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Strand Cruise Myanmar

The year saw more residential and local flights propelled, new inns open and the presentation of another extravagance Ayeyarwady waterway cuise item.

Myanmar keeps on encountering a surge in global tourism, having in 2012 invited 1 million guests surprisingly. This was trailed by 2 million entries in 2013 and 3 million in 2014.

A ground breaking strategy being set out by the service expects to assist draw in vacationers with six elements: changing arrangements and associations, correcting the Tourism Law, saving characteristic assets and culture, growing foundation, protecting vacation destinations and creating HR.

New Luxury Myanmar River Cruise

On the travel and tourism item front, January 2016 saw the eagerly awaited dispatch of the most up to date extravagance Myanmar waterway travels, as the Strand Cruise. This radiant custom-fabricated ship is currently cruising a normal timetable of three and four night travels on the Ayeyarwady River between the interesting goals of Bagan and Mandalay.

The Strand Cruise was made to reflect the incredible style, legacy and widely acclaimed notoriety of sister property The Strand Hotel in Yangon, in what is a contemporary stream journey encounter offering excellent gauges of solace and tactful customized benefit.

The Strand Cruise deliver itself measures 61 meters long and gloats an amazing rundown of locally available offices that incorporates a swimming pool, spa and wellbeing region, The Strand Restaurant serving fine global and Asian food, in the open air feasting zone, wine basement, parlor and library corner and the ravishing Upper Deck in which to mingle, taste on a mixed drink and respect the fascinating Myanmar wide open cruising by.

A prominent feature of these new Myanmar luxury cruises is the stunning cabin accommodation that passengers enjoy. There are 27 lavish cabins, in the categories of Deluxe Cabins (10), Strand Cabins (13), State Suites (two) and Strand Suites (two). With an elegant decor of Burmese craftsmanship, teakwood floors and items of regional art, each cabin boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony while appointments include complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with cable channels, international plugs, AV connectivity, safety box, full-length mirror, bathrobes and slippers, branded amenities and separate toilet and rain shower. 24-hour butler service adds to the luxury cruise experience.

The Strand Cruise sails four night cruises from Bagan to Mandalay and three night cruises from Mandalay to Bagan. The fares start from US$1,782 double occupancy / US$2,673 single occupancy for Mandalay to Bagan and from US$1,976 double / US$2,964 single for Bagan to Mandalay. A 20 per cent discount on the public rates can be enjoyed for January to March 2016 sailings.

The fares for these delightful Ayeyarwady river cruise journeys include three meals during full sailing days and breakfast on day of disembarkation, sightseeing, local soft drinks and local beer and house wine during meals, shuttle transportation between ship and airport, port charges, English speaking guide (other language guides on request subject to availability) and complimentary international daily newspapers via digital tablet.

Along with the luxurious onboard living, the Strand Cruise’s journeys include visits to temples, pagodas, palaces, monasteries and remote villages. The ship moors at enchanting spots such as by Old Bagan and at the foot of an ancient Buddhist monastery on Sagaing Hill in Mandalay. Excursions take in iconic landmarks like U-Bein Bridge in Mandalay and a number of the main temples in Bagan including Tant Kyi Taung temple and the royal cities of Mingun and Ava are also visited.

New Myanmar Flights

Hong Kong-based budget airline Hong Kong Express plans to launch new flights to Myanmar in February 2016. These are a four times weekly Hong Kong-Yangon service starting 17 February and a twice weekly Hong Kong-Mandalay service starting 21 February.

It follows the introduction in October and November 2015 of four times weekly Ho Chi Minh City-Yangon and daily Hanoi-Yangon flights by Vietnamese carrier VietJet, and in August 2015 the launch of national flag carrier Myanmar National Airlines’ first international route – a daily (except Saturday) service between Yangon and Singapore.

Online Business Visa

In 2015, Myanmar’s online tourist visa system was extended to now also allow for business visa applications. A business visa is US$70 and a tourist visa US$50, and the visa can be used to enter Myanmar at Yangon International Airport, Nay Pyi Taw International Airport and Mandalay International Airport.