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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 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 - Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar Save up to 20% on Winter 2019/20 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!

    Phuket Cruise Only
    From £834pp
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  • Thailand and Langkawi

    7 Nights - Phuket and Back

    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 2018 - Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar Save up to 20% on Winter 2019/20 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!

    Star Clipper in Phuket Cruise Only
    From £982pp
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  • Phuket to Singapore

    7 Nights - Phuket to Singapore

    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 2018 - Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Feb, Mar Save 10% on Winter 2019/20 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!

    Phuket Cruise Only
    From £1205pp
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  • Cruising Thailand and Malaysia

    7 Nights - Phuket to Pulau Penang

    Panorama II Panorama II

    Explore the stunning West Coast of Malaysia and Thailand on the 49-passenger Panorama II. Sail from Phuket to Penang discovering untouched islands and charming villages on this new small-ship adventure cruise. Includes guided excursions. 2018 - Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar Save 20%!

    Langkawi Island Cruise Only
    From £1696pp
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  • Cruising the Thai Islands

    7 Nights - Phuket and Back

    Panorama II Panorama II

    A small-ship adventure cruise sailing to the less-visited isles off the west coast of Southern Thailand which boasts small villages, idyllic island beaches and glorious rain forests without the glitz and bustle of mainland Phuket. 2018 - Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb Save 20%!

    Floating Market Thailand Cruise Only
    From £1704pp
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  • Majestic Burma

    16 Nights - Yangon to Mandalay

    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 2018 - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr FREE Economy Class flights - save £1600 per couple!

    Burma Fly Cruise Package
    From £3595pp
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  • Highlights of Burma

    12 Nights - Bagan to Mandalay

    Indochina 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. 2018 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr Exclusive Blue Water package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Shwedagon Pagoda Fly Cruise Package
    From £3745pp
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  • Bangkok to Bali and Beyond

    14 Nights - Bangkok to Bali

    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 £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Bangkok Fly Cruise Package
    From £3945pp
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  • Laos and Mekong Adventure

    12 Nights - Vientiane to Chiang Mai

    Champa Pandaw Choice of Ships

    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 2018 - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr Exclusive Blue Water Package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Pha That Luang, Vientiane Fly Cruise Package
    From £4195pp
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  • Across the Bay of Bengal

    16 Nights - Mumbai to Bangkok

    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 £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Mumbai Fly Cruise Package
    From £4365pp
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  • Mystical Irrawaddy

    15 Nights - Yangon to Mandalay

    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 - Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar Save up to £750pp PLUS free private door-to-door transfers!

    Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon Fly Cruise Package
    From £4745pp
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  • Ballet in Asia

    13 Nights - Singapore to Hong Kong

    Silver Muse Silver Muse

    Join luxurious ship Silver Muse for this 13-night ballet-themed cruise and discover the beauty of Bangkok, lively Ho Chi Minh City and the stunning beaches of Koh Samui, with on-board performances from world-renowned ballet dancers. Includes guided excursions, expert lecturers, unlimited complimentary drinks and pre-paid gratuities 2019 - Mar Pay in full by 31 Aug 2018 and save 10%!

    Singapore Cruise Only
    From £5130pp
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  • Hidden Wonders of Myanmar

    16 Nights - Yangon to Mandalay

    Samatha Samatha

    Discover the ornate temples and pagodas of Burma on this unique, 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 - Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr FREE Economy or Premium Economy flights - save £1600 per couple!

    Burmese fisherman Fly Cruise Package
    From £5395pp
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  • Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

    15 Nights - Bangkok to Hong Kong

    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 £500pp PLUS gratuities included!

    Bangkok Fly Cruise Package
    From £5405pp
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  • The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca

    28 Nights - Delhi to Singapore

    Aegean Odyssey Aegean Odyssey

    A magnificent 29-day cruise tour through 8 fascinating countries which includes 7 overnight hotel stays, a 19-night full board cruise and 14 exceptional guided tours. Starting in the historical hotspot of India, this adventurous cruise tour voyages to the stunning Maldives and the cultural country of Sri Lanka before stopping at Andaman Islands. The cruise then journeys to the glorious beaches of Thailand and the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia before finishing with a two-night hotel stay in Singapore. Includes guided excursions and expert guest lecturers. 2019 - Jan Save up to £4000 per cabin!

    Agra Fort, India Fly Cruise Package
    From £5895pp
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  • Tropical Asia

    13 Nights - Hong Kong to Singapore

    Seven Seas Navigator Seven Seas Navigator

    Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia on this luxury all-inclusive cruise to the Far East. Includes return flights from the UK, a choice of shore excursions, unlimited drinks and gratuities 2019 - Mar FREE 3-Night pre-cruise extension in Hong Kong or FREE 3-Night Singapore post-cruise extension!

    Hong Kong Fly Cruise Package
    From £6199pp
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  • Shimmering Cities and Serene Seas

    21 Nights - Singapore to Dubai

    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!

    Singapore at night Fly Cruise Package
    From £9069pp
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  • Chindwin River Expedition

    12 Nights - Monywa to Homalin

    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 Exclusive Blue Water package with no single supplement on selected departures!

    Pagoda, Mandalay View Full Details

  • Phuket to Bali Luxury Expedition

    13 Nights - Bali to Phuket

    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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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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