Posts Tagged ‘Mandalay’

The Strand Cruise Set to Sail in Myanmar in 2016

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Strand Hotel in Myanmar, one of Myanmar’s signature hotels, has recently launched a new luxury river cruiser plying the classic Irrawaddy route between Bagan and Mandalay.

The Strand Cruise in Myanmar

The Strand Cruise in Myanmar

The Strand Cruise will set new standards of luxury for river travel in Myanmar. The 4-deck, 27-cabin vessel was built in Yangon and has a large swimming pool, sun deck terrace, gym/wellness facilities, spa & beauty parlour, alfresco and indoor dining and a cocktail lounge.

2016 sailings will be three or four-nights in duration with cruise operations scheduled to start in January 2016.

Contact Hanuman for special launch prices for Jan-Mar 2016 sailings. Rates include all excursions, on-board meals and soft drinks, local beer and house wine during meals, port charges, excursions with English speaking guides and satellite wi-fi. Passengers booking one of the two Strand Suites will have added extras such as a one-hour spa treatment of their choice and a night at The Strand Hotel pre- or post-cruise with private airport transfers.

Inside the Strand Cruise in Myanmar

Inside the Strand Cruise in Myanmar

Scheduled Sailings

The Strand Cruise 5 Days/4 Nights – Bagan to Mandalay

The Strand Cruise 4 Days/3 Nights – Mandalay to Bagan

http://www.thestrandcruise.com/

Highlights of Myanmar with Laos

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Uncover Myanmar and Laos on our 15-day tour of the best highlights of both countries.

The beauty of Myanmar and Laos

The beauty of Myanmar and Laos

Yangon is our starting point to uncover the essential elements of Myanmar, followed by the ancient Burmese capital of Bagan, with over 4,000 stupas satisfying your temple desires amidst dramatic scenery. Mandalay and the dazzling floating gardens of Inle Lake await us before we return to Yangon. The beautiful World Heritage city of Luang Prabang has much to offer as we explore its myriad wats and museums, Pak Ou Caves and take a dip in the Kuang Si falls before heading south to Vientiane. The bizarre Buddha Park offers an alternative experience to the more mainstream temples in the city. Later, we fly to the southern region of Champasak to experience our second Mekong River cruise to discover the awe-inspiring ruins of the mountain temple of Vat Phu and the magical 4,000 islands of sleepy Si Phan Don. The tour ends in Southern Laos with the option to continue southwards into Cambodia by land, return to Pakse or travel overland into neighbouring Thailand.

Find out more details on this 15-day tour of Myanmar and Laos at http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Myanmar/Myanmar_Laos_Uncovered.html.

Essential Myanmar

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Myanmar is opening its doors and welcoming all-comers. It’s one of the hottest destinations in Asia for visitors at the moment. Try our 8-day Essential Myanmar tour to get a feel for this beguiling country.

Essential Myanmar

Essential Myanmar

Our eight day snapshot of the essential elements of your Myanmar adventures begins in the shimmering city of Yangon with its legendary Shwedagon Pagoda, followed by the ancient Burmese capital of Bagan, with over 4,000 stupas satisfying your temple desires amidst dramatic scenery. In Mandalay, local crafts, ancient cities and the world’s largest book await us, before the unique leg rowers and dazzling floating gardens of Inle Lake beckon. We return to Yangon before departure.

Find out more about this beautiful country and our Essential Myanmar tour at http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Myanmar/Essential_Myanmar.html or contact our Sales team at Hanuman for details and prices.

Mandalay Moments

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Hanuman Travel TV whisks you around Mandalay in central Myanmar by horse-drawn carriage as you take in the sights and sounds of the country’s cultural capital.

Mandalay is Myanmar’s second largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. It’s located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River and regarded as the center of Burmese culture. Under the shadow of Mandalay Hill, the city boasts a fine array of pagodas, teak-built monasteries and a centrally-located palace. Surrounding Mandalay are three former royal sites, Amarapura, Sagaing and Mingun, with sunrise or sunset on the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak footbridge, a must for all.

The Future of Myanmar’s Comedy Trio

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
The Moustache Brothers

The Moustache Brothers

What’s the future for the internationally acclaimed Moustache Brothers?

With Myanmar’s ongoing liberalization, the end of the tourism boycott and hotels already full to overflowing with eager travellers, how will the borderline humour of the Moustache Brothers fare in the new Myanmar? And will they need to move their theatre of operations to a bigger venue to cope with their increasing fame?

Officially banned but presently tolerated, their shows include slightly indulgent self-parody and a shameless T-shirt sales pitch, but they remain one of Mandalay’s greatest talking points for Western visitors. Their jokes got them into trouble with the previous military regime. In 1996 they performed at an Independence Day celebration at Aung San Suu Kyi’s Yangon compound, telling politically tinged jokes about Myanmar generals. For two of the three brothers (Par Par Lay and Lu Zaw), the result was arrest and seven years hard labour. Meanwhile, the third brother, Lu Maw, kept the Mandalay show going with the help of his wife. After their release in 2002, the reunited Moustache Brothers remained blacklisted from playing at outside events, however they were able to play a series of gala performances at home – attended by government agents with video cameras. They were soon summoned by the regional commander and told not to perform at home anymore, but so as not to disappoint a gathering of westerners, they did that night’s show without costumes and make-up. They explained they were merely demonstrating a performance, since they couldn’t do a real one without costumes, and the ruse worked.

Some costumes have reappeared, but the show has become exclusively for foreigners; locals who attended would probably be followed by police, but tourists experience no backlash. Following the September 2007 demonstrations, Par Par Lay suffered another month in jail, but the shows have never stopped; they are still performed in a single room with just a dozen or so plastic chairs a yard away from the performers. This is a unique experience and a Mandalay classic. But for how long?

Kids play in Myanmar

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Burmese children, by DasaBookCafe

Burmese children, by DasaBookCafe

Myanmar is a new destination for most people, so if you are taking your children with you, here’s a few suggestions and tips.

As in most Asian countries, the locals will shower your children with attention and they will have many ready-made playmates wherever they go. There are plenty of horse carts and trishaws to ride around on for the kids, which they will love. As they will the dug-out canoes on Inle Lake, as well as the boat trips in the ancient cities outside Mandalay. There’s lots to learn at the Buddhist sights of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, the reclining buddhas in Bago, or the 10-storey buddha in Pyay. Older children will enjoy and appreciate the ruins of old palaces, temples and moats which you can see at Bagan and Mrauk U. You can find zoos in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, traditional puppet shows in the main centers, and of course sandy beaches at Ngapali.

Let them indulge in a bit of face painting by trying their hand with thanakha, the yellow sandalwood-like paste, that is sold everywhere. And don’t forget Myanmar’s festivals, such as Thingyan in mid-April with its throwing of water in celebration of their new year, and Taunggyi’s 3-day fire-balloon festival in October or November, which can be a lot of fun. Finally, if you can afford the ride, a balloon trip at sunrise or sunset over Bagan would amaze the whole family.

Journey to The Three Kingdoms

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Introducing The Three Kingdoms itinerary, offering the best of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Taking advantage of improved flight connections in the region, our Three Kingdoms trip begins with a journey to Myanmar. Starting with the shimmering spires of Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, the route continues to the ancient Burmese capital of Bagan, where more than 4000 stupas punctuate the skyline amid dramatic scenery. The historic surrounds of Mandalay and the dazzling floating gardens of Inle Lake await us before we return to Yangon for our flight to Cambodia. We fly into Siem Reap, the perfect base for the fabled temples of Cambodia’s Angkor, where we encounter the jungle ruins of Ta Prohm and the majesty of Angkor Wat in the first light of the day, as well as the intricate carvings of Banteay Srei and the mysterious faces of the Bayon. We also include a lifestyle visit to the floating villages of the Tonle Sap. The living, breathing museum that is the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang welcomes us, where we admire the curves of Wat Xieng Thong, travel upriver to discover the Buddhas of the Pak Ou Caves and swim in the turquoise waters of the Kuang Si Falls. The Three Kingdoms is a journey to the heart of the Mekong region, to an Asia of old that seems a world away from the shopping malls of Singapore and Bangkok.

For the full itinerary, check out  http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Myanmar/The_Three_Kingdoms.html

Hanuman launches its Myanmar Collection

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The Hanuman team is pleased to announce that Myanmar has been launched on the Hanuman website at http://www.hanuman.travel/Myanmar/Myanmar.html

The Myanmar welcome page on www.hanuman.travel

Hanuman plans to bring its own blend of innovation and originality to journeys in Myanmar now that the country is itself travelling the road to political reform. Many overseas tour operators are experiencing availability, booking and confirmation problems in Myanmar with the sudden surge in visitors in the past 12 months.  As a new operator in the destination, we have more flexibility on who we work with and can source rooms from a range of local DMCs rather than being tied to any one operator and we believe this may give us a competitive advantage in time.

As you know, Hanuman prides itself on its approach to popular sights like the temples of Angkor and its ability to ensure an enriched experience by avoiding the crowds. Thanks to a combination of carefully crafted itineraries and well-trained tour guides, we are able to avoid the major crowds at the most important temples and help make a more memorable experience. We have taken this same approach to our itineraries in Myanmar and, in particular, to the temples of Bagan and the old capitals around Mandalay. Bagan is one of the most breathtaking sights in Southeast Asia, but it is also getting rather crowded with the sudden boom in tourist numbers. Many of the Bagan guides do not always consider careful timings for the temples and this can mean sharing the most popular payas with busloads of other visitors. We prefer to customize an itinerary that goes to the right temples at the right time and avoids the crowds, particularly at popular times such as sunset. Similarly around Mandalay, all too many groups travel from ancient capital to ancient capital in sequence like a merry-go-round. We do not favour this one-size-fits-all  and try and ensure a creative approach to avoid the crowds.

Back to the Hanuman website, the new Myanmar section includes the same features as our other existing destinations of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The drop down menu includes the same combination of Journeys, Destinations, Hotels, Experiences and Responsible Tourism. It is possible to search via the drop down menu or to visit the Myanmar landing page and browse from there. Here is what we currently have on the Myanmar section of the site:

Journeys (http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Myanmar/Myanmar.html): Top 10 Journeys for Myanmar and Myanmar/Cambodia or Myanmar/Laos combinations.

Destinations (http://www.hanuman.travel/Destination_Guides/Myanmar/Myanmar.html): Destination Guides to Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Around Myanmar and Country Info.

Hotels (http://www.hanuman.travel/Hotels/Myanmar/Myanmar.html): Recommended Hotels in Myanmar, to be expanded in the coming weeks.

Experiences (http://www.hanuman.travel/Unique_Experiences/unique_experiences_myanmar.html): Top 10 Myanmar Experiences

Responsible Tourism (http://www.hanuman.travel/Responsible_Tourism/Myanmar/Myanmar.html): Top 10 Responsible Tourism initiatives in Myanmar

Hnit Thit Ku Mingalabar or Happy Burmese New Year 2555.