Sail up the Irrawaddy and experience the heart and soul of Myanmar. Who wants to be with 70 other people […]

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Sail up the Irrawaddy and experience the heart and soul of Myanmar. Who wants to be with 70 other people on a river cruise when you can be in your own teak river boat with just your family and friends – and friendly Burmese crew? Made entirely of teak wood, the Amara Group’s river cruisers – the Amara I and II – were built by experienced, local craftsmen. Adapting a traditional design to the needs of today‘s discerning traveller (such as air conditioned cabins and private bathrooms), the Amara I has 7 double cabins, comfortable for just 14 passengers, while the Amara II  has 5 larger cabins for a total of just 10 passengers.

The upper deck houses the canopied dining area, a bar and a sun deck with colonial style deck chairs. It is from here that the passing landscape and life on the river banks can best be observed as we cruise from the centuries-old city of Mandalay to the important heritage sites of Bagan, many other towns and villages, then on to the capital city of Yangon and ending at the Indian Ocean in the Gulf of Martaban. The bright and peaceful river life unfurls like a scroll as you drift upstream; villagers and washing, children playing, graceful women carrying pots, rafts and fishermen sailing downstream, buffalo, palms and  golden pagodas silhouetted on the river banks again the sky. Stop off at tiny villages, visit temples and pagodas, pay your respects to the abbots, notate to the little schools, explore the lush countryside, buy local crafts and pottery, meet the charming and exquisitely polite locals.

In the evenings, the crew lays out candle-lit dinners on the sandbanks under the stars. The Chef de Cuisine delights in preparing Myanmar specialties as well as Western classics, with only the freshest ingredients often provided directly by the local farmers and fishermen. The friendliness of the staff has become a trademark of the service aboard the Amara River Cruises and has been enjoyed by international travellers and visiting royalty alike.

Amara has also committed to donate a portion of each booking to the Amara Foundation e.V. Created in 2008 in Munich, Germany it is a non-profit, non-political, independent and entirely private relief organisation for Myanmar.

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