We had never been to Burma and were intrigued by the political developments there.
The cruise itself was very somfortable witrh an extremely attentive staff and the usual Viking good planning for shore excursions
The stay at Inle Lake was magical, with outstanding accomodations, and the discovery of a waterborne way of life we had never seen before (or since)!
The depth of the Budhist faith was another unexpected discovery. It was impossible not to see some temple or other wherever we looked.
The Shangri-La hotels at the beginning and end of the cruise were excellent in every way, the Bankok one on the river is incredibly pleasant, indeed we stayed there a few more days.
The food on the Mandalay was fine but not quire as good as on othet Viking cruises, probably due to limited availability of ingredients in a very, very poor country.
Finally perhaps the best part of the cruise were the other guests all of whom vere interesting and congenial people, maybe there was something special about people chosing to go to a relativelly little travelled country.
As on the Mekong river the cabins are very small but efficient. The AC was a bit noisy as it was provided by individual units, as opposed to whole ship AC.
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The champagne on the lake was unforgetable!