Mandalay & River Expeditions
This was the capital of Myanmar before the British took over and is now considered to be the cultural capital – and the most Myanmese of all the large cities in this country.
Irrawaddy River Expedition
A river expedition along the mighty Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwaddy), a river that starts high in the Himalayas, is a remarkable way of seeing traditional life along Myanmar’s lifeline. Most of the population of Myanmar live in three great river valleys encircled by impenetrable horseshoes of mountains. River life dominates the country and to this day still forms the main system of transportation and irrigation. You will have the opportunity to travel to areas not easily reached by road and to enjoy the unfolding spectacle of daily life along the great river. Expeditions vary from short two-night expeditions, to 10-14 nights.
This is an ideal way of seeing the sights around Mandalay, including three former royal capital cities – Amarapura, Sagaing and Inwa (Ava).
Amarapura or City of Immortality, is set on a wide, shallow lake. The world’s longest teak footbridge, the iconic U Bein Bridge, curves across the lake and a good time to visit the bridge is just after sunrise when villagers and monks travel across it.
Once capital of an independent Shan kingdom, Sagaing is now known for its temple-studded hills.
For over half of the past 650 years, Myanmar’s royal capital was Ava. It is now a rural area with ruins and stupas, and a wonderful teak monastery built in 1834 and supported on 267 teak posts.