Luxurious cruises on Myanmar’s mighty rivers

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OrcaellaFor those wanting to travel Myanmar in style, a new luxury river cruise line has just opened. The line is called Orcaella, operated by Orient Express (an international vacation company), and offers seven and 11 night voyages on the Cindwin and Irrawady rivers.

The ship can accommodate 50 guests in 25 spacious, elegantly-appointed cabins with private bath and toilet facilities. All cabins feature floor to ceiling windows facing the river.

The ship also has a first class restaurant serving Burmese dishes made with local ingredients, and a bar that serves Burmese alcoholic beverages as well as Western favorites. There is a spacious deck lounge, as well as a swimming pool, gym, and massage parlor on the boat.

“The Orcaella cruises between Yangon and Bhamo, stopping at key cultural sites and towns, including Bagan and Mandalay, as well as dropping anchor at fascinating, off-the-beaten-track sites,” according to the website. “This nimble ship also cruises the Chindwin, passing successive mountain ranges, winding its way through western Myanmar as far north as Homalin, just 36 miles from the Indian border. Fascinating offshore excursions range from the chance to witness a traditional noviciation ceremony of local monks to a journey to explore caves housing 492 Buddha chambers carved into the hillside.”

A trip aboard the Orcaella costs $3,610 per person for eight days and seven nights, and $4,030 per person for 12 days and 11 nights.

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For those wanting to travel Myanmar in style, a new luxury river cruise line has just opened. The line is called Orcaella, operated by Orient Express (an international vacation company), and offers seven and 11 night voyages on the Cindwin and Irrawady rivers.

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OrcaellaFor those wanting to travel Myanmar in style, a new luxury river cruise line has just opened. The line is called Orcaella, operated by Orient Express (an international vacation company), and offers seven and 11 night voyages on the Cindwin and Irrawady rivers.

The ship can accommodate 50 guests in 25 spacious, elegantly-appointed cabins with private bath and toilet facilities. All cabins feature floor to ceiling windows facing the river.

The ship also has a first class restaurant serving Burmese dishes made with local ingredients, and a bar that serves Burmese alcoholic beverages as well as Western favorites. There is a spacious deck lounge, as well as a swimming pool, gym, and massage parlor on the boat.

“The Orcaella cruises between Yangon and Bhamo, stopping at key cultural sites and towns, including Bagan and Mandalay, as well as dropping anchor at fascinating, off-the-beaten-track sites,” according to the website. “This nimble ship also cruises the Chindwin, passing successive mountain ranges, winding its way through western Myanmar as far north as Homalin, just 36 miles from the Indian border. Fascinating offshore excursions range from the chance to witness a traditional noviciation ceremony of local monks to a journey to explore caves housing 492 Buddha chambers carved into the hillside.”

A trip aboard the Orcaella costs $3,610 per person for eight days and seven nights, and $4,030 per person for 12 days and 11 nights.

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