Irrawaddy River Cruises in the Delta & Upstream

In the delta the river spreads over immense areas, encircling islands and flooding the low-lying tracts. At two o’clock it still continues immense, but is less scattered. Numerous villages deploy on its banks, many of them large and flourishing. But a village here makes in truth but a small feature in the landscape, little more than lint between vast spaces of cloud-emblazoned sky and dun water.

Palmyras mark its presence and the tapering spires of pagodas and monasteries lift it up to some little dignity. Women clad in the one garment that does not detract from their natural beauty, come down with their pitchers to the water, and the children clad in nothing, plunge into it and swim, as happy and as much at home in the bountiful river as they are on land.

The colors at this season (August) vary with the rain, which comes down in purple sheets, blotting out whole tracts of the horizon, while the sunlight pours and flames on the rest of the circle. The only monotony is that of space.

Cruising the river between Mandalay and Bagan is a different story they do this with modern vessel or renovated old ones. One of them is the Road to Mandalay which is run by the “Orient Express Company) this floating is quite expensive but they do a good job. The ship was in operation in the Rhine before they got it to Myanmar, I wonder how they did this since it’s not so easy to get a river vessel around the half world into the Ayeyarwady, read more.

 

Myanmar River Cruise
Myanmar River Cruise on the Irrawaddy
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Burma cruises
Myanmar river cruise in the delta
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On our journey

Irrawaddy Cruise in Myanmar around Mandalay

Donabyu (White-Peacock Town) has played its part in history, and one cannot pass it by without thinking of the brave Bandoola, who tried all in vain to stem the tide of British invasion. Yangon had already fallen and the hopes of the country were centered in the little town with its fortress and its garrison of fifteen thousand men.
“The main work,” as the historian tells, “was a stockaded parallelogram of one thousand yards by seven hundred, which was on the bank well above the level of the river.

On the river face

were fifty cannon of carious caliber, whilst the approach on the land lido was defended by two outworks.

General Cotton’s force carried the first stockade at the point of the bayonet, but was repulsed from the main work, Captains Cannon and Rose being killed and the greater number of the men

Ayeyarwaddy Cruising
Irrawaddy River Tributary
killed or wounded. General Cotton then retreated down the river waiting for reinforcements.

Sir Archibald Campbell, the Commander in Chief,

who was advancing north up the valley of the Hlaing, fell back, established his headquarters at Henzada and proceeded down the river. On arrival before Donabyu he constructed batteries of heavy artillery, the enemy making numerous sorties with a view of interrupting the work. When the batteries were completed they opened a fire of shot, shell, and rockets, and next day the Myanmar’s were discovered to be in full retreat. This was subsequently found to be due to the death of Bandoola, who had been killed by the bursting of a shell.” -‘

Again, a little later, a Dacoit chief held for a little while a British colonial force at bay at Donabyu. But the tale is an old one fading swiftly into the past. The rice-fields in their season wave yellow in the midst of Bandoola’s entrenchments, and a grave or two and lines of grass-covered ramparts are all that survive of that episode. Two hours north of Donabyu there become visible for the first time the blue outlines of those hills which henceforth to the uttermost northern frontier are never absent from the landscape. Below is the Kyauktan Pagoda near Syriam.

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