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Cruise the Far East in Burma and Thailand

The country of Burma (Myanmar) is now being opened to tourists who are discovering unspoilt scenery and stunning ancient temples and religious buildings. From capital Yangon (Rangoon) a variety of options include the Irrawaddy river with highlights the temple city of Bagan and famous Mandalay.

Thailand and its capital Bangkok are best visited by air or sea. Singapore is an excellent starting point for a cruise including Bangkok and the island of Koh Samui. Sea cruises calling at Yangon may visit the popular Thai island of Phuket.

  • Bangkok, Reclining Buddha
  • Burma, Bagan Temples
  • Bangkok, Golden Buddha
  • Burma, U-bein-bridge
  • Ko Samui
  • Bangkok Grand Palace
  • Buddha at Koh Samui
  • Burma, Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bangkok, Palaces View

About Burma & Thailand Cruises

On the eastern side of the Malay peninsula north from Singapore is the Thai island of Koh Samui, famous for its white beaches and coconut trees.

At the top of the peninsula is Thai capital Bangkok. Its magnificent sights include the gold statue of the Buddha at Wat Trimitr Temple, the massive reclining Buddha, and the former royal Grand Palace with the Chapel of the Emerald Buddha. Smaller ships may be able to moor near Bangkok, larger ships berth at Laem Chabang port, some 2-3 hours by coach from Bangkok.

Phuket, on the north west of the Malay peninsula is Thailand’s premier resort island. Its beaches and resorts such as Patong are major attractions, but outside the city the hills can give stunning views over the blue Andaman sea. Phuket is often visited by sea cruise itineraries which may include Burma, Sri Lanka and India.

North of Thailand is Burma, with its capital Yangon (formerly Rangoon) now easily accessible by sea and air. Renamed Myanmar, Burma's move towards democracy has allowed a growth in tourism to this unspoilt country.

From Yangon, the Irrawaddy (Ayewarrdy) river flows upstream to fascinating villages and notably the amazing temples of Bagan before reaching famed Mandalay.

See our detailed section on Burma river cruises for information about the options for exploring the Irrawaddy and its sights.

Phuket Temples at Bagan

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Burma & Thailand

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  • Thailand and Penang

    7 Nights - Phuket and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    Explore Penang, known as the Pearl of the Orient and the beautiful islands off the coast of Phuket in Thailand, including the Butang archipelago on tall ship Star Clipper 2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save up to 20% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp on all dates!

    Thailand and Penang Cruise Only
    From £954pp
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  • Thailand and Langkawi

    7 Nights - Phuket and back

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    This superb itinerary on sailing ship Star Clipper explores the idyllic islands scattered off the coast of Phuket in Thailand and picturesque Langkawi in Malaysia, with opportunities for snorkelling and watersports 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save up to 20% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp on all dates!

    Thailand and Langkawi Cruise Only
    From £954pp
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  • Phuket to Singapore

    7 Nights - Phuket to Singapore

    Star Clippers Ship - Star Clipper Star Clipper

    Join authentic sailing ship Star Clipper in Phuket and explore some of Thailand's most beautiful islands before heading to Penang and Malacca in Malaysia on this superb voyage 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Feb, Mar, Apr
    Save 10% on Winter 2018/19 PLUS exclusive £50pp on all dates!

    Phuket to Singapore Sailing Cruise Cruise Only
    From £1174pp
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  • Highlights of Burma

    12 Nights - Bagan to Mandalay

    Pandaw River Adventures Ship - Katha Pandaw Choice of Ships

    Explore the best of Burma on this Irrawaddy river cruise and discover magnificent temples, ancient royal capitals and fascinating cultures. Includes return flights from the UK, 1-night hotel stay in Yangon, a 2-night stay in Inle Lake, guided excursions and overseas transfers. 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Exclusive Blue Water package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Highlights of Burma Fly Cruise Package
    From £3745pp
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  • Bangkok to Bali and Beyond

    15 Nights - Bangkok to Bali

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Orion Viking Orion

    Experience the culture of the Far East and discover Asia's floating markets, revered temples and stunning scenery on this superb cruise from Thailand to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Nov
    2019 - Mar
    Save up to £500pp!

    Bangkok to Bali and Beyond Fly Cruise Package
    From £3945pp
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  • Chindwin River Expedition

    12 Nights - Monywa to Homalin

    Pandaw River Adventures Ship - Kha Byoo Pandaw Kha Byoo Pandaw

    Explore untouched and remote regions of northern Burma on this unique Chindwin river cruise and discover spectacular temples, ancient monasteries and traditional village life. Includes return flights from the UK, 3-night hotel stay in Mandalay, guided excursions and overseas transfers 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb
    Exclusive Blue Water package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Chindwin River Expedition Fly Cruise Package
    From £3995pp
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  • Majestic Burma

    16 Nights - Yangon to Mandalay

    APT Premium Cruises Ship - Princess Panhwar Princess Panhwar

    Explore Burma, a breathtaking land untouched by tourists for a generation, on this premium cruise on brand new ship Princess Panhwar up the mighty Irrawaddy from Yangon to Mandalay. Includes return flights from the UK and excursions 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    FREE flights - save up to £2400 per couple!

    Majestic Burma Fly Cruise Package
    From £4095pp
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  • Laos and Mekong Adventure

    12 Nights - Vientiane to Chiang Mai

    Pandaw River Adventures Ship - Laos Pandaw and Champa Pandaw Laos Pandaw and Champa Pandaw

    Cruise the upper Mekong river through the mountains and forests of Laos on this 12-night fly-cruise holiday. Includes visits to the Laos capital Vientiane, two nights in historic Luang Prabang and the 'Golden Triangle' of Laos, Burma and Thailand. Flights from the UK, transfers, excursions and crew gratuities included 2017 - Dec
    2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    Exclusive Blue Water Package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Laos and Mekong River Cruise Adventure Fly Cruise Package
    From £4195pp
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  • Mystical Irrawaddy

    15 Nights - Yangon to Mandalay

    Scenic Ship - Scenic Aura Scenic Aura

    This unique holiday combines a 10-night all-inclusive luxury cruise along the Irrawaddy on brand new ship, Scenic Aura with hotel stays in the cultural cities of Yangon and Mandalay. Includes return flights from the UK, unlimited complimentary drinks on board and guided shore excursions 2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar
    Save up to £750pp on selected 2018 departures!

    Mystical Irrawaddy Fly Cruise Package
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  • Across the Bay of Bengal

    16 Nights - Mumbai to Bangkok

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Orion Viking Orion

    Visit five exotic countries on this voyage across the Bay of Bengal with overnight stops in Mumbai, Colombo and Bangkok to fully immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Far East. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Sep
    Save up to £500pp!

    Across the Bay of Bengal Fly Cruise Package
    From £4365pp
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  • Imperial Awakening

    15 Nights - Bangkok to Shanghai

    Oceania Ship - Nautica Nautica

    Journey from Bangkok to Shanghai to explore the traditions and culture of Cambodia, Vietnam and China on this luxury cruise, with overnight stops in lively Ho Chi Minh City, stunning Ha Long Bay and colourful Hong Kong 2018 - Feb
    FREE 3-night land tour, £500pp OBC or low upgrade cost!

    Imperial Awakening Cruise Only
    From £5019pp
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  • Hidden Wonders of Myanmar

    16 Nights - Mandalay to Yangon

    APT Luxury Cruises Ship - Samatha Samatha

    Discover the ornate temples and pagodas of Burma on this luxury, all-inclusive cruise along the magnificent Irrawaddy River on brand new ship, Samatha. Includes travel package from the UK, Freedom of Choice Touring and exclusive Signature Experiences 2018 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    FREE Premium Economy flights!

    Hidden Wonders of Myanmar Fly Cruise Package
    From £5095pp
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  • Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

    15 Nights - Bangkok to Hong Kong

    Viking Ocean Cruises Ship - Viking Orion Viking Orion

    Meet the locals, immerse yourself in the culture of Indochina and explore floating markets and sacred temples on this superb cruise from Thailand to Cambodia, Vietnam and China. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2018 - Sep, Nov
    2019 - Apr
    Save up to £500pp!

    Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Fly Cruise Package
    From £5405pp
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  • Highlights of the Far East

    16 Nights - Singapore and back

    Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Voyager Seven Seas Voyager

    Discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the Far East on this all-inclusive luxury voyage visiting Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam, with two days exploring the dense jungles and amazing wildlife of Borneo. Includes return flights from the UK, 3-night hotel stay in Singapore and unlimited shore excursions 2018 - Jan
    Exclusive package with FREE 3-night 5* Singapore stay!

    Highlights of the Far East Blue Water Package
    From £7595pp
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  • Shimmering Cities and Serene Seas

    21 Nights - Singapore to Dubai

    Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Navigator Seven Seas Navigator

    Join Seven Seas Navigator in cosmopolitan Singapore and discover the treasures of the Far East on this superb all-inclusive voyage visiting Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and India, with return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions 2019 - Mar
    FREE 3-Night pre-cruise extension in Singapore or FREE 3-Night Dubai and Sharjah post-cruise extension

    Shimmering Cities and Serene Seas Fly Cruise Package
    From £9299pp
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  • Phuket to Bali Luxury Expedition

    13 Nights - Bali to Phuket

    Silversea Ship - Silver Discoverer Silver Discoverer

    This thrilling luxury expedition cruise is an explorer's dream come true, with a highly qualified expedition team heading trips around the spectacular islands of Sumatra and Java. Includes guided excursions, expert lecturers, unlimited complimentary drinks and pre-paid gratuities

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  • Hong Kong to Vietnam and Thailand

    14 Nights - Hong Kong to Singapore

    Silversea Ship - Silver Shadow Silver Shadow

    Enjoy a 14-night cruise on board luxurious ship Silver Shadow, exploring the treasures of Vietnam and Thailand. Includes unlimited complimentary drinks and pre-paid gratuities

    Hong Kong to Vietnam and Thailand View Full Details

  • Discovering Vietnam and Thailand

    14 Nights - Singapore to Hong Kong

    Azamara Club Cruises Ship - Azamara Journey Azamara Journey

    Discover vibrant cities and visit magnificent ancient temples on this 14-night luxury cruise exploring Vietnam and Thailand on Azamara Journey

    Vietnam and Thailand Luxury Cruise View Full Details

  • Mekong with Eastern and Oriental Express

    15 Nights - Siem Reap to Bangkok

    Scenic Ship - Scenic Spirit Scenic Spirit

    Enjoy a luxurious cruise along the Mekong on brand new ship Scenic Spirit, before boarding the world-renowned Eastern and Oriental Express for a spectacular journey through Malaysia and Thailand. Includes hotel stays in Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Singapore and Bangkok as well as exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences and return flights from the UK

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  • Islands of Indonesia

    15 Nights - Yangon to Benoa

    Ponant Luxury Expeditions Ship - L'Austral L'Austral

    This brand new voyage explores the treasures of Myanmar and Indonesia, from the idyllic Mergui Archipelago to the breathtaking Gunung Leuser National Park and rarely visited Simeulue Islands

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  • Eastern Explorer

    16 Nights - Singapore to Hong Kong

    Regent Seven Seas Ship - Seven Seas Voyager Seven Seas Voyager

    Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of Thailand, Vietnam and China on this luxury all-inclusive cruise to the Far East. Exclusively packaged with return flights from the UK, 3-night hotel stay in Singapore and unlimited shore excursions
    Exclusive Blue Water package with 3-night Singapore hotel stay!

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Burma & Thailand Highlights

Bagan

Bagan was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan during the 9th and 13th centuries. Over 10,000 Buddhist temples and monasteries were built, of which approximately 3000 still remain. Highlights include the revered Ananda Temple and the spectacular Shwzigon Pagoda, the holiest site in Bagan.

Bagan (Burma)

Bangkok

Laem Chabang is the Thailand's main deep-sea port, and the chief entry-point for visitors to Bangkok. It is best-known for its world-class golf courses, notably the International Country Club designed by Jack Nicklaus. 10 miles south is the resort of Pattaya which has theme parks and a coral reef which can be explored by submarine.

Bangkok (Laem Chabang, Thailand)

Ko Samui

Ko Samui is the second most popular island destination in Thailand after Phuket. Ko Samui is noted for its natural beauty - white sandy beaches, coral reef and crystal clear water. There are two picturesque waterfalls at Na Muang with a natural swimming pool, and on the north coast is a famous 12-meter-high statue of Buddha. At Wat Kunaram is one of the many mummified monks of Ko-Samui, this one on display.

Ko Samui (Thailand)

Mandalay

Mandalay was once the capital of Myanmar. Today, it is the second largest city in the country after Yangon. Highlights include the Bronze Mahamuni Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, said to contain the world’s largest book and the Shwenandaw monastery, filled with wood carvings. Some cruiselines offer excursions to nearby Amarapura, home to the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge.

Mandalay (Burma)

Phuket

Phuket is Thailand's largest island, connected to the mainland by a bridge. It's noted for its beaches, bars, restaurants, spas, exotic markets, boutiques and nightlife. The last remaining parcel of virgin rain forest in Thailand is in Khao Phra National Park. There are several Buddhist temples, including Chalong Wat and its Grand Pagoda and among the many lovely beaches is Phang-Nga Bay which is spectacularly dotted with limestone karsts.

Phuket (Thailand)

Yangon

Yangon was founded in the 11th-century as a fishing village and transformed into a major hub during the colonial era. Today, it is the largest city in Myanmar and home to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, a spectacular Buddhist temple and the most important religious site in the country.

Yangon (Burma)
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