Bagan MandalayMandalay Bagan
Watch the sun set over the Bagan Planes and marvel at the changing lighting on the ancient and mysterious ancient pages. Welcome briefings and sparkling wine receptions will be held in the Kansi Panorama Lounge, before dining by candlelight against the sparkling Bagan sky.
Select between an early breakfast hot air balloon ride (at an extra cost, please reserve in advance) or a trip to the busy Nyaung U village markets. At the everyday markets, peasants gather to buy and buy a wide range of goods, from fruits and veggies to porcelain and paint. Continue to the large Shwezigon pagoda, which is said to contain important relicts of the Gautama Buddha, two bone and a copy of a skull.
Returning to the boat we sail up the river to Sagaing where a wide range of aboard activity is on offer such as a long-gyi (sarong) and danaka (cosmetics) demonstrations and a lecture on Myanmar. Take a back-of-house trip and cookery course with our Executive Chef as we explore the Irrawaddy.
Sagaing Hill, an important ecclesiastical and convents center, where about 554 convents and 6,000 friars and monks live, is covered with the Sagaing Shrine. There we will attend a monastery college where you will have the chance to see some of the inhabitants and learn about the Buddhist teaching.
From the top of the mountain you can admire the view of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda terrace, which is truly astonishing. Come and see the U Bein Bridge, a stunning place to watch the sundown. When the sun goes down you come back to Sanctuary Ananda. The breakfast is serviced in Mandalay before the checkout.
When you depart on a later plane, we can organise a Mandalay itinerary. It also includes a trip to the Mahamuni Pagoda, one of Myanmar's most sacred memorials, which houses the venerated Mahamuni image. Finally a trip to the Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein) constructed in 1857 by King Mindon, in reality a copy of the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan.