The Strand Cruise

Location: The Irrawaddy | Burma

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

The sister to the iconic Strand Hotel in Yangon, the Strand Cruise is the latest luxury cruise to sail the magnificent Irrawaddy River. The river bisects Burma and cuts across it for 1,348 miles, from the sea to the snow-capped Himalayas. Embarking on a journey with authentic excursions to uncover the ancient temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries that punctuate the mysterious landscapes either side of the river, the Strand Cruise offers an almost unparalled level of comfort and quality on the river, and is a perfect addition to your holiday in Burma. 
Perfect forCouples, honeymooners and families who want to leisurely make their way from Mandalay to Bagan (and vice versa) onboard a luxurious and stylish river boat.
In the knowThe Strand Cruise offers tailor-made family trips, making it ideal for a family adventure in Burma - just ask our experts for details. 

Recommended for...

  • Cruise
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Family-friendly
  • Honeymoon

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Sailing all year round on the magnificent Irrawaddy River, the Strand's itineraries include a four-night trip from Bagan to Mandalay in the heart of Burma and a three-night reverse trip from Mandalay to Bagan.

Rooms onboard the Strand Cruise

The 27 air-conditioned ensuite cabins, tastefully designed with Burmese regional art and teakwood floors, offer a 24-hour butler service, large king-sized beds and magnificent views of the world beyond with floor-to-ceiling windows and Juliette balconies. Finished in polished teak and decorated with gold leaf, the rest of the boat's interiors are impressive too.

Why not go all out and book the 40sq metre Strand suite, which includes a private outdoor balcony and a personal butler service as well as complimentary spa treatments - perfect for an unforgettable honeymoon or family adventure. 

Food & Drink

At sunset, visit the upper deck and ask the sommeliers for their recommendations for refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. After your aperitif, choose between the signature restaurant and the crew-organised barbecue for a delicious evening meal. As the cruise takes you on a journey through the stunning river-side scenery, let the chefs take you on a journey of the senses, as they offer you a refined a la carte menu of both international and Burmese dishes inspired by the region you're travelling through.


Clear your mind with a soothing massage or try the foot reflexology station - the spa treatment rooms overlook the river so you won't miss a thing. As you cruise along the river, relax on the shaded loungers by the swimming pool at the heart of the sundeck with a book in one hand and a glass of Burmese wine or more traditional cocktail in the other, looking out for thatched houses on stilts and examples of local life lived in a timeless, traditional way - or, if you want to keep active between excursions, venture below the main deck where you'll find a well-equipped gym. 

Activities onboard the Strand Cruise

The biggest draw is what you will encounter beyond the confines of the ship; enjoy authentic onshore excursions to explore the ancient temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries that dot the shoreline, with trips to explore the royal cities of Mingun, Amarapura and Ava as well as the famed U Bein Bridge, a rickety structure that stretches for more than a kilometre across Taungthaman Lake. You can also go trekking or horse riding before returning to the boat for a luxurious night's sleep.

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Hotel location

The Strand Cruise travels between Bagan and Mandalay and vice versa.

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