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The Burma River cruise experience is very diverse. They use big and small, ultra-luxury, and traditional Burmese vessels. When choosing a cruise down the rivers of Burma, consider differentials in the river levels between the dry and the wet season. The water level of the Irrawaddy River changes dramatically. That's why the season for cruises between Mandalay and Bagan (Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay) runs from September to April. In-depth journeys to Bhamo are held in August and September.
The Chindwin River Cruises will take you to places visitors rarely see—through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, and ancient towns almost to the Indian border. Voyages on the Chindwin River are undertaken in July, August, and September (visiting Mingin, Pakkoku, Pakhan-Gyi, Monywa, Kani, Kalewa). Generally, the best time to take a cruise is during the cool, dry season between November and February. The monsoon rains start in late May and last to October.