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Gorges of the Far North

Mandalay to Bhamo

 

This 12 day cruise to Bhamo begins in the Royal City of Mandalay. Day 1 will feature a trip to the world’s largest operational bell in Mingun on the the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River opposite Mandalay, followed by a welcoming cocktail party on deck.

Mandalay is known as the City of Artisans therefore before leaving its environs the shipwill take you to witness traditional clay pot making in the nearby village of Nwe Nyein. Subsequently afternoon tea will be served in the Lounge Bar followed by releasing Shan Balloons (small paper hot air balloons) on the Observation Deck

Throughout this river cruise passengers will be offered the chance to learn plenty about Myanmar culture and conventions. For example in the village of Ma Loe you will be guests at a novitiation ceremony witnessing boys and young men leaving home and entering the monastery. Later on in the cruise you will be taken to meet the Kachin fishermen at their stilt houses.


The lecture onboard the on ‘Myanmar Ways of Life’ offers a solid foundation from which you can then go on to engage with the local population in their daily activities. You will visit a particularly vibrant vegetable market in Katha, the setting for George Orwell’s novel Burmese Days. Here, like Orwell, you will be able to spot the “chickens cheeping in wicker cages” and the “pomelos hanging on strings like green moons”.

The ship docks at Myanmar’s ancient empire of Bagan, where you will be able to not only witness a glorious sunset over the ancient stupas but also visit Mount Popa, the most sacred location for the Myanmar ‘<i>nat</i>’ or ‘spirit guardians.’

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