The beauty of Burma awaits – explore Myanmar with Ama Waterways in 2014
In November 2014 Ama Waterways will be launching a new river cruise programme aboard a brand new ship on Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River and I wanted to tell you a little more about it in today’s blog.
The Ayeyarwady River or Irrawaddy River as it is also known, flows right through Burma from north to south and takes in some superb stops along the way. These include: Maubin, Zalon, Pyay, Minhla, Salay, Bagan, Yandabo, Mingun and Mandalay. The river is also sometimes referred to as ‘The Road to Mandalay’ after Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘Mandalay’ which was written in 1890 when the British poet was just 24-years old.
One of the world’s most secretive, mysterious and fascinating places, Myanmar has a unique centuries-old culture and offers spectacular architectural wonders. It’s fair to say one shall be left in awe at not only the natural beauty that this destination has to offer but the intrigue of its ancient history that will also capture your mind.
The Vessel – AmaPura
To sail this magnificent river, Ama Waterways shall introduce the custom designed 56-passenger AmaPura. The ship will be furnished with a combination of modern and traditional motifs and offer 28 spacious suites, all of which will feature either a French balcony, step-out full balcony or twin balconies. Suites will also be equipped with a well-appointed bathroom and other deluxe amenities including robe and slippers, electronic safe, spa-quality bath products and luxury linens.
The ship’s public spaces will include a spa, gift shop, swimming pool and sun deck, restaurant and a main lounge and bar area.
The main dining area will offer a superb selection of traditional western dishes as well as delicious regionally inspired cuisine which shall include rice dishes, meat, seafood, soup, fresh fruits and vegetables. After all, you will be exploring Asia so it’s only right you should sample the local cuisine too.
Bagan – A cultural treasure trove of more than 2,200 temples, stupas and pagodas, on par with Cambodia’s massive Angkor Wat temple complex.
Mandalay – The country’s last royal capital and second largest city, the “Golden City” of Mandalay is regarded as Myanmar’s cultural heart, renowned for its master craftsmen and its patronage of the arts.
Mount Popa – The stunning shrine perched at the top of Mt. Popa is considered the legendary home of spirit gods worshipped by Burmese Buddhists.
Ancient Royal Cities – Inwa (Ava) was the capital of the Burma for more than 400 years, Amarapura has the world’s longest teak bridge, Sagaing is famous for its tranquil atmosphere, and Mingun has many historic sites to explore.
Yangon (Rangoon) – The “Garden City of the East,” retains much of its colonial charm with cobble-stoned streets, tree-lined avenues and Victorian architecture.
Many of the Myanmar river cruises also come with pre and post-cruise hotel accommodation. It is itinerary specific so please check this when making your enquiry.
For more information on Ama Waterways please contact one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. You can also view a selection of our best Ama Waterways deals – which include flights and transfers on Danube, Black Sea, Douro and Russia voyages.