Golden Myanmar & The Alluring Irrawaddy With Bangkok – Northbound 2019
Rivers:
Danube River Cruises, Irrawaddy River Cruises
Countries:
Burma (Myanmar), Thailand
Embark:
Disembark:
Explore the best of Myanmar, known as “The Golden Land,” and Bangkok, Thailand, on this captivating river cruise along the Irrawaddy River.

Begin this journey in Bangkok, the enchanting capital of Thailand, where you’ll get up close to its most renowned temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha—the oldest and largest of its kind. In Yangon, formerly Rangoon, you’ll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda—considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Bagan, a medieval capital of Myanmar, with thousands of historical structures still standing, is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. Visit one of the many spiritual temples at sunrise and a local market sellin the unique handicrafts of the region.
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Tour Highlights

Day 1 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, Myanmar: Fly to Yangon

Day 5 Yangon: Walking tour of the city’s landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda

Day 6 Yangon–Bagan (Embarkation): Fly to Bagan; onboard welcome reception; traditional puppet show

Day 7 Bagan: Watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, and Sulamani Temple; ox cart ride to temple for sunset

Day 8 Shwe Pyi Thar: Walking tour through this typical river village to visit a farmer’s home and see palm candy being made

Day 9 Sagaing–Amarapura: Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, 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 and Kuthodaw Pagodas, and Shwenandaw Monastery; 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 a local ethnic minority village

Day 15 Kyun Daw–Second Defile–Bhamo: Visit a fisherman’s home, local school, and nunnery in Kyun Daw; cruise through the dramatic Second Defile

Day 16 Bhamo (Disembarkation)–Yangon: Explore Bhamo by trishaw and on foot; fly to Yangon

Day 17 Yangon: End of vacation



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