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Mysterious Myanmar

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Day 1


On your arrival at Yangon International Airport you will be greeted by your Sanctuary Retreats representative and transfered to your hotel.

In the afternoon visit Bogyoke Aung San Market which was originally know as Scott Market, which has been around for over 70 years and is sitll a very popular Yangon market due to its 1600 shops and stalls.

Overnight: Governor's Residence or Strand Hotel or Chatrium Hotel or Traders Hotel

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Day 2


Start the day with a visit to the Botaaung Pagoda which was rebuilt after the orignal was destroyed in 1943 by an Allied bomb. While the pagoda was being cleaned-up, a golden casket in the shape of a stupa was found containing relics of the Buddha including a strand of hair. Continue on to the tallest building in the town area, the Sule Pagoda, which is believed to be have built in the 3rd Century BC.

After lunch take a tour of the National Museum which features a large selection of exhibits over many eras of Burmese history including the Lion's Throne. You will then continue on to visit the Reclining Buddha Pagoda, which is a pavilion housing a 230 foot statue. About 600 monks live in the monastery and spend their days studying and meditating.

In the evening you will visit the Shewadagon Pagoda, the largest and oldest pagoda in Myanmar. You will not fail to be impressive by the gilded stupa in the centre with a large emerald on the top and the decorative statues surrounding it. Accoridng to legend, eight hairs of the last Buddha are ensrhined within.

Overnight: Governor's Residence or Strand Hotel or Chatrium Hotel or Traders Hotel

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Day 3


This morning you will be taken to Yangon International Airport to board your flight to Heho, the gateway to Inle Lake. Upon your arrival in Heho, you will be driven to Kalaw which was formely a British Hill Station to visit the local market and tiny train station. After lunch you will check into your hotel before continuing to Thein Taung Paya, a temple perched on the hill overlooking the main road. There are many Western style building still standing in Kalaw, visit Christ The King Church, founded by an Italian missionary.

Overnight: Amara Mountain Resort

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Day 4


This morning set off from Kalaw along with your guide and porters for a gentle trek along the verdant Shan Hills. This stunning walk will take you through numerous Shan and Pa-O tribal villages, across rice paddies, streams and through the Pine Forests.

Along the way you will stop for lunch at the village elder's home in an ethnic village for a traditional cooked meal. After lunch continue your walk across escarpments and through local farms and villages where you will see the daily life of the local tribes before stopping at an old monastery where you will spend the night in Hteethein Village.

Overnight: Monastery

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Day 5


Early this morning, wake and observe young novice monks chanting their Pali scripture as the sun rises over the hills, then enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off on your way to Inle Lake - passing through Pa-O Villages along the way.

Upon arrival in Inn Dein, wander through this typical lakeside village all the while observing the lives of the local people. Through a bamboo grove and up a beautiful stairway lined with wooden columns to old Shwe Inn Dein, an impressive and thankfully unrestored collection of ancient Shan style stupas. At the top there is a stunning view out across the lake and beyond, to the hills in the east and of the rolling countryside to the west.

Then you will be met and transferred on you own private long tail boat for the stunning journey across the lake to you hotel.

Overnight: Inle Princess Resort or Villa Inle or Pristine Lotus or Amata Garden Resort or View Point Lodge

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Day 6


This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Mandalay, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to Shwe Kyet Yet jetty to embark on your Sanctuary Ananda cruise.

Afternoon excursion by coach to Amarapura with its textile workshops and Sagaing, the centre of the Buddhist faith in Myanmar which is renowned for its monasteries, pagodas and nunneries as well as its silversmiths. A boat will take by the U Bein Bridge to enjoy the sunset with drinks. Return to the ship for cocktails and dinner, after which enjoy a traditional musical performance in the Kansi panorama lounge.

Overnight: Sanctuary Ananda

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Day 7


Enjoy early morning meditation or yoga on deck before breakfast, after which travel by horsecart to Ava which for five centuries was the ancient imperial capital and visit the monasteries and pagodas of Bagaya.  Return to the ship to sail along the Ayeryarwady southwards to Bagan.  Spend the afternoon enjoying the shifting scenery along the riverbank from sun deck by the pool or from the Kansi panorama lounge, or simply relax on your private balcony.  Also on offer is a selection of demonstrations and lectures to help you learn more about this magical country.  Anchor for the night.

Overnight: Sanctuary Ananda

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Day 8


Early morning yoga and meditation on deck, otherwise breakfast at leisure before taking a trishaw to Pakokku to visit the local market, the traditional shoe and cheroot factories.

Return to the ship for lunch, after which take a coach tour of Bagan to see some of the most important temples and pagodas among the 2000 which comprise this most magnificent archaeological site - the Ananda, the Htilominlo and the Pyathatgyi. Wonder at the sunset from the Pyathatgyi temple before returning to the ship for dinner and a traditional Burmese musical performance.

Overnight: Sanctuary Ananda

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Day 9


Choose one of two early morning optional excursions - a balloon ride over Bagan (at an additional charge) or sunrise meditation at one of the temples. After breakfast sail southwards to Sale where a trishaw awaits to  take you to visit Yoke Sone Monastery and the wooden monastery of Thartana Yaunggyi  before returning to the ship for lunch.  In the afternoon cruise back to Bagan and visit the sacred Buddhist Shwezigon Pagoda which houses a bone and tooth of the Gautama Buddha and the Gubyaukgyi Temple. Return to the ship by horsecart and enjoy your farewell dinner.

Overnight: Sanctuary Ananda

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Day 10

mrauk U

Early morning breakfast and disembark the Sanctuary Ananda. You will be transferred to Bagan Airport for your flight onto Sittwe via Yangon. Sittwe, the state capital, is the largest city in Rakhine and has been an important settlement for more than a thousand years.

On arrival, you will be transferred to Mrauk Oo by your own private boat. Sit back in arm chairs, read your book and tuck into some delicious food as you cruise up this remote Burmese river observing the tranquil way of life, little changed over centuries. The journey on the Kaladan River takes from 4 to 6 hours (depending on the tide and the river conditions) to Mrauk Oo. The journey on the Kaladan River, through changing scenery, upriver towards the hill surrounding Mrauk Oo.  Upon arrival in Mrauk Oo, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Overnight: Mrauk Oo Princess Resort

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Day 11

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After breakfast, spend the morning sightseeing around in Mrauk. Start with Htutkanthein and Andaw Tehin pagoda and proceed to Shittaung Temple (the Temple of 80,000 images) built by King Min Ba Gree in 1533 AD. Followed by a brief visit to Thet village who are Peoples of the rohinga tribe (Ethnic Bangladeshi's). Lunch at a local Restaurant.

In the afternoon visit the informative and well planned Mrauk Oo Museum. You will then climb the Haritaung Pagoda for a breathtaking view of the surrounds of Mrauk Oo at Sunset. The rolling Hills, medieval pagodas and simple village life offer the perfect panorama of rural Burmese life.

Overnight: Mrauk Oo Princess Resort

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Day 12

mrauk U

After breakfast, visit Mrauk Oo's Main Market and Koe Thaung Temple. Continue to Lay Myo river bank and then by boat to Chin area (approx. 2h30 boat ride) where you visit 3 Chin Tattoo villages by boat and on foot. Visit a waving project at the Chin village where the ladies are very proud of their tattooed faces and their beautiful weaving designs. Then return by boat to Mrauk Oo.

Overnight: Mrauk Oo Princess Resort


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Day 13


After an early breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred by private boat to Sittwe. Upon arrival, you will visit the Fish market before conituning to Sittwe airport for your domestic flight to Yangon International Airport for your onward flight.