Pagoda cruis­ing

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EM­BARK ON A 10-NIGHT MANDALAYPaung Pyin-ba­gan cruise on­board the Sanc­tu­ary Ananda, c u s t om- bu i l t u s i ng t r a d i t i ona l Myan­mar ma­te­ri­als. Cruis­ing along the Ir­rawaddy and Chind­win Rivers, guests will stop at Monywa, home to two of the world’s largest Bud­dha stat­ues, one re­clin­ing and one stand­ing. The town is also well known for its Than­bod­dhay Pagoda, cov­ered with more than 500,000 im­ages of Bud­dha. More Bud­dhist tem­ples come into view in Kalewa, in­clud­ing the 28 white­washed pago­das that file down from the crest of the green hills to­wards the wa­ter beyond the vil­lage of Ma­sein. Most cruises con­clude in the ma­jes­tic city of Ba­gan where the Chind­win re-joins the mighty Ir­rawaddy. This was the cen­tre of Myan­mar from the 11th- to 13th-cen­tury, a pe­riod which saw suc­ces­sive mon­archs build mul­ti­tudes of mas­sive stu­pas and pago­das, many of which still guard the shores of the Ir­rawaddy to­day. The all-suite cruise de­parts on Au­gust 11 and is priced from US$2,629 per suite based on two peo­ple shar­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.sanc­tu­aryre­treat.com.au

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