A Myanmar cruise vacation takes you to a place that's "quite unlike any land you know."
It was Rudyard Kipling who remarked Burma (now Myanmar) is "quite unlike any land you know." Golden temples as far as the eye can see dot the ancient capital of Bagan, one of the world's greatest religious sites. Verdant rice fields and wooden ox carts, working elephants and forested gorges provide sublime landscapes. The iconic Shwedagon Pagoda rises amidst Yangon, the capital, resplendent in its gold leaf attire.
While retaining much of the natural, untouched beauty of its ancient past, Myanmar is a culture emerging. A journey on the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) and Chindwin Rivers provide a glimpse into this distant world and its newfound voice. Witness a traditional Noviciation Ceremony of local monks, experience a local tea shop, explore caves with nearly 500 Buddha chambers carved into the hillside, or enjoy a jungle trek.
While Myanmar is slowly developing its infrastructure, river cruise lines have been offering a comfortable way to discover the country. Most prominent is Belmond (formerly Orient Express) who has been operating programs here for some years, and the Anawrahta from Heritage Lines. Newer entrants include Ama Waterways, Abercrombie & Kent, and others.
An 8-day private tour to experience the highlights of Myanmar, with touring including Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the historic kingdom of Mandalay and the ancient temples of Bagan and Mount Popa, and picturesque Inle Lake. Add a sunrise hot air balloon flight or horse cart tour. (from $1420 or $1750 per person for two persons, based on hotels)
Myanmar Active Adventure
Explore Myanmar's treasures and specatcular scenery on this private and customizable trip that uses walking, trian, horse car, bike, boats, trishaw and planes! Visit Yangon, Bagan, Mount Popa, Pindaya, Mandalay, Kalaw Elephant Camp Inle Lake and Indein. Includes hotels, breakfast and lunches, private transportations, domestic flights, English guides and more. (from $1750 or $2325 per person, based on hotel type), based on two persons)
Myanmar Sunrise Balloon Experience
Enjoy a breathtaking adventure as you board a hot air balloon and glide over the thousands of temples at Bagan for an hour after lift-off, followed by a champagne breakfast: one of the top hot-air balloon trips on the planet.