Luxury cruising up the Ayeyarwady river in Burma

by Alex Townsend, Head of South+South East Asia


Launching in July 2013 is Orient Express’s Orcaella, a fantastic new intimate way to travel on the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin Rivers in Burma, cruising between Yangon – Bhamo/Homalin.

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With only 25 spacious cabins it is about half of the size of the luxurious ‘The Road to Mandalay’ giving a more personalised and unique experience enriched by excellently sourced guides.

Every cabin will have a river view and the voyages will last from 7-11 days, journeying through stunning landscapes and allowing offshore excursions to interact with the Chindwin tribes and local monks.

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Look out for Tony Scotland’s article in House and Garden next year, for a real insight into the spirit of this remote land and how c+l can arrange a once in a lifetime trip through Burma. Tony travelled this August on “The Road to Mandalay” in order to navigate to the far North of the country, so travelling in the rainy season, when water levels are high. The shallower draft of the new “Orcaella” means that you can make the extraordinary journey from Bagan via Mandalay to Bhamo in the dry season. The perfect time to see the temples around Bagan and Manadalay but also to journey further North and see parts of the country which few can access and from the luxury of the newest boat on the river.

+ If you would to discuss any aspect of a luxury holiday to Burma, call Alex on +44(0)20 7384 2332 or fill out the online form

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0 responses to “Luxury cruising up the Ayeyarwady river in Burma

  1. I am interested in the smaller boat but not for 11 days in August, but maybe = I really need to know what there is to do as too many temples is not my husbands theme. Also can you give me an idea of price where we fly into, how long is the flight from London and any other relevant info as to what is all included and what is extra to pay.

  2. Hi Sandra, As I am sure you are aware everything we do is tailor made, hence I will get one of our Burmese experts to email you with more details. There are many wonderful things we can arrange in this diverse country without seeing too many temples. There are also plenty of shorter boat experiences that we can recommend. August is the rainy season, hence the best time to visit Burma is November-April.

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