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AUDLEY TRAVELLER | 33NAVIGATE BURMA'S WATERWAYS IN STYLEBy Mark RobinsonDespite the in ux of visitors to Burma in recent months, the coun y s ll retains a charm and innocence that makes it unique. On my fourth  ip, I was delighted that it had not lost any of its magic. One of the best ways to explore the coun y is on the magni cent waterways of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin. Orient Express's newest vessel, the Orcaella, sets sail this summer. It will sail four routes: two seven-night cruises between Rangoon and Pagan (and vice versa), and two eleven-night cruises - the 'Gorges of the Far North', exploring the upper Irrawaddy to Bhamo, and 'Discovering the Chindwin River', which meanders towards the India border.With a pool on the top deck, a spa room and just 25 cabins with wall-to-ceiling windows, it seems that Orient Express has raised the bar again for Burmese river journeys.  e luxury of the boat, though, is of course second to the magni cent environment that you  avel through and interact with - as a rela vely small boat the Orcaella is able to explore the rivers' more remote regions, and o ers superb on-shore excursions too. A standout highlight is a visit to the Pagan, a breathtaking array of over 4,000 Buddhist temples. However, as each day unfolds there is always something magical EXPLORE INDONESIA'S MANY ISLANDSBy Angela JordanIndonesia is one of the most fascina ng places on earth to cruise - thousands of beau ful islands make up Indonesia's 'Ring of most diverse marine life on the planet. Travelling here can be something of a complex journey. In equent  ights mean that these remote, untouched areas remain just that, with only a handful of lucky visitors witnessing the beau and  adi onal culture found here. Sea Trek has simpli ed this process, opera ng two beau ful Bugi schooners - the Ombak Pu h and the Katharina - which cruise the waters between Suma a in the west to Java, Bali, Komodo, Sulawesi and on to Papua New Guinea in the east. Both vessels are small, with just 12 and 7 cabins respec vely, all with en-suite facili es and air condi oning. Sun decks and outdoor communal dining are features of both ships, as is unlimited snorkelling in to the impossibly clear waters.  is is adventure cruising - culturally s mula ng and hugely diverse. To get further o the beaten  ack, throughout Indonesia's peak  avel season (March to October), seven to nine-night cruises operate in the Lesser Sunda Isles between Bali and Flores, visi ng otherwise inaccessible regions.  e cruises can be built into a larger touring i nerary of Indonesia, as a way to get further  om the beaten  ack and to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of this fascina ng coun y.to enjoy. Whether onboard or on-shore, the real highlight of the  ip is mee ng the Burmese people.Fire', which is home to some of the GET STARTEDA 12 day tailor-made trip to Burma, including seven nights on the Orcaella (bookings are already being taken), starts from £4,850pp. For more information please call Mark or our Burma team on 01993 838 105. GET STARTEDA 13 day tailor-made trip to Indonesia, including a seven-night cruise with Sea Trek, starts from £4,730pp. For more information please call Angela or our Indonesia team on 01993 838 110.SOUTHEAST ASIA

34 | AUDLEY TRAVELLER | www.audley.co.uk/usaThe areas either side of the US and Canada border are home to a multitude of fantastic spots. Our specialists share their favourite trips, which allow you to see the best of both countriesA fine line