Experience how the nation is changing – before it changes irrevocably
In the past few years as Myanmar has made its first tentative steps towards democracy, sanctions have been dropped and the country continues to open up more and more to tourism. But if you want to stay ahead of the pack, and experience this extraordinary destination before it becomes too touristy and expensive, now is definitely the moment to visit while the traditional ways of Asia still endure.
Take a balloon ride over Bagan
Famous for its temple-strewn plains, the ancient capital of Bagan one of the most spectacular stops along the Ayeryarwady, containing around 3,000 pagodas, temples and Buddhas, including the world’s largest reclining Buddha. If the weather is clear, a daybreak balloon ride affords breathtaking views over the World Heritage site. Or take a bicycle or a horse drawn cart in the early morning mist around the site, watch as villages come to life and experience Bagan’s temples free of crowds that typically flock later in the day.
Enjoy a room with a view and your own personal butler
According to the UK’s Daily Telegraph, Sanctuary Ananda offers the most luxurious cruise experience along the Ayeryarwady and it’s hard to disagree. Arranged over four decks, this floating palace boats the largest entry level suites on the river as well as one of the highest staff to guest ratios on the river, combining all the comforts of 5-star contemporary luxury with the refined elegance of authentic Burmese design.
All cabins have balconies from which to take in the timeless landscapes. But for the ultimate indulgence, the Owner's Suite features a king-size bed, separate dressing and living areas and a large private veranda. The bathroom has a monsoon shower and occupants are treated to a personal butler and private tour guide.
Travel on a boat that reflects the unique character of Myanmar
Custom-built entirely in Myanmar using traditional local materials and craftsmanship, Sanctuary Ananda’s 21 suites feature hand-woven textiles from the Shan, Chin, Akha, Naga, Karen, Rakhine, and Kachin regions. Decorative pillows, handmade furniture, and bronze Karen frog drums embellish the ship's lounge areas. Just as importantly, a cruise aboard the Sanctuary Ananda is both environmentally and culturally sensitive. Staff take great care to blend in with local customs and traditions, to employ local people and to provide insights into Myanmar’s culture and history.
Enjoy the best food in the country
Guests reiterate time and time again that some of the most delicious food in Myanmar is to be found aboard the Sanctuary Ananda. Expert chefs delicately balance local flavours and ingredients with Western fine dining, delivering a truly 5-star outcome. A signature Sandbank Dinner under a blanket of stars on the riverbank delivers a truly unforgettable experience as the night sky glistens overhead, pagodas shine in the skyline, and guests are treated to delicious Burmese delicacies surrounded by lanterns and traditional parasols.
A chance to explore the road less travelled
Sanctuary Ananda offers up an unparalleled portfolio of fascinating itineraries including a many memorable and unique excursions. The boat’s custom built shallow draft allows guests to journey in style on voyages of breathtaking beauty and discovery along both the majestic Ayeyarwady from Bagan to Mandalay visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way, and also its tributary, the Chindwin, visiting places visitors rarely see – through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, ancient towns almost to the Indian border.