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Road To Mandalay – A Myanmar Adventure with Belmond

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Itinerary Highlights

Take a short, one hour, flight from bustling Bangkok and land in the mysterious city of Yangon in Burma (Myanmar) for a luxurious adventure with Belmond. Landing in Yagon is like stepping back in time - once out of the new Airport, visitors cannot help but marvel at the passing Monks, white-faced ladies, with pretty parasols, and the vastly over-crowed roads.  A rich mix of ancient and modern civilisations, Yangon is a fascinating combination of crumbling buildings and distinctly Victorian architecture. From the leafy Embassy Quarter, located just outside the hectic and dusty central city, where guests will spend their first two nights at Belmond's teak mansion, to the peaceful serenity of the Road To Mandalay river cruise, visitors will have ample time to explore, learn and digest. The engaging sights, rich landscapes and dramatic orange sunsets, together with the gentle, humble and welcoming people, will leave a lasting impact on your heart. Take to your bicycle, climb a temple, or stroll through the incredible temple-strewn plains of Bagan. Alternatively, buy some traditional local lacqureware and local silver, relax on the Observation Deck, or take an excursion to the colourful markets in Mandalay. Myanmar is diverse and truly captivating country and by combining your stay with a stop in the city with a leisurely river cruise, guests can gain a greater insight into the culture of this interesting land. So, have your camera poised and your notepad to hand, for this is an exceptional journey of discover - made exceptional by the established knowledge, service and expertise of Belmond.

Luxury City Breaks Culture & History Luxury River Cruise Holidays
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Seek an on-board adventure and visit the plains of Bagan

Guide Price:

Prices from £5,365 per person. The price includes flights and transfers.


Your itinerary at a glance

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    2 nights Burma (Myanmar)
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    5 nights Belmond Road to Mandalay River Cruise along the Ayeyarwady River
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The best time to visit Yangon is during the cooler season of late October to late February. November to January is particularly appealing for touring, as the weather is still warm with low rainfall.

Fly from Bangkok to Yangon in Myanmar




Burma (Myanmar)

Staying at

Belmond Governor's Residence


Intriguing Burma (or the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the name given to it by its military government), was, for most of the 20th century, subjected to a long period of inaccessibility; today, more than a century later, it remains a world apart. Take a luxury Elegant Resorts holiday to Burma and discover for yourself the beautiful landscapes, entrancing river journeys and the incredible, sometimes surreal sites reflective of the country’s rich cultural heritage such as the stupa-studded plains of Bagan on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River, the romance of Mandalay and Yangon's giant golden pagoda. But, after all this, it will be the genuine delight, wonder and hospitality of the Burmese people that will leave you with the greatest impression of this country.


Relax and explore the city of Yangon whilst based at the teak mansion of the former Governor's Residence. Set amongst beautiful gardens and surrounded by an inviting pool, guests are warmly welcomed by a gong and escorted along a wooden walkway. Guests will enjoy retreating to this peaceful retreat after a half day of fascinating excursions - none more striking than a guided tour around the golden temple of the Schwedagon Pagoda. Once swept past scenic parks and the contrasting chaos of daily riverlife, guests will enjoy escaping the city dust and heat, by relaxing by the tranquil pool, admiring the dancing dragonflies. The evening can be spent dining by candle light in the pretty garden and savouring the unique atmosphere.

Staying at

Belmond Governor's Residence


Belmond Governor’s Residence, located in Yangon's elegant Embassy Quarter, is a Colonial-style mansion dating back to the 1920s and was once the residence of the ruler of Burma’s southern states. The pretty landscaped gardens feature ceramic pools with floating lotus flowers, whose centrepiece is a fan-shaped swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers, while guest rooms and suites are decorated with cottons and silks and have a mini-bar, desk, sitting area, satellite television and complimentary internet connection, with either an inner courtyard, garden or pool view. Admire the views from the opulent Mindon Lounge whilst sipping a refreshing glass of lemongrass juice, enjoy a pampering spa treatment at the Governor's Oasis spa and shop for souvenirs, including handcrafted art, at the hotel's boutique and gift shop.

  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:1920s Colonial-style residence in Burma
  • Feature:From October to March there are traditional dance shows
  • Rooms:48 rooms & suites
  • Location:Burma (Myanmar)
  • Nearest airport:Yangon Airport
Find Out More

Transfer from Yangon Airport to join the Road To Mandalay River Cruise

The Belmond team arrange the short internal flight to Bagan, in order to meet the ship, plus escort clients to ensure a seamless transfer to the ship.




Belmond Road to Mandalay River Cruise along the Ayeyarwady River


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.

Fly back from Mandalay to Yangon

Fly from Yangon to London, via Bangkok

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Our Experts


Myanmar is a truly magical land blessed with fascinating culture, rich landscapes and impressive ancient temples and pagoda's. I was enthralled by the excursions and moved by the gentle, local people who were so welcoming. Travelling through Burma with Belmond was seamless and reassuring.


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