Irrawaddy by Starlight

14 days from €9,375pp

Want to travel in style? Our Irrawaddy by Starlight trip through Myanmar and Thailand is just the one for you. After your welcome gift and massage you’ll explore Mandalay by luxury car. Next up you’ll cruise down the Irrawaddy where you’ll enjoy a cooking class and stop off at Bagan to see the temples by hot air balloon. After that you’ll visit Yangon and explore the city in a colonial-era bus before indulging in champagne high tea. You’ll finish up your trip at a luxury beachside hotel in Khao Lak where you’ll enjoy a candlelit dinner next to a jungle waterfall.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a candlelit dinner next to a jungle waterfall

  • Stay in luxury beachside accommodation in beautiful Khao Lak

  • Enjoy high tea with champagne in Yangon

  • Soar above Bagan's temples in a hot air balloon

  • Cruise down the Irrawaddy River onboard a luxurious river cruiser and enjoy a cooking class with the executive chef

  • See Mandalay's top sights by private and luxurious car

Itinerary

This luxurious trip to Myanmar and Thailand includes international flights, transfers, accommodation and selected excursions.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-2

Mandalay

City

The day has arrived at last for your luxe trip around Myanmar and Thailand. You’ll be met in Mandalay by your guide and transferred to your hotel by luxury car. Settle into your suite with a special welcome gift before enjoying a one hour traditional Myanmar Massage.

Places to Stay

3-6

Mandalay

Cruise

On day three you’ll tour Mandalay’s top attractions from the comfort of a luxury car. You’ll check out the intricate wood carvings at the Golden Palace Monastery and see the world’s largest book at the Kuthodaw Pagoda before boarding your Sanctuary Cruise. After lunch you’ll head off towards the pagoda dotted hills of Sagaing where you’ll meet residents and learn more about the teachings of Buddhism. Afterwards you’ll visit a textile workshop before enjoying a local performance followed by dinner.

On day four you’ll witness the quaint village of Sin Kyun and enjoy some on board activities including a longyi (sarong) and thanaka (cosmetic) demonstration and mixology. The next day you’ll take a cooking class with the ship’s Executive Chef; you’ll visit a local market to pick up produce before getting hands on. After a hearty lunch you’ll visit the revered temples of Bagan, including the Anada Temple which is widely regarded as the most beautiful temple in Myanmar. Watch the sunset over the ancient temples and pagodas before hopping back aboard the boat. On day six you’ll take an early morning balloon tour over the Bagan plains; a stunning and magical way to soak up the ancient atmosphere. After checking out the great golden Shwezigon Pagoda you’ll enjoy a lunch with far reaching views over Mount Popa. For your last night aboard the ship you’ll enjoy a candlelit sandbank dinner with the twinkling lights of Bagan as your backdrop.

Places to Stay

7-8

Yangon

City

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Bagan airport in a luxury car for your flight to Yangon. You’ll get to know this charming city with an afternoon tour in a beautifully restored colonial-era bus; enjoy travelling in style and sipping cold drinks while soaking up the atmosphere of the city. After lunch in the inimitable Strand Café you’ll explore the heart of downtown Yangon before heading to Kandawgyi Park to relax in one of the city’s greenest spots. You’ll finish the tour with a visit to the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar - Shwedagon Pagoda. 

The next morning after breakfast, you’ll immerse yourself in everyday life by boarding the Yangon circle train. Soak up local life and watch commuters, snack selling vendors and the ever-changing neighbourhoods outside the train window. You’ll hop off for a browse at one of the city’s best fresh markets before heading back to the centre by luxury car. After exploring Chinatown and Little India you’ll head back to your hotel to relax before heading out for high tea with Champagne at Le Planteur, a fine European restaurant overlooking Inya Lake.

Places to Stay

9-14

Khao Lak

Beach

Swap city living for beachside relaxing – today you’re off to Khao Lak on Phang-Nga's west coastline. Once you’ve checked in you’ll have time to settle in and get ready for your candlelit dinner next to a jungle waterfall. The rest of your time in this captivating area is yours to spend as you’d like. The Sarojin boasts a turquoise infinity pool, serene spa, lush tropical gardens and access to secluded white beaches. Explore the nearby national parks or arrange to go diving at the spectacular sites at the Similan and Surin Islands.

On Day 14 you’ll leave Thailand and head home blissed out from the beach with plenty of travel stories to tell your friends and family when you get back.

Places to Stay

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