Not venturing onto the mysterious rivers of Myanmar until this December but already creating waves among cruise enthusiasts is the new Sanctuary Ananda. The ship has been custom built for the Myanmar rivers by local craftsmen using traditional materials while offering sleek contemporary luxury across 20 spacious suites on three decks, the Aloungpayah suite, a sun deck with an outdoor pool and the Kansi panorama lounge. Guests on board will visit the majestic Ayeyarwady between Bhamo and Yangon visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way, while journeys on its great tributary, the Chindwn, will take guests to rarely seen places through the jungles of the north, forgotten villages, ancient towns almost to the Indian border.
HOW: Ampersand Travel offers a 10 day package from £2,680 per person based on a 7-night full board cruise on the Sanctuary Ananda, 2-night B&B stay in Yangon and return international flights. www.ampersandtravel.com
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