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IRRAWADDY DELTA

The Irrawaddy Delta covers an area of over 1000 square miles with Rangoon, its most famous port and capital of all Burma from 1886 to 2005.

Originally a vast inhabited wetland and jungle, much of it was cleared and cultivated by the British who annexed Lower Burma in 1855. It subsequently became the rice basket of Asia, effectively feeding much of the Indian Raj. During this period of prosperity a number of rice towns developed in the colonial style. The most famous of which was Bassein.

The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company by the 1920s operated over 100 creek steamers across the Delta connecting these towns and villages at a time when there were neither roads nor bridges.

There are seven main channels and myriad lesser ones forming a complex labyrinth of waterways understood only by the most experienced pilots. In the backwaters there is the feel of Kerala, on the larger channels it could be New Orleans and the Deep South.

Contrary to expectation these great wetlands are not monotonous at all and there is considerable human interest in the form of pretty towns, markets, temples, churches and mosques. There is also profuse bird life in the less populated areas.

Off the Beaten Track

River Cruise itinerary for The Great Irrawaddy Delta

Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates

7 nights

from US$1905.30
members from US$1862.96

River Cruise itinerary for The Great Irrawaddy Delta

Coastal Sea Cruises

River Cruise itinerary for Burma Coastal Voyage

Burma Coastal Voyage

Rangoon - Kawthaung

No Single Supplement on selected dates

10 nights

from US$4450
 

River Cruise itinerary for Burma Coastal Voyage

Combination Cruises

River Cruise itinerary for Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma

Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma

Irrawaddy Delta - Kawthaung

18 nights

from US$6310.50
 

River Cruise itinerary for Delta and Coast - All Southern Burma
River Cruise itinerary for Mergui Archipelago & Irrawaddy Delta

Mergui Archipelago & Irrawaddy Delta

Kawthaung - Rangoon - Maubin

Save up to 10%

15 nights

from US$5319.90
 

River Cruise itinerary for Mergui Archipelago & Irrawaddy Delta

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Travel Blogs

By the Old Moulmein Pagoda

By Paul Strachan, Pandaw Founder BY THE old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' lazy at the sea, There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she....

River Cruise Stops

 

Bassein

Pathein, also called Bassein, is a port city with a 2004 population estimated at 315, 600, and the capital of the Ayeyarwady Region, Burma. It l....

 

Bogale

Bogale is a small city located in the Bogale Township, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar. It is located on the southwestern part of Myanmar/Burma on th....

 

Kawthaung

Kawthaung is in the southernmost part of Myanmar, located in Tanintharyi Region. During British rule in Burma between 1824 and 1948, it was know....

 

Maubin

Ma-ubin or Maubin is a town in the Ayeyarwady Division of south-west Burma. It is the seat of the Ma-ubin Township in the Ma-ubin District. T....

 

Mergui (Myeik)

Mergui (Myeik) is a city in Tanintharyi Region in Burma (Myanmar) located in the extreme south of the country on the coast of a peninsula on the....

 

Moulmein (Mawlmyine)

Moulmein (Mawlamyine) also spelled Mawlamyaing is the fourth largest city of Burma (Myanmar), situated 300 km south east of Rangoon and 70 km so....

 

Myaungmya

Myaungmya is a town in Myaungmya Township, Irrawaddy Region, Burma. The town is home to the Myanmar Union Adventist Seminary, a Seventh Day Adve....

 

Pyapon

Pyapon is a town and seat of Pyapon District in the Irrawaddy Division of Myanmar, along the Pyapon River, a tributary of the Irrawaddy River. I....

 

Rangoon (Yangon)

“Rangoon owes its history to two factors, the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and the River. The former made it a place of note in earlier ages; the latter ha....

 

Tavoy (Dawei)

Tavoy (Dawei) is a city in southeastern Burma (Myanmar) and capital of Tanintharyi Region, formerly Tenasserim Division located about 614. 3 km ....

 

Wakema

Wakema is a town in the Ayeyarwady Division of south-west Myanmar. It is the seat of the Wakema Township in the Myaungmya District. It is home....

River Cruise Ships

MY Andaman Explorer river cruise ship

The Andaman Explorer was built as the MV Atlantic Guard in 1963 in Norway as a Norwegian coast guard vessel. She is 61 meters long with her orig....

RV Kalaw Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Kindat and identical in design the Kalaw was launched with her in 2014 Kalaw is named after the PS Kalaw launched in 1917 and sunk....

RV Kha Byoo Pandaw river cruise ship

This ten cabin K class was completed in 2016 and is currently serving as the Pandaw Academy training ship at Pagan. Like so many of our K class ....

Irrawaddy Delta Climate

Irrawaddy Delta climate chart

Optional Extensions

Burma's Undiscovered South  - The Strand

The mighty Salween River and Burma’s Southern Land is a region of stunning natural beauty, but decades of restrictions on travel have meant few ....

Night stay on board

Extend your stay and board one day earlier bed & breakfast on board your Pandaw vessel for an extra night. Enjoy the experience and perspective ....

Undiscovered Burma's South  - The Strand

The mighty Salween River and Burma’s Southern Land is a region of stunning natural beauty, but decades of restrictions on travel have meant few ....

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