|Artist's impression of the new AmaPura in Myanmar.|
It’s all happening in Myanmar these days when it comes to river cruising, and now AmaWaterways (or APT as it’s known in Australia and New Zealand) is sailing a new ship, AmaPura, on three itineraries along the Irrawaddy that range from 14 to 20 days.
The 14-day ‘Golden Treasures of Burma’ itinerary takes guests between Pyay (Prome) and Mandalay, while on the 16- and 20-day ‘Hidden Wonders of Burma’ guests sail from Mandalay to Yangon, with an extension to Inle Lake on the longer itinerary.
|Luxury suite on board AmaPura in Myanmar.|
AmaPura is a luxury boutique ship with only 28 suites, all of which have a balcony (though some are just French balconies). The staff ratio is two to every guest, so Captain Rivers is guessing service levels will be impeccable. The ship’s elegant public areas include a restaurant, main lounge and bar, gift shop, spa, refreshing pool and a Sun Deck.
AmaPura hits all the highlight of Myanmar, which AmaWaterways / APT still insists on calling Burma. Among its signature experiences are a visit to Mahamuni Buddha Temple, one of Myanmar’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites; a tour by horse-drawn cart to see local monasteries and the Leaning Tower of Inwa; and two days soaking up the wonders of Bagan’s 2,200 Buddhist temples, stupas and pagodas. But we reckon the most entertaining sight might be the chance to observe the the one-legged rowing technique of the fishermen at Inle Lake.
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