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Can't you 'ear their paddles chunkin' from Rangoon to Mandalay?
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!

Sampan Travel offers both luxury and stripped-back river and ocean cruises travelling up and down the Ayeyarwaddy, along the Chindwin River into Sagaing Division, and down the coast towards Thailand.

The most luxurious cruise holidays in Myanmar are along the stretch of the Ayeyarwaddy that flows between Bagan and Mandalay. On this journey, after sampling the ephemeral sun rise above the ancient Pagan Kingdom, visitors to Myanmar can hop on board and look ahead to a scintillating journey upstream to Myanmar’s last royal capital. Scenic river cruises can also be commenced at Mandalay to take the reverse route.

There are also cruise vacations up the Chindwin to Homalin in Sagaing Division, incorporating the 242 foot-high Standing Buddha at Monywa, and the town of Mawleik, once the administrative seat of the Bombay Burma Trading Company. Travellers can also cruise in comfort into Kachin, Myanmar’s northernmost state, and to the town of Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s Burmese Days.

Sampan can also arrange for our guests to board yachts and cruise ships to explore the Mergui Archipelago and Andaman Islands - snorkeling, diving, and meeting the Moken ‘Sea Gypsies’.

The best river cruises allows passengers to travel luxuriously while still experiencing a full-bodied taste of the country they are visiting. Embarking upon a river cruise on either the Ayeyarwaddy or the Chindwin offers visitors to Myanmar the chance to travel in the utmost comfort while continuing to engage with the local population and their rich culture.

Unforgettable experiences await. Follow the links to the left to read in detail about the river and ocean cruises that Sampan Travel can incorporate into your trip to Myanmar and so you, like Kipling, can be seduced by ‘the sunshine an’ the palm-trees an’ the tinkly temple-bells’ …

  • Travel in ultimate luxury from the ancient Bagan Kingdom to Mandalay, Myanmar's last Royal Capital.
  • Down Myanmar’s southern coast to discover one of the country’s least visited regions, studded with the rich footprint of Burma’s turbulent past.
  • Burma Boating offers travellers to the south of Myanmar a serene and seamless exploration into the heart of the Mergui Archipelago.
  • Travel deep into the Ayeyarwaddy Delta and down Myanmar's southern coast to go scuba diving in the Mergui Archipelago.
  • This ship blends the serenity of Burmese culture with the opulence of the British Empire.

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