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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam ― The luxury river cruiser “Anawrahta”, owned by Heritage Line, left Ho Chi Minh City on July 8th aboard the heavy lift vessel, Rolldock Storm, bound for a 5-day journey to Myanmar where it will ply the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers beginning late-September 2015.
“Myanmar is a very hot destination with a lot of potential because it’s practically untouched by the commercial world,” said Maarten Perdok, Managing Director of Heritage Line Co., Ltd., of the country that has been named “Destination of the Year” by Travel + Leisure magazine. “The Ayeyarwady is a stunning river to cruise and explore. In fact, river cruising is one of the best ways to discover a country and its culture. You get to see the country from a different angle and go to places other tourists don’t because there are simply no roads going to those places. This is especially true in Myanmar where infrastructure is lacking, making cruising one of the best, if not the best way to travel the country.”

Built entirely in Vietnam over 14 months, the 23-cabin luxury vessel has an aluminum superstructure on top of a steel hull. “Because of the low water levels in Myanmar, we used a lot of lightweight materials for this cruiser which are typically not used,” said Technical Director Stefan Malin. “We took advantage of the experience we had from building two other ships, bringing together the right contractors and the right materials to build a very high-quality vessel.”
“We wanted to reach a low draft of just one meter, so that we could stay ahead of the competition and cruise further out, and stay longer in areas with very low water levels,” added Perdok. “We can go to remote places on the Ayeyarwady where no one else can go, offering guests a very unique experience all year round. I’m happy to say that we succeeded in reaching this very low draft.”

The Anawrahta will sail on four different itineraries ranging from 4 to 11 nights, visiting ports including Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Bhamo. The longest itinerary is the 901-mile, 12 days / 11 nights journey from Mandalay to Homalin on the Chidwin River and ending in Bagan on the Ayeyarwady River, with excursions to textile and silversmithing workshops, temples and convents and teak forests with working elephants, amongst others.
Guests on the four-deck Anawrahta can expect a five-star experience, including the highest crew-to-passenger ratio (46 crew serving 46 passengers) and the largest cabins on the Ayeyarwady River all with private balcony, luxury amenities, world class cuisine and unique excursions as well as daily onboard lectures and entertainment.
“You’re very close to life on the river which is quite unique,” said Perdok. “But then you have your floating hotel, luxury that’s always on standby. During the day guests go off on excursions but in no time are back to their cabin, their comfort zone, with a chilled glass of wine waiting for them.”

Named after King Anawrahta, the 11th century founder of the Burmese nation, Anawrahta is modeled after a turn of the century vintage steamer and mixes Burmese motifs and British colonial-style décor. In addition to 23 spacious cabins, it features a bar, lounge, restaurant, spa, gym and Jacuzzi pool. It joins the five other unique Heritage Line ships in Halong Bay, Vietnam and on the Mekong River between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Cambodia.

Posted by Mark Heritage 23:23 Archived in Vietnam Tagged cruise luxury myanmar Comments (0)

Heritage Line summer promotion 2015

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I/ HALONG SUMMER PROMOTION 2015: 01 May- 30 September 2015

FREE Shuttle Bus Round trip Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi (saving minimum US$ 50/ per pax)

Additional benefits:
Free usage of kayak (subject to availability)
Entrance and overnight surcharge
Welcome drink on board

Terms and conditions:
Applicable for all NEW bookings from 23 March 2015 and stay within promotional period
Full non-refundable/ non transferable payment upon confirmation
Not combine with other promotion

Please contact resa.halong@heritage-line.com or +84 (0) 8 377 385 55 - Ext. 604 for more information

II/ MEKONG SUMMER PROMOTION 2015: All departures from July – 16 October 2015

8 Days 7 nights: 20% off
5 Days 4 nights and 4 days 3 nights: 10% off

Terms & Conditions:
Applicable for all new FIT bookings from 23 March 2015 for those above departures
50% non-refundable/ non transferable deposit upon confirmation. Balance should be settled 45 days before cruising
Limited cabins set for this promotion. Confirmation is subjected to availability
Not to combined with other promotion

Please contact resa.mekong@heritage-line.com or +84 (0) 8 377 385 55 - Ext. 606 for more information


Receive 15% discount for combination of Heritage Line Halong and Heritage Line Mekong in one single booking

Terms & Conditions:
Applicable for all new FIT bookings from 23 March 2015
50% non-refundable/ non transferable deposit upon confirmation. Balance should be settled 45 days before cruising
Limited cabins set for this promotion. Confirmation is subjected to availability
Not to combined with other promotion

Please contact sales@heritage-line.com for more information

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Discover the wonders of Halong Bay this summer

Vietnam’s Halong Bay should be on everyone’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’, ‘must-see’ or ‘bucket-list’ as a unique destination. It is truly one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places on the planet.

Local people will tell you a very colorful story about the creation of the Bay. It is said that once upon a time, when ancestors fought with the Chinese, the Gods sent dragons to help the Vietnamese warriors. Trying to make a barrier, these fearsome creatures spit precious stones that turned into islands. These islands created a wall that protected the Vietnamese people from their aggressors.
The dragons liked the rocky islands and decided to leave them behind after the war. The Vietnamese named this place, where Mother Dragon landed – Halong, which means “a place where dragon descended into the sea.”

Located in the northeast of Vietnam, Halong Bay is place where people come to enjoy many things – from sailing, kayaking or swimming in waters surrounded by incredibly shaped mountains, to fishing, climbing or biking on these karst jewels. One would think that with such popularity, the Bay would be very crowded and noisy. But with 1,600 islands and islets, there really is a lot of private space.

There are also a countless number of caves and grottos of all shapes and sizes filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Some of the caves have become tourist sites or places to hold private functions which when lit with colorful lights, resemble fairy-tale underground castles.

Traveling to Halong in any season of the year, visitors always discover its seductive, enchanting beauty. If you’re wondering where to go this summer, follow the advice of Heritage Line and make a trip to discover the wonders of Halong Bay.

Spend at least two nights on the Bay.

If you just take a day tour, you will just skim the surface of the Bay. With just one 24-hour sailing period, your range is limited and you will only glimpse a small portion of this natural wonder. But if you spend a second day and night, you will broaden your range and have more worthwhile trip.

You’ve come a long way to visit, why not take advantage of the full 3 day / 2 night experience on the Bay. We have the honor of offering you our journey “The Jewels of Halong Bay” to discover the hidden jewels-glittering and untouched –that lies deep in the Bay and on Cat Ba Island.
For more information, please visit our website: Heritage-line.com.

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The latest pictures about Anawrahta.

Heritage Line has launched our new ship Anawrahta with the journeys along the Ayeyarwady in Myanmar.
Passengers are going to be able to speed across the Myanmar riverside to reach the countryside, fishing villages and sunshine of these new destinations, now within easy reach of the heart of Myanmar.
A wonderful journey will take travelers to the centre of Yangon, a former capital of Myanmar. And go through so many colorful old religious centers in Central Myanmar like Salay, Prome, Bhamo,…
We’re delighted to serve our first passengers to Myanmar, and with strong advance ticket sales, we look forward to welcoming many passengers in the coming months.
Let have a look at the latest pictures of our most amazing ship for Myanamar: Anawrahta.

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Experience on travelling on Halong Bay

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Each region has a different cultural space. Located in northeastern Vietnam, Halong bay is part of the west coast of the Gulf of Tonkin. This destination is more than just the beauty of nature, but it also hiding some story of lore and legendary. This time, I will share with you the experience first exploration of Halong Bay on our Violet, Ginger & Jasmine cruises.

Ha Long - Destination of legendary beauty
When is the best time to travel to Halong?
Halong Bay is located in northern Vietnam, with 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter clear. Almost at any time throughout the year you can also travel to Halong Bay, which would be the best between April to October. Weather in these months is quite cool and pleasant.
However, you can enjoy the winter season when coming here in December, Janurary, and February. Weather can be cold and cloudy, with occasional rain drizzling. And in the summer but there are so many tourists come here to rest and sightseeing, but sometimes in crowded places is more interesting is deserted. However, during the summer months from May to October, temperatures rise and you may encounter storms in the rainy season.
Interesting places to go?
Go to Halong Bay, you can take a scenic cruise from Heritage Line. Watching the beautiful islands in the bay, and the tip of the fishermen in the Gulf.
Along the bay shore resort is often known as the Bai Chay. You can relax and swim here. If you prefer a quiet and pristine, you can take a boat to the island of Co To dive and see beautiful coral reefs.

Ha Long
Besides you can also visit Tuan Chau Island , a popular tourist resort in the North and superlative is the most beautiful island in the 1969 islands in Ha Long Bay. Also, this is the only island inhabited. Beach games like beach volleyball, soccer, surfing, canoes pulled though, motor speed water slide ... will give you a healthier holiday, interesting and impressive. In particular, visitors can admire and enjoy the food dishes in Vietnam Garden, built in the unique style, royal architecture simulation Vietnam 17th and 18th centuries.
Ha Long Bay is a huge cave system, each cave has its own beauty and the stories attached to it. You may choose to visit Luon Cave located on Bo Hon Island, 14km from Bai Chay to see the doll stalactites that formed millions of years with a variety of shapes and sizes.
If you prefer to temple worship, the tourists visit Yen Tu relic. This is a system of pagodas, am, the tower and forest trees intertwined with the natural scenery, beauty of Yen Tu is the wonders of mountain air with quiet old definition of system am, with tower Spare road, tree, bamboo and apricot.

Truc Lam
Halong City from Hanoi and 170 km, with 3 to 4 hours by car. If you go the self-visitors can catch a bus in Hanoi. From Kim Ma station on Nguyen Thai Hoc, visitors welcome its bus Hoang Long Express, daily driving, regularly every 15 minutes will have 1 trip to Ha Long. In addition you can also catch a bus from Hai Phong to Halong bay only about 75 km. Once you reached Halong Bay, you can rent a boat or cruise on the bay.
Here comes the train from Hai Phong to Hon Gai constantly every day. Train departs at 6:30 Hon Gai, 13h and 16h. Unfortunately there is no online hydrofoil runs Ha Long and Hai Phong. However, slightly higher ticket price than going by car.

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