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Cruising down the winding rivers of Mayanmar Sanctuary Ananda is a beautiful Burmese cruise boat which takes guests on a tranquil journey, visiting some of Myanmar’s best hidden gems.
Miranda is here to help give you the inside track.
Custom built by local craftsmen Sanctuary Ananda is traditional in style, with wide dark teak decks and ornate furnishings. There are 21 spacious suites spread across the three decks, which range through standard Suites, Deluxe Suites, Luxury Suites and the premier Owner's Suite. All of the suites feature en suite bathrooms, balconies and beautiful intricate design details which, alongside splashes of rich colour, add to the opulent décor. The lavish Owner's Suite also benefits from a private balcony, a bathroom with a free standing bathtub, and a separate dining and living room.
The Talifoo Restaurant on board Sanctuary Ananda provides authentic Burmese dishes and international cuisine, and also includes a well-stocked wine cellar. Complementary cooking courses are also on offer if guests want to get to grips with the flavours of Myanmar themselves. For drinks Kansi Panorama Lounge offers picture windows with uninterrupted river views and so makes the perfect spot to relax with a cocktail and enjoy watching the world go by.
As well as enjoying the beautiful scenery along the river banks as you cruise, guests will aslo have the opportunity to get off board and visit some of Myanmar's cultural highlights. These include various palaces, monasteries, temples, and pagodas, plus the jungles in the north, ancient towns and forgotten villages. Back on board there are also regular lectures held in the Kansi Panorama Lounge which highlight the fascinating history and culture of Myanmar. If that doesn't appeal the Thambyadine Spa offers a variety of relaxing treatments and the deck hosts a small pool to take a refreshing dip in.
Sanctuary Ananda cruises travel between Bangan and Mandaly, and range in length from three nights to eleven nights, meaning there is a trip to suit almost every itinerary.
Why we love it
There isn't a better way to experience the varied scenery and culture of Myanmar than by gently cruising along the rivers and stopping at all of the must-see spots on the way.
Miranda, Original Traveller