2019 : Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy with Bangkok & Inle Lake - Northbound (WBYQ) - Myanmar

19 Day River Cruise Bangkok to Yangon

On this captivating river cruise, explore Bangkok, Thailand; cruise along the Irrawaddy River and see the best of Myanmar, known as the "Golden Land;" and go inland to the beautiful Inle Lake!

In Bangkok, Thailand, you'll get up close to its most renowned temples, including the Temple of the Reclining Buddha-the oldest and largest of its kind. In Yangon, you'll see the magnificent, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda-considered the oldest pagoda in the world. Bagan, a medieval capital of Myanmar, with thousands of historical structures still standing, is one of the world's greatest archaeological sites. Visit one of the many spiritual temples at sunrise and a local market selling the unique handicrafts of the region. Feel the unique energy of the people on a walking tour through the village of Shwe Pyi Thar as you interact with locals and see the daily work done at a farmer's home. In Sagaing, see the stunning Kaunghmudaw Pagoda with its egg-shaped dome and watch a local silversmith at work. Continue this river cruise through traditional lands to the impressive city of Mandalay, where you'll visit the revered shrine of Mahamuni Pagoda with its impressive gold-leaf Buddha and enjoy a traditional dance by local performers. Sail along the untouched upper Irrawaddy and pass through the dramatic second defile with its magnificent cliffs. Visit remote villages for fascinating interactions with schoolchildren, nuns, monks, and pottery makers. The tranquil Inle Lake is surrounded by mountains with stilted houses dotting the shorelines. Here you'll stop in Silk, Silversmith, and Cheroot Workshops, and attend a traditional song and dance performance by the Padaung long-necked women who live in the region.

This unforgettable river cruise vacation along the Irrawaddy offers everything from peaceful sailing and alluring scenery to grand, majestic temples and shrines-and plenty of interaction with locals to learn and feel a part of the ancient culture.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Bangkok: Welcome to Thailand
Day 2 Bangkok: Boat ride on klongs; visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Day 3 Bangkok: Day at leisure
Day 4 Bangkok-Yangon, Myanmar: Fly to Yangon
Day 5 Yangon: Walking tour of the city's landmarks; visit a local tea shop, Chaukhtatgyi, and Shwedagon Pagoda
Day 6 Yangon-Bagan (Embarkation): Fly to Bagan; onboard welcome reception; traditional puppet show
Day 7 Bagan: Watch sunrise from temple; sightseeing including a local market, Shwezigon Pagoda, lacquer workshop, Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, and Sulamani Temple; ox cart ride to temple for sunset
Day 8 Shwe Pyi Thar: Walking tour through this typical river village to visit a farmer's home and see palm candy being made
Day 9 Sagaing-Amarapura: Visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, a silversmith workshop, and Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda in Sagaing; visit U Bein Bridge and take a sampan ride at sunset in Amarapura
Day 10 Mandalay: Sightseeing including Mahamuni and Kuthodaw Pagodas, and Shwenandaw Monastery; visit tapestry, woodcarving, and gold-leaf workshops; traditional dance performance
Day 11 Kyauk Myaung: Walking tour through a pottery-making village
Day 12 Kya Hnyat: Visit a monastery and present alms to the monks and see their lunch ritual
Day 13 Tigyang: Walking tour through village and walk to hilltop pagoda
Day 14 Katha: Visit to local market; excursion to a local ethnic minority village
Day 15 Kyun Daw-Second Defile-Bhamo: Visit a fisherman's home, local school, and nunnery in Kyun Daw; cruise through the dramatic Second Defile
Day 16 Bhamo (Disembarkation)-Heho-Inle Lake: Explore Bhamo by trishaw and foot; fly to Heho; transfer to Inle Lake; lunch at Red Mountain Estate
Day 17 Inle Lake: Full-day excursion around the lake to see scenes of daily life; visit workshops of several cottage industries; Padaung music & dance performance
Day 18 Inle Lake-Heho-Yangon: Transfer to Heho; fly to Yangon
Day 19 Yangon: End of vacation

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views, wider perspectives, and more cruising. That's why we've designed an intimate cruise experience, with a maximum of 36 guests, that's just a bit different. Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the lounges (when signal available)
  • Panoramic windows throughout
  • Locally inspired design & décor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Air-conditioned Panorama Lounge
  • Covered open-air observation lounge
  • Bar serving premium spirits, wine & complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and local
  • beer/spirits throughout the day


  • Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
  • Wall-to-wall, 14-foot-wide panoramic window that opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air BalconySM
  • Comfortable sitting area with couch & chair
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with rain shower head
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Minibar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • And, much more

    Avalon Choice®:

    Avalon has designed included excursions and onboard activities for a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the included tours, adventures, and events that interest you most, so you can enjoy your cruise your way.

  • Classic: Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites.
  • Discovery: We've found inspiring and interactive activities designed to speak to your interests-from cooking classes to blessing ceremonies-making it easy to immerse yourself in each culture you explore.
  • Active: Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go-with guided walking through scenic locales.


  • Spacious, open-seating dining room
  • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
  • Seasonal recipes featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Vegetarian options available with all meals
  • Daily early-riser coffee & tea
  • Full breakfast buffet with live cooking station
  • Lunch buffet with live cooking station showcasing local specialties served by our Head Chef
  • Four-course à la carte dinners with choice of salads, soups, entrées, dessert or cheese
  • Complimentary wine, local beer/spirits, soft drinks, coffee & tea at lunch & dinner

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1


    Welcome to Bangkok! Hotel rooms are available for midafternoon check-in.

    Day 2

    (B, L)


    This morning, your Guided Sightseeing begins with a boat ride on the klongs, Bangkok's famous canals. Stop at the stunning Grand Palace featuring the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also, Visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, including the 49-foot-high and 151-foot-long massive Reclining Buddha. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

    Day 3



    Enjoy a full day at your leisure.

    Day 4



    This morning, fly to Yangon. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)


    Historic Landmarks, Hot Tea, and Harmonious Living
    Classic A Guided Walk introduces you to the city's famous and historic landmarks, including old colonial buildings and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Along the way, stop for a cup of tea or coffee with the locals. Next, stop at Chaukhtatgyi to see the massive Reclining Buddha measuring 213 feet. Later in the day, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, a national symbol. Here, an enchanting scene unfolds as the sun sets on the golden stupa, and locals come to pay their respects.
    Tonight, dine in one of Yangon's best restaurants for a delicious welcome dinner.

    Day 6

    (B, D)


    Beautiful Bagan and Your Suite Ship® Beckon

    Late in the morning, fly to Bagan. Upon arrival, transfer to the port for embarkation. A welcome reception starts your evening.
    Discovery After dinner, a traditional Puppet Show will be presented in one of the lounges.


    Day 7

    (B, L, D)


    Temples and Shrines-From Sunrise to Sunset

    Today, explore Bagan, capital of Myanmar from the 9th to the 13th centuries. During this time over 13,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas were built in the plains surrounding the city-an area of about 40 square miles. Many of these structures have been lost over time, but around 2,300 still stand today, making this one of the world's greatest archaeological sites.
    Discovery Early risers can make an Escorted Visit to one of the temples with a Local Guide to witness a glorious sunrise.
    Classic Start your Morning Excursion at a local market selling handicrafts, fabrics, and longyis. Then, stop at Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the country's most important shrines. Lastly, visit a lacquer workshop to learn more about this ancient craft.
    Classic After lunch, your Afternoon Sightseeing centers on the Bagan archaeological zone. Highlights include Ananda, considered by many to be the most beautiful temple, and Dhammayangyi, the best preserved monument left standing. Also, stop to see the exquisite and well-preserved fresco paintings at Sulamani.
    Discovery End the day with a traditional Ox-Cart Ride to a temple, where you can ascend to the top as the sun sets.


    Day 8

    (B, L, D)


    Rural Life in Myanmar Comes to Life
    Discovery This morning, partake in a Walking Tour through Shwe Pyi Thar, a typical village along the Irrawaddy. Here, visit a farmer's home to learn more about daily life and see the locals making palm candy-a sweet and smoky confection-from the sap of the toddy palm.
    Discovery Enjoy time onboard your ship this afternoon. Join your Local Guide for a presentation on the Burmese language.


    Day 9

    (B, L, D)


    Relaxation and Revelations

    Relax this morning and take in the sights from one of the ship's lounges or from your suite.
    Classic Take a Guided Excursion this afternoon to visit the important religious site of Sagaing with countless pagodas dotting the surrounding hillsides. Stop to see Kaunghmudaw Pagoda with its unique golden egg-shaped dome and a silversmith workshop. Lastly, explore Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda for stunning views across the Irrawaddy to Mandalay. Then, travel to nearby Amarapura, former capital of Myanmar. Your visit focuses on the famous U Bein Bridge, a ¾-mile-long bridge built in 1783. Take a sampan ride on the lake for unforgettable views of the sunset behind the iconic bridge.


    Day 10

    (B, L, D)


    The Golden Tapestries of Mandalay
    Classic In the morning, visit Local Workshops to see skilled artisans at work making tapestries, woodcarvings, and gold-leaf. Also visit Mahamuni Pagoda to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha-reported to be covered in six inches of gold leaf from continuous application.
    Classic This afternoon, take a Guided Tour of Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery, the only WWII bombing remnants of former King Mindon's "Golden City" and extravagant teak palace.
    Discovery This evening, enjoy a traditional Dance Performance featuring local song and dance.


    Day 11

    (B, L, D)


    Glazed and Amazed

    Join your Local Guide for a longyi and thanaka presentation this morning.
    Discovery This afternoon, join a Guided Walk through the captivating pottery-making village of Kyauk Myaung to learn more about and see the pottery-making process. Most interesting is the eye-catching 50-gallon variety, often referred to as Martaban or Ali Baba jars. These pots could transport large quantities of goods and have played an important part of maritime trade throughout Asia for centuries.


    Day 12

    (B, L, D)


    Giving Alms and Blessings in Return
    Discovery Interact with the monks at a Monastery Visit in Kya Hnyat. This is a truly memorable experience as you present alms to the monks and witness their lunch ritual.
    Join your Local Guide this afternoon and learn more about the popular Burmese tea leaf and ginger salad.


    Day 13

    (B, L, D)


    Buddha with a View
    Discovery Explore the village of Tigyang on a Walking Tour through its narrow lanes and visit the Reclining Buddha on a hilltop with stunning views, OR:
    Active Take the normal Walking Tour and add a steep climb to reach the Reclining Buddha.


    Day 14

    (B, L, D)


    Burmese Days & Minority Culture
    Discovery Start your Guided Sightseeing at the local wet market, where you will see locals buying and selling fish, meat, produce, and more. Next, learn more about life during British rule at the former British Club, featured in George Orwell's novel, "Burmese Days." Lastly, meet with the Jingpo, one of over 100 ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. Here, you will learn about their culture, traditional dress, and unique method of making rice wine.
    As you sail north this afternoon, with some luck, you may catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, with its distinctive round forehead.


    Day 15

    (B, L, D)


    Engaging Local Encounters
    Discovery Explore the island village of Kyun Daw, where over 7,000 stupas surround the monastery. Your Guided Excursion includes a visit to a fisherman's home and a school where you will interact with the children. You will also visit a nunnery to present the nuns with food purchased the day before at the market in Katha. Unlike monks, they have to collect and cook their own food.
    This afternoon, spend time at leisure as you sail through the dramatic Second Defile with its magnificent cliffs reaching down the narrow channel.

    Continue to Bhamo, the northernmost point ships can navigate the Irrawaddy.


    Day 16



    After breakfast, disembark the ship and explore Bhamo by local trishaw and by foot. Afterward transfer to the airport and fly to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake, a tranquil body of water surrounded by mountains. Pause at Red Mountain Estate to bask in the beautiful scenery as you enjoy a lunch of authentic fare and wine produced from the vineyards here. Continue to your lakeside resort, where you will spend the next two nights.

    Day 17

    (B, L, D)


    Today, join a fascinating Guided Excursion to see scenes of life around the lake. Stilted houses dot the shorelines, and the local Intha people use the famous one-legged rowing technique to fish and tend their floating gardens of tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergine, and more. These clever gardens are made from weeds lashed together and mud from the lake bottom, then anchored using bamboo poles, allowing them to rise and fall with the water level of the lake. Along the way, stop at a silk workshop, where they use the fibers of the lotus plant to weave garments. You will also visit a silversmith workshop and a cheroot workshop, where young girls roll the cigars at a dizzying pace. Before dinner, attend a music and dance performance by the Padaung long-necked women who live in this part of the country.

    Day 18

    (B, L, D)


    Today, transfer to Heho for your flight back to Yangon for an overnight stay.

    Day 19



    Your extension ends with breakfast this morning.

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    Avalon Waterways
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    19 Days
    Cruise Ship

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    Day 1Bangkok  
    Day 2Bangkok  
    Day 3Bangkok  
    Day 4Yangon  
    Day 5Yangon  
    Day 6Bagan  
    Day 7Bagan  
    Day 8Shwe Pyi Thar  
    Day 9Amarapura  
    Day 10Mandalay  
    Day 11Kyauk Myaung  
    Day 12Kya Hnyat  
    Day 13Tigyang  
    Day 14Katha  
    Day 15Bhamo  
    Day 16Inle Lake  
    Day 17Inle Lake  
    Day 18Yangon  
    Day 19Yangon  

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    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in the pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $1050. Required intra-vacation air segments: Bangkok/Yangon; Yangon/Bagan; Bhamo/Heho; Heho/Yangon. Air prices were effective on February 7, 2018, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

    Gratuities for Local Guides & drivers are included (excludes extensions which are to be paid locally).

    Avalon offers the opportunity for solo travelers to sail with no single supplement (subject to availability). Please call for single accommodation details and prices. Triples not available.

    All prices are per person based on double room occupancy. Cruise price based on Category B in a Panorama Suite on Irrawaddy Deck. To upgrade to a Category A on Mandalay Deck, add $400 per person or $800 in single occupancy.

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