A passage through time in Myanmar with The Strand Cruise
Float down the Ayeyarwady River through a land of Buddhist Temples and villages unchanged for a thousand years. A journey through these ancient lands no longer requires the sacrifice of comfort and modern amenities. The legendary style of The Strand Hotel can now be enjoyed while cruising mystical Myanmar.
Built by local craftsmen, The Strand Cruise is a 200 foot ship boasting 27 luxurious cabins. With cabins designed to meet any need, you can choose from ten deluxe cabins, thirteen Strand cabins, two State Suites and two Strand Suites, each with twenty-four hour butler service and en-suite bathrooms. Locally carved teak wood with the perfect balance of gold leaf adorns this majestic ship. Each cabin was designed with floor to ceiling Juliette balconies for maximum enjoyment of the views. The elegance is not limited to the cabins, as the ship has a lounge bar, pool deck and library. Also on board is a fully equipped wellness centre with spa services including massage, reflexology and manicure/pedicure facilities, even a beauty parlour. A sommelier awaits you on the deck to take you on a journey of wine tasting.
Do not let the small size of the ship fool you. The reduced number of cabins allow for personalized attention from the staff continuing the distinguished colonial heritage of The Strand Hotel.
Bask in Luxury While the Sights come to You
As the ship follows the Ayeyarwady you will pass ancient temples, tiered pagodas, jungle and communities that have remained virtually unchanged. Thatched houses built on stilts over the water with bullock carts and ox plows are in use today just as they have been for centuries. Active Buddhist monasteries dot the area and red robed monks ply the waters on their daily errands or pilgrimages.
Along the route you will be witness to the U Bein Bridge, a wooden walkway stretching over one kilometre long. The Tantkyi Taung Pagoda sits on a hilltop against the river, its golden spires sparkling in the daylight. Built over a thousand years ago, the Tantkyi Taung houses two relics of the Buddha.
Immerse Yourself in the Lives of the Locals
Excursions from the ship will transport you by horse drawn cart to explore the royal cities of Mingun, with its massive Mantara Gyi Pagoda soaring into the sky, and Amarapura, the City of Immortality, built along the large shallow lake that features the U Bein Bridge. Walk the streets of this sprawling city and you will find outdoor markets with exotic food stands, crafts and gold stores. The national museum holds royal trappings from past rulers and cultural relics.
On your return to The Strand Cruise ship, you will be delighted by the cuisine available aboard. Your choice of local Burmese dishes or international fare is served in the Strand Grill, a majestic restaurant filled with flickering candles. You can also choose to dine in the cafe, the sun deck or in the privacy of your cabin. Cultural performances on the upperdeck by local performers include lectures and demonstrations of local traditions, sharing with the traveller the rich heritage of this land unchanged.