15 May The Road to Mandalay
Long known as Burma, the official name Myanmar has been subject to a long period of inaccessibility which in turn, has left it as a relatively untouched destination. As a consequence, its landscapes and colourful culture remains refreshingly unspoiled and whilst a beautiful country, it is also the genuine delight, wonder, and hospitality which travelers are greeted that makes for an incredible experience. To explore this stunning country in all its glory, we’ve put together our ideal itinerary for a 4 night/5 day incentive, including a chartered takeover of the incredible Belmond Road to Mandalay river cruise boat. With 43 cabins on board, the boat is the perfect size either for couples looking for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to share, or a smaller singles trip for those who are looking to get off the beaten track.
Day 1 – Yangon
Even though it is no longer the nation’s official capital, Yangon remains Myanmar’s largest and most important city, with its downtown skyline dominated by the ‘winking wonder’ of Shwedagon Paya; a dazzling Buddhist temple that attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Team a visit to this sacred pagoda along with an evening of indulging in the local exotic cuisine and sipping on cocktails in the Kipling Bar at the Belmond Governor’s Residence Hotel long into the evening, and your group are sure to have the perfect start to their trip.
Day 2 – Mandalay
After a relaxing morning of yoga and mindfulness in the hotel’s exquisite gardens, take a short flight to Mandalay, where you will be transferred to U Bein Bridge and take a traditional sampan boat to admire the spectacular Mandalay sunset, before boarding the epic Belmond Road to Mandalay that will have been chartered especially for your group. Once aboard you can enjoy a toast on the observation deck before setting sail and enjoying dinner under the stars on the boats open-air Grill restaurant.