The Magic of Myanmar
Monday, November 30, 2015
Today was the epitome of relaxation aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay, with a full half-day of scenic cruising along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River as we made our way along to our afternoon port of call of Yandabo.
Curiously, the Irrawaddy is nothing like the Mekong River that runs between Cambodia and Vietnam. If you’ve done that river and think that Myanmar offers up more of the same, you’re mistaken. Not only do the cities and towns take on a completely different feel, but the two rivers themselves are also quite different.
Where the Mekong is lush and lined with trees, mangroves and Wats, the Irrawaddy is barren and desert-like for the most part. In high water season, it apparently more closely resembles sailing on a lake. In low water, the ever-changing sand bars can unexpectedly scuttle planned sailings schedules.
Our Live Voyage Report from Viking River Cruises’ Myanmar Explorer continues tomorrow with one last day in Myanmar aboard the Viking Mandalay! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.