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 in the spelling of places and attractions. This, in part, was due to the inability of the invading British to actually pronounce and spell local names. With more name changes than Prince, some countries still refer to Myanmar as Burma, and even locals refer to themselves as being Burmese even though Myanmar has been officially adopted as the current name of the country formerly known as Burma.
Confusing? Get ready: what you may know as the Irrawaddy River is actually the Ayeyarwady River. About half the books you will read will refer to it as the somewhat easier-to-spell Irrawaddy, while the other half will call it the Ayeyarwady, which is what locals refer to it as. For the sake of simplicity (and to match Viking’s itinerary and printed materials), I’m calling it the Irrawaddy.