Golden Myanmar and The Alluring Irrawaddy With Bangkok and Inle Lake – Southbound (19 Days)

Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
Ship: Avalon Myanmar  |  1 Review
Bangkok, Thailand to Yangon, Myanmar
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to Bangkok! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in. (Breakfast)

Bangkok, Thailand

This morning, your Guided Sightseeing begins with a boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok's famous canals. Stop at the stunning Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also, visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Bangkok, Thailand

Enjoy a full day at your leisure. (Breakfast)

Bangkok, Thailand
Air travel
Yangon, Myanmar

This morning, fly to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast)

Yangon, Myanmar

Historic Landmarks, Hot Tea, and Harmonious Living. Tonight, dine in one of Yangon's best restaurants for a delicious welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Yangon, Myanmar
Air travel
Bhamo, Myanmar
Second Defile, Myanmar

Beautiful Bhamo and Your Suite Ship® Beckon. Late in the morning, fly to Bhamo. Upon arrival explore Bhamo by local trishaw and by foot, then transfer to the port for embarkation. This afternoon, spend time at leisure as you sail through the dramatic Second Defile with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel. A welcome reception starts your evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kyun Daw, Myanmar

Engaging Local Encounters. As you sail south, with some luck, you may catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin with its distinctive round forehead. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Katha, Myanmar
Htigyaing, Myanmar

Burmese Days & Minority Culture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kya Hnyat, Myanmar

Giving Alms and Blessings in Return. Join your local guide for a longyi and thanaka presentation this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10
Kyaukmyaung, Myanmar

Glazed and Amazed. Enjoy time onboard your ship this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11
Mandalay, Myanmar
Amarapura, Myanmar
Mandalay, Myanmar

A Bridge to the Sun. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12
Mandalay, Myanmar

The Golden Tapestries of Mandalay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13
Sagaing, Myanmar

Revelations and Relaxation. Join your local guide for a longyi and thanaka presentation this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14
Shwe Pyi Thar, Myanmar

Rural Life in Myanmar. Enjoy time onboard your ship this morning. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15
Bagan, Myanmar

Temples and Shrines—from Sunrise to Sunset. Today, explore Bagan, one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. From the 9th to the 13th centuries over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city—an area of about 40 square miles. Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 16
Bagan, Myanmar
Air travel
Heho, Myanmar
Red Mountain Estate, Myanmar
Inle Lake, Myanmar

Transfer to the airport and fly to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake, a tranquil body of water surrounded by mountains. Pause at Red Mountain Estate to bask in the beautiful scenery as you enjoy a lunch of authentic fare and wine produced from the vineyards here. Continue to your lakeside resort, where you will spend the next two nights. (Breakfast)

DAY 17
Inle Lake, Myanmar

Today, join a fascinating Guided Excursion to see scenes of life around the lake. Stilted houses dot the shorelines, and the local Intha people use the famous one-legged rowing technique to fish and tend their floating gardens of tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergine, and more. These clever gardens are made from weeds lashed together and mud from the lake bottom, then anchored using bamboo poles, allowing them to rise and fall with the water level of the lake. Along the way, stop at a silk workshop, where they use the fibers of the lotus plant to weave garments. You will also visit a silversmith workshop and a cheroot workshop, where young girls roll the cigars at a dizzying pace. Before dinner, attend a music and dance performance by the Padaung long-necked women who live in this part of the country. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 18
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Heho, Myanmar
Air travel
Yangon, Myanmar

Today, transfer to Heho for your flight back to Yangon for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 19
Yangon, Myanmar

Your extension ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Golden Myanmar and The Alluring Irrawaddy With Bangkok and Inle Lake – Southbound map

What's Included


  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain’s reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe’s most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

About Us

When designing its new ships, Avalon Waterways started with the traveler instead of the ship. This is a river cruise company that invites innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be its guide. The result? More space. Bigger views. More comfort … All thanks to one-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships®. The Suite Ships of Avalon are revolutionizing the river cruise industry. For instance, on these signature vessels, Avalon brings an unprecedented level of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to every aspect of the Panorama Suites, providing travelers an oasis to escape to, not escape from. Even better? Avalon doesn’t offer travelers just a few Panorama Suites on each ship. Instead, 80 percent of the guest rooms on Suite Ships are Panorama Suite (they’re 30 percent larger than the average river cruise room). In designing its ships, Avalon has refused to see space as a barrier. That fact couldn’t be truer when looking at the company’s inspired indoor/outdoor space. For instance, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies®, a completely new concept, make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space. How? Giant wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows with a 7-foot opening. Avalon has considered every detail of the cruise experience. But perhaps it’s what the company hasn’t done that makes it so unique. It hasn’t filled ships to capacity with people. In fact, because the river cruise line made its rooms so spacious, there’s more room for less people. Simply put, Avalon Waterways is built differently

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