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CRUISE TOUR: Golden Pagodas to the Streets of Bangkok

27 night package. Rangoon, Burma (Yangon, Myanmar) to Bangkok, Thailand cruise onboard Sirena

Asia, Singapore
Rangoon (Yangon), Myanmar - Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
20 Jan 2021
27 nights
Cruise Code SIR210120
For sale until 20 January 2021
* Business Class Upgrades available from $2,749.00 AUD
PACKAGE INCLUDES
FROM
$7,579 USD
PER PERSON *
$270 USD P/DAY
SAVE UP TO 42%

Inclusions

Check-in on Sun, 10 Jan 2021 for 2 nights STOPOVER accommodation at the Rupar Mandalar Resort (or similar), Mandalay
Check-in on Tue, 12 Jan 2021 for 3 nights STOPOVER accommodation at the Bagan Lodge Hotel (or similar)
Check-in on Fri, 15 Jan 2021 for 3 nights STOPOVER accommodation at the Villa Inle Boutique Resort (or similar), Inle Lake
Check-in on Sun, 17 Jan 2021 for 2 nights STOPOVER accommodation at the Keinnara Hotel (or similar), Loikaw
Departing on Wed, 20 Jan 2021 for 15 nights CRUISE accommodation onboard Sirena
Check-in on Sun, 14 Feb 2021 for 2 nights POST accommodation at the COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
^11 day / 10 night tour from Mandalay including accommodation, guided tours and transfers as per itinerary
^Visit to Shwekyin Monastery
^Visit to Bagaya Monastery
^Visit to Shwezigon Pagoda
^Visit to Ananda Temple
^Visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
^Private Island Dinner at Inle Lake
^Visit to Reclining Buddha Pagoda
Transfers in Bangkok
Complimentary shuttle service from ship to city center in many ports of call (conditions apply)
Complimentary dining at all specialty restaurants onboard
Multiple open-seating dining venues onboard, at no additional charge
Complimentary and unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices onboard
Bars/lounges onboard
24-hour room service onboard
24-hour Butler service in all suites onboard
World-renowned guest lecturers onboard
Canyon Ranch SpaClub onboard
Complimentary and unlimited access to Canyon Ranch SpaClub private Spa Terrace (for Concierge Level Stateroms and Suites only)
State-of-the-art fitness centre onboard
Driving range and up to 18-hole golf putting greens onboard
Entertainment onboard
Library onboard
Swimming pool onboard
Casino onboard
Refrigerated mini-bar with complimentary and unlimited soft drinks and bottled water replenished daily
Wi-Fi access onboard (at additional cost)
Direct-dial satellite phone and cellular service (at additional cost)
Port Charges & Government Taxes
Your Post-Cruise hotel options in Bangkok
2 nights' accommodation(City Room, breakfast included)
at the COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is included in the package price.
Upgrade to Studio Room from $20.00 per person
Book an extra night from $120.00 per person per night

Itinerary

DAYPORTARRDEP
10 Jan 21Mandalay

Upon arrival, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your own leisure

Overnight in Mandalay

11 Jan 21Mandalay

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and depart on your full day private tour of Mandalay.

Explore Mandalay’s artisanal communities to understand more about the city’s deep connection with spirituality and how it continues to preserve traditional beliefs and practices. Discover centuries-old religious crafts such as gold leaf making, where goldbeaters pound in mesmerizing rhythm to produce the tiny, thin sheets of gold that worshippers use to decorate temples around the country. See the gold-covered Buddha at Mahamuni Paya, an important centre of Buddhist worship which some believe contains a living image of Buddha.

Continue to a bronze-casting workshop where some of Myanmar’s most impressive bronze statues are made. See the bronze smiths at work and learn more about their time-honoured craft. If you wish, you can also make a stop at the city’s biggest jade market. The market can be overwhelmingly chaotic and crowded with merchants searching and haggling for the best pieces of the precious lime-colored gemstones, but it is fascinating to watch.

Take a break with lunch at a local restaurant (payable locally) before continuing to Shwenandaw Monastery, the last remaining building of the ancient Mandalay Palace, which features ornately carved walls. Experience a magical evening at Shwekyin Kyaung Monastery where young novice monks pray in the ancient Pali language just after sunset. Located at the northern base of Mandalay Hill, this monastery is a stunning example of 19th century Burmese teak architecture and is the most significant of Mandalay's historical buildings.

Next, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, a white stupa surrounded by 729 marble slabs inscribed with the entire Buddhist cannon, or Tripitaka, making it the world’s biggest book. Then make your way to the top of Mandalay Hill, a temple-dotted mountain that offers enchanting views over the sleepy city. To reach the peak, you can climb the meandering staircase or take an escalator.

Overnight in Mandalay

12 Jan 21Mandalay /Bagan

Visit Sagaing, the capital of the Sagaing Kingdom until 1364, when the capital was moved across the river to Ava. Now, the city remains an important religious and handicrafts hub in Myanmar and is home to dozens of Buddhist monasteries, nunneries and a monastic hospital.

After meeting your guide at your hotel, head out to explore the historical city. Make a stop at one of the nunneries in the area where, depending on the time of day, you may be able to meet and chat with one of the resident nuns.

Then continue to a lofty viewpoint at Soon Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda at the top of Sagaing Hill. The silversmiths in the village of Ywataung are renowned for their engraving skills and you can stop by to see them at work at a silversmith’s workshop.

Next, take a public ferry from Mandalay for a short, five-minute crossing to the quaint little town of Ava, also known as “Inwa”. Formerly known as Yadana Pura, the charming settlement was founded in 1364 by King Thado Minbya and retains the feeling of a bygone era with few modern-day structures and quiet roads that are mostly used by traditional horse carts.

Accompanied by your guide, visit Bagaya Monastery, which was constructed in 1196 by King Bagyidaw and is where many royals were educated. Stop to see the Watch Tower, or Nan Myint, which is also known as the “Leaning Tower of Inwa”. Standing 27 meters tall (90 feet), the tower is all that remains of the palace built by King Bagyidaw.

Then continue to Maha Aung Myay Bon Zan Monastery, a beautiful brick building erected in 1818 by Nanmadaw Me Nu. The interesting site is also known as “Oak Kyaung” because of its wonderful masonry and sublime stucco decorations.

Later you are transferred by private vehicle with an English-speaking guide to Mandalay Domestic Airport to board your flight to Bagan.

Upon arrive at Nyaung Oo Airport, you are transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day will be yours to enjoy leisure time.

Overnight in Bagan

13 Jan 21Bagan

Explore Bagan’s lively old neighborhood and experience the bustling vibe of Nyaung Oo district where you can browse a dizzying display of local goods at the local market which sells everything from fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware.

Stop by for a whiff of Myanmar’s “black gold” at a family-run soy bean paste factory. Made of black bean curd, the traditional, distinctive-smelling sauce is known as pone ye gyi and is commonly used in Myanmar cuisine as a marinade or salad dressing.

Continue to Shwezigon Pagoda, a glittering golden spire which was built to house the relics of Buddha including a collarbone, frontal bone and tooth. Then make your way to Kubyaukgyi Temple in the nearby village of Wetkyi In. Dating back to the early 13th century, the pyramid-shaped spire contains some of Bagan’s finest frescoes depicting stories of Buddhism.

Then visit the last “Burman-style” temple in Bagan. Built in the 13th century, Htilominlo Temple stands an impressive 45 meters (150 feet) tall and 43 meters (140 feet) wide and contains a Buddha image at each corner.

Explore the nearby village of Taung Bi where local families have been running their own cottage industries for years. Stop by to see a monastery famous for its decorative wood carvings and try a cup of la pet ye, a Myanmar-style pulled tea at a local tea house.

Then take a ride in a traditional horse cart to visit Ananda Temple where four golden Buddha statues stand among beautiful frescoes depicting Burmese life in the 11th to 13th centuries. Continue to a lacquerware workshop to observe the time-consuming process of producing this intricate traditional craft which has been a hallmark of Bagan for centuries. Top quality pieces require several months to complete, and you can gain a real appreciation for this as you watch the craftsmen in the workshop and browse the finished examples for sale.

Overnight in Bagan

14 Jan 21Bagan

Rise early this morning for an enchanting sunrise experience that takes you up into the skies of Bagan in a hot air balloon. As you float higher and higher above the ground, the true magnitude of the “Golden Land” is revealed and you can see impressive views of the Ayeyarwady River along with countless pagodas and temples stretching far across the horizon. Ballooning is considered an essential Bagan experience as the vast landscape is best appreciated from above.

Explore Myinkaba, a captivating village renowned for its production of authentic handicrafts. Among its most famous products are large, woven squares of bamboo strips that are used in many traditional Myanmar homes. Myinkaba is also known for its traditional Mon-style lacquerware with unique designs passed down from generation to generation since the time of King Manuha.

Just south of the village lies Manuha Temple which was built by King Thaton, the last king of the Thaton Kingdom. After being captured and overthrown by the invading Pagan Kingdom, Thaton was permitted to build Manuha Temple, which, it is said, reflects the king’s displeasure of captivity as all the Buddha images appear very cramped in their enclosures.

Continue to Nanpaya Temple, known for its outstanding masonry and interior design. The temple reflects the strong Brahman influence among the Theravada Mon kings. Take note of the relief of the god Brahma whose three faces possess typical Mon features and are said to be representations of King Manuha.

After your excursion return back to you your hotel where the rest of your afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities until you are transferred to the jetty to enjoy sunset cruise.

16:00 Embark on a scenic sunset cruise on the majestic Ayeyarwady River. You are transferred to the jetty to board your comfortable river vessel, fitted with wicker chairs and a sofa. The boat travels upstream for a short distance before the captain turns off the engine and allows the vessel to cruise in silence, carried along by the gentle tide. Sample some Burmese snacks, local beers and soft drinks as you drift along, soaking in the serene ambience and watching the changing colors of the evening sky. After the sun sets over the surrounding plateau, the boat returns to the jetty where your private vehicle awaits to transfer you back to your hotel.

Overnight in Bagan

15 Jan 21Bagan / Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake

After an early breakfast, you are met by our representative who will drive you to Nyaung Oo domestic airport in time for your flight to Heho.

Upon arrival at Heho Airport, begin your journey to Pindaya, a quaint town located on the shore of the small, but beautiful Botoloke Lake. Along the way, you pass several small farming villages inhabited by people from the Shan community.

Pindaya is a peaceful town blanketed by magnificent banyan trees. It is best known for the Pindaya Caves, an extensive network of limestone grottoes filled with thousands of Buddha statues that have been placed somewhat haphazardly over the centuries, creating a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers. Dating back to the 18th century, the images vary greatly in size and are made of different types of materials, such as alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement.

Explore the impressive caves with your guide before continuing to the town. After a short drive down the winding mountain road, you arrive in the town, where you can witness the slow-paced, traditional lifestyle of this rural community. Visit a local handicraft workshop where the craftsmen spend their days creating beautiful parasols by hand, using age-old techniques passed down through generations.

Continue to Shwe U Min Paya, a cluster of short stupas located just below the ridge near the Pindaya Caves. After admiring the stupas, you will continue to Nyaung Shwe, the vibrant town lies just north of Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most picturesque natural wonders.

Overnight in Inle Lake

16 Jan 21Inle Lake

Venture out to explore Inle Lake’s ethnic villages and floating gardens to uncover the region’s rich cultural traditions and humble lifestyles. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, which houses five golden Buddha images that were transported from the Malay Peninsula by King Alaungsithu in the 12th century. Then take a leisurely boat ride across the lake to observe unique methods of farming and fishing and admire the various crops that grow in the bundles of water hyacinths - an enchanting landscape of floating cauliflowers, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbages, beans and eggplants.

Then visit Ngaphechaung Monastery, an elegant wooden monastery built on stilts. Admire the impressive collection of Buddha images in Shan, Tibetan, Bagan and Inwa styles displayed on the highly ornate wood and mosaic pedestal.

Stop for lunch at the Inle Heritage House (payable locally), a community enterprise that works to preserve the nature and culture of Inle Lake. Browse a wonderful collection of hand-crafted products by artisans all over Myanmar at the fair-trade shop and learn about how the center is giving back through vocational training and various conservation projects. You can even stop by to see the beautiful felines at the breeding center for pure-bred Burmese cats.

Visit some of the quaint lakeside villages to discover local crafts and witness a way of life that has remained unchanged for generations. The stilted village of Inn Paw Khon is known for its ikat-style silk weaving, which you can observe at a local workshop. See how the artisans create beautiful and unique textiles using this traditional style of weaving.

Continue to Nampan Village to see a blacksmith in a stilted shop above the lake. The blacksmith here shapes and molds metals the old-fashioned way - with a hammer and anvil. Then explore a cheroot factory that produces Burmese cigars. You can even try your hand at making a cigar under the guidance of a skilled worker. Next, head to a boat builder's workshop where you can see how watercraft, which are essential in this region, are produced by hand.

Walk across a bamboo bridge for an intimate dining experience on a private island in the lake. Toast your special moment as a couple at your exclusive table for two surrounded by the beauty of Inle Lake’s floating gardens and the Shan hills in the distance. Feast on traditional Shan cuisine while enjoying the peace and serenity of this charming al fresco venue.

Overnight in Inle Lake

17 Jan 21Inle Lake

Head out for an experience of everyday life in the region’s beautiful lakeside villages and floating gardens. As you glide across the lake, you may catch a glimpse of the leg-rowing fishermen at work. Visit the vibrant five-day market, which is held in a different village each day, on a rotating five-day cycle. This market is the meeting place for ethnic villagers who inhabit the Shan hills and travel long distances to buy and sell their intricate crafts and locally-grown produce each day.

Then take a scenic boat ride across the lake to the south-west corner into a densely forested area to visit the village of Indein. Observe the slower pace of life here in this remote village and learn a bit about the villagers’ centuries-old traditions. Make your way up a stairway lined with wooden columns and market stalls that lead to the Shwe Indein Pagoda complex, an impressive collection of ancient and unrestored Shan-style stupas clustered together at the top of a hill. Enjoy stunning views of the lake as you explore the intriguing ancient landscape.

After your excursion return back to you your hotel where the rest of your afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities.

Overnight in Inle Lake

18 Jan 21Inle Lake - Loikaw

After meeting your guide, embark on a journey towards Loikaw, capital of the Kayah State. Located on the Pilu River, the sleepy town is a convenient base for exploring the local hill tribe villages and surrounding countryside.

Begin with a five-hour boat trip across Inle Lake. While drifing across the calm waters, observe local life in the hill tribes and lakeside villages along the way. Notice how the inhabitants of this remote region live in symbiosis with the lake. The journey takes you passed floating gardens and leg-rowing fishermen before arriving at Sagar.

Once a Shan Prince village, Sagar hosts the remains of several ancient pagodas. After exploring the old ruins, continue to a small pottery village. Then visit Kyainkham village where the locals create fibers from lotus stems.

At the village of Hpae Khone, transfer to a private air-conditioned vehicle and visit a local Paduang hill tribe village to see a traditional way of life untouched by modernity. After exploring the village, continue to Loikaw and check-in at your accommodation.

Overnight in Loikaw

19 Jan 21Loikaw

Accompanied by your guide, explore a local hill tribe market where you can see a range of locally grown foods and hand-made trinkets. Then visit Sanbon, located near the Padaung village where you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, continue to Taung Kwae Pagoda, a photogenic temple on Mingalar Thiri Mountain. Return to your accommodation in Loikaw.

Overnight in Loikaw

20 Jan 21Yangon, Myanmar.

Get an early start this morning and bid farewell to Loikaw. You are met at your hotel by your guide and transferred to Loikaw Airport. Depart Loikaw Airport to Yangon.

Upon arrival, you will visit the Reclining Buddha Pagoda. Not actually a true pagoda, this impressive open sided pavilion houses a 230-foot Buddha statue in the reclining position. Also within the pagoda enclosure is a centre devoted to the study of sacred Buddhist manuscripts and a collection of Buddha effigies in the Buddha Shrine Hall showing how the image of Buddha differed throughout the 16-17th centuries.

Continue to Shwedagon Pagoda. This architectural masterpiece is a golden fantasy of gilded stupas, serene statues of Buddha and mythical beasts and is said to be over 2,500 years old. According to legend, eight hairs of the last Buddha are enshrined within the gleaming golden stupa. On the outside, the stupa is plated with 8,688 solid gold slabs and the tip of the stupa is set with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies, sapphires and topaz stones. A huge emerald sits in the middle to catch the first and last rays of the sun, literally the jewel in the crowning glory of Burmese architecture.

After excursion, you are transferred back to the Jetty to embark your cruise.

8 AM
21 Jan 21Yangon
22 Jan 21Yangon6 PM
23 Jan 21Cruising The Andaman Sea
24 Jan 21Phuket, Thailand8 AM5 PM
25 Jan 21Sabang, Indonesia8 AM4 PM
26 Jan 21Penang, Malaysia12 PM9 PM
27 Jan 21Langkawi, Malaysia7 AM4 PM
28 Jan 21Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia8 AM6 PM
29 Jan 21Singapore, Singapore9 AM6 PM
30 Jan 21Cruising The South China Sea
31 Jan 21Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam9 AM
01 Feb 21Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)2 PM
02 Feb 21Cruising The Gulf Of Thailand
03 Feb 21Bangkok11 AM
04 Feb 21Bangkok.

After you have disembarked, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your own leisure

Overnight in Bangkok

8 AM
05 Feb 21Bangkok.

Day will be at your own leisure

Overnight in Bangkok

06 Feb 21Bangkok.

After hotel check out, you'll be met and transferred to the airport to board your flight home

Map

Pricing

CABIN GRADEWASNOW
Inside Stateroom (G)$13,069 USD$7,579 USD
Inside Stateroom (F)$11,709 USD$7,729 USD
Oceanview Stateroom (E)$11,879 USD$7,839 USD
Oceanview Stateroom (D)$12,629 USD$7,959 USD
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom (C1)$12,639 USD$8,219 USD
Veranda Stateroom (B2)$13,369 USD$9,089 USD
Veranda Stateroom (B1)$15,129 USD$9,229 USD
Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom (A3)$15,129 USD$9,379 USD
Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom (A2)$15,569 USD$9,499 USD
Concierge Level Veranda Stateroom (A1)$14,339 USD$9,609 USD
Penthouse Suite (PH3)$16,889 USD$10,979 USD
Penthouse Suite (PH2)$15,899 USD$11,129 USD
Penthouse Suite (PH1)$17,089 USD$11,279 USD
Vista Suite (VS)$21,939 USD$15,139 USD
Owner’s Suite (OS)$30,999 USD$16,739 USD
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom (C2)SOLD OUTSOLD OUT
* All prices are quoted in US dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, and inclusive of all taxes and discounts. All prices & itineraries are current at time of publishing & subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Taxes are correct at time of publication and subject to change due to airline fluctuation, currency fluctuation, government changes, departure city and stop overs. Prices may vary until full payment is received, please ask your consultant for details. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Conditions apply.
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