Amazing Places

Just Back From…Myanmar

KKTWW - Just back from Myanmar

Myanmar, the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia, stretches from the islands of the Andaman Sea to the Eastern Himalayas. Home to 135 different ethnic groups, Myanmar offers extraordinary natural beauty, ancient marvels and colonial charm. To this day, the mystical land remains one of the most untouched destinations in the world, making Myanmar the ideal destination for the intrepid traveler.

One of the best ways to experience the inimitable highlights of Myanmar’s dramatic sites is by embarking on a state-of-the-art river cruiser. Belmond Orcaella is an intimate and leisurely vessel that travels along the Chindwin River, showcasing some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery. Orcaella also travels up the Ayeyarwady River between Yangon and Bhamo, stopping at significant cultural sights and charming traditional villages. From drifting over the ancient city of Bagan by hot air balloon to observing a novation ceremony at a secluded monastery, guests have the opportunity to experience and explore the simple pleasures of Burmese life alongside a qualified guide with exceptional knowledge of the cultural riches of the country.

KKTWW - Belmond Orcaela, Myanmar


Yangon, the ‘Garden City of the East,’ is the gateway to Myanmar for most international visitors and offers a captivating introduction to the country. Set on the Yangon River, this colorful city is a melting pot of diverse cultures and customs. It is home to the renowned, jewel-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda.


The spiritual heart of Myanmar, Bagan is nothing short of breathtaking. Over 2,000 of pagodas, stupas and temples dot Bagan’s golden plains which are best seen from above by private hot air balloon.


Mandalay is the principal cultural and economic city of upper Myanmar and the country’s second largest city. The setting for King Mindon’s magnificent court, Mandalay is positioned on the banks of the mighty Ayeryarwaddy River.

A Note from the Founder:

I was ecstatic when Belmond (formerly Orient-Express), a global collection of 45 iconic hotels, trains and river cruises, announced that their annual Travel Advisory Board Meeting would be held in one of my personal bucket-list destinations, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Following recent political shifts and the lifting of international sanctions, Myanmar has begun to open its doors to international tourism and is rapidly becoming one of Southeast Asia’s hottest travel destinations. During my visit, I was struck by the vibrant culture, breathtaking sights and local hospitality and encourage intrepid travelers to make Myanmar an immediate ‘must-see’ to experience its untouched authenticity.