Cruising through Mystical, Magical Myanmar with Viking River Cruises

On November 19, I’m embarking on a decidedly unique journey through one of river cruising’s newest (and perhaps most mysterious) new destinations: Myanmar and the Irrawaddy River.

My 15-day Myanmar Explorer journey with Viking River Cruises aboard the 60-guest Viking Mandalay begins with a two-night stay in Bangkok, Thailand at the Shangri-La Bangkok, complete with a guided tour of this vibrant city. I’ve never been to Bangkok before, so I’m excited to see Thailand for the first time.

Viking's Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour takes us deep into the heart of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Illustration courtesy of Viking River Cruises

Viking’s Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour takes us deep into the heart of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Illustration courtesy of Viking River Cruises

After two nights, it’s back to the airport to board the flight to Yangon, Myanmar – also known as Rangoon. It’s here that our overland journey begins in Myanmar, with two days of guided touring and two nights at the Sule Shangri-La.

On the land portion of Viking's Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour, guests are treated to two nights at the Inle Areum Palace Hotel. Photo courtesy of Areum Palace Hotels & Resorts.

On the land portion of Viking’s Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour, guests are treated to two nights at the Inle Areum Palace Hotel. Photo courtesy of Areum Palace Hotels & Resorts.

If you have Viking’s printed 2015 brochure, it is at this point that the entire itinerary has been changed since it was printed back in 2014. And that’s not a problem – because the most exciting part of this overland adventure very well may be the two nights spent in Inle Sap Lake at the ethereal-looking Inle Areum Palace Hotel.

Looking like a set straight out of a movie, the Inle Areum Palace Hotel will serve as our base for two straight days, as Viking guides us through the floating villages and gardens of the region, as well as the 1,000 ancient towering spires that make up the Indein Stupa Complex.

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Our full day-by-day Voyage Report from onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay will be published here in early December. If you have any questions for us about this itinerary, ask away – and be sure to follow along with our voyage reports on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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