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Q&As - Cruises & Journeys

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the cruises, journeys routes that the Road To Mandalay navigates, including how to book, where we travel to and visa information. Should you have any questions not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Cruises & Journeys

What is the Road To Mandalay?
Where does the Road To Mandalay travel to?
How many days does a cruise last?
Can you arrange for my flights and hotel accommodation?
Is there sightseeing during the cruise?
Do you offer a honeymoon package?
What currency do I need on board the Road To Mandalay?
What do I take to wear on board the Road To Mandalay?
Will I require visas for my journey?
Will I need insurance for my journey?
Who can help me with tour and travel arrangements while in Myanmar?
Is it safe to visit Myanmar?
What about Myanmar's human rights record?
Where can I find out more about Myanmar?
Where can I book my journey?



What is the Road To Mandalay?
The Road To Mandalay is a deluxe river cruiser operated by Orient-Express. Fitted to the high standards you would expect from Orient-Express, the Road To Mandalay cruises the Ayeryarwady River in Myanmar.

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Where does the Road To Mandalay travel to?
Along the Ayeryarwady river in Myanmar between Mandalay and Bagan with occasional longer cruises to Bhamo and Pyi.

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How many days does a cruise last?
You can join the Road To Mandalay for different lengths of time. The shortest cruise is 3 nights, but there are other options available up to 11 nights. The most common complaint from passengers who travel for 3 or 4 nights is that they wish they had booked for longer!

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Can you arrange for my flights and hotel accommodation?
Yes. Many people make the Road To Mandalay experience the centre-piece of their Asian holiday. Your nearest Orient-Express office will be happy to arrange any flights, hotel accommodation and transfers you require, around your trip on the Road To Mandalay.

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Is there sightseeing during the cruise?
Yes. Everyday there is an excursion to visit some of the fascinating sights Myanmar has to offer. Tours are escorted by guides, or you may prefer to do your own thing. Alternatively, cars can be arranged, including your own tour guide, for private use.

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Do you offer a honeymoon package?
A journey on the Road To Mandalay is an occasion to remember in itself - we can with advance notice arrange special flowers, champagne or a gift to be waiting for you in your cabin. However if there is something in particular you would like to arrange, please ask our helpful reservations team.

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What currency do I need on board the Road To Mandalay?
The local currency in Myanmar is Kyat. US Dollar bills are widely used in Myanmar and accepted almost everywhere. FEC's (Foreign Exchange Certificates) used to be compulsory but this is no longer the case and they are not really used by visitors anymore. We recommend that passengers carry US dollars in small denominations for miscellaneous spending.

Credit cards are not generally accepted in Myanmar. Vendors who do accept cards usually add a handling commission and also currency exchange charges. On the Road To Mandalay, major international credit cards are accepted for on board costs including MasterCard, Visa, and Amex (10% commission on cash withdrawals).

The Governor’s Residence accepts Master and Visa and charges a 7% commission on cash withdrawals. The Inle Princess Resort accepts Master and Visa and charges a 5% surcharge on transactions


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What do I take to wear on board the Road To Mandalay?
The atmosphere on board is relaxed. For dinner, appropriate dress is smart casual, e.g. open-neck shirt and jacket for men. Formal wear is not required. Between September and February it is advisable to pack a light sweater for the evenings. Shoes, which can be easily slipped on and off for visits to temples are also recommended.

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Will I require visas for my journey?

Advice on up to date requirements should be sought from the consulate office in your country of residence, or from your local travel agent. For general guidance:
- Your passport must be valid for ten years and have at least six months remaining at the time of entry into your country of residence.
- Visas are required by all visitors to Myanmar and are valid for 28 days.

A visa must be obtained before entering Myanmar. Your Reservations Office/travel agent will issue you with a package tour letter prior to you contacting your local Myanmar Embassy or Consulate for a package tour visa. Please note that it is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure that they are in possession of any necessary and valid documentation and for the consequences of any failure to comply. Any passenger without a valid visa will not be allowed to board their flight to Myanmar.

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Will I need insurance for my journey?
Passengers are strongly recommended to take out travel and luggage insurance as soon as the journey is booked.

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Who can help me with tour and travel arrangements while in Myanmar?
Road to Mandalay guests can make use of the tour and travel desk. It can be found at The Governor’s Residence by Orient-Express, a hotel ideally located in the heart of Yangon. Staff will help you with travel arrangements, answering questions and booking any additional services you may require.

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Is it safe to visit Myanmar?
Yes. Until recently, this fascinating country has kept itself in isolation from the rest of the world. As a result its beauty and charm have remained unspoilt. Myanmar is now welcoming travellers - and the Road To Mandalay is the best way to experience this unique country.

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What about Myanmar's human rights record?
Orient-Express makes no apology for the actions of any of the countries our guests visit. It is our view that any form of travel between countries encourages positive communication between people and helps to broaden everyone’s outlook. It is up to individuals own conscience to determine whether or not they should visit a particular country. At Orient-Express we present this fabulous opportunity for those who choose to visit as beautiful as Myanmar, where the locals will make visitors feel very welcome.

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Where can I find out more about Myanmar?
Information on Myanmar and its culture and traditions can be found in the Beauty of Myanmar section of this web-site or a good quality guide book will provide the necessary background to make your visit even more rewarding.

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Where can I book my journey?
You can book your journey via our secure on-line booking form or by contacting your nearest Orient-Express office.

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