The Irrawaddy River has witnessed the history of Myanmar and gave it life. On its banks are located all the “must see” highlights of the Golden Land from ...
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Welcome aboard and check into your accommodation. At 12:30 AM, we have lunch on board, then we come to Kayminga Pagoda complex and observe the magnificent stupas of the different styles. We move on to the shimmering Shwezigon Pagoda fabled to preserve the bones and tooth relics of the Gautama Buddha. In the afternoon, we enjoy the beautiful sunset over the plain of Bagan and see the alluring changes of the pagodas. As the sun comes down, forming the red glow in the sky, creating a magical scenery. We will have a welcoming party and champagne in Kansi Panorama Lounge, then we have candle lit dinner on the sandbank with Bagan’s glittering lights.
In the early morning, we can choose to have a Hot Air Balloon flight (with additional supplement and need advance booking), or a trip around the busy Nyaung U market. The daily market is the place where farmers trade various goods from vegetables, fruits to China, and lacquerware.
After that, we take a tour at the Ananda temple which is said to be one of the most exquisite temples in Myanmar. We back to Sanctuary Ananda and cruise upstream towards Sagaing while enjoying various activities onboard, including a longyi and thanaka presentation, and a discussion about Myanmar. In the evening, we have dinner in the Talifoo Restaurant.
We spend time enjoying the cruise and the cooking class by our Chef as we sail on the Irrawaddy.
In the afternoon, we take a trip to the pagoda on top of Sagaing Hill. It is an important religious center where about 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns are living. We will get to visit a monastic school and an orphanage, we also have a chance to meet the locals and learn about Buddhism teachings. After the visit, we enjoy the glorious views on the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda from the hilltop.
We then visit Amarapura, once known as “City of the Immortals”, and the famous U Bein Bridge to enjoy the astounding sunset. Afterwards, we back to the ship.
In the early morning, we cruise to the intriguing Sin Kyun village, located to the North of Mandalay funded by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. Here we have an opportunity to interact with the locals and explore the life of Burma.
For those who have the later flight, we can have a trip around Mandalay, including Mahamuni Pagoda preserving the honored Mahamuni Image, which is also among the most important religious monuments in Myanmar. We also visit Kuthodaw Pagoda (or Maha Lawka Marazein) built in 1857 by King Mindon.