Irrawaddy River Cruises
Road To Mandalay
Discover the mysteries of the ancient and breathtaking cities along the shores of the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar aboard the Road to Mandalay. Operated by Orient-Express, the deluxe Road to Mandalay sails the legendary river between Mandalay and Bagan offering travellers 7, 4 and 3 night cruises. Beautifully-appointed throughout, this deluxe river cruiser accommodates 120 passengers in spacious air-conditioned cabins with full ensuite facilities and provides the highest international standards of comfort, cuisine and service.
A journey on Burma's Irrawaddy River is one of life's great travel experiences. No vessel could be more appropriate for this than the RV Pandaw. Built in Scotland in 1947, the Pandaw is the same design as the original Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers that coped so well with the difficult conditions of the Irrawaddy. Originally the Pandaw was a paddle steamer with the paddle placed in the stern to reduce draft. In fact the vessel draws only 3.5ft of water and can operate the year round as far as Bhamo. The pandaw was built in Glasgow by the firm of Yarrows who to this day build quality ships. She sailed out to Burma across the open sea. Archival photos show her steaming down the Clyde all boarded up for passage to Burma. With so shallow a draft this must have been a feat of navigation. The old Irrawaddy Flotilla was a Scot's company founded in 1865. By the 1920s the 'fabulous flotilla' , as it became known,was the largest privately owned fleet of ships in the world.
Mahaythi is licensed by the Department of Marine Administration and Ministry of Hotels & Tourism as a passenger-carrying vessel and also licensed as a floating restaurant. Her elegance and comfort make 'Mahaythi' equally suitable for business entertainment, holidays or for that special occasion such as a honeymoon cruise.
Based on an antique rice and sand carrying barge, 'Mahaythi' is almost totally constructed from Thingan wood and furbished with Golden Teaks; she has many unique concepts which make her stand out from the other barges on the river. After an extensive re-furbishing program, the barge 'Mahaythi' is the latest, first ever, and undoubtedly, most tourist class vessel to enter the Yangon river trade. Catering to travellers and business persons alike, 'Mahaythi' plies the Yangon River and Twante Canal and its tributaries, providing an unforgettable trip and facilities in a luxurious yet traditional style.