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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 2020/ 2021/ 2022

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  • Thailand and Penang

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Phuket 7 Nights Cruise Only from £882pp Save up to 20% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! 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

    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

  • Mystical Irrawaddy

    Scenic Aura
    Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon 15 Nights Fly Cruise from £3895pp Save up to £3000 per couple plus FREE private door-to-door transfers! UK - Yangon (Burma), Yangon - Bagan, Magwe, Salay, 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

  • Hidden Wonders of Myanmar

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Burmese fisherman 11 Nights Fly Cruise from £3995pp Fly Free! UK - Yangon (Burma), Yangon - Mandalay, Mingun - Mandalay - Amapura, Sagaing, Yandabo - Pakokku, Bagan, Bagan - Salay, Magwe, Magwe - Yangon, Yangon - UK

    Discover the ornate temples and pagodas of Burma on this unique holiday, combining a luxury, all-inclusive cruise along the magnificent Irrawaddy River with a 2-night hotel stay in Yangon. Includes a choice of excursions and Signature Experiences

  • Southeast Asia and Hong Kong

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Orion
    Bangkok 15 Nights Fly Cruise from £5290pp Risk-Free Guarantee! 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 Langkawi

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Star Clipper in Phuket 7 Nights Cruise Only from £238pp Save up to 20% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Phuket (Thailand), Ko Surin, Similan Island, Hin Daeng - Ko Rok Nok, Langkawi (Malaysia), Ko Kraden (Thailand), Phang Nga Bay - Ko Hong, Phuket
  • Discover Thailand and Malaysia

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Angthong National Marine Park, Thailand 6 Nights Cruise Only from £1175pp Save 10% on 2021 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures! Singapore, Pulau Tioman (Malaysia), Pulau Tenggol, Pulau Redang, Ko Tao (Thailand), Ko Wua Ta Lap - Ko Mae Ko, Ko Samui
  • Phuket to Singapore

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Phuket 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1268pp Save up to 20% PLUS our exclusive £50pp discount! Phuket (Thailand), Similan Islands, Phang Nga Bay - Ko Hong, Ko Adang (Butang archipelago), Penang or Langkawi (Malaysia), Malacca, Singapore
  • Discover Thailand and Cambodia

    Star Clippers
    Star Clipper
    Anthong National Marine Park, Thailand 10 Nights Cruise Only from £1626pp Save 20% on 2021 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures! 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)
  • 19-night Spice Route Voyage

    Azamara Pursuit
    Singapore 19 Nights Cruise Only from £2669pp Dubai, Mumbai (ex Bombay), Cochin, Colombo, Yangon, Singapore
  • Chindwin River Expedition

    Pandaw River Adventures
    Zawgyi Pandaw
    Pagoda, Mandalay 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2689pp Save 10% on selected departures! Mandalay - Monywa (Burma), Phowin Taung, Cruising the River Chindwin, Mingun, Mawlaik, Sithaung, Toungdoot, Homalin - Mandalay or Homalin

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)