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+44 1756 706500
Burma Cruises

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.

Cruise Collection 2021/ 2022

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  • Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Orion
    Bangkok 15 Nights Fly Cruise from £5290pp Flexible booking policy - Ask for details! UK - Bangkok (Thailand), Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Da Nang, Cruising Ha Long Bay, Haikou (China), Hong Kong, Hong Kong - UK

    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

  • Thailand and Penang

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Phuket 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1115pp Exclusive £50pp discount on all dates! Phuket (Thailand), Ko Butang or Ko Adang, Penang (Malaysia), Ko Adang (Butang archipelago, Thailand), Ko Rok Nok, Phang Nga Bay - Ko Hong, Similan Island or Ko Miang, Phuket
  • Thailand and Langkawi

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Star Clipper in Phuket 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1310pp Exclusive £50pp discount on all dates! Phuket (Thailand), Ko Surin, Similan Island, Hin Daeng - Ko Rok Nok, Langkawi (Malaysia), Ko Kraden (Thailand), Phang Nga Bay - Ko Hong, Phuket
  • Phuket to Singapore

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Phuket 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1415pp Exclusive £50pp discount on all dates! Phuket (Thailand), Similan Islands, Phang Nga Bay - Ko Hong, Ko Adang (Butang archipelago), Penang or Langkawi (Malaysia), Malacca, Singapore
  • 19-night India, Sri Lanka & Myanmar

    Azamara Journey
    Yangon 19 Nights Cruise Only from £2499pp Dubai, Mumbai (ex Bombay), Cochin, Colombo, Yangon, Singapore
  • Laos and Mekong Adventure

    Pandaw River Adventures
    Choice of Ships
    Pha That Luang, Vientiane 10 Nights Cruise Only from £3899pp Vientiane (Laos), Ban Sanakham, Pak Lai, Ban Park Bor, Ban Mouang Khai Village - Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Buddha Caves, Pak Beng, Ban Houayxay, Chiang Sean (Thailand)
  • Bangkok to Bali and Beyond

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Orion
    Bangkok 14 Nights Fly Cruise from £3990pp Flexible booking policy - Ask for details! UK - Bangkok (Thailand), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Jakarta (Java), Semarang, Surabaya, Bali (Indonesia) - UK
  • South Pacific Sojourn

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Orion
    Sydney, Australia 31 Nights Fly Cruise from £9180pp Flexible booking policy - Ask for details! UK - Bangkok (Thailand), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Jakarta (Java, Indonesia), Semarang, Surabaya, Bali (Benoa), Lombok (Indonesia), Komodo, Darwin (Australia), Thursday Island, Cairns, Townsville, Whitsunday Island, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney - UK
  • Mystical Irrawaddy

    Scenic Aura
    Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon 15 Nights Exclusive Blue Water Savings of up to £2000 per couple! UK - Yangon (Burma), Yangon - Bagan, Magwe, Scenic cruising, Salay - Bagan, Bagan - Pakkoku, Yandabo, Mingun, Sagaing - Mandalay - Amarapura, Mandalay - UK  

    This unique holiday combines a 10-night all-inclusive luxury cruise along the Irrawaddy 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

  • Discover Thailand and Cambodia

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Anthong National Marine Park, Thailand 10 Nights Save up to 20% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Ko Samui (Thailand), Koh Rong (Cambodia), Sihanoukville, Ko Mak/Ko Kham (Thailand), Ko Samet, Pattaya, Ko Tao, Ko Wua Ta Lap - Ko Mae Ko, Koh Pha Ngan, Ko Samui (Thailand)  

    Discover the outstanding natural beauty of Thailand and the rich culture of Cambodia on this 10-night sailing cruise from Ko Samui with visits to Koh Pha Ngan, Pattaya and Sihanoukville

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

Burma & Thailand Highlights


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)


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 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 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 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)