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Anawrahta

Heritage Line in Myanmar


The Heritage Line cruise ship takes its name from King Anawrahta, one-time Emperor of Bagan and the first of Imperial Burma’s great kings. Said to have seized power with his mother’s milk still wet upon his lips, he was undoubtedly an awe-inspiring individual.

With the largest cabin space on the Ayeyarwaddy River and the highest crew-to-passenger ratio, the Anawrahta ship attempts to be equally extraordinary.

Resembling a British paddle-steamer, Anawrahta is 65 meters (214 feet) long with three spacious decks and twenty-three luxurious cabins. Heritage Line’s vessel attempts to blend the purity and serenity of Burmese culture with the opulence and grandeur of the British Empire. In an attempt to take guests to a time of past-elegance, the ship boasts gleaming white rails, polished lacquer, shining brass, and intricately carved woodwork.

All the cabins feature large windows, private balconies and rich fabrics inspired by ‘the brocade’ of Myanmar ethnicity. The two Royal Suites - named after Anawrahta and his son Kyansitta - offer private terraces and jacuzzis.

Sours can be sipped at both the Kipling’s Bar and at the Mandalay Lounge, the latter set in a burnt-orange and imbued with the ambience of a colonial club. The Hintha Hall Restaurant is decorated in the lavish style of Old Bagan and Royal Mandalay, serving up dishes from both Asia and Europe. The Thazin Spa offers expert service and locally-inspired treatments, with three massage beds, mani-pedi stations and a steambath.

As well as offering the favourite route between Mandalay and Bagan, Anawrahta also sails up to the dramatic Second Defile at Katha - once home to George Orwell and the town in which he set his novel Burmese Days - and up the Chindwin to the town of Homalin. The latter is one of least-explored rivers in Asia, and many of the villages on its banks are little changed since the days when the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company first brought Europeans here.

On board, in addition to cocktail parties, Heritage Line offer film screenings, lectures, demonstrations, and cookery classes.