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VIDEO: Sailing the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar

During monsoon season, sailing the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar is easy, as the river is high and wide. In the dry season, however, the river shrinks and sailing becomes much more difficult. The captain on my Viking River Mandalay Explorer cruise explained that the portion of the river between Mandalay and Bagan is…

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PHOTO: Drum Making Family in Ohn Ne Kyaung Village, Myanmar

Click on title to view photo in large format: Girl from Ohn Ne Kyaung village near Bagan, Myanmar, sits next to a handmade drum. The main occupations in this tiny village are farming and fishing, with the main crops being peanuts and palm sugar, however this family has taken a departure from the…

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Viking River Myanmar Explorer Cruise – A Perfect Sampler for the First-Time Visitor

The sprite of a girl stood half hidden behind the bamboo gate leading to her family home. “Bye bye,” she said, waving and giggling. “Mingalaba,” I replied, using one of only two Burmese words I learned during my tour of Myanmar. This was not the first time I had felt welcomed during my…

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PHOTO: Shwenandaw Monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar

Click on title to view photo in large format: Interior of Shwenandaw Monastery, also known as Golden Palace Monastery, in Mandalay, Myanmar. The structure was originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura, before it was moved to Mandalay, where it became part of the king’s royal apartments. Both the exterior and the…

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PHOTO: Yandabo Pottery Making Village near Mandalay, Myanmar

Click on title to view photo in large format: Women from Yandabo pottery making village near Mandalay, Myanmar. The entire village is involved in the business of making clay pots, from throwing them on the wheel, to decorating the outside with various designs, to firing thousands in giant piles of ash and straw….

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PHOTO: Child Carried on Mother’s Back in Myinkaba Village, Myanmar

Click on title to view photo in large format: After my Viking River Myanmar Explorer Cruise/Tour ended, I returned to Bagan for an additional five days to explore more of the thousands of temples in the area. During a stop at Soe Min Gyi Monastery, a local girl who spoke excellent English excitedly…

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