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GOLDEN MYANMAR WITH ALLURING IRRAWADDY WITH BANGKOK & INLE LAKE RIVER CRUISE
19 DAYS FROM $7,329 US  
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Japan & China Explore the best of Bangkok and Myanmar, known as “The Golden Land,” on this captivating journey. Start in Bangkok with a boat ride through the klongs (canals) and visits to the Grand Palace and the huge Reclining Buddha. In Yangon, formerly Rangoon, take a walking tour of the city’s highlights and a visit to stunning Shwedagon Pagoda – considered by many to be the oldest pagoda in the world. Explore some of the most important temples and watch the sunset over the plains of Bagan, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. On the Irrawaddy, encounter a tapestry of exotic flavors and partake in memorable interactions with the locals. North of Mandalay, cruise on the most scenic part of the river past lavish shrines, teak forests, and riverside villages lost in time. Tour bustling Mandalay and stop at nearby U Bein Bridge for an unforgettable sampan ride at sunset. See how villagers make candy from the toddy palm tree and take a walking tour through a pottery-making village to see the process from start to end. Present alms, offerings of food, to the monks at a monastery in Kya Hnyat. In Katha, visit a local market and an elephant camp for a ride through the teak forest. Interact with the local school children and visit a farmer’s home for a glimpse of daily life at the island village of Kyun Daw. Sail through the dramatic second defile with its magnificent cliffs as the river narrows before reaching Bhamo, the northernmost point ships can navigate the river. Relax in the serenity of tranquil freshwater Inle Lake, surrounded by mountains. At this fascinating destination you’ll enjoy an indigenous music and dance performance, an excursion on the lake to view scenes of daily life, and visits to the beautiful floating gardens and a variety of workshops. All this and more awaits you on this incredible adventure!

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok, Thailand
Welcome to Bangkok! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Day 2 Bangkok
This morning your sightseeing begins with a BOAT RIDE through the klongs, Bangkok’s canals, to see family homes, temples, and the way of life that give this city the nickname “Venice of the East.” Stop at the stunning GRAND PALACE, featuring the TEMPLE OF THE EMERALD BUDDHA. Also visit the TEMPLE OF THE RECLINING BUDDHA, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)

Map Day 3 Bangkok
Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (B)

Day 4 Bangkok–Yangon, Myanmar
Today, fly to Yangon. (B)

Day 5 Yangon
This morning, take a WALKING TOUR of the city’s famous and historic landmarks, including the High Court, City Hall, Central Railway Station, and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Stop along the way at a LOCAL TEA SHOP for a cup of tea/coffee with the locals. After lunch, visit CHAUKHTATGYI to see the massive reclining Buddha measuring in at 213 feet. Afterward, continue to SHWEDAGON PAGODA, the most important religious site in the country and a national symbol. Here, a truly enchanting scene unfolds as the sun sets on the golden stupa and locals come to pay their respects. Tonight, your welcome dinner is in one of Yangon’s best restaurants. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Yangon–Bagan (Embarkation)
Late this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the port and board the Avalon Myanmar to begin your CRUISE up the Irrawaddy. Get acquainted with the ship before your welcome reception this evening. After dinner, a TRADITIONAL PUPPET SHOW will be presented in one of the lounges. (B,D)

Day 7 Bagan
Today, explore Bagan, capital of Myanmar from the 9th to the 13th centuries. It is estimated that during this time over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city—an area of about 40 square miles. Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today, making this one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Early risers can visit one of the temples with a Local Guide to witness sunrise. After breakfast, your morning excursion starts with a visit to a LOCAL MARKET selling handicrafts, fabrics, and longyis—a versatile sheet of cloth worn around the waist by most local men and women. Then, stop at the ornate SHWEZIGON PAGODA, one of the country’s most important shrines. You will also visit a LACQUER WORKSHOP to learn more about this ancient craft. After lunch, your sightseeing centers on the BAGAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE. Highlights include ANANDA, considered by many to be the most beautiful temple, and DHAMMAYANGYI, the best preserved monument left standing. Also stop to see the exquisite and well preserved fresco paintings at UPALI THEIN and SULAMANI. Your day ends with an OXCART RIDE to a temple, where you will ascend to the top as the sun sets. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Shwe Pyi Thar–Cruising
This morning, take a WALKING TOUR through Shwe Pyi Thar, a typical village along the Irrawaddy. Here you will visit a FARMER’S HOME to learn more about daily life and see the locals making palm candy, a sweet and smoky candy, from the sap of the toddy palm. To harvest the sap a climber scales the toddy palm and hangs an earthen pot under a slit he cuts in the tree. The sap is then cooked in an iron pan over an open wood fire until it thickens and can be formed into small pieces by hand. This afternoon, enjoy time on board the ship as we sail north for Mandalay. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Sagaing–Amarapura
Relax this morning and take in the sights from one of the ship’s lounges or your suite. In the afternoon, visit Sagaing, an important religious site with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Here, stop to see KAUNGHMUDAW PAGODA with its golden egg-shaped dome—unique among more traditional pagodas in Myanmar. Next, on to a SILVERSMITH WORKSHOP to learn how the local artisans turn silver into beautiful works of art. Lastly, explore SOON U PONYA SHIN PAGODA at the top of Sagaing Hill for stunning views of the Irrawaddy and across to Mandalay. Cross the Ava Bridge to Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar. Your visit focuses on the famous U BEIN BRIDGE, a three-quarter-mile-long bridge built in 1783 from reclaimed teakwood from the old royal palace in Inwa. The bridge is still a cornerstone of the community as locals and monks use it daily to cross Taungthaman Lake while fishermen and farmers go about their daily work below. Take a SAMPAN RIDE on the lake for memorable views of the sunset behind the iconic bridge. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Mandalay
This morning, visit a TAPESTRY & WOODCARVING WORKSHOP to learn more about these cottage industries and see the skilled artisans at work. Then, stop at a GOLD LEAF WORKSHOP to see how it is made. Lastly, visit MAHAMUNI PAGODA, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha. Due to the continual application of gold leaves, officials estimate the gold is approximately six inches thick. This afternoon, visit KUTHODAW PAGODA and SHWENANDAW MONASTERY, the only remnant of former King Mindon’s “Golden City” to survive the bombing of World War II. Originally the king’s living quarters, the building was moved after his death to its current location and converted into a monastery. Today, the original gilding has faded, but the intricate wood carvings endure, giving you a sense of how extravagant the original teak palace complex was. This evening, enjoy a TRADITIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCE featuring local song and dance. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Kyauk Myaung
Today, take a WALKING TOUR through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung. Here you will learn more about the pot-making process and see how they are formed, fired, and glazed. Most interesting is the eye-catching 50-gallon variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars in colonial times. These pots could transport large quantities of liquor, fish sauce, peanut oil, and more, and have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Kya Hnyat
This morning, visit the village of Kya Hnyat with its many Buddhist monasteries. Here you will INTERACT WITH THE MONKS at a local monastery. Each morning they don their distinctive saffron-colored robes and walk through the streets to collect alms, offerings of food, like cooked rice and curry. This is a truly memorable experience as you present alms to the monks and witness their lunch ritual. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Tigyang
Visit the small village of Tigyang for a WALKING TOUR through its narrow lanes and to visit the pagoda and reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Katha
This morning, visit a LOCAL MARKET, where you will see the locals buying and selling fish, meat, produce, and more. Then, journey a short distance outside the city to an ELEPHANT CAMP in the teak forest. Skilled mahouts will show you how they have worked with elephants for centuries, and you will have the opportunity to RIDE AN ELEPHANT through the forest. As you sail north this afternoon, with some luck, you may catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, with its distinctive round forehead. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Kyun Daw–Second Defile–Bhamo
This morning, visit the fascinating island village of Kyun Daw, where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Take a WALKING TOUR for memorable encounters with the villagers. Visit a FISHERMAN’S HOME to learn more about daily life here and a SCHOOL to interact with the children. You will also visit a NUNNERY to present the nuns with food purchased the day before at the market in Katha. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food. This afternoon, sail through the DRAMATIC SECOND DEFILE with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. Continue to Bhamo, the northernmost point ships can navigate the Irrawaddy. Tonight, join your Cruise Director and ship’s crew for a FAREWELL RECEPTION and special FAREWELL DINNER. (B,L,D)

Day 16 Bhamo (Disembarkation)–Yangon–Heho–Inle Lake
Transfer to the airport and fly to Heho (via Yangon), the gateway to Inle Lake, a tranquil lake surrounded by mountains. Pause at Red Mountain Estate to bask in the beautiful scenery as you enjoy a dinner of authentic fare and wine produced from the vineyards here. Continue to your lakeside resort, where you will spend the next two nights. (B,D)

Day 17 Inle Lake
Today, a fascinating excursion to see scenes of life around the lake. Stilted houses dot the shorelines and the local Intha use the famous one-legged rowing techniqe to fish and tend their floating gardens of tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergine, and more. These clever gardens are made from weeds lashed together and mud from the lake bottom, then anchored using bamboo poles, allowing them to rise and fall with the water level of the lake. Along the way you will stop at a SILK WORKSHOP, where they use the fibers of the lotus plant to weave garments. You will also visit a SILVERSMITH WORKSHOP and a CHEROOT WORKSHOP, where young girls roll the cigars at a dizzying pace. Before dinner, attend a MUSIC & DANCE PERFORMANCE by the Padaung long-necked women who live in this part of the country. (B,L,D)

Day 18 Inle Lake–Heho–Yangon
Today, transfer to Heho for your flight back to Yangon for an overnight. (B)

Day 19 Yangon
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Vacation Highlights
Cruise: deluxe 10-night cruise from Bagan to Bhamo in an outside suite with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM. Enjoy an intimate cruise experience with a maximum of 36 guests on board.

Day 1 Arrive Bangkok: welcome to Thailand

Day 2 Bangkok: boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Day 3 Bangkok: day at leisure

Day 4 Bangkok–Yangon: fly to Yangon

Day 5 Yangon: walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda; welcome dinner in local restaurant

Day 6 Yangon–Bagan (Embarkation): fly to Bagan; welcome reception with ship’s crew; traditional puppet show

Day 7 Bagan: watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Upali Thein, Abeyadana Temple; oxcart ride to temple for sunset

Day 8 Shwe Pyi Thar: walking tour through this typical river village to see palm candy being made

Day 9 Sagaing–Amarapura: visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda in Sagaing; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura

Day 10 Mandalay: sightseeing including Mahamuni, Kuthadaw and Shwenandaw Pagodas; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold leaf workshops; traditional dance performance

Day 11 Kyauk Myaung: walking tour through a pottery-making village

Day 12 Kya Hnyat: visit a monastery and present alms to the monks and see their lunch ritual

Day 13 Tigyang: walking tour through village and walk to hilltop pagoda

Day 14 Katha: visit to local market; excursion to elephant camp with elephant ride

Day 15 Kyun Daw–Second Defile: visit a farmer’s home, local school, and nunnery in Kyun Daw; cruise through the dramatic second defile

Day 16 Bagan (Disembarkation)–Yangon–Heho–Inle Lake: fly to Heho (via Yangon); transfer to Inle Lake; dinner at Red Mountain Estate

Day 17 Inle Lake: full-day excursion around the lake to see scenes of daily life; visit workshops of several cottage industries; Padaung music & dance performance

Day 18 Inle Lake–Heho–Yangon: transfer to Heho; fly to Yangon

Day 19 Yangon: your vacation ends

Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Experience a traditional puppet show.


Ship Details
Built 2015
Length 200
Crew Members 24
Staterooms 18
Suites 0


Staterooms & Suites

Category A & B - 245 sq. ft.

Features
Alarm clock
Bedside tables with reading lamps
Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
Easy under-bed luggage storage
Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door
Individual climate control
Large private bathroom featuring full shower with hairdryer & premium bath amenities
Nightly turn-down service
Soft and firm pillows
Vanity
Writing desk

Bathrobes & slippers
Choice of bed configuration (two twins or one king)
Complimentary bottled water
Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets & European-style duvets
Individual climate control
In-room safe
Mini-bar
Seating area
Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
Wall-to-Wall Panoramic window


Myanmar

Myanmar

Meticulously crafted to carry a maximum of just 36 guests, the Avalon Myanmar delivers an intimate experience that lets you truly engage the locals, experience their culture, and revel in the unique sights along the majestic Irrawaddy. Built by local craftsmen, the ship reflects the character, symbols, and traditions of Myanmar while offering all the modern features today's travelers expect. Time on board centers around a refreshing outdoor experience, as all suites open to the outside and the large Panorama Lounge and open-air lounge offer a variety of expansive views. The innovative design also allows the Avalon Myanmar to cruise the spectacular Upper Irrawaddy throughout the season - a feat not possible on a larger ship. A spacious, open-seating restaurant features a wonderful selection of local cuisine and familiar Western favorites. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinner is served at your table.


Included Amenities
Open-air observation lounge with shade system & premium lounge chairs
Bar serving premium spirits
Spa treatment room
Library and games
Audio headsets for all shore excursions
Fresh fruit & refreshing drink after all ship excursions
Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
Onboard movie nights

A/C
Complimentary Wi-Fi access in the lounges (when signal available)
Fitness Center
Non-smoking interior
Bottled water on all excursions
English-speaking crew
Cruise Director


ACCOMMODATIONS

BANGKOK

InterContinental Bangkok
The InterContinental Bangkok located within the core of the city's business and commercial districts. Within walking distance there is a wide range of shopping and other facilities are within easy walking distance. Access to the rest of the city is easy with the adjacent BTS skytrain station. Throughout, you will appreciate impeccable service and the warm, attentive hospitality that is authentically Thai.


Hotel Amenities
Fitness Room
Beauty Salon
Parking/Valet
Business Center
Gift Shop
Pool
ATM
Spa Services
Luggage Storage
Elevator
Dry Cleaning
Currency Exchange
Restaurant On-Site
Bar/Lounge
Concierge desk


Room Amenities
Phone
Coffee Maker
Air Conditioning
Television
Cable/Satellite
Complimentary Toiletries
Room Service
Iron/Ironing Board
Desk
Internet Access
In-Room Safe
Climate Control
Voicemail
Complimentary Newspaper
Mini-bar
Wake-Up Calls
Hair Dryer


YANGON

Sule Shangri-La, Yangon
Deluxe
Traders Hotel, Yangon is centrally located in Yangon. The spacious rooms offer an elegant retreat from the bustling city with a comfortable sitting area and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The hotel also features a fitness center, spa, and outdoor pool. There are two onsite restaurants and if you want a drink stop by the old world Gallery Bar.


Hotel Amenities
Hot Tub
Free WiFi
Fitness Room
Parking/Valet
Concierge desk
Spa Services
Beauty Salon
Ice Machine
Restaurant On-Site
Pool
Bar/Lounge
Gift Shop
Luggage Storage
Elevator
Currency Exchange
Business Center
Dry Cleaning


Room Amenities
Room Service
Air Conditioning
Climate Control
Pay Movies
Hair Dryer
Internet Access
Mini-bar
Iron/Ironing Board
Cable/Satellite
In-Room Safe
Coffee Maker
Desk
Complimentary Toiletries
Smoking Rooms
Wake-Up Calls
Voicemail
Phone
Complimentary Newspaper
Disabled Access / Rooms
Non-smoking Rooms
Alarm Clock
Television


INLE LAKE

Villa Inle Resort & Spa
Superior First-Class
Villa Inle Resort & Spa sits on the eastern side Inle Lake. The boutique hotel features 27 secluded lakeside villas and is the ideal choice for those seeking a unique experience, away from mass-market tourism. When not exploring the Lake, allow their highly trained spa therapists to pamper you at the "Inle Spa". It's guaranteed to rejuvenate and invigorate mind, body and soul.


Hotel Amenities
Restaurant On-Site
Bar/Lounge
Dry Cleaning
Parking/Valet
Hot Tub
Gift Shop
Currency Exchange
Business Center
Free WiFi
Spa Services
Luggage Storage


Room Amenities
Non-smoking Rooms
Room Service
Smoking Rooms
Desk
Television
Phone
Cable/Satellite
Climate Control
Hair Dryer
Wake-Up Calls
Air Conditioning
Internet Access
Mini-bar
Window Opens
In-Room Safe
Coffee Maker
Pay Movies
Complimentary Toiletries


DEPARTURE DATES
January – April
September – December

PRICES
from approx $7,329 US per person, based on double occupancy


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