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Setting sail from Yangon
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, may no longer be Myanmar's capital, but it remains the largest and most important city, and the gateway to exploring this beautiful country. Visible from all around the city is Yangon's crowning jewel, the shimmering golden Shwedagon Paya, one of South East Asia's most beautiful Buddhist temples. As in the rest of the country, Yangon's creaking infrastructure has not yet caught up with the recent tourism boom, and much of the city remains in a state of elegant decay. It's also blissfully free of western chain stores and burger restaurants, offering a snapshot of an Orient that has largely disappeared from other big cities in the region.
Visit Shwedagon by daylight AND in the evening if you can – magical. Don’t forget to find your Buddha (the day of the week you were born) for a special prayer.
Myanmar (Burma): Bagan
It’s the sheer scale of Bagan that has catapulted the arid plains of central Burma to the top of so many travellers’ bucket lists. Over 2,000 temples, stupas and monasteries are spread over some 26 square miles, a stunning vista that’s best appreciated from a hot air balloon.
Myanmar (Burma): Nwe Nyein, Kya Hnyat, Katha, Bhamo
31 October - 2 November
Scenic river cruising
Myanmar (Burma): Mandalay
Burma’s second largest city is not especially pretty, though there are a few temples and pagodas of interest. More likely you will be in Mandalay at the beginning or end of a cruise along the Ayeyarwady river, or perhaps using the city as a hub to visit the sights of nearby Inwa and Sagaing.
Scenic river cruising
Arriving in Bagan
It's the sheer scale of Bagan that has catapulted the arid plains of central Burma to the top of so many travellers' bucket lists. Over 2,000 temples, stupas and monasteries are spread over some 26 square miles, a stunning vista that's best appreciated from a hot air balloon.
Your home from home
The diminutive size of the Orcaella, an intimate vessel carrying just 50 guests, allows her to explore more of Myanmar’s enchanting waterways, including both the Ayeyarwady and the smaller Chindwin.
What we love
The Belmond Orcaella is intimate and luxurious, and her size allows her to navigate both the Ayeyarwady and the Chindwin rivers, meaning that you can see a side to Myanmar that few other travellers get to experience. Itineraries travel beyond Bagan to the remote and beautiful gorges of the far north, yet on board you'll experience the very highest levels of comfort and service. Cabins come equipped with satellite TV, air-conditioning, iPod docking station and Juliet balconies, and onboard facilities include a sun deck with swimming pool and lounge bar, an excellent restaurant, wellbeing and fitness area and a programme of local entertainment and informative lectures.
|Style||A luxurious and sophisticated approach to river cruising, with an emphasis on immersion in the local culture.|
Tailor-make your trip
Our favourite hotel in Yangon
It has to be The Strand – grand colonial splendour.
See more of Myanmar
Assuming your call is overnight, don’t miss flying to Bagan, and include ballooning at dawn if you possibly can.