Explore the Hidden Wonders of Myanmar with APT

Posted November 19th, 2015

Veiled in mystery, Burma – or Myanmar as it’s now known – is slowly emerging from the shadows of its more developed neighbours. Left by visitors for over a generation, now is the time for adventurous travellers to experience Burma’s raw allure and undeniable charm on an intimate river cruise with APT.

Yangon, Myanmar skyline with Shwedagon Pagoda

With many years experience operating luxury river cruises in Europe, Russia and Asia, APT boasts a level of expertise few others possess. Utilising intimate cruising knowledge and calling on strong partnerships with Burma’s regional experts, 2016 will see the launch of the company’s brand-new river ship, enabling a ground-breaking Burma river cruising program.

Encounter ornate pagodas and gilded religious stupas, thriving cities built on the river’s edge, friendly smiles at every turn and entire villages floating on a lake. Immerse yourself in ancient Buddhist traditions and learn about the sacred cultures that have remained unchanged for centuries.

APT is one of the only operators to cruise all the way between Mandalay and Yangon. This means when you board the RV Samatha, you’ll enjoy the convenience of having to unpack just once. And with everything included throughout your Irrawaddy River cruise – your meals, quality wine, local beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, tipping, porterage, transfers, entertainment, sightseeing, port charges and more – the only thing you’ll need in your pocket is your camera.

APT's Boutique River Ship, RV Samatha

Let the essence of Burma get under your skin as you cruise aboard the RV Samatha (pronounced sa-ma-ta), designed to provide travellers with the most authentic and yet supremely luxurious cruising experience. Taking its name from the Buddhist practice of calming the mind, it combines all the contemporary comforts of today’s finest ships with traditional elements that echo Burma’s culture.

A maximum passenger limit of just 60 means the onboard atmosphere is peaceful, the pace leisurely and the entire cruising experience truly intimate. The 30 lavish suites, meanwhile, are among the largest on the Irrawaddy River, each boasting either a Panoramic or twin balconies.


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Drawing on his own travel and culinary experiences in Burma, celebrity chef and APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen will lead the culinary program on board the RV Samatha. Along with designing every dinner on board, Nguyen has also created two degustation menus with matching wines which will be served in an intimate eight-seat venue on board. Only with APT can guests get a taste for Burma’s exotic food culture and experience Nguyen’s exceptional multi-cuisine talents and unique cooking style while cruising the Irrawaddy River.

APT’s Signature Experiences are unique events that have been designed to enrich your Burma discovery. At no extra cost you can explore the archaeological treasure trove of more than 2,200 temples in Bagan; step aboard a horse-drawn cart to take in the sights of Inwa; and enjoy an intimate look at village life with a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans in Yandabo – to name but a few.

Perhaps enhance your Burma discovery with a cruise along the southern section of Inle Lake to see the ingenious one-legged rowing technique used by the local fisherman. Or for the first time, combine your Irrawaddy River cruise with an adventure through Vietnam and Cambodia, including a 7-night Mekong River Cruise.

With dedicated Cruise and Tour Directors accompanying your entire journey, you can rest assured of being in expert hands. Additionally, knowledgeable English-speaking local guides will join you in most locations to share their unique insight.

Join APT for an unforgettable adventure through this once-forgotten land, before the rest of the world catches on. Call one of our expert cruise consultants on 1300 954 661 today or find more Burma Cruise Deals here.


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