RV Anawrahta Cruise Myanmar
Anawrahta Cruise is best choice for Ayeyarwady River for Myanmar. Rated by Travellers to Myanmar
Anawrahta Cruise is a new luxury Myanmar cruise on Ayeyarwady River with 23 cabins. The Anawrahta Cruise offers the finest on-board experience in Myanmar
ANAWRAHTA CRUISE INTRODUCTION
With the largest cabin space on the Ayeyarwady, and the highest crew to passenger ratio, The Anawrahta Cruise ofers the fnest on-board experience in Myanmar. This impressive vessel is named after the founder of the Burmese nation, modern day Myanmar. During his reign, from 1044-1077, he introduced and spread the religion of Theravada Buddhism throughout the land. King Anawrahta was born in 1014. His mother was Myaunk Pyinthe and his father, King Kuhshaw Kyaunghpyu was once the ruler of Pagan. His father was overthrown by his stepbrothers, Kyiso and Sokkate. Anawrahta upon coming of age and learning the betrayal of his father, challenged Sokkate to a duel and won, bringing back the crown to their family.
King Anawrahta made Pagan the capital city of Burma, modern day Myanmar, he described it as the “city of a thousand temples” because of the numerous structures, temples and pagodas built around the city.
King Anawrahta converted to Theravada Buddhism, the oldest and most traditional school of Buddhism that focuses on “the teaching of the Elders.” Blending the purity and serenity of King Anawrahta’s Buddhist beliefs with the opu- lence of the British Empire, The Anawrahta is the perfect vessel on which to explore Myanmar’s mighty Ayeyarwady River. Built to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer, the elegant 65-meter/ 214 feet long Anawrahta features three spacious decks and 23 luxurious cabins. With its gleaming white rails, polished lacquer, intricately carved woodwork and shining brass, The Anawrahta takes guests back in time to an era of bygone elegance.
Anawrahta Cruise's Technical figures
Accommodation: 23 Cabins (46 Passengers)
Port of embarkation: Yangon / Myanmar, and other Ayeyarwady river ports depending on season
Cruising Area: Ayeyarwady River and Chindwin River
Vessel’s Registry: Myanmar
Length: 65 meters / 213 feet
Beam: 14 meters / 45 feet
Draft: 0.9 meters / 3 feet
Gross Tonnage: 650 tons
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Electricity: 220 Volts
Engines: 2 Caterpillar
Generators: 3 Caterpillar
Water: Reverse osmosis plant with UV filtration and ozone treatment
AC: Centralized air-conditioning system throughout the vessel, individual control in each cabin
Laundry: Full laundry service on board
Internet: Wifi-internet in public areas, connectivity depending on 3G coverage
Safety: International safety standard, including smoke and fire alarm system throughout the ship, emergency lighting systems, emergency communication system, evacuation equipment, Defibrillator (AED) on board, crew is trained on first aid
Crew: 38 crew members, including Cruise manager and English speaking guides
Anawrahta Cruise's Dining and unwinding
With just twenty-three artfully designed cabins, the Anawrahta ofers plenty of space to unwind. Exclusive, yet friendly, we have the highest crew to passenger ratio on the Ayeyarwady. Whether guests wish to enjoy private moments or socialize, the boat has a variety of memorable venues from which to enjoy and explore this unique river.
Set on the Terrace Deck, the Kipling’s Bar is the perfect place to watch the world slip by as you enjoy your favorite wine or cocktail. With its high ceilings, large windows and colonial-style rattan chairs, Kipling’s Bar invites guests to relax and contemplate the passing river life. With colors inspired by local spices, the Kipling’s Bar is a spacious 157-square meters/ 1,690-square feet..
With polished wood floors, comfortable rattan chairs and traditional Burmese decorations, the 162-square meter/ 1,744-square feet Mandalay Lounge has the relaxed feel of a colonial club, at once exclusive and welcoming. Lean back against the burnt-orange cushions and enjoy a good book, or join friends for a nightcap in the lounge’s elegant and exotic ambiance. This elegant venue is located on the Upper Deck.7
Hintha Hall Restaurant
Inspired by the lavish decorations of old Bagan and Mandalay, the Anawrahta’s Hintha Hall Restaurant evokes the elegant dining halls of yesteryear. White tablecloths and gleaming glassware are surrounded by polished wood, intricately-carved floor and ceiling panels and - last but not least - stunning views, framed by large picture windows. With seating for 48, the 141-square meter/ 1,518-square feet Hintha Hall lies on the Terrace Deck.
The Anawrahta is especially proud of its spa, which offers expert service, locally-inspired treatments and beautiful surroundings. Inspired by Mandalay’s White Hsinbyume Pagoda, the Thaizin Spa features three massage beds, manicure and pedicure stations and a steambath. Superbly trained staff and inspiring views make this the ultimate place to unwind.8
Life on Anawrahta Cruise
“If you’ve ‘eard the East a-callin’, you won’t never ‘need naught-else. No! You won’t ‘eed nothing else But the spicy garlic smells, An’ the sunshine an’ the palm-trees an’ the tinkly Temple-bells…” -From “The Road to Mandalay”, Rudyard Kipling, 1890 While the Anawrahta is the perfect stage, the star of the show is the river. Rising early, you make your way to the sundeck, just as the first rays of gold touch the surface of the Ayeyarwady. A fisherman casts his net, throwing shimmering droplets into the morning light. After enjoying this unforgettable view - and a strong coffee - you are ready to join an open- air yoga or tai chi class.
You pass all manner of other craft, from simple fishing canoes to boats crowded with fresh produce, household goods, giggling school children. Villagers come out to wave. Water buffaloes watch you warily. You keep a lookout for the river’s most famous residents, the Ayeyarwady dolphins.
When it’s time for lunch you join your fellow guests in the Hintha Hall dining room, where waiters - who now greet you like an old friend - serve tantalizing dishes from throughout Burma. As you learn about the complex cuisine, you understand more about this nation’s cultural diversity.
Sunset finds you and your friends in the Kipling’s Bar enjoying freshly- made cocktails - and freshly inspiring views. As the river turns from blue to violet, you understand Rudyard Kipling’s long-ago nostalgia: “If you’ve ‘eard the East a-callin’, you won’t never ‘need naught else.
Culinary Anawrahta Cruise
Local favors. Fresh, diverse and delicious
As well as ofering international favourites, the Anawrahta’s chefs take great pride in introducing their guests to the authentic favours of Burma. Infuenced by the cuisines of China, Thailand and India, Burmese food is as diverse as it is delectable. Thanks to its long coastline, seafood plays a prominent role, as do fresh herbs, aromatic spices and both highland and lowland vegetables. A typical Burmese meal involves steamed rice, a fsh or meat curry and a light soup. Salads, known as a thoke, are plentiful, as are imaginative condiments. Last but not least, the nation’s Buddhist culture has given rise to mouth-watering vegetarian options.
El trayecto es muy bonito y las excursiones (sitios únicos y que no tienen precio, están genial), el guía es bastante bueno. El trato cuando llegas al barco de nuevo de las excursiones es impresionante: zumos, toallas frescas,etc . La comida es impresionante, mejor que en cualquier hotel de 5*. La limpieza y la decoración de las habitaciones es estupenda, los balcones, las zonas comunes, etc. El barco por dentro está muy bien decorado pero el mantenimiento es un desastre; no puedes dormir porque tiembla todo mientras navega de madrugada y la piscina está verde con mucha suciedad.
Para los primeros días no hay problema pero los dos últimos el barco pasa la noche en el Mandalay Jetty entre barcos locales, de modo que no puedes salir ni al balcón de tu habitación porque estás viendo a los locales metidos prácticamente en tu balcón porque viven en los barcos que están al lado.
Estos dos últimos días tampoco ponen las carpas en las tumbonas en el piso de la piscina, ni siquiera colocan las hamacas ni nada. Tampoco puedes estar en el bar porque tb tienes barcos pegados a los dos lados, todo infestado de mosquitos y con un calor infernal. En resumen, cogeros solo el crucero de dos noches y en Mandalay iros a un hotel.
Quiero también decir que personas como Bosco Nawl Ceu y a Kyaw Min Swe (Bartender) son las que deberían de dirigir y ser los managers de este barco.
Abajo de esta crítica os dejo las fotos cuando el barco llega a Mandalay:
Shortly after we left the ship in February 2017, we decided that we would love to do another cruise with them and booked the trip up the River Chindwin from Mandalay to Homalin in October 2017. Once again we chose the spacious Royal Suite with its wrap-around balcony and outdoor jacuzzi - very relaxing after sightseeing excursions. As you can probably imagine, we were slightly anxious that things might have changed, especially since the ship had a new cruise director. But any fears we had were totally unfounded. We were welcomed "back home" like old friends and loved every minute of our magical 12-day cruise.
We set sail from Mandalay and made our way slowly up the River Chindwin. There was plenty to see on both banks of the river where people were ploughing their fields with oxen, driving ox-carts, rounding up herds of water buffalo, drying red chilies in the sun, making their way to the temples, washing their clothes and even panning for gold in the river! The landscape was beautiful and mostly very green - totally different from the Irrawaddy. We also enjoyed many shore excursions to villages, markets and pagodas. Each time we were accompanied by crew members who were always more than ready to lend a helping hand. We went up the river as far as Homalin where we took part in a Naga festival with dancing and singing. It was a great experience. Since the Heritage Line, which owns the Anawrahta, is now offering medical assistance to some villages along the river, we had a young doctor on board with us and were very interested to visit her mobile clinic at some stops, where she had as many as 300 patients in a day.
On board we enjoyed every conceivable luxury. The ship is just beautiful, everything is spotlessly clean. The Anawrahta has its own water purification system, so guests can happily eat all the wonderful salads and enjoy ice in their drinks without any worries. Even though you are travelling through remote areas in Myanmar, you have all the 5-star comforts you want. It's wonderful to be welcomed back to the ship after a dusty or muddy excursion with cold towels, a refreshing drink and eager hands to help you remove your shoes for cleaning.
The Anawrahta has a fantastic restaurant with really delicious food - many thanks to Executive Chef Nay and his great team in the kitchen. Service in the bar and restaurant was terrific, here our thanks to Bosco and his super-friendly team. Our beautiful cabin was kept in great order, with some very special touches for my birthday - thank you so much to housekeeping manager Thwe and our lovely cabin attendants. We enjoyed great massages and facial treatments from Moe in the spa and loved watching the crew going about their work, rigging up gangways and digging steps on the river banks so we could go on shore for our excursions. Everything was extremely well planned and organised, nothing was left to chance. Jason, the assistant cruise director, and Khin at reception were always available to answer any questions and get us all on the right boats and buses. Leo, the new cruise director, ensured everything went according to plan and kept coming up with little surprises for his guests. Win, the Operations Manager, who accompanied us on this trip was very well informed about the river and all its cultural attractions. And our fantastic Captain Khin Maung Ou made sure we had a safe and wonderful trip.