Irrawaddy by Starlight
The day has arrived at last for your luxe trip around Myanmar and Thailand. You’ll be met in Mandalay by your guide and transferred to your hotel by the luxury car. Settle into your suite with a special welcome gift before enjoying a one hour traditional Myanmar Massage.
On day three you’ll tour Mandalay’s top attractions from the comfort of a luxury car. You’ll check out the intricate wood carvings at the Golden Palace Monastery and see the world’s largest book at the Kuthodaw Pagoda before boarding your Sanctuary Cruise. After lunch, you’ll head off towards the pagoda dotted hills of Sagaing where you’ll meet residents and learn more about the teachings of Buddhism. Afterward, you’ll visit a textile workshop before enjoying a local performance followed by dinner.
On day four you’ll witness the quaint village of Sin Kyun and enjoy some onboard activities including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration and mixology. The next day you’ll take a cooking class with the ship’s Executive Chef; you’ll visit a local market to pick up produce before getting hands-on. After a hearty lunch, you’ll visit the revered temples of Bagan, including the Ananda Temple which is widely regarded as the most beautiful temple in Myanmar. Watch the sunset over the ancient temples and pagodas before hopping back aboard the boat. On day six you’ll take an early morning balloon tour over the Bagan plains; a stunning and magical way to soak up the ancient atmosphere. After checking out the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda you’ll enjoy lunch with far-reaching views over Mount Popa. For your last night aboard the ship, you’ll enjoy a candlelit sandbank dinner with the twinkling lights of Bagan as your backdrop.
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Bagan airport in a luxury car for your flight to Yangon. You’ll get to know this charming city with an afternoon tour in a beautifully restored colonial-era bus; enjoy traveling in style and sipping cold drinks while soaking up the atmosphere of the city. After lunch in the inimitable Strand Café, you’ll explore the heart of downtown Yangon before heading to Kandawgyi Park to relax in one of the city’s greenest spots. You’ll finish the tour with a visit to the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar - Shwedagon Pagoda.
The next morning after breakfast, you’ll immerse yourself in everyday life by boarding the Yangon circle train. Soak up local life and watch commuters, snack selling vendors and the ever-changing neighborhoods outside the train window. You’ll hop off for a browse at one of the city’s best fresh markets before heading back to the center by the luxury car. After exploring Chinatown and Little India you’ll head back to your hotel to relax before heading out for high tea with Champagne at Le Planteur, a fine European restaurant overlooking Inya Lake.
Swap city living for beachside relaxing – today you’re off to Khao Lak on Phang-Nga's west coastline. Once you’ve checked in you’ll have time to settle in and get ready for your candlelit dinner next to a jungle waterfall. The rest of your time in this captivating area is yours to spend as you’d like. The Sarojin boasts a turquoise infinity pool, a serene spa, lush tropical gardens and access to secluded white beaches. Explore the nearby national parks or arrange to go diving at the spectacular sites at the Similan and Surin Islands.
On Day 14 you’ll leave Thailand and head home blissed out from the beach with plenty of travel stories to tell your friends and family when you get back.