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IRRAWADDY RIVER

The Irrawaddy in Burma ranks as the 55th longest river in the world at 2,170km but it is in the top ten rivers in terms of discharge at 13,000 litres per second. The river begins at the confluence of two rivers in Kachin State, the N'mai (Nam Gio) and Mali Rivers, and discharges into the Andaman sea through a vast 10,000-square mile Delta.

The river is navigable year round for 1,600km from Rangoon to Bhamo and, for part of the year, for another 200km as far as Myitkina close to the confluence. The main tributary is the Chindwin River. In the monsoon the average rise on the low water level is 30m but in the 1st Defile it is double this. There are three defiles between Mandalay and Myitkyina, the most spectacular of which is the second defile below Bhamo. Between here and the Delta the river varies hugely from mountains to plains. In the defiles the width is only a couple of hundred feet but in the plains it can be miles wide. In the low water season sand islands appear, many farmed on a seasonal basis, and navigation channels become serpentine and often hard to find.

Pandaw operates several vessels on the Irrawaddy with services connecting Rangoon to Bhamo.

EXPEDITIONS

 

The classic Irrawaddy river cruise

THE GOLDEN LAND

10 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$3,676.05 pp Book Now

Including Mandalay, the Gorges & Katha

PAGAN AND THE UPPER IRRAWADDY

10 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$3,600 pp Book Now

See it all from Rangoon to Mandalay

THE IRRAWADDY

14 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$5,148 pp Book Now

Save 50% off this itinerary if booked in combination with the Mergui Archipelago.

MANDALAY PAGAN PACKET

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$1,534.50 pp Book Now

Discover Mandalay, scenic Gorges & Katha

THE UPPER IRRAWADDY

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$3,150 pp Book Now

Explore from Mandalay to Pagan

MANDALAY TO PAGAN FOUR NIGHT CRUISE

4 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$1,197 pp Book Now

Ideal to combine with land arrangements

PAGAN-MANDALAY OR MANDALAY-PAGAN SHORT CRUISE

2 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$670.50 pp Book Now

Perfect add-on to your land tour

MANDALAY PAGAN SHORT CRUISE

1 Night
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from US$371 pp Book Now

Explore the wetlands, creeks and channels

THE GREAT IRRAWADDY DELTA

7 Nights - Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates
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from US$1,905.30 pp Book Now