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What is the Road To Mandalay?

The Road To Mandalay is a deluxe river cruiser operated by Orient-Express. Fitted to the high standards you would expect from Orient-Express, the Road To Mandalay cruises the Ayeryarwady River in Myanmar.

Is there sightseeing during the cruise?

Yes. Everyday there is an excursion to visit some of the fascinating sights Myanmar has to offer. Tours are escorted by guides, or you may prefer to do your own thing. Alternatively, cars can be arranged, including your own tour guide, for private use.

What currency do I need on board the Road To Mandalay?

The local currency in Myanmar is Kyat. US Dollar bills are widely used in Myanmar and accepted almost everywhere. FEC's (Foreign Exchange Certificates) used to be compulsory but this is no longer the case and they are not really used by visitors anymore. We recommend that passengers carry US dollars in small denominations for miscellaneous spending.  Credit cards are not generally accepted in Myanmar. Vendors who do accept cards usually add a handling commission and also currency exchange charges. On the Road To Mandalay, major international credit cards are accepted for on board costs including MasterCard, Visa, and Amex (10% commission on cash withdrawals). The Governor’s Residence accepts Master and Visa and charges a 7% commission on cash withdrawals. The Inle Princess Resort accepts Master and Visa and charges a 5% surcharge on transactions

Will I require visas for my journey?

Advice on up to date requirements should be sought from the consulate office in your country of residence, or from your local travel agent.  At present, a Visa is required for both US and Canadian travellers. A visa must be obtained before entering Myanmar. For general guidance:  Your passport must be valid for ten years and have at least six months remaining at the time of entry into your country of residence. 

What do I take to wear on board the Road To Mandalay?

The atmosphere on board is relaxed. For dinner, appropriate dress is smart casual, e.g. open-neck shirt and jacket for men. Formal wear is not required. Between September and February it is advisable to pack a light sweater for the evenings. Shoes, which can be easily slipped on and off for visits to temples are also recommended.

Is it safe to visit Myanmar?

Yes. Until recently, this fascinating country has kept itself in isolation from the rest of the world. As a result its beauty and charm have remained unspoilt. Myanmar is now welcoming travellers - and the Road To Mandalay is the best way to experience this unique country.

How many people are on board?

The ship is intimate and holds only 43 cabins

Are there Single Cabins?

Yes. There are five cabin types, including Single.

How far in advance should we book?

This is a popular cruise, with limited cabins, so the earlier the better! 

Do we need a pre and post night?

It is recommended that your book a pre and post night in Yangon to coordinate with your international flight.

Do you offer a honeymoon package?

A journey on the Road To Mandalay is an occasion to remember in itself - we can with advance notice arrange special flowers, champagne or a gift to be waiting for you in your cabin. However if there is something in particular you would like to arrange, please ask our helpful reservations team.


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