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Why we like it
- The only way to discover the real Myanmar
- 21 beautiful suites, including the impressive Owner's Suite, all with a private balcony
- A spacious and gracious vessel spread across four decks
- Facilities include a plunge pool and Thambyadine spa
- The restaurant offers authentic and international dishes, and has a comprehensive wine cellar
- Enjoy complimentary cooking classes and lectures on the local customs, culture and history
- There are a selection of cruise itineraries to discover the great rivers of Myanmar, visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way.
For the ultimate luxurious stay, the lavish Owner's Suite boasts a separate dining and living area, bedroom with a balcony and elegant bathroom complete with freestanding bathtub.
I would also like to make special mention of Thida Win - she is an absolutely wonderful guide - very kind, patient, knowledgeable and a consummate professional in undertaking her job. She made sure that everything happened seamlessly without any hitches whatsoever - she is a great advert for A&K and for Myanmar.
Named after the beautiful Ananda Temple in Bagan, Ananda also translates in Sanskrit as 'extreme happiness' - one of the highest states of being. Step aboard the beautiful Sanctuary Ananda and be transported into a world of luxury and comfort with all modern amenities expected and welcomed by staff who are gracious and warming. Sanctuary Ananda will take you on the most incredible journey through this fascinating country, experience the serenity and beauty of life on the river. She was custom built for the Myanmar rivers by local shipbuilders using age-old knowledge and traditional materials while incorporating the most modern technology. She has a shallow draft so that she can navigate both the Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers. The design of the ship is elegant and contemporary with a fusion of the traditional Burmese handicrafts with local fabrics, wood and lacquerware adorn each suite. Sanctuary Ananda sails every day on each itinerary, offering plenty of time to combine the 'must see sights' with smaller villages to meet the indigenous peoples and see local crafts being made first hand. From spectacular temples, beautiful monasteries and ancient archaeological sites to the varied landscapes, Myanmar is a country just waiting to be discovered.
Best time to be thereMyanmar (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.
Yangon (Thai Airways via Bangkok)
12 hours 55 minutes via Bangkok
GMT +6 1/2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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Suggested itineraries in Myanmar
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.
Nights: 11 | from £2,995pp
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, welcoming South-East Asian nation. Demand is high, so securing the best hotels and experiences can be a challenge – but opt for our Classic Myanmar trip and you’re guaranteed to see the best of Myanmar in high style.
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 – yet remained largely hidden from tourism for nearly half a century. Discover traditional lifestyles and ancient temples on our best-of tour.
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.
Highlights of Myanmar (Burma)
Nights: 8 | from £2,587pp
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Nights: 10 | from £4,595pp
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