Chindwin River, Myanmar – Reported by Donovan Longo for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Myanmar, once called Burma, is a world of bold and exotic culture. It is celebrated as a land of mystery and spiritual, untouched locales. Orient-Express is now making this once unreachable land accessible through its new river cruiser, Orcaella. Orcaella is ready to set sail in July 2013; it will embark on both the Chindwin River and the Ayeyarwady River.
Orcaella will provide a unique experience for travelers due to its small size; at 200 feet the cruiser has the ability to sail along untouched waters and through remote destinations. The cruiser will also port at exciting cultural sites along the journey, allowing passengers to leave the cruiser and explore the striking lands of Myanmar.
The accommodations on the Orcaella are luxurious, featuring 17 spacious river-facing suites with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and en-suite bathrooms. For maximum comfort onboard there is also a lounge area, bar and a swimming pool.
Orcaella will offer seven and eleven night itineraries between Yangon and Bhamo, and will operate from January to April and from July to December.
The Ayeyarwady River schedule includes Gorges of the Far North which is an eleven-night cruise departing from Mandalay and ending in Bagan. Guests will cruise near the Chinese border, at the foothills of Yunnan, and explore the temples in Bagan. Also, the Jewels of the Ayeyarwady is a seven-night cruise departing from Yangon and ending in Bagan. Guests will experience guided excursions to Bagan and a visit to the Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda.
If travelers prefer to explore the Chindwin River, Orcaella offers an eleven-night cruise through rugged and dramatic scenery. Guests will also visit a monastery that houses the Shwe Sagar Buddha, one of 10 carved from a single trunk of wood 1,000 years ago.
Prices start from $5,040 per person for a seven-night cruise and include all onboard meals, excursions, transfers, and domestic flights.