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Luxury

Luke Nguyen’s Wonders of Myanmar

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Trip Code: MARLN10
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Learn About Luke

Learn about Luke Nguyen’s background and passion for the region.

Bagan Sunset

Watch the sunset over the plains glittering in gold from a viewing platform, complete with a glass of wine.

U Bein Bridge Sunset Cruise

With a drink in hand, glide beneath the world's longest teak wood bridge in a traditional sampan.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 10 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 2 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 26 meals
  • Seven-night cruise aboard the RV Samatha
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • Transfers, internal flights, porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map MARLN10 2020 21
Yangon Return

Reverse Trip

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Get to know Luke Nguyen as he takes you on a street food culinary exploration though Yangon’s downtown area to learn about the local ingredients.


Be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Yangon, Sule Shangri-la Hotel

Daily :
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, come together to share a special welcome dinner. Savour a gourmet menu at Le Planteur, housed within a heritage house dating back to 1902 on the bank of Inya Lake.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

After lunch, perhaps delve further into the history of Yangon with a visit to the Secretariat Building. Alternatively, search for that perfect gift on a shopping tour that takes in the Bogyoke Markets.


Take a short ferry ride to the rural village of Dala. Situated in the heart of Yangon, this village allows you to experience an authentic way of life for the local Burmese people. Hop on a trishaw, where your driver will take you to a candle-making workshop. You’ll also see how the villagers make crafts by utilising materials from a recycling workshop. Later, the Shwedagon Pagoda awaits.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Ornate carved wooden boat along the river

Today your Irrawaddy River adventure begins. Board your included charter flight to Magwe, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your floating hotel for the next seven nights. This afternoon, visit Myathalon Pagoda, located atop a hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River. Take in the views and explore the pagoda, constructed with thousands of solid gold bricks and home to numerous shrines devoted to nats (Buddhist spirits). On the riverbank you will also see a statue of General Aung San ‘Bagyoke’, founder of the modern Burmese army. You’ll also visit a Buddhist nunnery before experiencing the lively downtown area.

Stay: Seven Nights, Irrawaddy River, RV Samatha

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

As you cruise this morning, take part in an exclusive ‘Get to Know Luke’ session, where APT’s ambassador will discuss fascinating details of his background and passion for food.


Arrive in Salay, a religious village that boasts more than 50 monasteries. Visit Yoke Sone Kyaung. Built in 1882, it’s the region’s oldest surviving wooden monastery. Continue to Man Paya Pagoda, home to Myanmar’s largest lacquer Buddha image dating back to the 13th century.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Observe a stunning sunset over the stupas of World Heritage-listed Bagan at a special viewing tower, complete with free-flowing drinks and delicious canapes.


This morning, capture your first glimpse of World Heritage-listed Bagan, with more than 2,200 sacred stupas, many dating as far back as the 11th and 13th centuries. Journey to New Bagan and experience a traditional elephant dance before visiting a lacquerware workshop. This afternoon, explore some of the stunning temples including the well-preserved Ananda Temple, affectionately known as the ‘Westminster Abbey of Myanmar’.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Monk in traditional maroon robe holding umbrella looking over escarpment to the temples

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

If you’re feeling active, jump on your electric bicycle and journey through the archaeological wonders of Bagan. Alternatively, visit the most well-known pagoda in the area, the golden Shwezigon Pagoda, followed by a visit to the lively Nyaung U Market, which offers a great chance to mingle with the local people and learn about how they conduct their daily lives.


You have the option to experience a bird’s-eye view of the stunning plains of Bagan aboard a hot air balloon (own expense). After lunch on board, travel to the village of Pakokku and explore local workshops including cheroot (cigar) and textiles, including the famous Burmese sarong – the longyi.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Luke Nguyen will conduct a cooking demonstration today on board your river ship, letting you in on his culinary secrets.


Cruising further upstream, see the amazing view of the confluence of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers. Later in the afternoon, disembark in Yandabo, a village known for its fine terracotta wares. See a pottery-making demonstration by local artisans and gain a glimpse into village life.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark in the former Royal capital of Sagaing, famous for its monasteries. Visit the gilded Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, where you can take in breathtaking views over Sagaing. Afterwards, visit a silversmith workshop where items such as jewellery, bowls, and Buddha images are made. Later, cruise to Mingun and explore the massive ruins of Pathodawgyi (Unfinished Pagoda). Afterwards, see the towering bronze bell, then continue to Myatheindan Pagoda. Tonight, enjoy an onboard cultural show from the Mandalay Fine Art School.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a sunset sampan cruise with a drink in hand as you watch local villagers and monks cross the bridge while the sun sinks behind them.


On a Mandalay discovery, visit the Mahamuni Buddha, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthadaw Pagoda and attend a gold leaf workshop Later, travel to Amarapura and visit a silk workshop before arriving at U-Bein Bridge. Thought to be the world’s oldest and longest teak-wood bridge, U-Bein spans 1.2 kilometres across Taungthaman Lake.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your included flight to Yangon, where your journey concludes.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Side view of the river ship Rv Samatha exterior cruising the Irrawaddy River

RV Samatha

Offering a comfortable journey along the Irrawaddy River, RV Samatha is the most luxurious vessel to grace these waters.

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Luxury Hotels

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Meet Luke Nguyen

Luke will escort guests on this unique gastronomic holiday, offering an authentic look at the region through his eyes.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary