Belmond Road to Mandalay

Irrawaddy River, Burma

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  • 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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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.


  • Archaeology Tour of Bagan

    A full-day experience, with an expert on-hand, exploring one of Asia’s most striking archaeological sites. Bagan’s architectural wonders include the famous Ananda and Shwezigon pagodas, showcasing Burma’s legendary kings and the country’s glorious culture

  • 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.

  • Bagan Cooking Class

    A fantastic half-day insight into Burmese cookery exploring local food with a local and highly experienced chef. From shopping at the market, to cooking and plating up, this is a truly unique experience.

  • Bagan Village Biking

    Hop on a bicycle for a unique and memorable day in Bagan’s countryside. A slow-paced journey through narrow lanes reveals a land of farms, rolling hills and tiny villages, much unchanged over the centuries.

  • Discover Mandalay and Mingun

    This thrilling full-day tour showcases the best of Mandalay and Mingun and involves ascending Mandalay Hill for a bird's-eye view of the city below, exploring the former Royal Capital’s temple and cruising up the Irrawaddy River for a visit to Mingun.

  • Half Day Local Colour Tour, Bagan

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

  • Introduction to Bagan

    Discover the very best of Bagan, from exploring the finest temples to watching traditional craftsmen produce beautiful lacquerware and cruising along the Irrawaddy River. Further insights into local neighbourhoods also reveal age-old traditions, hidden temples and unique cave temples.

  • Irrawaddy Sunset Cocktail Cruise

    A glorious sunset cruise along the famous Irrawaddy River, cocktail in hand. This is a unique way to appreciate Bagan’s incredible temples from afar and an opportunity to see scenes of daily life play out on Burma’s largest waterway.

  • Mount Popa & Salay Tour

    The chance to learn about Myanmar’s tradition of spirit worship at Mount Popa, to explore Salay, a famous Buddhist centre with unique architecture, and to witness scenes of bygone countryside life.

  • Pakokku by Bicycle

    Cycle to Pakokku, just beyond Bagan’s famous pagodas, and discover beautiful rural villages, local markets and farms that line the Irrawaddy River, all brimming with traditional ways of life. Afterwards, return to historic Bagan along the river, aboard pr

  • Swe Daw Lay Su Tour

    Follow in the footsteps of King Anawrahta and visit four sacred and photogenic sites around Bagan (Shwezigon, Tu Yin Taung, Lawka Nandar and Tant Kyi Taung), where local pilgrims flock.

  • Tant Kyi Pagoda Adventure

    Adventure away from Bagan’s busy centre and travel by boat and jeep to the hilltop pagoda of Tant Kyi, a little-known gem on the western banks of the Irrawaddy River. Views, the chance to mix with Burmese pilgrims and a memorable experience awaits.

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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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