myanmar riverboat travelling along the Ayeyarwaddy River. It is made of teak wood and was completely refurbished by local craftsmen in 2003. It is 30 meters / 100 feet long and with a shallow draft of 1 meter / 3 feet and two Japan made 180hp Hino engines it can go as far north as Bhamo. The Amara River Cruise has a total of seven cabins, each with their own bathroom with hot and cold shower. Communal areas, bar and canopied sun deck. Electricity is provided by a generator and battery 24 hours a day. Safety is provided by smoke detectors in all cabins, emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, life jackets and a dinghy. Amenities include on-board laundry, fully equipped kitchen and refrigerators.
Irrawaddy Princess II River Cruise is a traditional Myanmar riverboat traveling along the Irrawaddy River. Built in 1998 and It is measure 134' x 34' x 6'6'' moulded depth with three decks. Board the Irrawaddy Princess on any of her weekly cruise between Mandalay and Bagan and enjoy the greatest travel experiences on the legendary river "The Irrawaddy". Irrawaddy Princess II has a total of 20 cabins, all attach with their own bathroom with hot and cold shower. "Irrawaddy Princess II" provides for your cruising pleasure with fully air-conditioned comfortable rooms with all standard facilities including mini bar, bed linen and towels and as well as dining service. Delicious local, Chinese cuisine and western dishes are prepared by our experience chef and many kinds of drinks, tropical fruit cocktails are available at Sundeck bar.
The RV Yandabo is a small luxury cruise ship and proudly cruising between Mandalay and Bagan on Ayeyarwaddy River. She will offer you to enjoy extraordinary high-standard service. Yandabo provides for your cruising pleasure with air-conditioned dining room, bathrooms with shower attach. Delicious meals ; Chinese, Local and Western dishes are prepared by our experience chef and many kind of drinks, tropical fruit cocktails are available at promenade deck bar. Yandabo is the name of beautiful pottery village,Historically recongnized for the signing of the Yandabo Treaty which took place under a tree on the riverbank in 1826, between the British and Royal Burmese House-hold of Ava. The Yandabo is built for passenger’s safety and comfortable as beautiful design in promenade and fine dining room. We would like to give you the best of the best service when you are cruising with us.
Malikha river cruise to provide memorable boat excursion along our Ayeyarwaddy River Princess. Operate from Mandalay to Bagan and from Bagan to Mandalay. Malikha will provide a comfortable way to escape the stress of your daily life. The "Malikha" boats are designed with a variety of features and intimate amenities to make you feel as convenient as home, while experiencing locals' routine and lives.
The journey on Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River lets you have a memorable experience. The river provides you an opportunity to see one of the most interesting areas in Myanmar onboard in the modern and comfortable ships. Each vessel has about hundred furnished seats in the main deck. Specious, well equipped observation and sundeck, a place to relax and having sunburn offer the spectacular views of historical monuments and the ways of local livings along the famous Irrawaddy River. Located at the upper deck, furnished dinning hall is another place to rest, relax and having delicious cuisine and drinks during the cruise. Between two ancient capitals, it stops at Myinmu and Pakkoku respectively able to join the passenger en-route. Shwekeinnery river cruise to provide memorable boat excursion along our Ayeyarwaddy River Princess. Operate from Mandalay to Bagan & from Bagan to Mandalay.
MGRG Express is a well known express ship since 2001 in Chindwin and Ayeyarwaddy river of Myanmar. Carried a lot of tourist and local passengers. The company is now created and launched a new MGRG Express with beautiful design with passenger safety comfortable for between Mandalay and Bagan.
The RV Mingun- 4 Cabins (4 Twin)
RV Mingun is a traditional Myanmar river boat refitted in 2012 to comfortably welcome small groups or families for a memorable voyage through the ancient cities near Mandalay. This small charming boat offers exclusive services with a competitive price and an unforgettable sailing experience on Myanmar’s famous Irrawaddy River. RV Mingun’s 4 comfortable cabins are spacious and functional with en-suite bathroom. RV Mingun’s design is tailored to enjoy the river scenes from the viewing sundeck.
Replica of RV Mingun, the RV Innwa was refitted in 2013 to travel along the Irrawaddy River. RV Innwa also features 4 cabins, offering the same quality facilities and stellar service as her twin sister ship.
A traditional Myanmar river boat refurbished in 2013, with 3 exclusive and comfortable cabins (2 Twins / 1 Double) Offering European style and comfort. Each guestroom includes a private bathroom and large windows to enjoy the scenic river view. The Irrawaddy Spirit welcomes small groups and families with a maximum of 6 guests onboard.