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A new government led by charismatic leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party face unchartered waters during 2016. Tourism is sure to be a long-term focus.

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Irrawaddy with APT and a Luke Nguyen

Luxury cruise operator APT has unveiled artist impressions of the interiors of its new boutique rivership, the RV Samatha (pronounced Sa-ma-ta), in its latest Burma River Cruising 2016/17 brochure. As well as offering a range of sizes all suites are positioned on the outside of the ship to ensure all guests enjoy either a panoramic or twin balcony. Glossy dark …

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Heritage re-name Irrawaddy New Build

One of my most anticipate new builds for 2015, cruising the Irrawaddy (Ayerarwady), has been re-named out of respect for religious connotations. Now Heritage Line’s new luxury paddle-wheeled vessel, scheduled to commence sailing on the Ayeyarwady River in October of 2015 will be named the ‘Anawrahta’. As advised by the Government of Myanmar, formally Burma, to respect any ethnic minorities …

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Pandaw opens up Laos Mekong cruises

Directly from Pandaw : Luxury river expedition company Pandaw River Expeditions has announced a ten-night Laos Mekong sailing on its newest ship the RV Laos Pandaw. The journey will commence on November 1, 2015, and offer guests the chance to travel deep into the Laos mountain, traverse rapids and gorges and visit local tribal villages and Buddhist temples along the …

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Sanctuary Ananda delivered

Luxury cruise and safari operator Sanctuary Retreats has taken delivery of its new boutique river cruise ship Sanctuary Ananda ahead of schedule. Such is the strength of demand for Sanctuary Ananda from both trade and consumers that Sanctuary Retreats has also announced that the 2016 programme for the Sanctuary Ananda will go on sale earlier than originally planned, and will …

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South-east Asian cruises: Traveller’s Guide

Drifting along the Irrawaddy or the Mekong, or further out at sea, is an adventurous way to see this region’s most exotic corners, says Caroline Hendrie. Cruising in South-east Asia has traditionally meant a trip along the Mekong River. But today’s adventurous boat traveller is increasingly spoilt for choice with sea and expedition cruises, plus river trips along blossoming Burma’s …

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