After standing solid as one of Myanmarâ€™s most luxurious lodgings for 114 years, Yangonâ€™s Strand Hotel has recently begun floating a version of itself down the calm waters of the Irrawaddy River. A 27-cabin, teak bedecked river vessel, the Strand Cruise plies three-night journeys from Mandalay to Baganâ€”or four nights in the reverse directionâ€”stopping along the way for passengers to visit the Buddhist sanctuaries of Bingun, take a horse-cart ride into the onetime Burmese capital of Ava, and cross U-Bein, the worldâ€™s longest teak footbridge. For on-board downtime, thereâ€™s a top-deck pool, informative lectures, reflexology in the spa, a wine cellar, and Sarkies Bar, where sunsets are paired with the hotelâ€™s signature Strand Sourâ€”once George Orwellâ€™s cocktail of choice (from US$1,782). â€”Ariko Ahmad
For more information, visit the Strand Cruise.
This article originally appeared in theÂ February/MarchÂ print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śIrrawaddy Indulgence”).