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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): Sagaing
Once the capital of a 14th century Shan kingdom, Sagaing is quite a sight, clustered around a series of hills dotted with myriad white and gold pagodas. For the best views head up to the top of Sagaing Hill, where you’ll also find the shimmering Soon U Ponya Shin Paya temple.
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.
Myanmar (Burma): Mingun
The little village of Mingun lies just along the Ayeyarwady river from Mandalay, and is notable for a trio of extraordinary pagodas. The most impressive is the unfinished Mingun Paya, commissioned by King Bodawpaya in the 18th century, which would have been the world’s largest stupa had it been completed.
31 October - 1 November
Arriving in 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.
For once-in-a-lifetime tailor-made itineraries, Mundy Adventures specialises in expedition cruises to some of the most wonderful places on earth; places often only accessible by water.
Your home from home
Intimate and luxurious, carrying a maximum of just 82 guests, the Belmond Road to Mandalay is a beautiful ship that allows you to experience Myanmar in style.
What we love
This elegant little ship has been cruising the Ayeyarwady River for many years, offering involved itineraries that take you to local villages, Buddhist monasteries and golden pagodas. The cabins are luxuriously appointed, decorated with locally made furnishings and featuring satellite TV, iPod docking station, air conditioning and windows with outside views. There is also a lovely sun deck with a pool and bar, two restaurants, wellbeing and fitness area, and an excellent programme of local entertainment, cookery classes and onboard lectures.
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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.