River Cruises with Avalon

Explore the Golden Land of Myanmar (Burma)

The Avalon Advantage

A journey with Avalon Waterways along the majestic Irrawaddy River, known as the "Road to Mandalay," serves as a gateway to untouched villages, ancient cities, and remarkable culture. And because bigger isn’t always better, we focus on intimate experiences with exceptional personalized service on the new all-suite Avalon MyanmarSM, one of our incredible Suite Ships®. Carrying a maximum of 36 guests we bring you closer to the must-see sights and mesmerizing scenes of everyday life along the river. We also deliver a more enriching experience with Local FavoritesSM, designed to introduce you to the unique stories and people in each destination. An expert Cruise Director and carefully selected Certified Local Guides accompany you throughout your adventure, ensuring no detail is overlooked.

Irrawaddy River Cruises

On the Irrawaddy

Avalon MyanmarTo travel to Myanmar, formerly Burma, is to step back in time…to a place that has changed little since the British colonial era. In the 1960s the country essentially shut its borders to the Western world and only recently, after more than 50 years, have the borders reopened. While Yangon, formerly Rangoon, is booming, much of the rest of the country is virtually unchanged and traditions are still a way of life. Young women still wear fragrant thanaka to protect their faces from the sun, horse and ox carts transport goods to the market, and the monastery is still the centre of the village.

Yangon, MyanmarRunning through it all is the Irrawaddy River, the unquestioned historical, cultural, and economic heart of the country. Avalon has created a unique itinerary that delivers activities and encounters with people that allow for a truly immersive experience. Cruise north of Mandalay on the most scenic part of the river not visited by most cruise companies. In fact, Avalon is the only company cruising this part of the river all season long. Along the way see captivating panoramas, interact with the children at a local school, watch villagers make candy from the sap of the toddy palm tree, wander through a fascinating pottery-making village, and visit a monastery, where you will present alms to the monks. If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin!

Avalon MyanmarMore than 90% of the Burmese population follows the Buddhist religion, so it’s unsurprising that the graceful form of the pagoda is a natural part of the landscape. With Avalon, you’ll visit some of the most important pagodas in the country, including stunning Shwedagon in Yangon, the national symbol of Myanmar and considered by many to be the oldest pagoda in the world. Explore some of the 2,300 majestic pagodas and temples that dot the plains of Bagan, one of the world’s great archaeological wonders. Also, visit the impressive Mahamuni Pagoda, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see the famous Buddha statue which experts estimate is covered in six inches of gold-leaf.

For those with more time available, a visit to Inle Lake should not be missed. Surrounded by mist-shrouded mountains, it is the lifeblood for thousands of Burmese who make their living off the lake. Stilted houses dot the shoreline and the local Intha use the famous one-legged rowing technique to fish and tend their floating gardens of tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergine, and more.

Now is the perfect time to visit this "Golden Land" before Western influence forever alters the culture, land, and people.

Delve deeper into the Irrawaddy River and what you will see along the way.

Included Just for You

We want your experience with us to be as rich as possible. That’s why every Avalon cruise includes spacious Panorama SuitesSM with sitting area and huge 14-foot wall-to-wall window, unique Local FavoritesSM designed to immerse you in the culture, local beer/spirits and soft drinks throughout the day, shore excursions led by Certified Local Guides with audio headsets, and, of course expansive panoramic views throughout the ship.

Included for Every Avalon Guest:

  • Intimate cruise experience with no more than 36 guests
  • Spacious outside Panorama SuiteSM measuring 245 square feet
  • Large closets with shelves for ample storage & in-room safe
  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with premium mattress toppers
  • Large private bathrooms with hairdryer, premium bath amenities & full shower with glass door
  • Large desk with convenient power outlets Individual climate control
  • Minibar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Plush bathrobes & slippers
  • Professional Cruise Director and staff to help throughout your cruise
  • Included sightseeing accompanied by a Certified Local Guide
  • Selection of Local FavoritesSM offering unique cultural activities & interactions with locals
  • Fascinating destination talks and demonstrations by your Cruise Director, Local Guides, and ship’s crew
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions
  • Bottled water on all excursions
  • Fresh fruit & refreshing drink after all ship excursions
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at dinner
  • Bar serving premium spirits & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
  • Fitness Centre

Small Ship, Big Experiences

Avalon Myanmar River Cruises on the Irrawaddy River

While others build so-called "small" ships carrying 56 or more guests, Avalon offers a real small-ship cruise experience with a maximum of 36 guests.

Joining our family of remarkable Suite Ships®, the all-suite Avalon MyanmarSM offers an unrivaled small-ship cruise experience ensuring you engage the locals, experience their culture, and revel in the unique sights along the majestic Irrawaddy. The pioneering design allows Avalon to cruise the spectacular, and untouched Upper Irrawaddy on each departure—a feat not possible on any other ship.

The ship has been meticulously crafted to offer all the modern features you expect, yet it reflects the character, symbols, and traditions of Myanmar. While the maximum number of guests on the ship may be small, the ship isn’t. Built as long and wide as other ships that carry twice as many guests, the public spaces never feel congested. From the open-air observation lounge to the air-conditioned Panorama Lounge, there is plenty of seating and places to relax. Plus, our lounges are located at the front of the ship, not the back, so no matter where you sit, you’ll always have a great view.

Our crew embodies the spirit—you first, no matter what. From the reception staff and bartender to wait staff and room attendant, we always deliver exquisite service that’s comfortable and friendly—never stuffy! With Avalon, our ship becomes your home away from home.

Avalon MyanmarSM (2015) Features & Amenities:

  • Outstanding service with the highest crew to guest ratio of any ship sailing the Irrawaddy
  • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
  • Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local beer/spirits throughout the day
  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in lounge areas (where signal is available)
  • Spa treatment room
  • Fitness Centre
  • Library & games
  • Non-smoking interior

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How Suite It Is

Avalon Myanmar River Cruises on the Irrawaddy River

Why settle for less when you can have this?

Welcome to our innovative Panorama SuitesSM. Designed from the ground up with your comfort in mind—no compromises.

The décor in each Panorama Suite reflects the spirit of Myanmar. With an expansive 245 square feet of living space, including private sitting area, you’ll never feel cramped or crowded. The large private bathroom, features a full shower with rain shower head, premium bath products, and ample storage. There is even sound-dampening insulation, so it’s less likely you’ll hear your neighbours.

Your Panorama Suite delivers another remarkable feature: our innovative Open-Air Balcony®. Measuring 14 feet across this massive wall-to-wall window offers uninterrupted panoramic views. The doors slide open a full 9 feet, creating the feeling of sitting outside. Even the bed faces the window, ensuring you won’t miss a single passing riverscape.


  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, topped by premium mattress covers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, blankets & European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one king)
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic window measuring 14-feet wide that opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony®
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer, and premium bath amenities
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Writing desk/vanity with mirror & comfortable chair
  • In-house telephone
  • Plush bathrobes & slippers
  • Minibar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control

Taste the Culture

On Board

With Avalon, every dining experience brings your destination to life. We start with fresh, quality ingredients…and delicious recipes that are crafted by our culinary experts. Try authentic cuisine from Myanmar—or more familiar Western alternatives. The breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of dishes to ensure you start your day off right. Lunch features a buffet and a live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef. In the evening, a four-course à la carte dinner awaits with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese, and complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea. Vegetarian options are available with all meals.

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On Land

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Your day starts with breakfast at your hotel. You will also join your traveling companions for a welcome dinner at one of Yangon’s finest restaurants. If you choose to join our Inle Lake extension, we even include a meal at one of the few wineries in Myanmar, featuring a relaxing atmosphere and stunning views over the lake.

Superior Hotels

Every Avalon hotel has been carefully selected by our regional experts. With high-quality service, desirable amenities, spacious guestrooms, and central locations, each is sure to exceed your expectations. View a cruise itinerary for a full list of hotels, amenities and photos.

Irrawaddy River Cruises

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