Burmese Days: Gary Buchanan reviews Belmond Orcaella
For centuries the ineffable mystery of Myanmar has captivated travellers. European writers from Kipling to Maugham have all tried to... Read more
With just two ships catering for 50 or 82 guests Belmond allow you to access the unique sights, scents and sounds of Myanmar in style and luxury. Travelling through the heart of the country visiting rural villages, monasteries and pagodas, all set within the beautiful Burmese countryside.
Belmond have operated their intimate river cruise vessel The Road to Mandalay (up to 82 guests) on Myanmar's Ayeyarwady river for many years, so their influence goes back a long way, and their partnerships in this fascinating country were forged long before the country opened up to tourism. A recent addition is the lovely little Orcaella (50 guests) which is small enough to travel further afield on the smaller Chindwin river.
The beautiful country of Myanmar, or Burma as it used to be known, has started to welcome tourists in recent years, but it still has a limited infrastructure to support its curious visitors. A river cruise is the perfect way to explore in depth, as you travel with your hotel, going ashore to explore remote villages and ancient civilisations, including the magnificent pagodas of Bagan.