Venerating the Golden Buddha at Mahamuni Pagoda

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Myanmar is known as the Golden Land, and for good reason: everywhere you look, you are greeted with golden sunshets, stupas and smiles. The Irrawaddy River glistens gold as you pass small villages filled with shining temples, and at sunset the sun’s rays shimmer along the water’s surface. There is no better way to discover Myanmar’s nickname than on an Irrawaddy River Cruise.

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Five Reasons to Cruise the Nile with sanctuary Retretats

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Cruising the Nile has long been seen as the most romantic way of visiting the sites of Ancient Egypt and what better way to do it than on one of Sanctuary Retreats’ own boats. The standard of service, quality of food and our private docks are all part of our boats' recipe for success.

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Easter Retreats

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With the festive season well behind us for another year and the days beginning to get a little longer in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to put a spring in your step as you plan for an Easter escape.

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Selecting your chinese tea

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Are you a tea fanatic? Our Yangzi Explorer team share their top tips for selecting the best chinese tea...

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

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Today we celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival - the second largest annual festival in China...

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The man behind the paintbrush

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Let us introduce you to Maung Thiha, the man behind the creation of our beautiful watercolours...

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