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We started on the pre-trip extension in Bangkok at the Shangri-La Hotel (a fantastic hotel). It was a lovely beginning (and end) to a great trip. I loved Bangkok. The shopping was wonderful and cheap! It was our introduction to pagodas ... Read More
We started on the pre-trip extension in Bangkok at the Shangri-La Hotel (a fantastic hotel). It was a lovely beginning (and end) to a great trip. I loved Bangkok. The shopping was wonderful and cheap! It was our introduction to pagodas and stupas. The sights in Bangkok and all over Myanmar are literally golden. I have never seen so much gold in one city or country. It is totally amazing considering the depth of the poverty in the rural areas. We boarded the ship in Mandalay after the morning flight from Bangkok. The ship is like taking a step back in time. It is done in teak and brass - very nautical. The cabins are small - no TV, no phone, internet only sporadically (by the bar), but have everything you need. The showers are nice sized. We called it our African Queen. The staff is very attentive to your needs and always cheerful. We thought the food was very good and with a nice variety of menu items. You could get an Asian dish or a more American dish or even a vegetarian meal. Several evenings we had local entertainment on the sundeck which was enjoyable and somewhat educational, but low key, not at all like the big production shows on cruise ships. We liked the excursions which were varied from pagodas to small villages along the river. One of my favorite stops was Bagan. It was generally hot and dusty, but tolerable. We were welcomed back with cold drinks and a cool towel. This was a wonderful trip to a far-away land and exposed us to a totally different culture. Learning about Buddhism and how it is integrated into the everyday lives of the people was very interesting. Viking Cruises did an excellent job from start to finish. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see the world from a different perspective. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
While we started in Bangkok, we flew to Mandalay, Myanmar where we boarded our ship. We then proceeded to sail down the Irawady river for 12 days, then stayed in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) one night. The country is not terribly developed ... Read More
While we started in Bangkok, we flew to Mandalay, Myanmar where we boarded our ship. We then proceeded to sail down the Irawady river for 12 days, then stayed in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) one night. The country is not terribly developed with practically no docks to pull into on the stops. We climbed up dirt banks to the roads. There was a lot of walking but it was all worth it. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, the crew, the boat, the guide and our guide. Food was great too. The only minor problem was a several hour long bus trip from the town where we left the boat to Yangon. Still it was an opportunity to see the countryside away from the river (including seeing a farmer washing his elephant before going off to work. Myanmar is mainly a Buddhist country with many beautiful temples including the spectacular one in Rangoon. It was also wonderful to see the small towns with smaller temples, markets, houses, shops and schools. It was a great trip. I highly recommend it (even in its new iteration with less time on the river, more on airplanes, and no long bus trip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
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