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Belmond Road to Mandalay

Irrawaddy River, Burma

At a Glance

  • An observation deck to enjoy the view with a drink in hand

  • The area visited is mostly protected from the monsoons making the season longer

  • Enjoy unique experiences such as trekking in the jungle of Kachin

  • Enjoy cocktails at the Piano Bar

  • A large range of cabins and suites to choose from

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Best time to Visit

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The best time to visit Burma is during the dry season from November to April. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country. The temperatures start to rise in March and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.

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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Belmond Road to Mandalay or take a look at our itineraries to Irrawaddy River


Belmond Road to Mandalay is a magical and iconic journey down the Irawaddy River, evoking times gone by. The splendour and grandeur of this mid size boat features in every detail, from the elegant furnishings to the wonderful service.

Belmond Road to Mandalay incorporates elegant Burmese materials and traditional comfort with high standards throughout the boat’s four decks. The 56 spacious en-suite cabins are air-conditioned and furnished with beautiful fabrics and teak furniture allowing you to relax and to observe the unfolding river life or watch the beautiful sunsets.

No journey to Asia would be complete without sampling the regional cuisine and on board you can enjoy an acclaimed menu of Eastern and Western food served in the restaurant at a time to suit you.

As the Belmond Road To Mandalay meanders along the Irrawaddy River, you can gaze at the surrounding beauty from the canopied Observation Deck, cool off in the on-deck pool or enjoy a cool refreshing drink from the top-deck bar.

From the mighty Irrawaddy, which runs the length of the country, stunning scenery can be admired en route which have for so long been hidden from the world’s gaze. Few countries have remained so untouched in their natural beauty and charm from one century to the next.

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The newly refurbished cabins and suites focus on a combination of traditional comfort and modern luxury. The cabins are large and airy and are furnished with beautiful fabrics, the finest linen and the softest towels. The cabins have a small safe, satellite television and en-suite bathrooms.


Children of all ages are welcome to come on board Belmond Road to Mandalay. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.


On board the ship you will find a swimming pool, an observation deck, a bar, a restaurant and a boutique. Massages can also be arranged upon request.



Clare Monro (Staff)

Belmond Road to Mandalay is Belmond's flagship boat in Burma, having been sailing for 20 years. It offers a great taste for those looking to dip their toes into an Irrawaddy River cruise, with journeys as short as 2 nights. It's very elegant, and has just 41 cabins so doesn't feel too big.


  • Bagan Balloon Experience

    Serenely float over Bagan’s remarkable temples in a hot air balloon at sunrise and appreciate the sheer scale of these archaeological wonders while watching the Irrawaddy River flow far below.

  • Half Day Local Color Tour, Bagan

    Experience a taste of local Burmese life and see the world from a local’s point of view by visiting neighborhoods barely touched by the modern world and mixing with the locals at Nyaung U Market.

Vacation Ideas

  • Myanmar in Style

    Yangon, Bagan, Private Irrawaddy Cruise, Mandalay, Inle Lake & Ngapali Beach

    from $7700 pp 12 nights

    • This itinerary provides an epic journey through Myanmar, staying in some of the countries most luxurious properties and enjoying some incredible personalized experiences
    • Exclusive experiences with the best guides throughout
    • Seamless service throughout, from the very start of the trip with VIP arrival at Yangon airport

Location & directions

Irrawaddy River, Burma

From the royal city of Mandalay, voyages south to the ancient capital of Bagan on the Ayeyarwady River, it also heads north through forested gorges to Bhamo near the Chinese border.

How to get there

Cruises on the Road to Mandalay begin at either Bagan Aye Yar jetty in Bagan or Sagaing jetty in Mandalay.

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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Belmond Road to Mandalay or take a look at our itineraries to Irrawaddy River

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