Video: Experience Life Along the Irrawaddy River in Magical Myanmar

Travel to Southeast Asia and the mythical land of Myanmar and experience this long-hidden country in style. Cruise along the storied Irrawaddy River in luxury on an all-balcony river ship, going ashore to stroll through the markets and observe local life. Soar above the temple-dotted plains in a hot air balloon and witness a traditional boat race on tranquil Inle Lake for a complete — and authentic — Burmese experience.

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Explained: The Mekong River

Explained: The Mekong

Meet the “Mother of Water” on an A&K Luxury Cruise

Explained: The MekongSoutheast Asia is filled with diverse peoples and cultures, each with traditions uniquely their own. Yet this multifaceted region has one unifying element that offers locals and fans of luxury travel alike a common frame of reference — the enduring presence of the Mekong River.

The Mekong originates in China’s Qinghai Province where it is called Lancang Jiang, and flows southeast for 2,700 miles through the popular small group travel destinations of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, before it empties into the South China Sea. Like the Mississippi River in the United States, the mighty Mekong is vital to the lives of the tens of millions who live along its wide, winding waters. It is a source of sustenance, a means of travel, a place of business — in short, the Mekong is a way of life. Continue Reading ›

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Explained: What is a Stupa?

Explained: What is a Stupa?

StupaWhen you travel to Myanmar or other countries in Southeast Asia with A&K, you are bound to see some graceful and majestic stupas dotting the plains and fields surrounding you. They are, perhaps, the region’s most readily recognizable man-made feature. Usually bell-shaped in design and often gilded and bejeweled, stupas are monuments of great significance for devout Buddhists.

Most stupas are constructed of solid brick over an earthen base, with small chambers built into them that enshrine objects of spiritual importance, such as relics of the Buddha, sacred images and holy scriptures. The majority of these structures are sealed, although a few have entrances where Buddhist pilgrims can enter and venerate the relics stored within.

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