Myanmar river cruises

Experience the heart of South East Asia

Take a luxury cruise through mystical Myanmar

Kipling's mystical land of Myanmar, formally known as Burma, continues to capture the imagination of the inquisitive traveller. From the Irrawaddy River, the country's historical lifeline, to the picturesque Inle Lake region, you are sure to discover historic Asia on your insightful journey.

Stepping into Myanmar is akin to stepping back in time. A land of timeless beauty will astound you. The beating heart of the country is its faith, and there is no better way to understand Myanmar than to spend time tapping into your spiritual side.

The country offers one of the world's most remarkable collections of temples - the wide plains of Bagan feature an incredible 2,230 alone - while the ancient pagodas and monasteries of Sagaing will leave you spellbound.

In Sagaing, give alms and participate in a blessing of food with nuns at their nunnery, while at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, partake in a traditional oil lamp lighting ceremony. You can even leave your own mark on Myanmar's culture and learn how to produce gold leaf at a local workshop, before male guests can place it on an iconic Buddha statue.

One of the most charming aspects of Myanmar is its people, who are all too happy to share their traditional culture with guests. While visits to temples are a must, it is the towns and villages where there are opportunities to interact with local families that will remain in your memory for a lifetime. Support local communities and hitch a ride on a trishaw or horse-drawn cart, or enjoy a home-cooked meal with an Intha family while at Inle Lake. In Bagan, rise early to give alms with local residents and interact and support the local school children and nuns in Sagaing.

Inle Lake

To not visit the region surrounding the picturesque Inle lake on your journey to Myanmar is only undertaking half of the journey of discovery on your Burmese adventure.
In the west of Shan state, located in the centre of the country, the people, customs and geography of the area around Inle Lake are a different world again to life along the Irrawaddy River. The unique way of life of the local Intha population with their floating villages and gardens, moving markets, the surrounding wine country and hill towns and the traditional one leg rowing technique of their fisherman on the lake presents a totally, not to be missed new experience to this exquisite country.

Why cruise with Scenic?

Our handcrafted award-winning itineraries offer a true insight into the culture, landscape and history of South East Asia.
Scenic is the only cruise company in Asia, that designs, builds, owns and operates to European safety standards. Our locally based and operated Scenic offices provide on the ground support to our hand selected crew, ensuring they can go above and beyond to make your experience unforgettable.

Our ships on the Mekong and the Irrawaddy rivers feature the highest space per person in our lead-in suites and a range of exclusive amenities throughout, setting the benchmark in 5-star luxury cruising in the region.
  • Scenic Owned Ships
    Scenic have designed, built and operates our 5-star ships to European safety standards. With an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, and a host of unique indulgent amenities, our ships are amongst the most luxurious on the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers.
  • Scenic Suites
    Enjoy separate living and bedroom areas, walk-in wardrobes, our ergonomic Scenic Slumber beds ensure you wake-up refreshed ready for a day of exclusive experiences and adventure. With the rivers coming to life before your eyes, your best viewing option is from our signature Scenic Sun Lounge, designed so at the touch of a button it converts into your private window to the world.
  • Our Staff & Team
    When it's about delivering 5-star service to our guests, we like to take things into our own hands. Only Scenic has established local management teams to ensure every detail of your cruise is extraordinary. We personally handpick our staff members from the finest in the industry, employ them directly, and rigorously train them to anticipate your every need.
  • All Meals & Premium Drinks
    Thanks to our Executive Chefs who have been trained in Europe, the on board cuisine is a mix of local specialties and international flavours. We focus on using fresh, locally sourced produce, seasoned with aromatic herbs from our on board herb garden. Scenic offers the largest selection of international wines, beers and spirits, fresh fruit juices and tonics available on the rivers. You can enjoy your choice of premium beverage from around the world, including wine paired at every meal.
  • Scenic Freechoice
    Our wide range of Scenic Freechoice inclusions allow you to personalise your journey to your taste and pace. Enjoy Scenic Freechoice options in each itinerary, from local cooking lessons to bird-watching excursions.
  • Scenic Enrich
    Our Scenic Enrich events are once-in-a-lifetime moments that you will only experience with Scenic. Through handcrafted activities such as an exclusive evening at the Temple Gala Dinners in Siem Reap and Bagan and sacred alms giving ceremonies throughout Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, Scenic will reveal to you beautiful facets of your destination you will never otherwise see.

Our Commitment to your Health & Safety

At Scenic, we understand the importance of maintaining your health and wellness whilst travelling. Our team is working closely with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), local and international Government Health agencies, to ensure our protocols exceed the latest regulatory requirements. Learn more here

Myanmar river cruises

Extend your Myanmar river cruise

Extend your Irrawaddy River Cruise itinerary by adding these must-see destinations in Myanmar.

Upstream Itinerary: 10-Night Cruise (Bagan > Mandalay)

Downstream Itinerary: 10-Night Cruise (Mandalay > Bagan)

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