In the early morning light, you can see Bagan’s famous pagodas coming into view. You begin to notice the Ayeyarwady river around you slowly fill with vast bamboo rafts, fishermen and working vessels loaded with rice and wood. In the midst of this, you have found tranquillity. You have arrived on Belmond Road to Mandalay and the feeling is unforgettable.

THIS SLEEK pleasure cruiser was crafted and tested to the highest standards on Germany’s River Rhine, before undertaking the epic voyage to Myanmar. You’ll notice this care and attention the moment you step onboard and take in our sumptuous interiors, with artesanal Burmese flourishes.

It is apparent, too, in the ship’s quiet motion as it glides down the river. Unlike large-scale cruises, Belmond Road to Mandalay offers an intimate experience, with 46 elegant cabins. This way, you can fully savor the peace and expansive vistas of the river.

In addition to offering breathtaking views of rural Myanmar, our top deck is is a gently buzzing social space. It is complete with a stylish canopied lounge, bar and grill. There’s even a palm-reader on hand in the afternoons. Sink into one of the padded rattan chairs and enjoy the beautiful countryside passing by. You’ll also find our perfectly-proportioned pool here—just what you need in the sweet, tropical heat.

Once the sun has set, allow our guest speakers to guide you through the rich history of Myanmar. We take pride in the variety of daily excursions we offer on Belmond Road to Mandalay. Our guests love feeling prepared for their adventures on land with these personal, unique insights.

If you’ve worked up an appetite for the local cuisine, the ship’s chefs offer vibrant Western and Pan-Asian set menus. Our comprehensive wine list features authentic Burmese wines from Aythaya, a local winemaker. Our evening events include elegant cocktail parties, performances of Burmese plays and Myanmar’s famous marionette shows. All under a vast canopy of stars.

Myanmar is steeped in spirituality, and we bring this sense of tranquility and holistic health onboard with daily yoga and tai chi classes. Enjoy unrestricted access to our well-appointed fitness area or book a restorative, nourishing treatment at our spa. From this place of inner peace, you’re in a perfect position to enjoy the beauty of Myanmar. You’ll find a full spectrum of its colours, from dawn to dusk.

Step aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay