Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) Cruises

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The Ayeyarwady is the largest river in Myanmar (Burma) stretching 2170km. A sumpremely relaxing way to enjoy a visit to Myanmar is to travel along the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river by luxury river cruiser. 

Sanctuary Ananda, launched in November 2014, is a luxurious all-suite ship, custom built by local shipbuilders using age-old knowledge and traditional materials, while incorporating the most modern technology. She has a shallow draft enabling her to navigate the rivers of Myanmar even when the water levels are low, reaching unspoilt and unexplored regions of this spellbinding country.

The RV Paukan and The Road to Mandalay both provide leisurely cruises between Bagan and Mandalay, offering an oasis of stylish comfort from which to absorb the countless impressions and memories that Myanmar's giant natural highway has to offer.


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Myanmar (Burma) Map

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

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Sanctuary Ananda 3 Nights Bagan – Mandalay

Nights: 3 | from £695pp

Enjoy 3 nights aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda, exploring beautiful pagodas, bustling markets and the ancient capital of mystical Myanmar. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Myanmar

Nights: 11 | from £5,953pp

Virtually off-limits for decades, Myanmar is back with a bang, as stay-away travellers realise the delights they’ve been missing in this wonderful, warm,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Hilltribes of Myanmar (Burma)

Nights: 13 | from £2,995pp

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, distils the best of South-East Asia – golden pagodas, fascinating hilltribes, lush mountain scenery, pristine beaches... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Sanctuary Ananda 4 Nights Mandalay – Bagan

Nights: 4 | from £795pp

Hop aboard the Sanctuary Ananda for a 4 night cruise from Mandalay to Bagan, viewing magnificent monasteries, ancient cities and colourful markets. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys – Myanmar and the Irrawaddy 2017

Nights: 10 | from £4,595pp

Myanmar & the Irrawaddy, visiting Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay,The Irrawaddy River And Bagan Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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RV Paukan 2007

Built in 2007, the RV Paukan is a charming cruising boutique hotel that plies the waters from Bagan to Mandalay. Accommodating up to 55 passengers, looked... Find out more

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Sanctuary Ananda

Named after the beautiful Ananda Temple in Bagan, Ananda also translates in Sanskrit as 'extreme happiness' - one of the highest states of being. Step... Find out more

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Belmond Road to Mandalay

Cruise along the spectacular Ayeyarwady River in Burma with The Road to Mandalay and experience the voyage of a lifetime. This elegant vessel, air-conditioned... Find out more

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