Myanmar Cruise Suggestions
Paukan is one of the most well - known river cruise lines in Myanmar which provides many packages of short discovering tours (1 & 2 nights) with the itineraries from the last royal capital of Mandalay to the ancient city of Bagan and vice versa. Especially, their patner cruise - Irrawaddy Voyager I also offers the amazing 2 night cruise to the sanctuary of the Irrawaddy dolphin area.
The vessels offer interesting inland excursions for tourists to have a closer look at the local life and also to discover the impressive Buddhist constructions like visiting the Mingun pagoda complex, Sagaing hill or the pot – making village on the bank of the river – Yandabo.
In addition, passengers will have a chance to enjoy the lavish life onboard with modern comforts and conveniences which guarantee to bring the utmost relaxation with the best service. There are also many entertainments and activities held on deck in order to create timeless memories when cruising with the ships.
Sanctuary Ananda was built by Burmese craftmen using traditional materials of local fabrics, wood and lacquerware. The 4 - deck ship features 21 spacious cabins with balconies providing magnificent views of the river. It also offers two high - class restaurants, spa, gym, library, panorama lounge and a pool which guarantees to bring a high - end retreat to its guests.
Sanctuary Ananda cruise offers a 2 - night cruise itinerary from Bagan to Mandalay with many interesting activities on board and fascinating explorations to the destinations.
The Strand Cruise
The Strand Cruise is a beautiful vessel which was launched in 2014 in Yangon. The ship is equipped with all modern facilities and the crew are well - trained and professional. Joining onboard The Strand cruise, you will not only have a chance to learn more about Burmese culture through many interesting activities but indulge in the luxury services.
Visitors with limited travelling time can consider the short cruise itinerary of 2 nights from Mandalay to Bagan - the 2 most famous destinations of Myanmar. Mandalay is the last royal capital of Burma perserving many outstanding relics and Bagan is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of thousands of ancient temples. Furthermore, the itinerary also provides fantastic trip to other highlights of Mingun and Ava.
This luxurious ship was built with the shallow draft of only 90cm which is suitable for cruising through the low water level of Chindwin. Moreover, with the powerful engine, the vessel easily sails into the inaccessible areas of many large ships without any difficulties.
Anawrahta Cruise offers a 11 - night cruise exploring the exotic Chindwin river. Tourists join in the voyage with us will experience the unique expeditions into the mysterious remote regions of Myanmar and also the lavish life onboard with spacious cabins, modern facilites and many more interesting activities.
This floating luxury hotel was designed with the shallow draft so it can easily navigate to the less - visited areas of Chindwin river. The ship has 3 decks with 21 well – equipped cabins providing the most comfortable and convenient for the passengers. Sanctuary Ananda offers 2 fascinating itineraries of 4 nights and 10 nights to the unspoiled northernmost areas of Burma with breath - taking Buddhist constructions, secret towns and endless amazing riverscapes.
Pandaw Cruise Lines specially created ships with the ultra - shallow draft for cruising on the Chindwin river including Zawgyi Pandaw and Kalay Pandaw. The draft of Zawgyi is only 76cm (2.5 feet) and Kalay is 98cm (3.3ft) which are always ready to sail up to the remote areas of Burma in both high and low water season. The cruises were designed for family and friend private charter with cozy cabins and public areas.
There are 2 itineraries running on Chindwin river: the 7 - night cruise from Monywa to Homalin (vice versa) offering memorable trip to the lesser - known parts of Chindwin river and the 7 - night cruise Voyage to Nagaland allowing visitors to experience the lifestyle and culture of the unique Naga tribe.
The shallow draft of 76cm (2.5ft) of the Paukan 2012 allows it to access the low water level of Chindwin river. Containing 18 elegant designed cabins with private bathroom, the ship gently sail up into the hard – to – reach areas of the Burma’s far north. Passengers will have a chance to admire the pristine landscapes with the outstanding mountain ranges and greenery forest as well as a closer look at the authentic local life via the itinerary of 10 night grand voyage of Chindwin river.
Belmond Road To Mandalay
The 4 desk German – built ship - Belmond road to Mandalay is an ideal place for group travel. The cruise has the length of 101 meters containing 43 spacious staterooms and other lavish comforts such as swimming pool, wellness & spa areas, bar and restaurant. There are 1 Governor’s Suite, 18 State Cabins, 16 Deluxe Cabins, 4 Superior Cabins and 4 Single Cabins which can accommodate 82 passengers. All the staterooms are equipped with modern facilities like private bathrooms, flat – screen TV, air conditioning, etc.
Being one of Belmond cruise's passengers, you and your companions can not only have exciting visits to Burma’s highlights but also timeless memories onboard.
Paukan 2014 (Irrawaddy Explorer)
Irrawaddy Explorer or Paukan 2014 is another lavish ship of the Paukan cruises which is an ideal place for group travel. Containing 28 deluxe outside cabins providing the spectacular view over the mighty Ayeyawady river and its magnificent heritages. Each stateroom is featured with a private bathroom accompanied with a number of modern amenities. What is more, 56 passengers will have a great time onboard with high - class conveniences with excellent services as well as the excursion inland.
With 28 cabins of the French design, the elegant Orient Pandaw is the perfect place for group travelling. Built in Vietnam in 2008, the ship has the intimate size but adequate. It was plan to be an escape from the bustling city life, therefore, no TV, telephone or wifi source are set in the cabins. You and your loved ones will completely immense in the tranquility and magnificence of the “golden land”. The Orient Pandaw is still equipped with modern gym and bar, boutique shops and entertainment sector for passengers to enjoy and experience the luxurious services.
The Strand Cruise
This luxurious floating hotel can carry 54 passengers with 27 high – class staterooms and numerous modern comforts like spa & wellness area or swimming pool located in 4 decks. There are 2 state suites, 2 strand suites,13 Strand cabins and 10 Deluxe Cabins, all are featured with private bathroom, twin or double beds and special French - style balconies.
The cruises of Pandaw are suitable for families with infants which offer open - door policies for children.
Cabins of all Pandaw ships are not large enough for arranging extra bed, but for family on cruises of Pandaw, children under 4 years old can stay in the same room with parents without paying an extra cost. However, the cruises cannot guarantees the availability of the cot.
Children between 4 - 18 years old can share the cabin with adult (must occupy a berth) and pay 50% of the fare. Pandaw cruises also launched the family friendly river cruise promotion during the school break that allows one of 2 children under 18 years old go for free. The offer is applied on the selected dates of all cruise itineraries except ones of Kalay Pandaw.
Paukan cruise line also offers flexible children policy for guests. Children under 2 years old can stay in their parent cabin for free. Between 3 - 12 years old kid can share the cabin with aldult and pay 50% of the cruise fare. Extra bed will be provided upon request at the cost of $90USD/bed/night.
If you are staying in the suite of Paukan 2007 or the Mandalay suite of Irrawaddy Explorer, children under 12 years old can stay for free. Cot and extra bed will be provided.
The Strand Cruise
Unlike Pandaw and Paukan vessels, The Strand Cruise welcomes children of at least 4 years old. Kids from 6 - 12 years old can stay in parents’ cabin and are charged 50% of adult price. Children over 12 years will have to stay in their own cabin and charged at adult price.
Sanctuary Ananda Cruise is applied with the same policy like The Strand Cruise: only welcome children from 6 years old and children over 12 years are charged at adult price. This cruise ship offers 2 staterooms suitable for family: Luxury Suite and Owner Suite.
Luxury Suite: The sofa could be arranged to be turned into extra bed for children from 6 -12 years old. Maximum members allowed in this stateroom are 2 adults with 1 kid or 2 kids with 1 adult and the third person will be charged 75% at adult price.
Owner Suite: This stateroom is allowed maximum 3 adults or 2 adults with 2 children. Children are charged 50% at adult price.
In case your family has many members and doesn’t fit any above condition, you can consider the options of staying in connecting Deluxe Staterooms.
Anawrahta Cruise which was built in 2015 is also the ideal ship for family with kids. This cruise has reasonable policies for children coming along with their parents.
Only welcome children from 5 years old and children above 12 years old are charged with adult price.
Besides, a child between 5 from 12 years old can share bed with their parents per cabin and children whose age from 5 to 12 years old also has special rate applies.
Irrawaddy Explorer (Paukan 2014)
This high – class floating hotel is truly an ideal place for pampering and keeping fit with the unrivalled wellbeing and fitness area. Be ready to spoil yourself in the amazing massage methods of both traditional and modern treatments under the phenomenal skill of the expert therapists. The spa’s products are all made from natural ingredients which gurantee to bring the best realxing sensation for both body and mind.
In addition, a gym center is also available for someone who looks for an exercise session with a wide range of fitness facilities from basic to modern.
The Strand Cruise
The Strand Cruise is always proud of its wellness and spa sector which can satisfy even the toughest client. The fitness room lies in the main deck with all the essential keep - fit equipment like treadmills, weights, etc. for a physical training session.
The Stand cruise’s spa is in the partnership with many famous brands which provide the premium products for every session. There are 2 spa’s rooms, both single and double so that you can enjoy the incredible massage treatments individually or share the experience with your loved one in the beautiful view of the elegant river.
The adventure spirits will have a chance to experience the utmost wellbeing and comfort during the voyage with Belmond road to Mandalay cruise. The spa offers a selection of treatments which is always ready to pamper and rejuvenate the clients with the best service and products. You can also go there for a hair makeover or simply have a manicure done. Moreover, if you want to maintain your daily workout, the well – equipped fitness area is available onboard.
What is more, the ship also provides Tibetan yoga and meditation session on deck to all ages and levels leading by the experts Brian Hilliard and Shannon van Staden. Passengers will have a good time participating this mindfulness exercise in the peaceful morning of the golden land.
Thaizin spa is definitely the highlight spot of Anawrahta ship. After a long day of sightseeing, you might need to pamper yourself a little bit in this amazing spa. With the elegant design inspired by the Mandalay’s white Hsibyume Pagoda, the spa brings the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere to the passengers.
The spa has 3 massage beds, a mani – pedi station and a steam bath. Moreover, the sessions will be taken by the expert therapists with excellent skills. The Anawrahta Cruise’s spa offers a wide range of treatments from local inspiration to foreign – based one which guarantees to please any clients. Accompanied by the magnificent view over the grandeur river of Burma, Thaizin spa is the perfect place to refresh and rejuvenate yourself.
Belmond Road to Mandalay
The wellbeing and spa area in both Belmond Road to Mandalay is equipped with the modern facilities providing the most comfortable and convenient services onboard for the passengers. On the way to discover the marvelous Myanmar, tired and muscle pain are inevitable. Don’t worry because with the wonderful massage sessions as well as the unique domestic and western therapies, the Belmond’s spa will help you maintain the perfect balance.
There are 3 treatment rooms in the spa sector containing up – to – date equipment with superbly trained staffs, promising to meet the demand of all clients. The spa also provides the hair makeover and manicure service.
While the 4 – star quality hotel is gently cruising along the mighty Irrawaddy and Chindwin river, it’s time to enjoy yourself in the incredible Thambyadine spa by L’occitane.
The wonderful Thambyadine spa locates on the Yangon deck with numerous amazing treatments ranging from Thai massage, Chinese acupressure to the traditional Burmese therapies. The spa is in the partnership with the L’occitane en Provence, therefore all the therapists are well – trained and very professional.
Having just an hour in the Sanctuary Ananda’s spa with the specialist, every tension and stress will disappear quickly without your notice. Beside the sessions of soothing muscle aches and pains such as foot, face and back massage, the spa also offers the beauty treatments for youthful eyes and face. They also have the couple packages for you and your loved one to experience this delightful spa altogether.
The spa is definitely the star of The Strand Cruise. Its target is to bring the utmost relaxation and enjoyment to the clients from a wide variety of amazing treatments and premium products.
You can have a good time in the foot reflexology station that promising to ease even the most painful muscle after a long walk to explore the wonderful Myanmar. You can also enjoy yourself in the great massage experience either in an individual or a double room with your loved one. The professional therapists with exclusive products are always ready to sooth you whenever you need.
In addition, the spa’s rooms overlook the river so you can still enjoy the majestic look of the beautiful country while pampering yourself. All in all, the Strand’s spa is truly a place to rest and find refreshment for your body and mind.
This superb cruise ship is named after King Anawrahta, the founder of a glorious dynasty in the history of Myanmar. Among luxury ships with pools, the Anawrahta Cruise Ship is regarded as one of the best cruise ship sailing on Irrawaddy River with the most spacious cabins and the highest number of crew member in relation to the number of passengers. The magnificent and sumptuousness of the ship perfectly match with the majestic of Irrawaddy River.
This elegant ship is designed in British colonial style in combination with the spirit of Theravada Buddhism extending over the length of 65 meters, featuring three spacious decks and 23 deluxe cabins. The interior of the ship is decorated with glittering brass and sophisticatedly carved woodwork, providing a glance to the glorious ancient era of Burma.
The Strand Cruise
Starting its first sail on the very last days of 2016, this luxury ship runs along the beautiful river of Irrawaddy through many breath-taking sights and take tourists to two major tourist attractions of Myanmar, namely Mandalay and Bagan. The Strand Cruise Ship is comprised of 4 decks with 27 luxurious cabins, providing the accommodations for 54 passengers.
Like many other luxury ships with pool, this ship can be considered a floating hotel for it fully offers unparalleled quality comforts such as library, sundeck, restaurant, gym, salon and swimming pool. The meals on board are well-prepared by recognized chefs and the guests can choose between Myanmar delicacies and Western dishes. Tourists also have the chance to learn about the culture of Myanmar via onboard recreation activities.
This ship was launched for the very first time in 2016 and under the management of sanctuary Retreats Myanmar, a firm operating the field of travel and tourism. The name Ananda is taken after the majestic Ananda Temple in Bagan. In the tongue of Burmese people, Ananda means “extreme happiness”, the state that all human want to attain. Sailing along Irrawaddy River, this charming floating hotel provides the guests on board with unimaginable opulence and lavishness.
Sanctuary Ananda composes of 21 roomy and comfy cabins with balconies to throw your view over the riverside to admire the beauty of the places that the ship passes by. Conformed with the standard for luxury ships with pool, this ship is designed like a world-class hotel with restaurants, library, gym, spa and swimming pool for the guests to enjoy conveniences and lavishness at the best quality. All the meals on board are prepared by professional chefs certified by international institutions.
Belmond Road to Mandalay
Manufactured in 1964, Belmond Road to Mandalay was comprehensively revamped by luxury travel company Belmond Cruises and has begun its luxurious cruises on Irrawaddy River since 1996. This majestic ship is now the cruise with the longest journey on Irrawaddy River.
This cruise ship also provides the guests with various lavish conveniences such as swimming pool, wellness hub, sun deck and exciting evening recreation activities. The guests on board are served with a menu of international cuisine including dishes originated from Western and South East Asian countries.