Tune in to Getaway over the next two weeks to witness Ray Martin’s luxury Scenic river cruise along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River on board Scenic Aura from Mandalay to Yangon, exploring the heart of this beautiful country. The Nine Network will be screening half hour episodes on Saturday 18 and 25 March.
This luxury journey unveils a rich legacy where British colonial reminders nestle alongside golden pagodas and the future looks bright for some of the friendliest people on earth.
In episode one, Ray explored Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city and home to over 700 pagodas. This weekend’s episode follows Ray to Myinmu then traveling across the countryside exploring the sandstone grottoes; visiting Yandabo where the peace treaty ending the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed in 18926 now famous for its pottery and finally Bagan. The astounding temples in Bagan are visited including the most iconic sight of this hypnotic region, the impressive Ananda Temple.
The final instalment takes viewers to Salay, once a very important British seaport; Magwe’s, an old market town rarely visited by tourists as explored by trishaw; the quaint port town of Thayetmyo, home to the oldest golf course in Myanmar before arriving in Yangon. Ray shops at the city’s Bogyoke Aung San Market for handicrafts and crosses the Yangon River by ferry to Dhala village for a Scenic Freechoice activities. As the sun sets, Ray wanders around Shwedagon Pagoda followed by a Scenic Enrich experience – learning about the ritual of ‘oil lamp lighting’ then partaking in this local tradition.
Missed the 11 March episode? Watch it here.
Join Scenic on the 14 day Mystical Irrawaddy Cruise & Tour including 10 night luxury cruise on the Irrawaddy River plus tour of Yangon and Mandalay. From $8,990 per person. Book now and fly for free. Travel dates & conditions apply.
Getaway viewers will also get a free suite upgrade on selected cabins valued at up to $1,200.
To book, attend a free information session, or request a brochure visit scenic.com.au or call 138 128.