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  • 1. Heritage Line Co. Ltd. 68 Street Nr. 10 - Tran Trong Cung Tan Thuan Dong Ward (District 7) Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam info@heritage-line.com
  • 2. Imagine a singular collector of unique ships and boats. Passionate to the core.Deeply committed to making your journey an unforgettable adventure. Heritage Line, a consummate collector of ships and vessels and Heritage Line travellers are inspired by the people they meet, by the a dynamic cruise company offers guests an experience at once closeness to nature during their journeys and of course by bringing intimate, authentic and adventurous. Heritage Line designs ships to home those everlasting glimpses of Asian beauty. re-create the past of an era gone-by. Each detail painstakingly crafted, to remake history. Always in search of the exceptional. And this There is a reason Heritage Line is called a boutique spark on water. naturally draws guests from distant corners of the planet to partake They are personal. They are exclusive. They are veritable hosts who in their splendours. embrace you with unbridled warmth and never let you forget your stay. Where intimate bonds are created and friendships nourished. Heritage Line are artisans. It is more than a mere provider of tours on And they remember your names. water. They craft the most memorable on- and off-shore experience and bring to life untold stories with the right mix of comfort, adventure, culture, history, luxury and tradition. And passion.
  • 3. A mysterious body of water. Flowing through six countries in Asia. Giving love and life to millions.Received its fame by the legendary God King of ancient Cambodia, King Jayavarman VII,who linked hands with the waters of the Mekong to build the magnificent Angkor civilization.Welcome to the Mekong. Day breaks and the early signs of life are unmistakable.  Today, the Mekong basin is one of the world’s richest The denizens who owe their livelihoods to the Mekong areas of biodiversity in the world. Home to more spring to life: fishing nets are cast, engines of boats than 20,000 plant species, 400 mammals, 1,200 birds, sputter to life and women make a beeline to the river 800 reptiles and amphibians and an estimated 850 to fetch water for their household chores.  Millions kinds of fish. of Asians – from China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand – pay tribute to this mighty No description of the Mekong is complete without river which guards their living and looks protectively a paean to the Tonle Lake which converges with the over its people. massive Mekong in Phnom Penh.  For five months of the year, this river undergoes a unique natural phenomenon The world’s 10th longest river, it runs an estimated – it reverses its flow upstream. The reversal of the Tonle length of 4,909 km and drains an area of 795,000 km2, flow acts as a safety valve to prevent flooding further discharging 475 km3 of water annually. The Mekong’s downstream. During the dry season (December to April) history is as rich as the river itself. The earliest known the Tonle Lake provides around 50% of the flow to the settlement dates back to 2100 BC. In the 1st century, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. During the rainy season, the Mekong Delta saw the arrival of the Indianized- Mekong becomes a swelling depository and can increase Khmer culture of Funan brought about by cross border its height by 10 meters, thus becoming a vast ocean. trade. Celebrated Australian historian Milton Osbourne But, as it reaches Cambodia’s capital city, the volume of opined that the mission of Doudart de Lagrée and water is so immense, it forces the Tonle River to reverse Francis Garnier, travellers extraordinaire, were filled its flow, allowing for balance to triumph. with danger when they left Saigon on June 5th, 1866, determined to follow the Mekong into China. A journey on the Mekong is an exceptional voyage. They navigated every conceivable threat and every The Mekong’s serenity envelops the visitor in a spine curdling hazard to fulfil their dream of a viable warm embrace. Filled with mystery. Rich in history. route for commerce through lands of undiscovered A full adventure. riches. Alas, their hopes were futile but their contribution to geographical knowledge was immense.
  • 4. Breakfast is simply marvellous – the creamy Italian cappuccino reminds of my cruise to the Another day beckons me. Another day of being My first promenade stroll in Phnom Penh allows me to spot a group of Mediterranean last year. But it is the lavish dose bathed in the smiles of the engaging crew. Today people dancing in unison led. An elderly couple brisk walking doing their of smiles from the staff which give me my hit is “Wat” day. Temples, monks, pagodas and Khmer daily exercise. I sit on a bench and keep on anticipating how this amazing for the day. I am now ready to discover Chau culture. I count the number of steps to Wat day is going to roll out in the descending blue hours of the evening sun. Doc – the cruise director told me I will get to Hanchey – 303 in all – and 500 meters in height. learn about fish farming. It was worth the climb as it was my first glimpse Heritage Line crafts journeys like a kaleidoscope of moments, experiences and adventures, strung like a string of the glorious Angkor civilization. of pearls along a vividly iridescent river. A tête-à-tête with a sun-darkened fisherman, a cherubic smile and firm handshake from your rickshaw driver in Phnom Penh, a delightful experience in haggling at a local market conspire with our exclusive excursions to create eternal memories of the Mekong. Heritage Line offers a total of four cruise options on the Mekong. The Lost Civilization - a seven night cruise - is the most popular. Our Serenity, Pearl of the Orient or Deep in the Delta (2-4 nights) are various short leg journeys along the Mekong. Guests who treasure privacy can travel at their own pace with tailored daily excursions (The Jahan). Siem Reap Kampong Cham Siem Reap is home to the world’s largest city in the 13th century and Kampong Cham is a charming, rarely visited city and is certainly the the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex. A UNESCO heritage best place to embrace the “real” Cambodia. The remnants of French site, the overwhelming and majestic temple complex, located five Colonial rule are seen in the dilapidated government buildings and kilometres north of Siem Reap amidst lush greenery, is evidence of the wide, open cross country roads. Kampong Cham is Cambodia’s most golden civilization of Cambodia in the 11th and 12th centuries. populous province (1.6 million). Kampong Chhnang Chau Doc Kampong Chhnang is renowned for its fine clay pottery. In fact, Chau Doc, is a remote border town and cultural melting pot of its name in Khmer means Port of Pottery. Kampong Chhnang is a Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities. The city is situated at the tranquil province lined with sugar-palm trees and paddy fields which intersection of a tributary linking the Bassac and the Mekong River. I gingerly hop onto a sampan which glides along the disappear into the horizon in delightful puffs of gold and green. What Chau Doc lacks in size, it makes up in colours. Lots of it. Vivid and vibrant. Even its store fronts are painted in warm pastel shades. narrow Mekong channels, allowing me to savour colourful life on the river. Farmers smile and wave. Wat Nokor Cai Be They beckon me to join them for a tête-à-tête. Wat Nokor is an 11th-century Khmer sanctuary which is bound to Cai Be is an alluring mélange of river and land. The pace, languid, the charm every visitor with its temple-within-a-temple layout – a modern scenery, idyllic. But Cai Be’s biggest attraction is the floating market. Theravada Buddhist pagoda is squeezed into the walls of an 11th Where, at the break of dawn, traders and sellers converge on water century Mahayana Buddhist shrine of sandstone and laterite. on trusty wooden boats. And the vociferous bargaining begins amid a cacophonous congregation of sounds, smells and colours. Never would I have imagined a Tai Chi lesson Wat Hanchey at the unearthly hour of dawn could be so Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, the Wat Hanchey Ho Chi Minh City temple complex offers one of the most breath-taking views in revitalizing. The green marshland sparkles in Formerly called Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is Vietnam’s largest city. It Cambodia. Built in the 8th century, this ancient structure, together is a charming metropolis – skyscrapers and office buildings sit the early rays of the sun. I am immersed in with a bigger and newer addition underscores the superb side by side with markets and noodle stands. Today Ho Chi Minh architecture of the Chenla Empire which predates the mighty Cambodia’s water world. My thoughts are City is Vietnam’s booming city. It has managed to maintain its Angkor temple complex. French Colonial charm, as seen in its fascinating architecture, wide captured by a single, floating house. A young boulevards and street cafes. Phnom Penh mother holds her baby and smiles at me. I Phnom Penh, once called the Paris of the East for its French-inspired believe it doesn’t take much to be happy in life. architecture and side-walk cafes, was considered one of the loveliestI kick back and unwind on my private balcony with a book in one hand and an orange-mango French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. Today, this “Pearl ofsmoothie in the other. The Mekong life floating by distract me from my reading. Both compete Asia” has retained matchless charm with its rustic elegance, historicalfor my attention. The scenery wins. I put my book aside, reach out for my camera and snap away. treasures, striking Royal Khmer and French Colonial architecture and its people who always have a smile on.
  • 5. They are known as brothers, each with his distinct personality and yet bound together by a blue-blooded heritage.Bringing regal beauty to an equally regal waterway. When they meet in the capital of Cambodia it is akin to the arrivalof two dignified royals amid a rumble of pomp and pageantry. They are proud, imposing and majestic. Yet, each defiantlytries to be different, is unique in his décor, setting and flavour. And history. The Jayavarman is the grand patriarch who is fatherly, kind and a quiet The Jahan boasts of 26 elegantly designed rooms in colourful disciplinarian. He is imposing as he brings with him years of tradition British-India themes. Luxury becomes the Jahan, from the and civilization. Then there is the Jahan, the hopelessly romantic younger individually selected paintings and artefacts that adorn the brother. A rebel. Violently in love. ship’s interior to the spectacular view of the Mekong from the Observatory Lounge. The entire décor of each cabin is hand The Jayavarman offers the exclusive and the exquisite. Every delicate detail painted and the furniture on board the Jahan is highly authentic – designed with care. The ship’s décor is a marvellous fusion of French and sourced from family-owned furniture makers in East India. Indochinese flavours with a strong Khmer soul permeating its very essence. Grab a book from our library and kick back at the Henry Mouhot lounge Didn’t we say the two brothers were different yet similar? whilst enjoying soul stirring tunes of the classics or grand French chansons. Or forget time in the funnel bar “Club 1930” whilst having a glass of wine and listening to the bar man’s ear-widening Cambodian stories.
  • 6. Breathtaking beauty. Matchless serenity. A spectacular seascape of islands, islets and limestones. All brought tolife by a legendary tale that is as incredible as it is heart-warming. The Halong Bay, where the spirits of dragonsroam and the spirit of life are infused in this stunning creation of nature. It is a floating world all of its own, likeit’s not part of the same earth. Myth, legend or fantasy? It doesn’t really matter. Welcome to the Halong Bay. Local legend tells of a tale – which got taller down the line – of the invasion of Vietnam by outsiders. The gods in heaven sent down a family of dragons to help protect the country. Instead of chucking out fire, these fiery creatures began spitting out clusters of jewels. These jewels turned into the islands and islets dotting the bay, linking together to form a great wall against the invaders. Rock mountains – no doubt lead by celestial spirits – appeared from out of nowhere on the seas, ahead of the invaders’ ships and effectively blocking them. The invaders beat a hasty retreat and the dragons – comfortable in their victory – decided to rest peacefully in this bay. Halong is the name of the first port of call of the grand matriarch of the dragons. Halong, which means descending dragons in Vietnamese, is one of the world’s most pristine sights. Situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, the Bay is a serene body of water, dotted by thousands of limestone hills which disappear into the horizon in puffs of green. Most of the 1600 islands are uninhabited and remain insulated from human influence. The dragons have long left, but as you immerse yourself in its overpowering splendour, you will be consumed by the all-encompassing flames of beauty and love that the legendary creature bequeathed to Halong.
  • 7. Mysterious. Imperious. Mystical. The Halong Bay eludes a definitive description. Experience the thrill of rowing your kayak in movingrapids, cycling along coastlines and through the lush green paddy fields on Cat Ba Island and studying the rustic lives of fishingcommunities in floating villages. A two or three day journey though the Bay that is at once surreal and fulfilling. The two-day “The Dragon Passage” ( ) 4 Cua Van Floating Village 7 Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba Island with Viet Hai Village and the three-day “The Jewels of Halong Bay” ( ) Halong is also home to four fishing villages whose 600 denizens live their lives (“The Jewels of Halong Bay” only) are our journeys to discover the bay. in perfect harmony with the Bay. Our visit takes us to Cua Van – the biggest Another day beckons. You transfer onto the Halong Sunset, a luxurious day floating village in Halong. You will marvel at the way the people go about their boat. The boat moves deep into the Lan Ha Bay, another spectacular wonder 1 The Royal Dock daily chores sans cars, motorcycles and high rise buildings. Children play in of Halong. Legend has it that three women of the Tran Dynasty were killed This is the meeting point for all guests who are slated to cruise with the three their floating houses and joyfully wave at you. Be mesmerized by the smiles and and their bodies floated all the way to Cat Ba Island. Each body washed up dainty sisters – Violet, Ginger and Jasmine – of Halong Bay. As you board laughter of these residents who have found true happiness despite their meagre on a different beach. The residents of Cat Ba built a temple as a paean for each your junk, a strong brew of Vietnamese coffee greets you, accompanied by the surroundings. You observe them fishing for squids and oysters, their children woman, and the Island was aptly known as Cat Ba or Women’s Island. Cat Ba is cherubic smiles of svelte Vietnamese ladies who form the welcome team and at school and the women-folk doing the laundry – a definite milestone of your the largest island among the 366 islands in the Bay and approximately half of its hand you a fresh lemongrass scented wet towel. Sprightly young men help with Halong journey. area is covered by a National Park.. bags and usher you to your cabin. The boat begins its slow trundle, dancing merrily over the little waves. All aboard - the voyage begins. 5 Mooring Place Lom Bo The Cat Ba experience is filled with activities and cycling is a marvellous way The boat reaches the Lom Bo area, nestled at the border of Lan Ha Bay and Ha to explore this place. You follow a beautifully designed low water coast. Cycle 2 Cruising into the Bay Long Bay. An ideal place to moor for the night as you are able to watch the sun on a small concrete road with spectacular views of the Bay. Pass tunnels under Hypnotized by the therapeutic cadence of waves lapping against the boat, you make its gentle descent over the horizon in the evening. From the deck, watch the shady tree domes on the way to Viet Hai, a rural village with approximately 200 stand at the deck and drink in the scenery. And there they are – all the islands lights of other junks nearby shine and flash, like flickering dots in the sky. You sip residents. If you like, become a guest teacher to energetic children at a class at a and islets – greeting in a welcoming embrace. So close that it feels almost surreal. your wine and gently fall into a slumber. local primary school. The kids laugh. They find your blonde hair and light eyes Hunger descends (seawater has a way of doing this to you). You pry yourself really unique. What a wonderful way to get in touch with locals. away from the deck and adjourn to the restaurant. Your eyes are glued onto the 6 Soi Sim Beach scenery whilst the junk sneaks deeper into the Bay. Soi Sim beach is a white sandy crescent-shaped stretch that hugs the outline 8 Tunnel Kayaking of the petite Soi Sim island. The water is shallow. Shady umbrellas abound. (“The Jewels of Halong Bay” only) 3 Tien Ong Cave Relax, kick back on the beat, lying on beach towels. You notice the sporty guests Ah, time for the adventurous kayaking. You change into your trunks, put on a Already you have made a few friends amongst guests and staff. Today, a tender climbing up hill on a small natural trail. Once on top, they savour the moment swimming vest and glide into the kayak with your partner. You row in unison will bring you to the magnificent Tien Ong cave – a recent discovery at Halong. – a panoramic view of a world’s heritage. Definitely a Kodak moment. through several arches including the Ha Ba Ham formations. The kayak moves Archeologists opine that ancient Viet people lived in this cave between eight to with the waves into the cavernous tunnel and out the back. A little golden 10,000 years ago. Formed out of ancient limestone karsts about 700,000 years beach pops over the horizon. Thoughts of Robinson’s Crusoe’s swashbuckling ago, the cave is four meters above sea level. Archeologists continue to make new adventures spring to mind. discoveries including work tools and excavation holes housing fresh water nails and clams, indicative of a community life in the cave.
  • 8. Meet Ginger, Jasmine and Violet. Known as the three sisters of Halong, theywere born to upper-crust bourgeoisie parents – proud, dignified and refined.They are junks who sit coyly at the Bay. Cooing at the stars. Singing to themoon. They are diminutive but together, they form a formidable force ready totake on the world and the legendary dragons of the past. They are siblings but each sister is as distinct as the other. And then, there is Ginger – the eldest. She is graceful and Violet, the youngest, is fiery yet graceful. She can be responsible, yet she exudes a delectable avant-garde air. pompous at times but her coquettishness will melt any heart. She combines classic beauty with modern comfort and space A six-room high end vessel, her interior design is exquisite for guests to lounge around and unwind. and her finishing delicate. All three enjoy sailing with pride and beauty through one of Jasmine – the middle child – is sturdy and strong. the marvellous wonders of our planet. She has a decidedly languid air about her. A 24 cabin vessel, she marries space and beauty artfully in a rich 1930s Indochine-styled wooden décor. Years ago, a French aristocrat and his wife settled in the legendary Halong Bay. T hey had three stunning daughters, the most special being Violet. When she glides on the water, the moon and stars stop shining and the winds whisper her name...
  • 9. Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is a rare jewel - an untarnished diamond in Southeast Asia.There is a decidedly languid pace that flows through this undiscovered country. Gently stirred bythe Burmese people who go about their quiet ways. Welcome to Myanmar. Age-old traditions and culture have stood the test Throughout its voyage of 1240 miles, the Irrawaddy of time. Monks in flaming red, walk cheek by jowl acts with divine generosity, infusing life into a with cars and motorcycles. Pagodas and temples – livelihood, a people and its economy. Huge rafts in gushing devotion to the nation’s fervent belief in transport teak wood downstream. Entire families Buddhism – line the nation’s landscape. – from wizened grandmothers to knee-high grandchildren – live on board bamboo rafts. Squeezed between India and Thailand, Myanmar The Irrawaddy is also impeded by a series of three stills holds as much romance today as it did for defiles. Those defiles are narrow points - gorges - of George Orwell whose book - Burmese Days - gave which the one close to Katha is the most spectacular. the outside world a glimpse of this beautiful country. Resource rich, this Southeast Asian The Chindwin river, the largest tributary of the A cruise journey on the Irrawaddy and throughout Myanmar is a pristine country has gold in abundance and the Irrawaddy Irrawaddy spills its strength into the mother of river yields this precious metal. As Buddhism is rivers not far from Mandalay. What it lacks in voyage, like a novel layered with intense story-telling about a little known the dominant religion of this country, most of length, it makes up in the spectacular scenery of The Shin Arahan is the embodiment of luxury and grandeur, much like the majestic Irrawaddy that it cruises on. enclave tucked away in the world’s vast labyrinthine maze. the Irrawaddy gold ends up on Buddha statues lush jungles and sheer cliffs, misty-blue mountains Where Burmese tradition – ancient and everlasting - meets British colonial elegance. This dream-like ship could and pagodas. and charming towns and villages, proudly running through a region of abundant natural resources and well be straight out of a Huckleberry Finn’s quixotic novel as this paddle wheeler marries romance with adventure. No description of Myanmar is complete without a fertile meadows. Shin Arahan also pays tribute to the country’s deep-seated on this floor like their adjutants. However, they are equally paean to the Irrawaddy. Myanmar’s longest and affection for Buddhism. The Burmese accents, artefacts, patterns impressive as their splendid interior design, peppered with most important commercial waterway, it flows The benevolence of Myanmar and the Irrawaddy and ornaments on the boat will inspire you to immerse yourself fine Burmese artefacts, is visually captivating. All eight deluxe from the northern tip of this landlocked country benefits all – journey with us as it is time to explore in the real Burma. And then, British flavour is thrown into the cabins stand at attention on the upper deck – with just a short into the southern delta. The Irrawaddy’s history the latest jewel of South East Asia. mix, colonial touches of an imperial era. walk to the grand lounge and its ample reception area. is steeped in myth. According to a legendary tale, the Great Spirit of the world on the icy Himalayan The Shin Arahan boasts of the largest cabin floor space on the The Superiors form themselves on the main deck like a British peaks poured water from two gold cups: the Mai Irrawaddy. Four kinds of cabin categories are offered - each with cavalry whose uniform is decked in fine insignia, portraying Kha River flowed from the cup in his right hand its private balcony. The two enormous suites (53sqm) sit grandly understated British elegance. But above all, exquisite Burmese and Mali Kha, from the left. The two rivers were on the terrace deck with a front view of the bow and the gorgeous themes and flavours re-create that unique aura of the Burmese twins - male and female – and they merged at the Irrawaddy. Wide glass doors open to an extra large teak wood days of the past. confluence, giving birth to the Irrawaddy river. balcony where a private jacuzzi extends that extra floating feeling. With the Shin Arahan’s arrival on the Irrawaddy, Heritage Line Four signature rooms – slightly smaller - accompany the suites hits the spot - a grandiose ship cruising on a grandiose river.
  • 10. Mandalay In Myanmar, gold and statutes are interconnected like ying and yang. I was given an insight into the intricate processes of producing gold The Irawaddy has remained unchanged in decades. Riversides dotted with a myriad of white and golden leaves. An abundance of the leaves end up on the Buddha statute that sits serenely in the spectacular Mahamuni temple. Faithful pagodas along the meandering Irrawaddy. People and traditions remain defiantly unaltered by modernity. devotees place day by day gold leaf after gold leaf on this Buddha Relive the days of the old Burma – just like Kipling and Orwell embraced it – in our treasure-filled statute. The world’s largest “book” is another “wow-effect” on that day. The entire Buddhist scrip is written on 729 slabs of stone in expedition through the Land of Gold. the Kuthodaw temple. Various cruise lengths are available all around the year up- and downstream the Irrawaddy:Sagaing A four night Standard Cruise between Bagan and Mandalay.The boat glides into Sagaing from the south. A breath-takingview. Various temples, as far as the eye can see, dotting A five night extension (to a total of a nine night extravaganza tour) exploring the upper north part of the Irrawaddy River.the hilly landscape in a fascinating pattern. I trek the hills,behold the temples and pagodas. Special program: Chartered cruises on the Chindwin River – up to 10 nights – are available on request (low season). Ava & Amarapura Bagan Mingun Bagan was the capital as well as the political, economic and cultural The amazing Mingun temple, whose construction began under King The name Ava is a corruption of the Burmese Inwa centre of the ancient Pagan Empire from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Bodawpaya has remained incomplete as an astrologer predicted the which means “entrance to the lake.” For today’s excursion, it is a comfortable horse ride on well-worn, un-tarred Over the course of 250 years, Bagan’s rulers constructed over 10,000 death of the King will coincide with its completion. The King also thoroughfare, lumbering past leafy trees and winding religious monuments (stupas, temples, monasteries) in an area of directed the construction of the Mingun bell. Weighing 90 tons and through ancient ruins. Buddhism fills every inch of this 104 square kilometres in the Bagan plains. Today, over 2,200 temples standing at 6.31m tall. It is the largest functioning bell in the world. country. And as the land takes on a bright orange hue, have survived the test of time. A must-see is the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda nearby. I begin to think of Burma as the land of perfect sunsets. No better place for tourists to be on cloud nine. Yandabo Yandabo is tucked away in central Myanmar, on the banks of the TigyaingYandabo Irrawaddy, without any road access. It is beyond doubt a hidden Here is the perfect opportunity to discover the rustic, untouchedThe morning cruise is slow and serene. I am thoroughly gem as it is famous for the production of terracotta pottery made village life of Myanmar. A great place to stroll around, banter withenjoying the ride on this wheeler to Yandabo. The smiling from river bank mud. The signing of the historic Treaty of Yandabo the kids who will inevitably saunter up to you, and watch thedenizens of this village make water pots – loads of them – between the British and the Burmese (1826) signalled the beginning languid pace of life gently trudge along.using an amazing and surprising technique. “Why use sticks to of British imperialism in Burma.mould the round edges of the pot?” If it works, why not? Katha Ava and Amarapura Katha up north was the base for George Orwell 1926-27 where he Bagan Founded in 1364 this city underwent numerous wars and upheavals penned his novel “Burmese Days”. Places like the British Club but it was a series of earthquakes which reduced it to shambles. featured in the novel can still be visited. About 80km upstream the I alight – of all things – a horse cart fronted by a well-groomed Today, ruins – battered and shattered – remind visitors of its former river is the impressive 2nd defile with its spectacular gorge. It feels thoroughbred. Lead by a sprightly whip, we trundle to the days of glory. King Tharrawaddy chose to rebuild a new palace in like a needle eye of rocks trying to embrace the cruise liner when temples. Dusk makes its gentle approach. With a cocktail in hand, Amarapura – replacing Ava – as the capital in February 1842. passing through it. I get an unobstructed glimpse of that majestic place. The sun Today, Amarapura is absorbed into Mandalay’s urban sprawl. descents gently and the Bagan plains take on a magnificent glow. Naba Truly a gorgeous sight. Mandalay Aptly called the George Orwell experience, you travel deep into Mandalay is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of the countryside and are given a slice of real Burmese life. Myanmar. It remains upper Burma’s main booming district but Naba is the place to be – somewhere in the middle of no-where above all it is the spiritual centre of Myanmar and the hub of where tourists are rarely seen. It is the Burma that unfolds its true Buddhism. The city took its name from Mandalay Hill, considered unsullied self. The rural Burmese here tend to paint their faces – a religious and pilgrim site by Buddhists. Legend say Lord Buddha known as Thanakha – to simply protect, cool and refresh the skin. had prophesied a great city would be founded at its foot. This prophecy is quickly being fulfilled. Nat Inn Heritage Line funds a school at the Nat Inn village believing that Kyauk Myaung investing in education is investing in the future of Myanmar. Visit Kyauk Myaung stands majestically on the western bank of the the school, talk and play with the kids and bask in their laughter. Irrawaddy River. A small town, Kyauk Myaung is synonymous with In the evening the final day of the northern Myanmar journey ends pottery. Every household earns its living by making pots, including by sipping a cocktail next to a bonfire on a Irrawaddy sand bank large Martaban jars. The pots range from tiny containers to glazed – good bye Myanmar. jars with the capacity to hold 50 gallons of liquid.
  • 11. Heritage Line is renowned for being a peerless host on water. They are personal.They are specially arranged to suit your palate, your adventurous spirit, yourwhims and fancies and at times, your need for privacy. You are made to feel at home. A home that is as warm as it is exquisite. Private breakfast can be served to your staterooms or whilst sitting under a shade on the sun deck in the rising morning sun. Comprehensive menus are created to leave you wishing for more. Single Spa and massage hideaways allow you to feel the complete Southeast Asian touch. Unique lounges of wonderful splendour fitted with cosy and antique furnishings re-create that homely feeling, reminiscent of babies snuggled on their mother’s lap in the living room. But most importantly, Heritage Line creates intimate bonds and friendships. You will likely be welcomed as a family member. The crew, who are kindred spirits, are keen to ensure your experience remains indelibly etched in your memory. With a genuine smile. They remember your preferences and tastes. And as mentioned before - they remember your names. S pecial people create special voyages