Reviews: River vessel The Road To Mandalay on Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar

Myanmar Cruises

RV The Road To Mandalay
From : US$ 2,000
Launching Year : 2009
Number of cabins : 41
Port of call: Shwe Kyet Yetty

The Road To Mandalay is the ultimate ship of dreams, the most luxurious craft of its kind on the Ayeyarwady River. After an absence of more than 12 months, during which time she has been completely remodelled and refurbished, The Road To Mandalay with a capacity of 82 passengers, recommenced luxury river cruises in Burma on August 26, 2009.

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Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is a jewel that has remained hidden for decades, but which is now opening up to the world revealing astonishing natural beauty and an unparalleled cultural heritage.

Boasting a civilisation that’s more than 2,500 years old, Burma is a mysterious and magical land with magnificent temple architecture set in timeless and sublime landscapes. Everywhere a visitor travels in Myanmar, they will encounter hospitable, inquisitive and friendly people more than willing to share their fascinating culture.

This river cruise ship in Myanmar sails along the legendary Ayeyarwady river, between the world-heritage site of Bagan and the fascinating city of Mandalay, on a program of seven-, four-, and three-night cruises. Cruise itineraries may be extended with the additional nights in historic Yangon, including an orientation tour of the city or with a stay at Sandoway Beach Resort or the beautiful Inlé Lake.
“Burma … Quite unlike any land you know about” - Rudyard Kipling

Buffet-style lunch is served on the Observation Deck or in the Restaurant in seven different themes: Burmese, Shan, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and European. Dinners are served in the Restaurant and offer a choice of dishes to suit all tastes – from the flavours of Asia to a la carte menus; and are matched with an extensive wine list.

Inside this graceful river cruiser the emphasis rests on traditional comfort combined with delightful luxury. The spacious ensuite cabins are fully air-conditioned and furnished with the most beautiful fabrics, finest linens and softest towels. There are five newly refurbished cabin types available, all of which feature a small personal safe, telephone, satellite TV, ensuite bathroom and shower amenities.

After an absence of more than 12 months, during which time she has been completely remodelled and refurbished, The Road To Mandalay, with a capacity of 82 passengers, recommenced luxury river cruises in Burma on August 26, 2009.

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Fact File
- Vessels: The Road To Mandalay
- Passengers: 82
- Entered service: 1996 – refurbished 2009
- Facilities: All cabins have ensuite shower and WC facilities. Each cabin has a personal safe, telephone, satellite TV with in-house video and hair dryers and are supplied with Bulgari amenities. Sockets are suitable for 2-pin round plugs (220 volts).
- What’s included: Prices are per person and include all table d’hôte meals and accommodation on board based on two people sharing (except Single Cabin), economy class flights, transfers and sightseeing in Myanmar as shown in the itinerary.

Who should go?
The Road to Mandalay is a deluxe river cruiser operated by the renowned Orient-Express group. Different from ocean cruises, The Road to Mandalay offers a relaxing, more cultural environment where travelers can truly experience the beauty of Myanmar and its people. The boat features all the amenities of a modern hotel although, as is typical with boat cabins, space is limited so it is recommended to leave excess baggage behind. The Road to Mandalay is ideal for those who wish to have an elegant, cultural journey along the Irrawaddy River.

When to go?
Burma has three seasons. From September to February the daytime temperature is about 28 degrees C (80 F) with cool evenings. March to May is hot but dry. From June to September it is the rainy season. The area visited by Road To Mandalay is protected from most of the monsoon and is described as the dry zone.

Where is it?
The Road to Mandalay embarks and disembarks at the towns of Bagan and Mandalay on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River. Ports of call may include Bhamo, Katha, Mingun, Mogok, Tigyaung and New Nyein depending on the length of the cruise.

What's not to be missed?
Awake early to watch the sun rise over the Irrawaddy. Walking tours at small villages along the river. Sharing traveler stories with an evening cocktail at the Piano Bar. Visiting the historic towns immortalized by George Orwell in ‘Burmese Days'. Kachin jungle trek in the town of Naba. Tribal dances in the evenings near Mandalay. Sunset over the temples of Bagan.

What's cooking?
Travelers aboard the Road to Mandalay are treated to a variety of gourmet Eastern and Western dishes enjoyed as the boat travels along the picturesque Irrawaddy River. Lunch is served on the Observation Deck and features a themed buffet-style spread of cuisines whereas dinners are served in the Restaurant. The evening menu includes regional cuisines such as Shan, Thai and Indonesian as well as Western dishes and unlike many cruises, travelers aboard the Road to Mandalay choose their own time for dinner. For evening cocktails, guests are invited to gather at the Piano Bar where delicious drinks and pleasant company can be enjoyed while accompanied by the music of a local pianist.

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