Discover the real Myanmar by journeying through its many magical rivers on board the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda. Each day you will see new sights, have new experiences, increase your knowledge and sit back in awe by the trip you're taken on.
Brand new boat set to sail for first time November 2014
A selection of different itineraries to choose from, ranging from 3 nights to 11 nights
A good range of onshore excursions to include visiting workshops and pagodas
Spacious suites with modern amenities
Sanctuary Ananda is to first set sail in November 2014 and it already has a lot to promise guests. It has been custom built in a local ship yard in Yangon to ensure the maximum benefits for its guests with its 5 star contemporary luxury combined with authentic Burmese design. The opportunity to voyage up or down the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers is one that cannot be passed. The authentic sailing experience will not only allow you to take in the varied scenery, observe local life and embark on onshore excursions but you will also be able to partake in cooking, meditation and yoga classes, listen in on lectures and enjoy live entertainment on board.
Some of the best features are the completely bespoke river bank lantern dinners, or the sunset drinks at U Bein Bridge, nothing is too much for these highly competent and friendly staff. There are eight exciting itineraries for you to choose from to include three, four and seven night 'Discovery Cruises' between Bagan and Mandalay or the longer 'Exploration Cruises' which add on extra time to explore the Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady and the shallower Chindwin River. You will be sailing each day so you will be making progress along the river but you will also have the opportunity to use local transport to reach off the beaten track villages and other must-see attractions. Guides will be on hand to part with their local knowledge and acquaint you with local customs.
The boat itself is nothing short of luxurious. With en-suite accommodation, a selection of spacious social areas, a pool, gym, spa, library and restaurants you will not be without your creature comforts. Rates are inclusive of all meals so you can enjoy the delicious traditional as well as western dishes on board in Taliffo and Mindoon restaurants. Make the most of the complimentary mini bar and soft drinks or local beer on offer, to really enjoy these drinks watch the sunset with a cocktail on the pool sundeck.
When to visit
Choose Deluxe Suite 309 or 310 which are the biggest cabins on the Mandalay Deck making the rooms feel that extra bit more spacious.
Archaeology Tour of Bagan
A full-day experience, with an expert on-hand, exploring one of Asia’s most striking archaeological sites. Bagan’s architectural wonders include the famous Ananda and Shwezigon pagodas, showcasing Burma’s legendary kings and the country’s glorious culture
Bagan Balloon Experience
Serenely float over Bagan’s remarkable temples in a hot air balloon at sunrise and appreciate the sheer scale of these archaeological wonders while watching the Irrawaddy River flow far below.
Bagan Cooking Class
A fantastic half-day insight into Burmese cookery exploring local food with a local and highly experienced chef. From shopping at the market, to cooking and plating up, this is a truly unique experience.
Bagan Village Biking
Hop on a bicycle for a unique and memorable day in Bagan’s countryside. A slow-paced journey through narrow lanes reveals a land of farms, rolling hills and tiny villages, much unchanged over the centuries.
Pedal your way through the outskirts of Mandalay on this half-day guided excursion for a chance to see a different side of the city. Pass through small villages, monasteries and temples and visit a local market while stopping chat with locals.
Discover Mandalay and Mingun
This thrilling full-day tour showcases the best of Mandalay and Mingun and involves ascending Mandalay Hill for a bird's-eye view of the city below, exploring the former Royal Capital’s temple and cruising up the Irrawaddy River for a visit to Mingun.
Half Day Local Colour Tour, Bagan
Experience a taste of local Burmese life and see the world from a local’s point of view by visiting neighbourhoods barely touched by the modern world and mixing with the locals at Nyaung U Market.
Introduction to Bagan
Discover the very best of Bagan, from exploring the finest temples to watching traditional craftsmen produce beautiful lacquerware and cruising along the Irrawaddy River. Further insights into local neighbourhoods also reveal age-old traditions, hidden temples and unique cave temples.
Irrawaddy Sunset Cocktail Cruise
A glorious sunset cruise along the famous Irrawaddy River, cocktail in hand. This is a unique way to appreciate Bagan’s incredible temples from afar and an opportunity to see scenes of daily life play out on Burma’s largest waterway.
Mandalay Hill and Environs
The last royal capital of Myanmar comes to life with this half-day guided tour of the main heritage sites of Mandalay. Visit the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda and climb Mandalay Hill for views over the countryside.
Mandalay Nights by Motorbike
During this exciting night-time tour, you’ll travel like a local, on the back of a motorbike, taking in the evening scenery, meeting friendly locals and stopping at markets, restaurants and bars perhaps to try some crispy duck and a frosty local beer.
Mandalay's Royal Capitals
This is a full-day tour exploring Burma’s iconic and glorious royal capitals, including Sagaing, a spiritual centre, explore the former capital of Ava by horse cart and stop in Amarapura for a walk along the iconic U Bein Bridge.
Morning in Mandalay
This half-day guided tour takes in the morning activities of Mandalay’s residents. Join Buddhist worshipers at a local temple, witness the timeless procession of monks collecting alms and venture through the colourful, busy morning market for breakfast.
Mount Popa & Salay Tour
The chance to learn about Myanmar’s tradition of spirit worship at Mount Popa, to explore Salay, a famous Buddhist centre with unique architecture, and to witness scenes of bygone countryside life.
Pakokku by Bicycle
Cycle to Pakokku, just beyond Bagan’s famous pagodas, and discover beautiful rural villages, local markets and farms that line the Irrawaddy River, all brimming with traditional ways of life. Afterwards, return to historic Bagan along the river, aboard pr
Swe Daw Lay Su Tour
Follow in the footsteps of King Anawrahta and visit four sacred and photogenic sites around Bagan (Shwezigon, Tu Yin Taung, Lawka Nandar and Tant Kyi Taung), where local pilgrims flock.
Tant Kyi Pagoda Adventure
Adventure away from Bagan’s busy centre and travel by boat and jeep to the hilltop pagoda of Tant Kyi, a little-known gem on the western banks of the Irrawaddy River. Views, the chance to mix with Burmese pilgrims and a memorable experience awaits.
Trading Jade in Mandalay
This half-day tour takes in the wonderful Jade Market in Mandalay. A truly authentic market, where tourists are the minority, the market brings together local, Chinese, Indian and Thai traders.