Burma’s history can be traced back to the 2nd century, when the Rakhine ruled the west coast and the Pyu civilization flourished in the central regions. Great kingdoms came and went until the Third Empire fell in 1885 to the colonial British, who held power until independence in 1948. In 1989 the ruling military junta renamed the country Myanmar.
As Myanmar’s unsettled past fades and the country opens up to tourism, more opportunities to explore this little known region of South East Asia become available.
Myanmar Horizons begins with an 8-day cruise on the Irawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan and culminates with a 7-day cruise through the Mergui Archipelago in the southern Myanmar coastal region. In between we visit the major attractions of Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle, where we stay 3 nights at the classic Inle Princess Hotel.
Launched in 2014, the Kalaw Pandaw carries 36 passengers in comfortable air-conditioned cabins with ensuite facilities.
The 61 meter Andaman Explorer has 11 generous suites and much of the flooring is marble, a legacy of a previous owner whose family own the Carrara marble quarries. The ship is a sixties classic, the sort of plaything associated with Onassis, Jackie Kennedy and more glamorous times. There could be no vessel more appropriate for the exploration of Myanmar’s little-known and seldom visited coastal regions.
THAILAND – Bangkok (1 night)
MYANMAR – Yangon (1), Mandalay, Irrawaddy Cruise (7), Mingun, Kyauk-Myoung, Ava, Yandabo, Pakokku, Pagan, Heho, Lake Inle (3), Yangon (3), Kawthaung, Mergui Archipelago cruise (6), Naung Wee, Lampi Marine National Park, Kyun Pila Island, Nga Man Island group, Cockscomb Island, Kawthaung
THAILAND – Ranong, Bangkok (1 night)
Please note cruise elements are subject to confirmation and change. Tariffs for this tour will be advised as soon as they are available.