Cruising the Irrawaddy River to Ohn Ne Choung

Friday, November 27, 2015

Guests aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay were treated to a morning of scenic cruising today, as we sailed south along the Irrawaddy River bound for the town of Ohn Ne Choung.

Throughout Myanmar, you’ll find a number of variations […]

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Mandalay, Amarapura, and the U-Bein Bridge

Thursday, November 26, 2015

This morning, I awoke aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay after a fantastically comfortable sleep. Despite the fact that the townspeople of Amarapura insisted on blaring music at all hours of the night as part of their Tazaungdaing Festival, or what I’ll just […]

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Embarking Viking Mandalay

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Today is an exciting day. For the first time since our Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour with Viking River Cruises began in Bangkok, Thailand almost one week ago, we’re embarking our river cruise ship. In fact, we’ll join Viking Mandalay in its namesake port of Mandalay, […]

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A River Runs Through It – In Myanmar

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If I were a better writer, I’d have a decent shot at describing the adventures we’ve had today. As it is, this sixth day of our Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour with Viking River Cruises was absolutely packed with experiences. […]

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Into the Wild in Inle Lake

Monday, November 23, 2015

If this were North America, I’d be in a panic.

It’s 9:47 a.m. Our flight to Heho, Myanmar departs at 11:00 a.m. And we’re hopelessly stuck in Yangon’s diabolical traffic.

There is a beat-up red pickup truck next to us, the back of which is […]

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Mystical, Magical Yangon

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I have to admit I am enjoying the pace set by Viking River Cruises on this 15-day Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour. Rather than trying to cram too much into the schedule, this has to be one of the more balanced river cruise tours I’ve taken […]

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Burmese Days

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Today, I woke up bright and early in my room at the Shangri-La Bangkok. I showered, shaved, and went downstairs to enjoy a relaxing (included) breakfast in the River Café. I made the mistake of reading the International New York Times, which came off sounding more like the Doomsday […]

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One Night In Bangkok

Friday, November 20, 2015

My alarm went off all too soon this morning in my room at the gorgeous Shangri-La Bangkok. I’d turned in at about 3am this morning after having arrived late from North America, and 7:30 a.m. rolled around with surprising speed. But I was greeted with a gorgeous […]

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Travelling to Bangkok for Viking’s Myanmar Explorer River Cruise

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Let’s be honest: it’s a long-haul to get from North America to Southeast Asia. I arrived at the Shangri-La Bangkok at about 2:30 a.m. this morning, delayed by long lines at Thailand immigration and a flight that took off nearly two […]

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Stepping Back In Time in Quebec City

When most people think of Quebec City, they inevitably picture the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. From its lofty vantage point overlooking Quebec’s Old Quarter, it has become an icon of Quebec City. But just down the hill, in the heart of Vieux Quebec – a UNESCO World Heritage Site […]

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