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myanmar (Burma)

Of all the countries in Asia, Myanmar is probably the least understood and least visited. Home to fascinating floating villages, King Mindon’s ancient capital, the peaceful Ayeyarwady River and dazzling golden temples. That such an otherworldly site has remained undiscovered by tourists for so long serves as further proof of its mystery—and our good fortune. Bespoke Travel Design will create a tailor made tour of your own – offering unprecedented access to Myanmar.

myanmar ~ the bespoke to do list

 • Be inspired by trips to the ancient pagoda-gemmed landscape of Old Bagan.
• Take a bicycle or horse and cart tour through the temple complex or soar into the sunrise on a hot air balloon ride.
• Step onshore in Mingun and wander through local markets and peaceful villages, where ornate pagodas rise into view.
• Savour the sights at the spiritual summit of the Sagaing Hills, before an unforgettable sunset framed by the iconic U Bein Bridge.
• Discover Myanmar’s second city Mandalay, a thriving cultural hub and home to the country’s jade and marble industries. On Belmond Road to Mandalay, the country’s soul is yours to discover.
• The “Balloons over Bagan” experience can be booked at an additional supplement, and provides guests with an exclusive and magical view above the golden pagodas of the temple complex at first light
• Each of the journeys offered can be extended either before or after a cruise with an exciting range of additional experiences throughout Myanmar, such as Lake Inle or Ngapali beach
• All journeys on the Belmond Road to Mandalay can be combined with other travel experiences in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Bali and Cambodia.

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hotels we love

belmond governor's residence

A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor’s Residence echoes the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar’s southern states. With fan-cooled verandas and teak armchairs, this hotel conjures up a bygone era while offering every modern pleasure. Set in a verdant garden dotted with lotus pools, it’s truly magical at the end of a day exploring Yangon. Guests can unwind in The Governor’s Oasis, a dedicated spa offering a range of body therapies and beauty treatments. Dinner is served alfresco in the balmy evening air by lantern-light, as tropical fragrances scent the breeze.Visit the hotel website.

the strand hotel, Yangon

The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia’s most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks. The chandeliers, ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs, remain. Past meets present among strategic upgrades including advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies, as well you can expect flawless personalised service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting. View hotel website.

bagan lodge

No trip to Myanmar would be complete without spending time in Bagan and exploring the ancient city boasting in excess of 2,000 Buddhist monuments which are an ever present part of the surrounding countryside; choosing the correct hotel or resort is important as having spent all day visiting the various temples, stupas and pagodas you will need a relaxing base to recover before your sightseeing resumes the following day. Bagan Lodge is situated in New Bagan and perfectly located on the edge of town within easy reach of the airport and all of the religious monuments, the 4 star plus ’boutique resort’ is a selection of tented bungalows which are modern and stylish in their design offering a comfortable oasis at the end of a busy day.

villa inle resort & spa

A perfect place to admire the beauty of one of Myanmar’s greatest lakes. Nestled in between the mountains of Shan State and Inle Lake, Villa Inle Boutique Resort provides the perfect luxury getaway. Dotting the lakeside and throughout our gardens we have a selection of wooden villas, each adorned with hand-selected local paintings from the Myanmar, Inle and Shan ethnic people. The villas, designed to blend in harmoniously with their surroundings, all have high wooden ceilings, spacious living areas and grand bathrooms. When you’re not exploring the lake or our gardens, allow our highly trained spa therapists to pamper you in our “Lotus Spa.” It’s guaranteed to rejuvenate and invigorate the mind, body and soul.

inle princess resort

Set on a peaceful inlet near the Blue Mountains in southern Shan state, Inle Princess is a welcoming gateway to the unique cultural and natural treasures of Inle Lake. Take a boat to explore the lake, enjoy walks, bicycle rides, canoeing, and bird watching from your spacious private deck, and then unwind at the traditional spa or swimming pool. Consistently the highest-ranked hotel in the Inle Lake area, the setting here is perhaps the nicest of any hotel on the lake. The stylish wooden cottages are decked out with handmade furniture, designer fireplaces, indoor and outdoor showers and ethnic artefacts. The more expensive bungalows have lake-facing sun decks. There’s a spa and pool and the restaurant and staff get positive reports.

amazing ngapali resort

Nestled on the most beautiful beach in Myanmar, 45 minutes away from bustling city of Yangon by air and 5 minutes’ drive from Sandoway Airport. Amazing Ngapali Resort is ultimate hedonistic resort that redefines escapism in its beauty, luxury and conception. The view from the lobby takes in the gentle waves and allowing its guests an exhilarating feeling of spaciousness and an affinity with the natural surroundings, lushly landscaped gardens and pool. The beauty and simplicity of the traditional architecture of the buildings are striking, there can be no finer place to discover paradise.

the strand cruise

Guests will become enchanted by the sight of golden sunsets over temple tops, and the gentle lilting sound of waves against the river banks as they cruise along the Ayeyarwady delta aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay. Myanmar has captured the hearts and minds of travellers for centuries. There is no better way to travel to the heart of this mesmerising destination than to cruise along its vital waterways. This ship accommodates just 82 guests in classic-colonial style evoking a traditional oriental voyage. However, a host of indulgent touches ensure that Belmond Road to Mandalay offers the best of modern luxury. 

the strand hotel, Yangon

The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia’s most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks. The chandeliers, ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs, remain. Past meets present among strategic upgrades including advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies, as well you can expect flawless personalised service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting. View hotel website.

belmond road to mandalay

Guests will become enchanted by the sight of golden sunsets over temple tops, and the gentle lilting sound of waves against the river banks as they cruise along the Ayeyarwady delta aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay. Myanmar has captured the hearts and minds of travellers for centuries. There is no better way to travel to the heart of this mesmerising destination than to cruise along its vital waterways. This ship accommodates just 82 guests in classic-colonial style evoking a traditional oriental voyage. However, a host of indulgent touches ensure that Belmond Road to Mandalay offers the best of modern luxury. 

at a glance

CABINS 43 en-suite cabins include 1 Governor’s Suite, 18 State Cabins, 16 Deluxe Cabins, 4 Superior Cabins and 4 Single Cabins
DINING A sumptuous variety of eastern and western dishes are served in the Restaurant, and the Bar and Grill
FEATURES Swimming pool, Observation Lounge, Piano-Bar, sun deck, boutique, beauty salon, wellbeing and fitness centre
DESTINATIONS A range of 2-,3- and 4-night itineraries pack a punch with captivating excursions along the way between Mandalay and Bagan
ACTIVITIES Shore excursions include an almsgiving ceremony at Myin Mu, a torchlight temple tour at Ananda, and an exhilarating hot-air balloon ride over Bagan (available for an additional supplement), while onboard guests can enjoy cocktail parties, cultural presentations, and sunrise sessions of yoga and tai-chi.

What's included

Belmond Road to Mandalay cruises include all table d’hôte meals and beverages, as well as all excursions outlined in the cruise itineraries
We will be happy to arrange any flights, hotel accommodation and transfers required for your journey
Guests are assigned a local guide at the beginning of your experience who will act as a main point of reference and assist them throughout their journey
The “Balloons over Bagan” experience can be booked at an additional supplement, and provides guests with an exclusive and magical view above the golden pagodas of the temple complex at first light
Each of the journeys offered can be extended either before or after a cruise with an exciting range of additional experiences throughout Myanmar, such as Lake Inle or Ngapali beach
All journeys on the Belmond Road to Mandalay can be combined with other Belmond experiences in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Bali and Cambodia – find out more about Journeys in Asia

insider expertise

Belmond Road to Mandalay cruises include all table d’hôte meals and beverages, as well as all excursions outlined in the cruise itineraries
Our reservations team will be happy to arrange any flights, hotel accommodation and transfers required for your guest’s journey
All guests are assigned a local guide at the beginning of their experience who will act as a main point of reference and assist them throughout their journey
The “Balloons over Bagan” experience can be booked at an additional supplement, and provides guests with an exclusive and magical view above the golden pagodas of the temple complex at first light
Each of the journeys offered can be extended either before or after a cruise with an exciting range of additional experiences throughout Myanmar, such as Lake Inle or Ngapali beach
All journeys on the Belmond Road to Mandalay can be combined with other Belmond experiences in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Bali and Cambodia – find out more about Journeys in Asia >

cabins

Accommodation in this graceful river cruise seamlessly blends traditional comfort with ultimate luxury. Cabins are spacious, air conditioned and furnished with bright and airy fabrics sourced from local materials and Burmese artisans. Five cabin categories are available on Belmond Road to Mandalay. Features include a writing desk, satellite television, I-Pod docking station, en-suite bathroom and shower amenities, with butler and unpacking service available in the Governor’s Suite. 

dining

On board, guests will find an enticing range of dishes, including Burmese, Thai, Indonesian, Indian and European specialties.

Early morning tea and coffee is available in the cabin on request, followed by a full breakfast. An extensive buffet-style lunch is served on the Observation Deck or in the restaurant.

Dinners are served in the restaurant and offer a choice of succulent dishes to cater to all tastes. Carefully selected wines are also available to compliment the meal.

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Belmond Road to Mandalay, Myanmar

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Looking to extend your trip?

For the ultimate trip to relax and recharge, how about combining Bhutan & India on the ultimate spiritual escape! On this customized journey, you’ll join local monks for daily prayers and blessings in Bhutan before hopping across the border to get ahead of the crowds and visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise and find peace in the Himalayan foothills at the world-class wellness retreat, Ananda.

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