Gain a very special insight into the Road To Mandalay cruise with testimonials from our wonderful staff.
Captain Myo Lwin
During the 12 months in which Road To Mandalay was being refurbished, its progress has been both interesting and challenging. As Captain of the ship I have a great responsibility to ensure that the Ship is re-furbished to a very high standard, especially with regards to Safety and Operation Performance. All of my operational crew are dedicated team players who are passionate on how they are all turning their hands to the task with one aim, to get the Ship in better shape than before.
This is an exciting time for us all as we see the ship slowly returning to the waters of Burma. We are all so proud to be able to work on her return and just to be apart of this once again truly warms our hearts.
As for the night of Nargis, one I will never forget but that is another story – please ask me about it when I see you on board.
Mr Kyaw Kyaw - Chief Carpenter on the Road To Mandalay
I have been working with and on board the ship since its arrival in Myanmar in 1995. It has been a great experience for me – meeting lots of people and helping to show them my country. When Nargis arrived and the ship was badly damaged – I feared that would be the end of the ship, and of course my job. I was so happy that the Company decided to try and re-build the ship, and bring her back to her former glory. It is my task to make the Cabins look as beautiful as they did before.
We had to firstly strip the whole of the internals out of the ship so the main structure could be repaired. During the strip out, as I removed a bulkhead, lying behind it was a very old Wallet. It contained a lot of old German money and some papers/photos dated back in 1964, the year the ship was built. I handed this in – and it has gone to Germany, to see if they can find the owner, or more probably his family.
Mr Sai Kyaw Thu - Restaurant and Bar Waiter
After working on board as a part time employee one of my dreams came true and I joined The Road To Mandalay as a permanent Bar and Restaurant waiter in 2008.
During the summer of 2008 I was working at the Malikha Lodge in Putao as a Trainer and Barkeeper for the Food and Beverage team. It was very challenging to communicate with my team as they spoke their own tribal languages However, the experience of join their local life and being invited to Christmas celebrations and weekly tribal dance events were very exciting and unique.
Currently, I am working as a waiter on hotel ship on the Ayeyarwaddy River. I have been very lucky to discover such stunning regions of my own country. Although, I am happy to be on the river again I am looking forward to working and meeting my friends onboard Road To Mandalay soon.
Mr Than Win - Housekeeping Manager
Being associated with Road To Mandalay for the last 10 years I have enhanced my skills and knowledge enormously. Especially having the chance to be part of the team in one of our sister properties during the time Road To Mandalay is under repair and refinement.
For half of the year in 2008 I joined the Orient Express property Napasai on the beautiful island of Koh Samui.
I enjoyed this opportunity much. It helped me to understand the operation of a beach resort, to live in another culture, to visit the metropolitan city Bangkok and to strengthen my professional skills.
Currently, I am back home in Burma and I am looking very much forward to returning to the ship operation and to be part of Road To Mandalay’s crew again.
Mr Toe Toe - Commis Chef Pastry and Bakery
I have been working with Road To Mandalay since December 2006 as Commis Chef for Pastry and Bakery.
During the absence of the ship I joined the Malikha Lodge in Putao as Pastry/ Bakery Chef and to support the Executive Chef. The food we work with come from the Lodge came either from the hotel’s own food garden or the local market. Communicating was a fascinating challenge as tribes often spoke their own language and not all of them were fluent in either Burmese or English. After a while, we found ways of talking to each other and the great opportunity to exchange recipes and experiences.
Besides my Kitchen duties I had the chance to participate in activities such as rafting, hiking and biking. When a small storm hit the Lodge’s garden I assisted to rebuild bamboo fences and supported the gardening team.
During the past six months, I have had the very exciting experience to work in a luxurious eco-friendly lodge and a beach resort. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to joining Road To Mandalay again in August with many memories of the places I have discovered in my own country recently.