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Our Guide to Exotic River Cruises

by John Roberts | May 04, 2016

1. Irrawaddy River

The Irawaddy bisects Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. This once-closed nation has recently opened its borders after a long time under the rule of an oppressive military regime. The most popular routes operate between the temple-studded Bagan and the former royal capital of Mandalay, where you can tour gold-leaf workshops and cross a teakwood bridge. But it’s the remote northern reaches that are a step back in time. Starting in Bhamo and descending south, you’ll encounter sugar-palm farmers, pottery villages, maroon-robed monks, and school children, all while soaking up views of scattered stupas, grazing water buffalo, and baby elephants at home in a nursing camp.

John Roberts

John Roberts is a New Jersey-based writer for ShermansCruise who worked at The Virginian-Pilot.

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