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Gay Group Trip: Mystical Myanmar River Cruise

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A country of smiles, a land of grace, a people of welcome, a place of charm and culture. Myanmar is slowly unfolding its charms and hidden treasures to a world hungry for new adventures, new experiences. A land that time had almost forgotten has at last opened her doors to those looking for wonderment and places to treasure. Bordered by five countries – Thailand, Laos, China, Bangladesh and India – Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a gentle land of shimmering lakes, mythical rivers, emerald forests, and villages unchanged for centuries. Its people are full of warmth and grace. Its temples and stupas, shrines and monasteries are as much part of the landscape as the colorful markets, vibrant festivals and remote villages. It is a land waiting to be uncovered… waiting to be discovered.

time difference


5.5 hours ahead of the UK

flight time


14-16 hours direct from UK

Available Dates : 29th March 2018

Days 1 and 2 - Yagon

Upon arrival you'll be greeted by our airport representative and privately transfered to our hotel in Yangon.

Today, enjoy your first taste of Myanmar, a profoundly Buddhist country, where many ancient traditions still flourish. Its artisans are accomplished craftsmen and the atmosphere here is uncrowded and authentic. Begin with a walking tour of the lively and colorful Chinatown, with its streets filled with woodenshuttered houses, shops and food stalls. Then, tour Musmeah Yeshua, the last remaining Jewish synagogue in Myanmar. Built during Burma’s colonial era, it stands in the heart of city center. Stroll the bazaar at Scott Market (Bogyoke Market) amid shops filled with antiques, old coins, Burmese jade and handicrafts.

Savor lunch in a local restaurant followed by a visit to the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, a 213-footlong statue with an expressive enamel face. View the story of the Buddha’s life embossed on the soles of the statue’s staggered feet. Then, onto Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in Myanmar. Tradition holds it has stood for 2,600 years, making it the oldest historical pagoda in the world. Marvel as its round, gilded stupa captures the rays of the warm afternoon sun, lending a crowning moment to your Burmese adventure.

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Day 3 - Mandalay

Early morning flight to Mandalay (not included in trip price, but arranged by us).

Begin with a tour of Mandalay including the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, then, after sailing past the monasteries of Sagaing and visiting a Ywataung silversmith, either see silk weavers in Amarapura or witness traditional village life in Sin Kyun. Visit U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, catch a boat up the Ayeyarwady River and return to the Sanctuary Ananda. Enjoy a welcome dinner on the sandbank overlooking Mingun, followed by a traditional musical performance.

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Day 4 - Mingun

For those who wish, an early morning visit to the village of Sin Kyun is offered. This wonderful community will show you the typical life of the villagers and see a way of life seldom viewed by outsiders.Explore Mingun by ox cart, taking in the unfinished Mingun Pagoda, huge Mingun Bell and Myatheindan Pagoda. After lunch, sail south, enjoying talks, longyi (sarong) and thanaka (make-up) demonstrations, or a cooking class before dinner.

Day 5 - Pakokku to Bagan

Early morning yoga and meditation on deck, otherwise breakfast at leisure before taking a trishaw to Pakokku to visit the local market, the traditional shoe and cheroot factories. Return to the ship for lunch, after which take a coach tour of Bagan to see some of the most important temples and pagodas among the 2,000 which comprise this most magnificent archaeological site - the Ananda, the Htilominlo and the Pyathatgyi. Wonder at the sunset from the Pyathatgyi temple before returning to the ship for dinner and a traditional local performance.

Day 6 - Bagan

Choose one of two early morning optional excursions - a balloon ride over Bagan (at an additional charge) or sunrise meditation at one of the temples. After breakfast sail southwards to Sale where a trishaw awaits to take you to visit Yoke Sone Monastery and the wooden temple of Tha-ta-na Kyaung before returning to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon cruise back to Bagan and visit the sacred Buddhist Shwezigon Pagoda which houses a bone and tooth of the Gautama Buddha and the Gubyaukgyi Temple. Return to the ship by horsecart for a traditional Shan dinner with our Captain.

Day 7 - Departure

Early morning breakfast and disembark. If there's time before your flight, spend the morning discovering local life in the Bagan plains, visiting village artisans and learning about the ancient methods of making bricks, lacquerware and jaggery

Travel Info

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