Special Features The Strand Cruise
The Strand Cruise was custom built in 2015 in a shipyard in Yangon with a shallow 1.4m draft, designed to successfully navigate the shallow rivers of Myanmar. The 61m ship carries up to 50 passengers in 25 cabins along the mystical waterways of the Ayeyarwady River. Named and styled after its sister property, the luxury heritage hotel, The Strand Yangon, The Strand Cruise offers all the features passengers would expect from a Strand product, from flawless service and gourmet a la carte cuisine, to signature elements celebrating the golden age of the Strand as a meeting place for explorers and raconteurs.
The Strand Yangon was one of the first luxury colonial outposts to open in South East Asia, founded in 1901 by famous hoteliers, the Sarkies brothers, and remains one of the most architecturally beautiful landmarks in the region. In 2016, The Strand Yangon entered a new era as it reopened after a six-month restoration project that saw the iconic hotel ushered elegantly into the 21st century. The renovation project preserved the heritage at the heart of the hotel and honoured the Strand’s part in Myanmar’s history whilst creating a more relaxed, refined and glamorous setting for 21st century travellers.
The Strand Cruise 3 days : Mandalay to Bagan
Day 1: Mandalay (L/D)
We begin our day in Mandalay with a welcome breakfast in front of the
famous U-Bein Bridge
09:00 Visit to U-Bein Bridge, a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near
Amarapura. The bridge is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood
bridge in the world.We continue to the Mahamuni Pagoda.
12:00 The crew will be waiting to greet you on board.
12:15 The safety and security of our passenger is our top priority, safety briefing will conduct on Sundeck prior to departure.
12:30-14:30 Myanmar lunch at the Strand Restaurant.
14:30 Stop in Mingun, one of the country’s former capitals, at the foot of the
unfinished pagoda, one of the largest pagodas ever constructed in the
history of Myanmar. We will also visit Hsinbyume Pagoda, an impressive
pagoda that rises in seven curved whitewashed terraces representing the
seven mountain ranges around Mt Meru, the mountain at the center of the
18:00 Sunset Cocktail, admire the magnificent sights over the Ayeyarwady river from the ship’s sundeck, sipping one of the Strand Cruise’s signature
19:00 to 21:30 Grill dinner.
Day 2: Ava (B/L/D)
07:00 to 09:30 Breakfast at the Strand Restaurant
08:00 to 10:00 Ava, the ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. A once prominent city, throughout history Ava has been ravaged by war and natural disasters and rebuilt numerous times.
Today, all that is left are the ruins and remains of an abandoned kingdom
forever imprinted in history. Back in time through banana plantations visit
Yadana Shemee, Bagaya and the brick monastery Manu Paya.
11:15 Cooking demonstration at the Sarkies Bar
11:30 Myanmar traditional “Thanaka and Longyi demonstration” by RV.Strand
crew on the Sundeck. (Thanaka has been used by Myanmar people for
over 2000 years. It has fragrant scent somewhat similar to Sandalwood.
Thanaka also gives a cooling sensation and provides protection from the
12:30 to 14:00 Thai Lunch on the sundeck
16:00 Traditional Strand afternoon tea at the Sarkies Bar / Sundeck.
Enjoy the beautiful landscape passing by as the ship cruises to the ancient
city of Bagan. Throughout the afternoon, relax, meditate, or just lie by the
pool, enjoy our SPA treatments.
18:00 Sunset cocktail. After as night falls, our ship will moor on a remote and wild section of the river
19:00 Crew Presentation
19:30 to 21:30 Mediterranean diner at The Strand Restaurant
Day 3: Bagan (B)
07h00-09h00 Enjoy a leisurely breakfast prior to disembarkation.
09h30 Transfer arrangements are in place as you commerce your onward journey, and the crew of The R.V Strand bid you farewell.