Travelling on water is an interesting way to discover some of the world's most exceptional landscapes at an entirely leisurely pace. Belmond Road to Mandalay provides a luxurious way to experience the beauty of Burma (Myanmar) from a unique perspecitve and is the perfect complement to a holiday exploring the Asian continent. A typical day starts with a buffet breakfast, before a guided shore excursion to see some of Burma’s best attractions. If you prefer, you can hire a private Guide (or a car) and explore at leisure. Alternatively, you can choose to fill your time by relaxing around the swimming pool on the top deck, sipping drinks in the Observation Lounge whilst taking in the views through the large windows, visiting the boutique, doing a mini workout in the fitness room or enjoying a massage, facial or pedicure in the beauty area. In the evenings, guests enjoy cocktails and live music in the Piano Bar, the entertainment in the Lounge (which could be traditional dancing or a lecture about Burmese culture) or may choose to borrow a book or game to take back to their cabin.
Governed by river levels and weather, The Road To Mandalay ship elegantly cruises between January to April and July through to December. This spacious cruiser offers forty-three cabins, accommodating up to eighty-two guests, each with air-conditioning, fine linens, en-suite shower rooms, satellite television and windows that face the river. Boasting delicious Regional and Western cuisine, impeccable service, upper lounge deck with swimming pool, piano bar, on-board doctor and small boutique, guests are assured of a relaxing time aboard this floating luxury hotel. Operating between Bagan and Mandalay, the ship meanders along the iconic Ayeyarwady River on a journey of discovery; allowing guests to observe the local people going about their daily business - washing, bathing and fishing in the river, or tending to animals along the river's edge. Along with this gentle hum of activity, guests can admire the lush forest and gorges, the rich birdlife including Kingfishers and Egrets, plus disembark for a series of expertly guided private tours. By providing an attractive combination of fascinating cultural talks, incredible sightseeing and reassuring luxury travel, Belmond offers a seamless way to see and appreciate the highlights of Myanmar - from Yangon and Bagan to Mandalay. For those to keen to venture further north via the Chinwin River, Belmond's smaller sister ship, Orcaella, offers an alternative, longer journey to the remote north.