Sanctuary Ananda: Mandalay – Paung Pyin - Bagan

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Best time to go: August

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This journey departs on 10th August 2016

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marvel at Yangon's glittering Shwedagon Pagoda and the Reclining Buddha
  • Cruise the Ayeryarwady River aboard the stylish Sanctuary Ananda
  • Visit the Po Win Taung caves near Shwe Ba Taung, carved out of the sandstone hills
  • Visit the awe-inspiring Ananda Temple; completed in 1091 AD, it is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan

Day 1 UK / Yangon
Maximise your time by flying overnight to Yangon, Myanmar's former capital and best introduction.

Day 2 Yangon
Touch down in Yangon, where the crumbling colonial buildings can make you feel like you're in a time-warp. Although the city is Myanmar's economic hub, it remains its spiritual heart too, full of traditional shop houses and monk-swished temples. Explore with a private guide, visiting the National Museum and Reclining Buddha Pagoda, finishing at the golden, sky-piercing glory of Shwedagon Pagoda.
Belmond Governor's Residence | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Yangon / Mandalay

After a short flight to Mandalay, your private guide will take you to the ancient imperial capital of Ava to visit the Bagaya monastery. After lunch, visit the U Bein Bridge and former royal capital, Amarapura, which translates to 'city of immortality'.
Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Mandalay
Today board the Sanctuary Ananda for a 10 night cruise from Mandalay to Bagan via Paung Pyin. Ananda translates in Sanskrit as 'extreme happiness', which sets the tone for this revealing and luxurious voyage.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Sin Tea / Own Pin Seik
Arrive in Monywa in the Sagaing Region and visit the intricately decorated golden Thanboddhay Pagoda. Next you'll visit Bodhi Tataung where you can see the two enormous Buddha statues - the one reclining is about 333 foot long, and the other stands at a record height of 424 feet.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Own Pin Seik / Ngar Own

Relax on board as you sail towards the village of Maukkadaw, once an important teak port. Explore the town and its stunning teak buildings made even more exotic by the tropical jungle that surrounds them.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Ngar Own / Masein

Visit Kalewa, the trading post between Myanmar and India, which rests at the point where the Myit Tha River with its source in India joins with the Chindwin.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Masein / Hae Nin
Mawleik, once the administrative centre of the Bombay Burma Trading Company, is still a lively town with a vibrant market and colonial charm. Spend the morning exploring a part of Myanmar that very few tourists see.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Hae Nin / Sitthaung
Sail south to Sitthaung, where you will see the emerald green paddy fields on your way to the village pagoda. Later on visit Paung Pyin, the northernmost point of the cruise. The Uyu River is a major tributary of the Chindwin River, and the sand in this part of the river gets a lot of attention from locals - look out for folks panning for gold here in the hope of finding small nuggets.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Sitthaung / Masein

Misty blue and green hills rise high on the horizon, and near the village of Masein, a row of 28 white-washed pagodas line the crest of a sloping hill and file down towards the river. The number signifies the 28 Buddhas that have brought enlightenment to the world.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Masein / Kani
Arrive in Minkin this morning to see an extraordinary blend of European and Burmese architecture at the Mahar Minkyaung Monastery, the oldest wooden Monastery in Myanmar. The Shwe Sagar Buddha is especially remarkable - it was carved from a single piece of wood a thousand years ago.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Monywa / Yesagyo
This morning, visit the Po Win Taung caves near Shwe Ba Taung. Carved out of the sandstone hills, this setting is breathtakingly special to behold, and a highlight of any trip to Myanmar. More ancient than the Thanbodday pagoda are the two cave pagoda complexes of Po win taung and Shwe ba taung, believed to be over 300 years old.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Yesagyo / Bagan
Today visit the awe-inspiring Ananda Temple, which is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan, and Htilominlo Temple. The day's finale is a quiet moment on the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple followed by a farewell sandbank dinner.
Sanctuary Ananda | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Bagan / Yangon / UK
Disembark the Sanctuary Ananda in Bagan and transfer to the airport for your flight home via Yangon.

Day 15 UK
Arrive back in the UK.

Pricing
As a guide, this 16 day suggested holiday will cost from £5,366 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Best time to be there

Myanmar (Burma) has three clear seasons: from March to May are the very hot summer months, the wet and humid monsoon runs from May to October and the cold dry winter lasts from November to February. The best time of year to visit is late November early December when the rains have gone, the landscape is lush and green and the skies are crystal clear. However any time from late November to March is a good time to travel.

Fly to

Yangon (Thai Airways via Bangkok)

flying time

12 hours 55 minutes via Bangkok

time difference

GMT +6 1/2 hours

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