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A country of smiles… a land of grace…a people of welcome…a place of charm and culture….Myanmar is slowly unfolding its charms and hidden treasures to a world hungry for new adventures, new experiences. A land that time had almost forgotten has at last opened her doors to those looking for wonderment and places to treasure.

Bordered by five countries – Thailand, Laos, China, Bangladesh and India – Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a gentle land of shimmering lakes, mythical rivers, emerald forests, villages unchanged for centuries and its people are full of warmth and grace. While its temples and stupas, shrines and monasteries are as much part of the landscape as the colourful markets, vibrant festivals and remote villages. It is a land waiting to be uncovered… waiting to be discovered…but gently, slowly and with care which is why one of the best ways to explore its beauty is on our luxury cruise ship – Sanctuary Ananda.


Yangon

Yangon

Most visits to magical Myanmar begin in Yangon, the former capital and still the commercial heart of the country. The city offers a glorious mix of grand old British heritage-era buildings alongside the sleepy side streets, the bustling markets, the vibrant port and the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda.


Mandalay

MANDALAY

Any visit should take in the city of Mandalay and the country's last capital before colonialism, still recognised as the cultural capital of Myanmar. Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and hosts an array of historical sites including the Royal Palace with impressive outside walls and moat, the Mahamuni and Kathodaw pagodas, Shwendaw monastery, Mandalay Hill, a variety of local craft workshops and the nearby religious centre of the Holy Sagaing Hills. Mandalay is near the towns of Mingun, Ava and Amarapura, which is home to the U-Bein Bridge.

 


Bagan

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Gaze at the wondrous landscapes of the ancient city of Bagan (formally known as Pagan) which between the 11th and 13th centuries was home to over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries. Today the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas remain ranging from large to small in size. The main sights in Bagan include; Thone Zu Pagoda, Ananda Temple, Htilominlo Temple, Shwezigon Pagoda, Gubyaukgyi Temple and Nyaung U market. The best vantage point to see this exceptional view is from a hot air balloon as the sun rises over the expansive pagoda-filled landscape.

 


Inle Lake

INLE LAKE

Surprises abound; vast Inle Lake at once serene as you skim across its surface, and yet full of vibrancy along its banks; traditional fisherman's villages on stilts; age old monasteries and temples; thriving market gardens growing tomatoes, avocadoes and fruits on the waterside; and the lively floating market.