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The luxurious all-suite Sanctuary Ananda carries guests in style on voyages of breathtaking beauty and discovery on the mysterious rivers of Myanmar. Ananda translated in Sanskrit as "bliss". It offers guests an authentically Burmese, yet exclusive experience, in line with Sanctuary Retreats’ 'Luxury, Naturally' philosophy.

Sanctuary Ananda was built by local craftsmen using age-old knowledge and traditional materials while at the same time incorporating the most modern technology, chic in an atmosphere of five-star comfort. Sanctuary Ananda offers 02 suites, 14 deluxe suites, 04 luxury suites and an ultra-luxurious Owner's suite. In every suite, lush silks, polished teak and beautiful lacquerware that celebrate Myanmar’s rich heritage of arts, crafts and textiles and Malaika Egyptian cotton sheets. Expect L’Occitane stocked ensuite bathrooms, individually controlled air-conditioner and an iPad with free Wi-Fi – and, naturally, consummate craftsmanship throughout. Every suite has its own private balcony.

Sanctuary Ananda offers six exciting itineraries including 3, 4 and 7 night ‘Discovery Cruises’ between Bagan and Mandalay as well as 10 and 11 night ‘Exploration Cruises’ which allow guests more time to explore the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers.

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          Price Includes
           
          • Accommodation
          • All three meals during full sailing days with lunch and dinner on day of embarkation and breakfast on day of disembarkation
          • Soft drinks and local beer
          • All sightseeing as stated in set itineraries
           
          Price Excludes
           
          • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls and purchases from the gift shop
          • Wine and spirits
          • Extra optional excursions
          • International & domestic flights
          • Gratuity to staff
          • Medical services, travel insurance or visas
           
          Cancellation by Customer
           
          • Cancellations received between the date of booking and 61 days prior to departure will result in the loss of the deposit.
          • Cancellations received 60 - 31 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 50% of the tour price.
          • Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to departure will be subject to a forfeiture of the entire tour price.
          • The purchase of special event tickets is subject to the refund policy of each individual event. Please refer to the specific event policy for details.
          • Sanctuary reserves the right to charge for financial penalties, fees and losses incurred as a result of cancellation.
           
          Children Policy
           
          • Children aged 6 and over are welcome onboard Sanctuary Ananda - 75% of adults
          • Children over the age of 12 will be charged the full adult price

          Full Itinerary


          Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda.

          Check in at 12:30pm and enjoy lunch on board. After lunch on board, we will visit Kayminga pagoda complex to see the different architecture of the stupas first-hand. Next, on to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda which is said to contain important relics of the Gautama Buddha, two bones and a copy of a tooth.

          Enjoy the sunset over the Bagan plains and admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. Finally the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Irrawaddy River, filling the sky with a reddish glow, a truly magic moment.

          A welcome briefing and champagne reception will be hosted in the Kansi Panorama Lounge before a candlelit sandbank dinner is served with the backdrop of the twinkling lights of Bagan.

          Meals: Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Choose between an early morning balloon tour (an additional charge applies, please book in advance) or visit the bustling local market of Nyaung U. The daily market is where the farmers meet to buy and sell a variety of goods, ranging from fruit and vegetables to china and lacquerware.

          After, visit Bagan to see the Ananda Temple, regarded by folklore as one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar.

          We will then return to the ship and start sailing upstream towards Sagaing during which a variety of on board activities will be offered including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration, and a talk on Myanmar.

          A delicious dinner in the Talifoo Restaurant will then follow.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Enjoy a back of house tour and cooking class with our Executive Chef as we cruise the Irrawaddy.

          In the afternoon visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic center, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a Monastic school and orphanage where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism. Afterwards, take in the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which are truly breathtaking.

          Amarapura, was once known as 'The City of Immortals'. Today, the leisurely 'clack-clack' from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital.

          Visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, return to the Sanctuary Ananda.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Early the morning Sanctuary Ananda will sail north to the quaint village of Sin Kyun, a village just north of Mandalay sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy.

          Take an optional tour to witness first-hand the way of life in this unspoiled location seldom viewed by outsiders. Following the village Chief’s request for a library and a house for an English teacher, Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy donated the money necessary to begin this new partnership. We hope that with the support of Sanctuary Ananda guests, we will be able to provide further funds to improve the quality of life of the villagers.

          At 8am the Sanctuary Ananda will sail to Mandalay and arrive just after breakfast for check out.

          As your cruise trip comes to an end, we thank you for sailing with us on board the Sanctuary Ananda and immersing yourself in the magic of Myanmar.

          Meals: Breakfast
          Accommodation: NA

          Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda.

          Option 1: Check in at 11.00am at the Jetty in Mandalay and settle into your suite, before sailing towards Myin Mu at 11.30am.

          Option 2: Arrive at Mandalay Jetty by 1.30pm and transfer by bus to Myin Mu. Check in to Sanctuary Ananda and settle into your suite.

          For those guests arriving on an earlier flight we can arrange a tour of Mandalay. This will include a visit to Shwenandaw Monastery and lastly a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda (Maha Lawka Marazein). Kuthodaw is often called the biggest book in the world, for surrounding it are 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Tripitaka texts (Buddhist cannon).

          As we sail along the Chindwin towards Paung Pyin, you’ll have the chance to get a true insight into Myanmar thanks to on-board talks on traditions such as the local dress, thanaka make-up as well as see cookery demonstrations and history lessons. After years of being oppressed by its political regime, this is an exciting, eye-opening time to learn about Myanmar’s fascinating culture from the country’s own people.

          Early evening, we’ll drop anchor mid-river near where the Chindwin meets the great Ayeyarwady, and this is where we’ll dock for the night.

          Join us at the Kansi Panorama Lounge for a welcome briefing along with a champagne and canapés reception followed by the welcome dinner on board the ship.

          Meals: Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          At 5am the ship will start sailing. Enjoy the morning on board at leisure.

          Arrive in Monywa in the Sagaing Region at 2.30pm, when you’ll no doubt continue to appreciate what’s so very special about this cruise northwest of Mandalay: we take you to unspoiled scenery that rarely gets exposed to tourists. After exploring the city, a coach will transport you to a truly spectacular part of the world: the intricately decorated golden Thanboddhay Pagoda.

          Next you’ll visit Bodhi Tataung Pagoda.

          Return to the ship at 4.30pm and enjoy dinner on board while sailing towards Own Pin Seik.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Start the day with a meditation session on the Sun Deck and for those who wish to learn how to prepare Asian delicacies, our chef will be happy to demonstrate.

          Relax on board as we sail towards the village of Maukkadaw. Arrive at the village in the late afternoon, once an important teak port. Explore the town and its stunning teak buildings made even more exotic by the tropical jungle that surrounds them. Wander around the village and visit the brick monastery.

          This evening we will screen one of the most famous movies about Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, in the Kansi Panorama Lounge with canapés. Overnight at Ngar Own.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Take part in a morning lecture presented by our resident guide followed by an afternoon visit to Kalewa - the trading post between Myanmar and India. Kalewa is right at the foot of the Western Mountain Ranges that loom over the town, the pagoda on the hill and the placid waters of the river.

          The cruise continues after lunch taking you through lush gorges, past wild jungle and tiny riverside villages – the scenery here looks like that of a land that time forgot. We’ll also be hosting interesting talks on board the ship during the afternoon. Tonight, the ship will dock at Masein.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Sail in the morning and arrive in Mawleik mid-morning. Mawleik, once the administrative center of the Bombay Burma Trading Company, is still a lively town with a vibrant market and colonial charm. This is a part of Myanmar that very few tourists see.

          Return to the ship at 11.30am and cruise north.

          After lunch, why not take part in one of our interesting on board lectures.

          We recommend you take tea in the panoramic lounge as we sail towards the thatched homes of our next rural village stop, Hae Nin. The ship will anchor here for the night.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Enjoy an early morning meditation session on board the Sun Deck.
          Sail south to Sitthaung, where we will see the emerald green paddy fields on your way to the village pagoda. Near the mouth of the Yu River which drains the Kubu valley, Sitthaung was the final resting place of a number of IFC steamers scuppered there in 1942.

          Later on visit Paung Pyin, the northernmost point of the cruise.

          The Uyu River is a major tributary of the Chindwin River, and the sand in this part of the river gets a lot of attention from locals – look out for folks panning for gold here in the hope of finding small nuggets.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          As we travel towards Masein, enjoy a restful day on board and take full advantage of Sanctuary Ananda’s extensive services and facilities.

          Join our chef for a cooking demonstration to test your knowledge of local delicacies and learn how to create delicious Asian dishes.

          Dock at Masein at 2.30pm.

          Misty blue and green hills rise high on the horizon, and near the village of Masein, a row of 28 white-washed pagodas line the crest of a sloping hill and file down towards the river. The number signifies the 28 Buddhas that have brought enlightenment to the world.

          Tonight we will screen the movie Rangoon and serve delicious canapés in the Kansi Panorama Lounge.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Sail in the morning and arrive at Minkin at 11am.

          Here you’ll get a chance to see an extraordinary blend of European and Burmese architecture of the Mahar Minkyaung Monastery, the oldest wooden Monastery. The Shwe Sagar Buddha is especially remarkable – it was carved from a single piece of wood a thousand years ago. After this visit, the boat will proceed to Kani where we’ll overnight.

          After lunch, join an afternoon lecture to learn about Myanmar's past, present and future.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          This morning, visit the Po Win Taung caves near Shwe Ba Taung. Carved out of the sandstone hills, this setting is breathtakingly special to behold, and a highlight of any trip to Myanmar. More ancient than the Thanbodday pagoda are the two cave pagoda complexes of Po win taung and Shwe ba taung, believed to be over 300 years old. There are almost one thousand caves in which both the Buddha images and the thrones were carved out of living rock. The natural shape of the caves was kept, and 17th century wall paintings in exquisite detail cover the interior walls. The entrances are rimmed with traditional motifs of vines and flowers, in high or low relief. Figures of mythical beings and traditional design elements are seen both carved and painted.

          Tonight, take part in a cocktail demonstration during which you will learn how to make Golden Land and Chindwin cocktails and taste them first hand.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          This morning sail from Yesagyo to Pakokku. This is an opportunity to watch cotton-blanket weavers and visit the local market with Sanctuary Ananda's chef. At 11am the ship will set sail to Bagan, arriving after lunch. Visit the awe-inspiring Ananda Temple. Completed in 1091 AD, it is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan. The Ananda is regarded by folklore as one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar.

          Next, visit Htilominlo Temple; a two-storey redbrick temple built around 1211 AD. It is a magnificent structure, though now heavily restored. Enjoy the sunset from the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple. Admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery.

          Finally the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Irrawaddy River, filling the sky with a reddish glow, a truly magic moment. Tonight there will be a local performance on board. Enjoy your last night with a candlelit sandbank dinner, served with the backdrop of the twinkling lights of Bagan.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Enjoy an early breakfast on your final morning before check out at 9am.
          As your cruise trip comes to an end, we thank you for sailing with us on board the Sanctuary Ananda and immersing yourself in the magic of Myanmar.

          Meals: Breakfast
          Accommodation: NA
          Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda.

          Check in at 11.00am at the Jetty in Bagan and settle into your suite, before sailing towards Yesagyo at 11.30am.

          Lunch will be served onboard shortly after check in or upon return from the morning excursion. The afternoon will be spent sailing towards the Chindwin Confluence.

          Join us at the Kansi Panorama Lounge for a welcome briefing along with a champagne and canapés reception followed by the welcome dinner on board the ship.

          Meals: Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Enjoy the on board activities including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration.

          Arrive in Monywa in the Sagaing Region at approximately 1 pm.

          After exploring the city, a coach will transport you to the golden Thanboddhay Pagoda.

          Next you’ll visit Bodhi Tataung Pagoda.

          Return to the ship at 4.30 pm.

          Enjoy dinner onboard while sailing towards Own Pin Seik.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Start the day with a meditation session on the Sun Deck. For those who wish to learn how to prepare Asian delicacies, our chef will be happy to demonstrate.

          Relax on board as we sail towards the village of Maukkadaw, once an important teak port. Arrive at the village in the afternoon. Explore the town and its stunning teak buildings made even more exotic by the tropical jungle that surrounds them. Wander around the village and visit the brick monastery.

          This evening we will screen one of the most famous movies about Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, in the Kansi Panorama Lounge with canapés. Overnight in Ngar Own.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Take part in a morning lecture presented by our resident guide followed by an afternoon visit to Kalewa - the trading post between Myanmar and India. Kalewa is right at the foot of the Western Mountain Ranges that loom over the town, the pagoda on the hill and the placid waters of the river.

          The cruise continues after lunch taking you through lush gorges, past wild jungle and tiny riverside villages – the scenery here looks like that of a land that time forgot. We’ll also be hosting interesting talks on board the ship during the afternoon. Tonight, the ship will dock at Masein.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Sail in the morning and arrive in Mawleik mid-morning. Mawleik, once the administrative center of the Bombay Burma Trading Company, is still a lively town with a vibrant market and colonial charm. This is a part of Myanmar that very few tourists see.

          Return to the ship at 11.30am and cruise north.

          After lunch, why not take part in one of our interesting on board lectures.

          We recommend you take tea in the panoramic lounge as we sail towards the thatched homes of our next rural village stop, Hae Nin. The ship will anchor here for the night.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Enjoy an early morning meditation session on board the Sun Deck.

          Sail south to Sitthaung, where we will see the emerald green paddy fields on your way to the village pagoda. Near the mouth of the Yu River which drains the Kubu valley, Sitthaung was the final resting place of a number of IFC steamers scuppered there in 1942.

          Later on visit Paung Pyin, the northernmost point of the cruise.

          The Uyu River is a major tributary of the Chindwin River, and the sand in this part of the river gets a lot of attention from locals – look out for folks panning for gold here in the hope of finding small nuggets.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          As we travel towards Masein, enjoy a restful day on board and take full advantage of Sanctuary Ananda’s extensive services and facilities.

          Join our chef for a cooking demonstration to test your knowledge of local delicacies and learn how to create delicious Asian dishes.

          Dock at Masein at 2.30pm.

          Misty blue and green hills rise high on the horizon, and near the village of Masein, a row of 28 white-washed pagodas line the crest of a sloping hill and file down towards the river. The number signifies the 28 Buddhas that have brought enlightenment to the world.

          Tonight we will screen the movie Rangoon and serve delicious canapés in the Kansi Panorama Lounge.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Sail in the morning and arrive at Minkin at 11am.

          Here you’ll get a chance to see an extraordinary blend of European and Burmese architecture of the Mahar Minkyaung Monastery, the oldest wooden Monastery. The Shwe Sagar Buddha is especially remarkable – it was carved from a single piece of wood a thousand years ago. After this visit, the boat will proceed to Kani where we’ll overnight.

          After lunch, join an afternoon lecture to learn about Myanmar's past, present and future.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          In the morning, visit the two cave pagoda complexes of Powintaung and Shwebataung.

          Back on board for relaxing.

          In the evening, take part in a cocktail demonstration during which you will learn how to make Golden Land and Chindwin cocktails and taste them first hand.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          We’ll spend the day sailing upstream towards Sagaing, which means you have ample time to enjoy the luxuries on board Ananda. There is no better way to enjoy this riverine picture than from the Kansi panorama lounge or the pool deck.

          In the evening, you will be treated to a local puppet show on board. A delicious farewell dinner will then follow.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          At 6:00am the Sanctuary Ananda will sail for Mandalay and will arrive at approximately 8:30am for check out.

          As your cruise comes to an end, we thank you for sailing with us on board the Sanctuary Ananda and immersing yourself in the magic of Myanmar.

          Meals: Breakfast
          Accommodation: NA

          Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda.

          Check in by 12pm and settle into your suite before we leave the bustle of downtown Yangon to join the Twante Canal which connects the Yangon River to the Ayeyarwady River. The scenery will be both urban and rural, rows of vegetables grow in tidy allotments by the side of the canal or maybe a man dangling a long bamboo fishing line into the canal. Twante town itself is famous for ceramics.

          Dock at Nyaung Tong, a riverside beach for overnight.

          Meals: Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          This morning we will visit the charming small town of Danuphyu, it was here that General Maha Bandula led the Burmese against the British in 1825 during the First Anglo-Burmese war. Explore the town by trishaw, visiting the Pagoda of Tyuakalon Pun and the Maha Bandula monastery.

          Dinner and overnight on board.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Today will be spent sailing and provides a scenic introduction to Myanmar, a feast for the eye, the villages, noble tamarind trees, the dazzling green paddy fields, distant hills dotted with pagodas: the chief beauty however lies with her people, a people in harmony with their environment.

          In the afternoon, sail past the Akauk Taung Caves. Here you'll be able to capture the best possible photos of these truly staggering caves. Meaning 'Tax Mountain', this quirky site takes its name from all the 19th century toll-takers who would kill time in between charging passing boats by carving hundreds of Buddhas right here into the steep cliff side.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Today will be spent exploring the town of Pyay, a charismatic dock with a startlingly beautiful pagoda.

          Visit the city center and local market, followed by lunch on board. In the afternoon, visit the ancient city of Sri Ksera, once the capital of Pyay dating from around the 1st century. The ancient city gained World Heritage status in 2014.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          This morning visit the small town of Shwe Taung. Here you will visit the Shwe Hmyet Hman Pagoda, where the Buddha image wears gold sunglasses.
          Lunch on board will be followed by an afternoon of sailing.

          After lunch a variety of on board activities will be offered including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration.

          Tonight we will dock in Thayet.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Take in mystical white pagodas and charming colonial houses as we explore postcard-perfect rural Thayet on foot. Built by the British in 1887, Myanmar's first golf course is also here.

          In the afternoon, sail from Thayet to Minhla.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Begin your day with a walking tour of the two brick Minhla Forts. An unusual construction, the fort was originally dated from 13th century and enlarged and strengthened by Italian engineers, to resist a British invasion during the Third and final Anglo-Burmese war.

          Return to the ship and sail to Magwe and on the way visit the hilltop Myat Than Lun Paya, a pagoda built in 1929 of solid gold bricks - this is an extraordinary building with stunning views of the Ayeryarwady.

          Dinner and overnight on board.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Sail in the early morning enjoying the scenery and life on the riverbank. You will sail past Pakan Lay village where temple ruins lie decorously along the banks and then arrive Sale. Sale is a perfect small community to wander around on foot or by trishaw. We will visit Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery, a fine teak building with some beautifully crafted reliefs.

          Our final stop before returning to the boat for dinner is Tha-ta-na Kyaung - this small temple has an interesting Buddha image made from bamboo.

          Dinner and overnight on board.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          This morning will be spent sailing to Bagan.

          After lunch, we will visit village of Myinkaba, a centre of the ancient craft of lacquerware which has been produced in Bagan since the time of King Anawrahta around 1050 AD. Here in the workshop the traditional methods are still used. The last stop is at a jaggery workshop which produces unrefined sugar. Next, visit the Ananda Temple. Completed in 1091 AD, it is commonly referred to as one of the four great temples in Bagan. The Ananda is regarded by folklore as one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar. A traditional horse cart will then take us to Htilominlo Temple; a two-storey red-brick temple built around 1211 AD. It is a magnificent structure, though now heavily restored.

          The day's finale is a quiet moment on the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple. Admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. Finally the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Irrawaddy River, filling the sky with a reddish glow, a truly magic moment.

          The day ends with a spectacular and unique candlelit sandbank dinner.

          Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          After breakfast we will visit the bustling Nyaung U local market.

          Next, on to the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda which is said to contain important relics of the Gautama Buddha, two bones and a copy of a tooth.

          We will then return to the ship and start sailing upstream towards Sagaing. Relax as we past villages set against a backdrop of soft browns, rich tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. There is no better way to enjoy this riverine picture than from the Kansi panorama lounge.

          After lunch a variety of on board activities will be offered including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration, a cooking class with the chef, cheroot and betel nut tasting and a talk on Myanmar - covering the country's incredibly rich history, more recent & controversial events and prospects for the future.

          A delicious dinner will then follow.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          The morning will be spent sailing and enjoying the passing countryside. In the afternoon we will arrive beside the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing hills, an important religious and monastic center, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns.

          We will take a short stop at several of the monasteries and pagodas but it is the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which are truly breathtaking. Below and all around, pagodas of different shapes and sizes dot the landscape.

          Enjoy a local performance, followed by dinner on board.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          For those who wish, an early morning visit to the village of Sin Kyun is offered, a village just north of Mandalay sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. It has a population of just under 1,000 inhabitants and specializes in farming and hat making. Witness first-hand the way of life in this unspoilt location seldom viewed by outsiders. Following the village Chief's request for a library and a house for an English teacher, Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy donated the money necessary to begin this new partnership. We hope that with the support of Sanctuary Ananda guests, we will be able to provide further funds to improve the quality of life of the villagers.
          Arrive in Mandalay at 9:45am, check out.

          As your cruise comes to an end, we thank you for sailing with us on board the Sanctuary Ananda and immersing yourself in the magic of Myanmar.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda.

          Check-in at 12.30pm.

          Once on board, enjoy lunch as we cruise towards the pagoda-dotted hills of Sagaing. Formerly the capital of the Shan kingdom, it’s home to hundreds of monasteries and thousands of monks and nuns.

          This afternoon, we’ll visit several pagodas, and a highlight will be pausing on the terrace of Soon U Pon Nya Shin on Sagaing Hill. You’ll also get to see skilled craftsmen in a silversmith workshop in Ywataung village.

          We’ll set off for Amarapura about 4.15pm. We’ll pop into textile workshops, and then pause by the U Bein Bridge - a long teak bridge across Taungthaman Lake - where many locals come to watch sunset. After the sun has gone down, we’ll head back to the boat moored at Gawein jetty and dock for the evening in Sin Kyun.

          Meals: Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          For those who don’t mind an early start, we can take you for a tour of Sin Kyun at 7am - here you’ll get a true taste of traditional farming and artisanal life in our adopted village.

          It’s back to the boat in time to sail at 8am, so that we can arrive at Mingun half an hour later.

          Here in this sleepy village, an ox cart will transport you to the unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Lastly, you’ll see a most unusual white pagoda known as Myatheindan.

          Return at 10.30am to the ship so that we can start sailing south, passing unspoiled scenery that rarely gets exposed to tourists. This region backdropped by rich tamarind trees and hillside white and golden pagodas is unique for its unintended beauty – look out for scenes of ladies perched on rocks chatting as they do their daily wash, or ox carts waiting on the banks for a boat to arrive and unload its goods. A perfect place from which to observe these authentic filmic tableaux from is the air-conditioned Kansi Panorama Lounge.

          Early evening, Sanctuary Ananda will drop anchor at the confluence; this is the ideal time to ask the barmen to create your favourite sundowner as an aperitif in a setting you’ll never forget. Without wanting to spoil the surprise, while you enjoy your dinner, keep your eyes out for beautiful traditional lanterns floating past down the river...

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          At 6am we’ll also start sailing towards Pakokku, just south of the confluence of the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers. The site of a well-known battle at the end of World War II, Pakokku is famous for tobacco and sugar palm (jaggery). Around 9am, tricycle rickshaws will take you to the local market. Then it’s on to the cheroot factory.

          Return to the cruise at 11.30am. Enjoy lunch while sailing towards Bagan. Arrive just after lunch.

          Go ashore to explore around the ancient city. We will visit the remarkable Ananda Temple - one of the four great temples in Bagan, Htilominlo Temple, Pyathatgyi Temple.

          Back on board, guests will experience a traditional Shan dinner as well as watch a local performance.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Sign up for an optional balloon tour at 5.30am and you’ll get to see the most spectacular bird’s-eye view of the Bagan plain in the clear dawn light. (Additional charges apply. October – March only. Subject to weather conditions on the day of the flight).

          After breakfast, there’s a 9am visit to Bagan by bus to experience the bustling Nyaung-U market. Next is a visit to the golden Shwezigon Pagoda; said to contain important relics of the Gautama Buddha: two bones and a copy of a tooth. In Myinkaba, you’ll learn about the ancient art of creating fine lacquerware from

          watching artisans in their workshops. Return to the ship at 12.30pm and we’ll sail

          downstream towards Sale, passing Chauk, one of the original oilfields where the ‘nodding donkeys’ (oil-well pumps) work away at the river’s edge.

          We’ll get to Sale (Salay) around 4.30pm; this small community is perfect to wander around on foot or by trishaw. We will visit Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery, a fine teak building with some beautifully crafted reliefs. Our final stop before returning to the boat for dinner is Tha-ta-na Kyaung – this small temple has an interesting Buddha image made from bamboo.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          We’ll spend the morning sailing to Magwe, and this leg of our adventure includes passing Minbu village around lunchtime. Nga Ka Pwe Taung, meaning ‘Dragon Lake’, is a unique gas-and-mud-bubbling pool set here in what seems like a lunar landscape. (Not many tourists have the opportunity to stray to this part of Myanmar.)
          Around 2pm we’ll dock in Magwe and take you to Myat Than Lun Paya, a stunning 1929-built pagoda of solid-gold bricks set on a river-view hilltop. Later this afternoon we will carry on along the river towards Minhla where we’ll dock overnight. Minhla Fort, the dramatic military construction here, which harks back to the Konbaung era.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
          Accommodation: NA
          At 9am we will take a walking tour of the Minhla Fort. An unusual construction built for the Burmese King by Italian engineers, it was intended to resist a British invasion in the second Anglo-Burmese War.

          Around 10.30am we’ll be on our way to the charming village of Thawutti. Back aboard the ship, we’ll cruise on to Thayet where we’ll dock overnight.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          The next chapter in our adventure includes the mystical white pagodas and charming colonial houses as we explore postcard-perfect rural Thayet on foot. Built by the British in 1887, Myanmar’s first golf course is also here. Pyay (pronounced by some as ‘pyay’ and ‘pyi’ by others) is a charismatic dock with a startlingly beautiful pagoda. After lunch we will have a look around this destination formerly referred to as Prome by the British, this is a highlight of this cruise.

          Shwe Daung village is next on our day’s agenda. Look out for the only Buddha wearing gold sunglasses at Shwe Myet Hman pagoda, before we head back to Sanctuary Ananda about 6.30pm.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          This morning, before returning to see more of Pyay, we will visit Thayekhittata, an old Pyu Dynasty city; on display is a wealth of different-sized stupas, built between the 4th and the 13th centuries. Worthy of a pilgrimage in itself, Shwesandaw Paya is not only impressive in scale, but this temple is celebrated for housing supposed strands of Buddha’s hair and also an actual tooth which takes the form of a golden bell which is revealed only during November’s full-moon festival. From this hilltop pagoda, it is impossible not to be awestruck by the vision of the 10-metre-high Buddha statue. Returning to the boat at in time for lunch, you’ll be able to enjoy an afternoon on board as we travel 29 miles to Htonbo.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Breakfast as we sail, before we drop anchor at Akauk Taung; here you’ll be able to capture the best possible photos of these truly staggering caves. Meaning ‘Tax Mountain’, this quirky site takes its name from all the 19th century toll-takers who would kill time in between charging passing boats by carving hundreds of Buddhas right here into the steep cliffside.

          At about 10am we will pause at Kenaung village; if you’re lucky you’ll get a chance to see locals having a game of chinlone – a traditional team sport, which involves balletic moves from the players.

          After lunch, as we sail 68 miles south towards Zalon, this is another chance to savour your time on this extraordinary riverboat. As the ship continues south, enjoy a restful on your private balcony or take full advantage of Santuary Ananda’s extensive services and facilities. Whether you choose to relax and unwind or seek stimulation or conversation, boredom is never an option aboard Ananda.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          This morning we will visit the small port town of Zalun where we’ll whisk you on the local tricycle rickshaws to see the Buddhas in the remarkable Pyi Taw Pyan; these bronze figures were controversially stolen by the British Army but then returned by order of Queen Victoria.

          After sailing south to Danuphyu, we will dock and visit a monastery and the Maha Bandula memorial at Pali University. It was from here that General Maha Bandula led a Burmese defensive against British troops during the Anglo-Burmese War.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Your last day will be the perfect chance to relax and reflect on all that you’ve seen and done. We’ll spend today sailing downstream, which means you have ample time to make the most of the many luxuries on board Ananda. Maybe have a spa treatment or relax by the pool with a book from our library? Or just enjoy gliding through the soul-stirring riverscapes that so few foreigners get to see...

          Tonight’s farewell dinner features a special performance.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          The ship will arrive in late morning for you to check out in Yangon, formerly the capital of Burma also known as Rangoon.

          As your cruise comes to an end, we thank you for sailing with us on board the Sanctuary Ananda and immersing yourself in the magic of Myanmar.

          Meals: Breakfast
          Accommodation: NA

          Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda.

          Check in no later than 8.45am and settle into your suite. Lunch will be served on board as we set sail for the charming pottery-making village of Nwe Nyein.

          Today we wil spend sailing towards Nwe Nyein. which means you have ample time to enjoy the luxuries on board Ananda. As you will be sailing all day, why not take advantage of our spa treatments? We have a range of specially prepared offers on our holistic spa treatments for use on board today and tomorrow.

          Join us at the Kansi Panorama Lounge for a welcome briefing along with a champagne and canapés reception followed by the welcome dinner on board

          the ship.

          Overnight in Nwe Nyein.

          Meals: Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          After an early breakfast, we’ll take you on a walk to a pottery factory in the village of Nwe Nyein on the western bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Here we’ll watch the craftsmen create beautiful pots as they work their potters’ wheels with their legs.

          As we glide down the river, you can enjoy talks and demonstrations on traditions such as how to wear a longyi (sarong) and the thanaka make-up technique (the local cosmetic used to protect skin from the hot sun).

          We’ll then spend the day travelling through soul-stirring riverscapes to Kyar Nyet where we will dock for the night.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          We depart from Kyar Nyet early in order to arrive in Tagaung in the morning. After a fine breakfast we shall depart to explore ancient Tagaung, which dates back to the Pyu Dynasty. This rich archaeological site still has the original city walls which have been extremely well preserved. Next we’ll sail upstream to Katha which we will reach the following morning.

          Join evening lecture where you will learn about Myanmar’s history.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Start the day with a meditation session on the Sun Deck and for those who wish to learn how to prepare Asian delicacies, our chef will be happy to demonstrate.

          We arrive into Katha mid-morning and after lunch on board you will have the chance to visit this charming town.

          Since Katha was featured in George Orwell’s Burmese Days, we’ll take you by tuk-tuk to the author’s former house in what was the British Club.

          After the visit, we will sail upstream to Shwe Gu where we’ll moor overnight. This evening we will screen one of the most famous movies about Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, in the Kansi Panorama Lounge with canapés.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          The ship will set sail from Shwe Gu at 5.30am and the day will be spent aboard Sanctuary Ananda.

          While sailing towards Bhamo, just relax aboard the sundeck and watch the beautiful scenery and famous landmarks.

          Enjoy a Kachin traditional dance performance before dinner.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          We arrive at Bhamo at lunchtime where there will be non-stop spectacular rivers scenes for you to admire before we dock to explore the town in the afternoon.

          Our visit to Bhamo will let you see the market and downtown Bhamo, which includes a trip to Shwe Kyi Na pagoda and historic Catholic churches.

          We’ll set sail for Moeda village just before lunch, and as we travel down the river we’ll pass the notable ‘spirit rock’ which has been sculpted into the shape of a parrot.

          In the afternoon, visit an elephant logging camp where you can watch how elephants and people work in harmony.

          Tonight, take part in a cocktail demonstration during which you will learn how to make Golden Land and Chindwin cocktails and taste them first hand.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Join a morning meditation session on board the Sun Deck or relax during a leisurely cruise to Kyar Nyat.

          Just before lunch, a lecture will take place in the Kansi Panorama Lounge.

          In the late afternoon, take a guided walking tour of the small village of Kyar Nyat and you’ll spy archaeological treasures and get an authentic taste of local life.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          This morning we will head South. While we sail, join our chef for a cooking demonstration of traditional Asian cuisine. For the next leg of the cruise, gaze at riverside pagodas such as Anya Thi Ha Taw on its island in the Ayeyarwady. Next stop is Sin Kyun, a village sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy and specializes in farming and hat making. We will arrive about mid-morning.

          You can take an optional tour to witness first-hand the way of life in this unspoilt location seldom viewed by outsiders. Following the village headman's request for a library and a house for an English teacher, Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy has donated the money necessary to begin this new partnership. We hope that with the support of Sanctuary Ananda guests, we will be able to provide further funds to improve the quality of life of the villagers.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          We’ll cruise southwards to Mingun where the monumental temple and 90-tonne Mingun Bell, one of the world’s heaviest ringing bells, awaits.

          In the afternoon visit Amarapura, once known as ‘The City of Immortals’. Today, the leisurely ‘clackclack’ from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital.

          We will visit one of the textile workshops, followed by the U-Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the ever evolving Taungthaman Lake. After sunset, catch a boat up the Ayeyarwady River and return to the Sanctuary Ananda.

          In the evening, you will have the chance to watch a marionette show.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          This morning, see Mahamuni Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery where hundreds of age-old marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist religious texts at Kuthodaw Pagoda are referred to by some historians as the ‘biggest book in the world’.

          We’ll spend the afternoon sailing downstream to Bagan, which means you have ample time to enjoy the luxuries on board Ananda. Maybe have a spa treatment or relax by the pool with a book from our library?

          In the afternoon, take part in a back of house tour of Sanctuary Ananda where you will learn how the ship works behind the scenes, from the engine control room to the wheel house.

          In the evening, we will screen the movie about Yangon and enjoy delicious canapés in the Kansi Panorama Lounge.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Enjoy breakfast as we spend the morning sailing towards Bagan. After lunch, visit bustling Bagan by bus and its Nyaung-U local market and the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda. Then travel to the incredible 1091-built Ananda Temple.

          The day’s finale is a quiet moment on the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple. Admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery. Finally the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Ayeyarwady River, filling the sky with a reddish glow, a truly magic moment.

          A local perfromance will take place on board before a romantic sandbank dinner.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Enjoy an early breakfast back on board before check out at 9am.

          As your cruise trip comes to an end, we thank you for sailing with us on board the Sanctuary Ananda and immersing yourself in the magic of Myanmar.

          Meals: Breakfast
          Accommodation: NA
          Welcome on board the Sanctuary Ananda.

          Check in at 1pm and settle into your suite. Lunch will be served on board shortly after check in.

          Next, we will visit Bagan to see the Ananda Temple - one of the four great temples in Bagan. The Ananda is regarded by folklore as one of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar. A traditional horse cart will then take us to Htilominlo Temple; a two storey red-brick temple built around 1211 AD.

          The day’s finale is a quiet moment on the terraces of the Pyathatgyi Temple. Admire the light change on the pagodas as they exude antiquity and mystery.

          Finally the sun sets behind the hills on the far side of the Ayeyarwady River, filling the sky with a reddish glow. A truly magic moment!

          Join us at the Kansi Panorama Lounge for a welcome briefing along with a champagne and canapés reception. This will be follwed by a candlelit sandbank dinner with a local performance.

          Meals: Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          We’ll spend today sailing upstream towards Sin Tea, which means you have ample time to enjoy the luxuries on board Ananda. As you will be sailing all day, why not take advantage of our spa treatments? We have a range of specially prepared offers on our holistic spa treatments.

          Visually Myanmar is unique: the eye is constantly delighted by scenes of casual, almost unintended beauty. A group of ladies perch on rocks chattering as they do their daily wash. An ox-cart waits on the banks for a boat to arrive and unload its goods set in a background of soft browns, noble tamarind trees with white and golden pagodas gracing the distant hills. There is no better way to enjoy this riverine picture than from the Kansi panorama lounge or the Pool deck.

          Enjoy the on board activities including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Around midday we will be sailing past Sagaing, an important religious and monastic center, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Sagaing was the capital of a Shan kingdom for nineteen years but in 1364, the founder’s grandson moved the capital across the river to Inwa (Ava).

          Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure while cruising towards northern Myanmar. Today you can learn more about Myanmar during our lecture – covering the country’s incredibly rich history, more recent & controversial events and prospects for the future.

          After lunch, take part in a back of house tour of Sanctuary Ananda where you will learn how the ship works behind the scenes, from the engine control room to the wheel house.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Visit Nwe Nyein, the home of the pottery makers. Vast mat-sheds are filled with pots of all shapes and sizes; watch the master-potters deftly working the wheel with their feet. The pottery making technique requires great skill which you will be able to watch first hand while walking through this bustling town. We’ll then spend the day travelling through soul-stirring riverscapes to ancient Tagaung.

          On the way, we will screen movies about one of the most famous politician of Myanmar: "Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady" in the Kansi Panorama Lounge with canapés.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Join the early morning meditation session on the Sun Deck, followed by breakfast while sailing past the picturesque island pagoda at Thihataw. Next, explore the ancient city of Tagaung on foot. Another of the Pyu Dynasty (1-9 CE) cities, the city wall can be seen, and there is an interesting museum. After lunch, enjoy the lecture in the Panorama Lounge while sailing upstream to the charming small town of Katha.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Enjoy the cooking demonstration lead by our amazing chef. Arrive to Khata later morning and explore this charming, small town, featured in ‘Burmese Days’. Tuk-tuk’s will ferry you to Orwell’s own house, the former British Club and along Strand Road.

          After the sightseeing we will set sail towards Kyak Htone Gyi.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          We’ll set off in the early morning to visit an elephant logging camp where you can watch how elephants and people work in harmony.

          Upon your return we will set sail through the beautiful scenery and pass famous landmarks like the parrot head, which marks the entrance to the second defile that can be admired from the Sun Deck. This is the largest gorge in the Ayeyarwady and not to be missed. While you are on the Sun Deck keep a lookout for the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. As we continue sailings there will be nonstop spectacular rivers scenes for you to admire.

          Enjoy the traditional Kachin dance performance before a gourmet dinner.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Our morning visit to Bhamo will let you see the market and downtown Bhamo, which includes a trip to Shwe Kyi Na pagoda and historic Catholic churches. Here we will visit the bustling town which boasts a vibrant market; with many stall owners in their ethnic dress – maybe Paulaung or Lisu.

          We’ll set sail for Moeda village at midday. In the late afternoon, you can browse the old wooden shop-houses of Moeda’s market and take in the colors and aromas of the fresh produce and food stalls here.

          In the evening enjoy a cocktail presentation by our on board mixologist. You can learn how Golden Land and Chindwin cocktails are made and taste it first hand.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Join a morning meditation on the Sun Deck or simply relax during a leisurely cruise to Kyar Nyat – this is the day to take full advantage of the many amenities and activities aboard the Ananda while soaking up the beauty of the scenery along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River.

          In the morning, join our on board lecture to learn more about Myanmar's history. We also encourage you to keep an eye out for the Irrawaddy dolphins which are often spotted along this part of the river.

          Later in the afternoon we will arrive at the small village of Kyar Nyat, which is where we’ll dock. Next, take a guided walking tour of the small village of Kyar Nyat and uncover archaeological treasures and get an authentic taste of local life.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Join our chef for a morning cooking demonstration and learn how to prepare delicious Asian dishes.
          The river now narrows as Male with its two white stuppas side-by-side marks the entrance to the Third Defile or gorge. A beautiful section of river unfurls old vessels full of huge teak trunks sail slowly downstream, their pilot boats ever watchful for the sandbanks.

          Relax during a leisurely cruise to Sin Kyun and take full advantage of the amenities and activities on board the Ananda while soaking up the beauty of the scenery along the banks of the Ayeyarwady River and admire riverside pagodas like Anya Thi Ha Taw.

          This afternoon we will visit the quaint village of Sin Kyun, just north of Mandalay. It is sponsored by Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy. You can take an optional tour to witness first-hand the way of life in this unspoilt location seldom viewed by outsiders. Following the village headman’s request for a library and a house for an English teacher, Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy has donated the money necessary to begin this new partnership. We hope that with the support of Sanctuary Ananda guests, we will be able to provide further funds to improve the quality of life of the villagers.

          Enjoy the movie Rangoon and delicious canapés in the Kansi Panorama Lounge.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Today cruise to Mingun, to view the monumental Mingun Temple, a colossal unfinished stupa that towers above the surrounding landscape, and the Mingun Bell, one of the world’s heaviest ringing bells.

          Return to the ship and cruise southward to Sagaing. Visit the pagoda sprinkled Sagaing Hill, an important religious and monastic centre, home to some 554 monasteries and 6,000 monks and nuns. Here we will visit a Monastic school and orphanage where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and understand the teachings of Buddhism.

          Next, take in the views from the top of the hill on the terraces of the Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda which are truly breathtaking. Below and all around, pagodas of different shapes and sizes dot the landscape.

          Amarapura, was once known as ‘The City of Immortals’. Today, the leisurely ‘clack-clack’ from the looms of the cotton and silk weavers has replaced the noisy bustle of this former capital.

          Visit the U Bein Bridge, a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. This long teak bridge snakes across the Taungthaman Lake and each evening you can watch monks crossing the bridge to collect food donations. This is a very spiritual and time travelling experience. The view of the bridge as the sun goes down is perhaps one of the most beautiful sights in Mandalay, making it an excellent photography opportunity. After sunset, return to the Sanctuary Ananda.

          This evening you will enjoy a local puppet show.

          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
          Accommodation: NA
          Enjoy breakfast before checkout.

          As your cruise comes to an end, we thank you for sailing with us on board the Sanctuary Ananda and immersing yourself in the magic of Myanmar.

          Meals: Breakfast
          Accommodation: NA
          Services
           
           24-hour Security ​ Boutique Library ​ Doctor on call
          ​ Gymnasium ​ Newspapers and magazines ​ Reception
          ​ Safety box at reception ​ Tender for sightseeing ​ Theme Cruise
          ​ Bar ​ Beauty Services and Massage ​ Boutique shop
          ​ Fresh flower  IDD at the reception  Restaurant
           Turndown service  Swimming Pool  

          Departure Info
           
           Shuttle Bus: N/A  Check-in: Depends on tour program  Check-out: Depends on tour program
           Guide: English Speaking Guide  

          Activities on Board
           
           Cooking classes  Spa & Massage  Swimming

          These are cruise properties for Sanctuary Ananda Cruise:​
           
          Specifications Sanctuary Ananda
          Building matertials Traditional materials while offering sleek contemporary luxury
          Operated since 2014
          Length NA
          Width NA
          Height NA
          Depth NA
          Dining Room Yes
          Bar/ Sundeck Yes
          Massage cabin Yes

          Price Includes
           
          • Accommodation
          • All three meals during full sailing days with lunch and dinner on day of embarkation and breakfast on day of disembarkation
          • Soft drinks and local beer
          • All sightseeing as stated in set itineraries
           
          Price Excludes
           
          • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls and purchases from the gift shop
          • Wine and spirits
          • Extra optional excursions
          • International & domestic flights
          • Gratuity to staff
          • Medical services, travel insurance or visas
           
          Cancellation by Customer
           
          • Cancellations received between the date of booking and 61 days prior to departure will result in the loss of the deposit.
          • Cancellations received 60 - 31 days prior to departure will be subject to a cancellation charge of 50% of the tour price.
          • Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to departure will be subject to a forfeiture of the entire tour price.
          • The purchase of special event tickets is subject to the refund policy of each individual event. Please refer to the specific event policy for details.
          • Sanctuary reserves the right to charge for financial penalties, fees and losses incurred as a result of cancellation.
           
          Children Policy
           
          • Children aged 6 and over are welcome onboard Sanctuary Ananda - 75% of adults
          • Children over the age of 12 will be charged the full adult price

          Day Cruises

          SinhCafe Travel – The Sinh Tourist

          International Tour Operator License No:01-683/2013/TCDL-GPLHQT

          Issued by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

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