The Irrawaddy or, officially, Ayeyarwady River is a river that flows from north to south through Burma. It is the country's largest river and most important commercial waterway. Originating from the confluence of the N'mai and Mali rivers,it flows relatively straight North-South before emptying through the Irrawaddy Delta in the Ayeyarwady Region into the Andaman Sea. Its drainage basin of about 404,200 square kilometres covers a large part of Burma. After Rudyard Kipling's poem, it is sometimes referred to as 'The Road to Mandalay'.
As early as the sixth century, the river was used for trade and transport. Having developed an extensive network of irrigation canals, the river became important to the British Empire after it had colonized Burma. The river is still as vital today, as a considerable amount of (export) goods and traffic moves by river. Rice is produced in the Irrawaddy Delta, irrigated by water from the river.
In Myanmar, the origins of Buddhist beliefs go back over 2,000 years.It was and is still expressed today through its sheer number of beautiful temples,pagodas and Buddha statues.Most of these spectacular structures are situated along the Ayeyarwady or Chindwin rivers and can be observed from off-shore,or they can be found not far inland.Every corner of the Golden Land has its own story to tell.
The world famous ancient royal town of Bagan hosts thousands of stupas of various sizes and forms.An unbelievable aura emanates from this place,which one can feel when watching the sun set and casting golden hues over the mystical temple-filled plains.
Heritage Line’s Anawrahta is the embodiment of extravagance on Myanmar’s waterways and the most luxurious cruiser in our ship collection. Where delightful Burmese tradition meets British-Colonial elegance – this ultra-lavish ship be right out of one of the famous poems of Rudyard Kipling, as it marries bottomless passion with exhilarating adventure.
Anawrahta spoils its guests with spacious rooms and extraordinary suites, all with large private balcony, painstaking attention to details and design as well as resort-like facilities, such as the vast sun deck with outsized pool or the magnificent open-air bar & lounge. The ship plies the Upper and Central Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river as well as the remote Chindwin river with various length of itineraries.
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