Viking’s Myanmar Explorer Lives Up To Its Name
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Unbelievably, we’ve come to the end. Today is our last full day aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Mandalay, as our spectacular Myanmar Explorer river cruise tour itinerary that began two weeks ago in Bangkok, Thailand comes to a close.
But that doesn’t mean our adventures are finished. Not by a long shot!
Bright-and-early this morning we boarded our coach in Myint Mu, a fairly large town that is once again completely missing from both of the guidebooks I brought with me. Apparently, the Rough Guide to Myanmar should be titled, The Really, Really, Really Rough Guide to Myanmar. But that’s hardly Rough Guides’ fault; it’s one more example of the country’s emerging presence on the world scene.
In Myint Mu, we had 45 minutes to tour the local market, where we once again disappeared into a haze of smoke, flies, scents, people, and goods of all kinds. There was everything from boxed Colgate toothpaste to sliced fish heads on offer here. Traditionally, when refrigeration was scarce, locals would go to the market twice per day: once in the morning to pick up goods for the first part of the day; and again in the evening to pick up food for dinner.
Our Live Voyage Report from Viking River Cruises’ Myanmar Explorer has sadly come to a close, but stay tuned for a full recap of our journey and a deck-by-deck photo tour of the Viking Mandalay! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.