Myanmar Highlights in Style
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
The reason Southeast Asia still remains exotic is because the interesting regions there are still remote. There are either no roads to these sites or if there is one, the ride to reach them is often rough and bumpy. One of the best ways to travel across these countries and Myanmar in particular, is on a boat – just like the locals do. But a luxury cruise makes it more enjoyable; you just relax on the deck and sip your Martini and let the century old world pass by in front of you – just like it does in a 3D movie scene. But cruising goes a step further; you can stop the cruise and enter the world you have been seeing from the deck. You explore, you discover and you experience!
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: CRUISING DOWN THE IRRAWADY ON THE LUXURIOUS M/S ROAD TO MANDALAY
This tour combines the highlights of Burma with several days on the Irrawaddy River aboard the legendary Road to Mandalay, an Orient Express cruise. In Yangon, you will stay at the Governor’s Residence, which has an ambience and feel of staying, as if at the residence of a rich friend. And rich indeed they were, it was the official home of the governors of the British Crown Colony of Burma. And at Inle Lake, we have selected the luxurious Inle Princes Resort, a secluded retreat with its wooden chalets, built upon stilts along the shallow waters of the shoreline.
The cruise starts in Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples stretch from the Irrawaddy River out across miles of arid plains. Tour the structures, built between the 11th and 13th centuries when Bagan was a major Buddhist centre of Southeast Asia, and learn about the history carved in their layered facades, painted in their interior frescoes and sculpted in their Buddhist statues.
You will also visit the massive fresh water Inle Lake, rimmed with high hills, stilted villages and crumbling stupas. The villages are inhabited by the Intha people, known for leg-rowing their flat-bottomed boats. A boat trip on Inle Lake’s calm waters, dotted with floating vegetation, fishing canoes and high hills is a photographer's dream.
The tour begins and ends in the capital city Yangon that still maintains its colonial charm with wide tree lined avenues, tranquil lakes, and gracious turn of the century architecture. The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda perches on a hill like a gold beacon, huge and bell-shaped, dominating the city and the surrounding countryside. The city is studded with its past colonial architecture now mixed with high-rise buildings. However, Yangon continues to be a city of the past, as seen by its longyi-wearing pedestrians, its street vendors, and its pungent smells.
Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.
Getting Around: The most efficient way to get into town from the airport is by taxi. Not all local drivers speak English or take foreign currency so it is best to take a taxi provided by the taxi counter at the airport. Airport transfers can also be arranged by AwimAway. If you book your transfer with us then one of our drivers will be waiting for you at the airport. If you book your tour with us then your private car and driver will be available to you for sightseeing excursions or shopping trips at your convenience, and can be used to travel throughout Myanmar by road.