Southeast Asia

Sanctuary Ananda: Bagan to Mandalay Cruise

The Sanctuary Ananda cruises the waters of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers in Burma. Custom built from traditional materials by local craftsmen, the ship took to the river in 2014 and, since then, has been at the top of its game. Boasting sleek and contemporary luxury, and 20 suites and one owner's suite over 3 decks, the Ananda is all-out five-star. Suites are decorated in an elegant but local style, the private bathrooms include L'Occitane toiletries and there is an outdoor pool, panoramic lounge and spa to enjoy.

Cruising between Bagan and Mandalay, or vice versa, is the quintessential Irrawaddy journey, taking in some of Burma's most spectacular size. Add this cruise into your perfect Burma adventure!

Sanctuary Ananda: Bagan to Mandalay Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Discover local life in the Bagan plains, learning about the ancient methods of making lacquerware, a tradition in Bagan since 1050AD. After lunch, visit the great Kayminga and Schwezigon Pagodas.
  • Day 2 : Start the day with a hot-air-balloon tour (available for an extra charge, must be booked in advance) or visit the bustling Nyaung U farmers’ market. Next on to the Ananda Temple, before sailing to scenic Sagaing.
  • Day 3 : Explore the monasteries and pagodas of the Sagaing Hills, visit a Monastic school and orphanage, and observe the silk weavers in Amarapura. The day ends with a spectacular sunset at U Bein Bridge.
  • Day 4 : Early morning visit to Sin Kyun, a small village sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. Arrive in Mandalay and, if there’s time before your flight, take a tour of the city, including the revered Mahamuni Pagoda, the beautiful teak Shwenandaw Monastery and the Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhism’s Tripitaka texts.


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Bagan – Nyaung U – Sagaing – Amarapura – U Bein Bridge – Mandalay


3 Night


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