China & Northeast Asia

Sanctuary Ananda: Mandalay To Paung Pyin To Bagan 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.

Spend 10 nights on the lesser-explored Chindwin River, discovering an even more authentic side of Burmese life - this itinerary can also be done in reverse. Add this incredible cruise to your dream Burma itinerary.

Sanctuary Ananda: Mandalay To Paung Pyin To Bagan Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Sail from Mandalay along the Chindwin and enjoy onboard demonstrations on traditions such as the local dress, thanaka make-up technique, as well as cookery lessons and history talks.
  • Day 2 : At Monywa, visit the market and the great Thanboddhay Pagoda. In the afternoon, explore Bodhi Tataung and admire the two enormous Buddha statues in the magic of the afternoon light.
  • Day 3 : Arrive at the village of Maukkadaw, once an important teak port. Wander around the village taking in the stunning teak buildings which are surrounded by tropical jungle. Next we will visit the brick monastery.
  • Day 4 : Have a look around Kalewa village, situated at the foot of the Western Mountain Ranges that loom over the town. The cruise continues after lunch taking you through lush gorges, past wild jungle and tiny riverside villages.
  • Day 5 : Once the main hub of Bombay Burma Trading Company, Mawleik is rich in colonial charm. Take tea on the boat as it travels to the thatched homes of our next rural village stop, Hae Nin.
  • Day 6 : Visit Paung Pyin village, the northernmost point of the cruise. This afternoon sail south to Sitthaung, where we will overnight. See the emerald green paddy fields on your way to the village pagoda.
  • Day 7 : Today we explore Masein where you will find a row of 28 white-washed pagodas line the crest of a sloping hill and file down towards the river.
  • Day 8 : At Minkin, it’s a unique chance to see an extraordinary blend of European and Burmese architecture of the Mahar Minkyaung Monastery. The Shwe Sagar Buddha is especially remarkable – it was carved from a single piece of wood a thousand years ago.
  • Day 9 : At Monywa, an excursion takes you to see the Po Win Taung caves carved out of the sandstone hills – a highlight of any trip to Burma.
  • Day 10 : Sail from Yesagyo to Pakokku to watch cotton-blanket weavers before sailing on to Bagan. Visit the Ananda, Htilominlo and Pyathatgyi Temple before enjoying a candlelit sandbank dinner.
  • Day 11 : Disembark at Bagan.


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Monywa – Maukkadaw – Kalewa – Mawleik – Sitthaung – Masein – Minkin – Pakokku – Bagan


10 Nights


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