With 90% of Myanmar's population being followers of the Buddhist religion and having a large religious past, it is no surprise that Myanmar is filled with pagodas and monasteries. For a truly unique perspective, take an early morning hot air balloon over the pagoda-filled landscape of Bagan and take the opportunity to join a Buddhist almsgiving ceremony.
Engage with the local people as you walk into villages. Within these villages you will be able to watch the traditional manual processes behind local crafts from gold leaf beating, lacquerware, & cheroot making to Buddha carvings and shoe making, visit markets and see the selection of fruit and vegetables which are traded, take a look at villager's houses and get an inside look at how the Myanmar people live their daily lives.
During some of your evenings onboard, there will be evening entertainment consisting of local performances after dinner. Skilled dancers in bright costumes will captivate you with Burmese local dances which often tell stories about their myths and legends.
Learn to tie a longyi (the skirt that both men and women traditionally wear) and how to make and apply tanaka (natural sun cream). For those interested in learning how to prepare some of the local cuisine, attend a cooking demonstration hosted by the onboard Chefs.
Perhaps the most pleasurable way to see Myanmar, feel its pulse, live its legends and understand its history, is from the rivers. The Ayeyarwady River still remains Myanmar's lifeline, the people and economy ever dependent on its vital natural source. Ferries, bamboo rafts, barges and fishing boats, all ply their trade along these waters, at a slow relaxed pace—there is no need to hurry in Myanmar. The country and its people will amaze you – a truly authentic and memorable experience.
Refined Journeys, Jackie Cross will explore the Myanmar this May including the magnificant Sanctuary Retreats Ananda. Be sure to stay tuned to read about her amazing journeys in The News Room!
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Sanctuary Ananda - Myanmar
The luxurious all suite ship – the Sanctuary Ananda will take you in style on voyages of breathtaking beauty and discovery on the mysterious rivers of Myanmar (Burma). Visit temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the Irrawaddy River on a choice of cruises from Mandalay to Bagan, Bhamo or Yangon. Journeys on its great tributary, the Chindwin, will take you to places visitors rarely see – through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, and ancient towns almost to the Indian border.
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