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Luxury Chindwin and Irrawaddy Cruises
With the Sanctuary Ananda, guests can travel in ultimate comfort by boat from Bagan to Mandalay - from the glorious sunsets over the ancient Pagan Kingdom to the country’s last royal capital. It is also possible to travel in luxury from Mandalay to Bagan by boat as well up the Chindwin River into Sagaing Division: delving deeper into the country by exploring secluded villages, forgotten towns and the jungles to the north.
There are 21 suites on board the Sanctuary Ananda, including the grand Owner’s Suite, which at 67 metres squared is the largest cruise suite available in Myanmar. Each suite is elegantly designed to celebrate Myanmar’s rich heritage with lush silks, polished teak furniture and traditional lacquerware. The swish bathrooms are stocked with L’Occitane toiletries, and in each room is placed an iPad upon which guests can surf the net.
À la table, guests on river cruise holidays will browse Sanctuary’s sumptuous menu featuring dishes peppered with the staples of Myanmar cuisine such as lemongrass, kaffir lime and sweet chilli. Local ingredient are used in all the dishes, the chefs replenishing their stocks at the village markets passed on the way. In addition to local recipes, the Sanctuary Ananda offers guests a selection of European dishes including freshly made pasta and sirloin steak.
All the Myanmar cruises are punctuated with excursions on land. On a Mandalay cruise passengers will be taken to the ancient kingdom of Ava (Inwa) and to see the great the world’s larges unfinished brick pagoda at Mingun. When on dry land, passengers can visit silk, lacquerware and masonry workshops, witness monks and novices collecting their alms in the morning, and pass by village schools where pupils sporting their green and white uniforms raucously belt out their lessons.
With journeys ranging in length from 3 to 11 nights, some commencing as far south as Yangon and reaching the northern heights of Kachin State, a trip with Sanctuary Ananda can be incorporated easily into most itineraries.