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  • Cruise Map : Encounter natural beauty, rich history and spiritual wonders in Thailand and Myanmar.
  • The Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand : With a population of more than 8 million in the city center and nearly 15 million in the metropolitan area, Bangkok is Thailand’s largest and most populous city.
  • Yangon, Myanmar : With a diverse population of over four million, Yangon continues to be the Burma’s largest city and its most important commercial center.
  • Bagan, Myanmar : One of the most fascinating sites in the world, Bagan is an ancient city in the Mandalay region of Burma.
  • Monk Pottery, Yandabo, Myanmar
  • Yandabo, Myanmar : The treaty ending the First Anglo–Burmese War (1824–1826) was signed here in February of 1826. Yandabo today has a population of about 1,000, and specializes in pottery-making.
  • Mandalay, Myanmar : Mandalay is the second-largest city in Burma, and was its final royal capital.

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Mandalay Experience - Independent

Classic Myanmar

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Rich history and mystical wonders await you in Thailand and Myanmar. There’s natural and spiritual beauty everywhere here, from the glittering Grand Palace of the Thai capital of Bangkok to the breathtaking forest of ancient stupas and pagodas of Bagan. Discover the exoticism of Old Burma during an 11-day cruise along the verdant Irrawaddy River, celebrated in Rudyard Kipling’s poem The Road to Mandalay. And take in the colonial architecture and ornate palaces and pagodas of Yangon and Mandalay, fascinating melting pots of Asian cultures. Join us on the entrancing Irrawaddy, and witness this corner of Asia frozen in time.

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Incredible experience August 2015

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Incredible experience sailing on the Grand European tour from Amsterdam to Budapest! Just wonderful! The tours were interesting, and most allowed for adequate free time to explore the areas visited. But the staff! Beyond compare.
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Already planning our next cruise August 2015

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We talked about doing a cruise with Viking ever since we were made aware of them back in 2008. We just arrived home yesterday and are still floating on air! The spectacular time we had is almost beyond description. First, we loved our stateroom. It was the basic 150 square foot space. This room was so well designed. We met new friends and always had someone new to share a conversation with. The gem in the hospitality crown was our Program Director, who had more energy than any five people put together. I could go on and on but I will say this: we are already planning our next cruise with Viking.
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We enjoyed the entire experience August 2015

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We enjoyed the entire experience; Normandy and Omaha Beach were especially moving. The food and service deserve praise too. This is our third Viking cruise and we'll do it again. Viking does it first rate all the way. Keep it up.
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Every bit as good as it looks January 2015

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Viking was the only European river cruise company we knew about because of their TV commercials, so we booked with them. .We were extremely pleased with our Danube cruise, especially the port excursions, then we went with them to Russia. Having done two river cruises I now know there are lots of other cruise lines, but I don't see any reason to switch at this point. One thing to mention: most of the people on board are in their 50s and 60s , so I wouldn't bring kids or grandkids along -- they won't have any companions their own age. But we did enjoy meeting the other people on board -- many of whom had responded to their TV commercials, too, we discovered!
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Day 1: Bangkok, Thailand

Fly to Bangkok. We meet you at the airport* and take you to the Shangri-La Bangkok (or similar) where you check in for a 2-night stay.

Day 2: Bangkok, Thailand

Meals : B
Accommodation : Yangon, Myanmar

This morning you can begin to acclimate yourself to this colorful part of the world. After breakfast at your hotel, take a guided tour of some of Bangkok’s highlights, including the canals and the famous Grand Palace. Dating back to the late 1700s, this walled complex features golden pagodas and the area’s distinctive stupas (spires). It has been the royal family’s main residence for more than 150 years, and also houses the entire administrative seat of government, including the military headquarters, state department and mint. In the afternoon, take a walk, browse one of the open air markets or visit one of the city’s museums. The evening is yours to explore; attend a traditional Thai puppet theater or temple dance performance, or shop at one of the many night markets.

Day 3: Yangon, Myanmar

Meals : B, D
Accommodation : Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and proceed to the airport for your flight to Yangon, the former Burmese capital also known as Rangoon (“end of strife”). Founded in the 11th century as a fishing village, Yangon was transformed into a major hub during the colonial era. It was replaced as the administrative capital in 2005 but remains the country’s largest city and cultural capital. Transfer to the sumptuous Traders Hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay and dinner at your hotel.

Day 4: Yangon, Myanmar

Meals : B, D
Accommodation : Monks of Pyay, Myanmar

Today you have a guided tour of Yangon’s highlights. We will focus on some of the city’s spectacular Buddhist temples, including the Shwedagon Pagoda, sometimes called the ‟Golden Pagoda,” thought to be more than over 2,500 years old. You will also see some of Yangon’s grand colonial-era structures along Strand Road and the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, which houses a monumental reclining Buddha; at 180 feet long, it is the largest in the world. Relax before dinner in a selected local restaurant.

Day 5: Pyay, Myanmar

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Thayetmyo, Myanmar

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and take a ride through the verdant Myanmar countryside to Pyay, a charming town on the Irrawaddy River, where you will board your river cruise ship. Enjoy cocktails on deck during the embarkation briefing, followed by a festive welcome dinner with your fellow guests.

Day 6: Thayetmyo Frontier Post, Myanmar

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : The Irrawaddy River

Today’s excursion takes you to colonial-era Burma; we visit the Thayetmyo Frontier Post, a pleasant town that once guarded the border between Royal Myanmar and British Myanmar. See the 19th-century covered market, colonial houses, golf courses and more.

Day 7: Minhla Colonial Fort, Myanmar

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Salé Monastery, Magway, Myanmar

We continue cruising the Irrawaddy. Midmorning, we'll stop to visit Minhla, a fortress built by two Italian brothers to protect Royal Burma from the British. A gentle climb up to Minhla Fort is rewarded with sweeping views of the surrounding area and the river. This afternoon we visit the local market and town center by trishaw, then continue to the magnificent Mya-Tha-Lun Pagoda.

Day 8: Salé Monasteries, Myanmar

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Ananda Temple, Bagan, Myanmar

Today’s scenic Irrawaddy cruising is punctuated with an afternoon stop at the famous Salé Monasteries. The highlight of this group of teak monastery structures is the Yout-Saun-Kyaung, with its spectacular wood carvings, built in 1882. Also explore a nearby area of splendid colonial-style houses before returning to your ship.

Day 9: Bagan, Myanmar

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Bagan Pagoda, Myanmar

This morning we stop at the Tan-Chi-Taung mountain and ascend by car to see the spectacular view over Bagan. The villagers will perform an elephant dance for us on the riverbank. Bagan was the capital city of Burma from 1044 to 1287. The plain east of the curving Irrawaddy is one of the most wondrous sights in Myanmar. We visit a selection of some of the 3,000 listed monuments and catch the sunset from an incredible vantage point. This evening, enjoy a traditional Burmese puppet show on the Sun Deck.

Day 10: Bagan, Myanmar

Meals : B,L,D
Accommodation : Monk Pottery, Yandabo, Myanmar

This morning, further explore the Bagan area, visiting several of the 3,000 listed monuments: Dhammayazika Paya, with its amazing views; Dhammayangyi, the biggest temple (both built in the 12th century); and the 11th-century Ananda, one of the best-preserved Bagan temples. Visit a workshop and learn about yun-de, Burmese lacquerware, and its production. The lacquer is a straw-colored sap that, when brushed on, forms a hard, glossy, black surface resistant to moisture and heat. This afternoon we stop at a typical riverside community where you will be able to explore by foot, interact with the locals and get a taste of daily life.

Day 11: Yandabo, Myanmar

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : The Irrawaddy River

Today’s scenic cruising will feature a visit to one of the area’s typical small villages, Yandabo. The treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826) was signed here in February 1826. Today, the town has a population of about 1,000, and specializes in pottery making. We will spend time at a workshop to see how these useful vessels are created and fired.

Day 12: Amarapura, Myanmar

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Royal Palace, Mandalay, Myanmar

Today we have stops at two former Burmese capitals: Ava and Amarapura. The Ava Kingdom unified and ruled Burma from the 14th through the 16th centuries, and Ava was the capital city for centuries. Today, we tour this peaceful, rural town, also known as Inwa, by horse-drawn cart. We then proceed to Amarapura, a more recent Burmese capital, now a township of Mandalay. We will see the city’s 19th-century stupas and monasteries and U Bein Bridge, at three-quarters of a mile the world’s longest teak bridge. Take a boat ride on the lake this evening for a great view of the sunset.

Day 13: Mandalay, Myanmar

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Shwenandaw Palace, Mandalay, Myanmar

Arrive in Mandalay early this morning and take a panoramic tour of central Mandalay, visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda, with its serene gold-leaf statue of the Buddha; and Shwenandaw Kyaung, or ‟Golden Palace Monastery,” with its exquisite teak carvings. We stop to see gold-leaf beating and other traditional crafts. Dinner is served aboard the ship.

Day 14: Mandalay, Myanmar

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : The floating markets of Bangkok, Thailand

Today, you have a full-day tour of Mandalay, including Mandalay Palace, the Myanmar Buddhist Orphanage Association and other important pagodas and monasteries. This evening, your ship’s captain and crew invite you for a gala farewell dinner.

Day 15: Bangkok, Thailand

Meals : B

Enjoy a final onboard breakfast, then disembark and proceed to the airport. Fly to Bangkok and check into the Shangri-La Bangkok (or equivalent) for a final evening before your flight home.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 5,799

Price Per Day:

$ 362 per person
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • 11-day river cruise with river-view stateroom
  • 3 nights at the superior first class Millennium Hilton Bangkok & 2 nights at the superior first class Traders Hotel Yangon
  • 14 guided tours with audio headset
  • Most meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service
  • Culture Curriculum: Lectures on Burmese colonial history, Myanmar today, stupas and temples; folkloric performances and markets visits
  • Two intra-itinerary flights
  • Free internet service, connection speed may vary
  • All port charges
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
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