Not to be confused with the Irrawaddy River ferries, these cruises range in length from two-day/one-night to more than three weeks. The cruises can be classed as either upmarket or very upmarket; a less expensive alternative is the aforementioned ferries. There's no single departure point for Irrawaddy River cruises; most leave from Mandalay or Yangon, but others start in Bagan and even Bangkok (on land). All cruises include stops in Bagan and Mandalay (the shorter cruises run back and forth between the two). Beyond visiting land sights, the cruises themselves provide for an up-close look at the riverside villages that depend on the water for their livelihood.
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