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Guest Solent Richard

One for your 'Bucket List'

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If you are a keen river cruiser an love adventure then the cruise my wife and i have just returned from is the one for you.

 

We travelled to Myanmar, formerly Burma, and cruised the 597 mile stretch of the Irrawaddy ( often referred to as 'The Road to Mandalay') between Mandalay and Yangon (formerly Rangoon)

 

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Our cruise ship was the brand new Princess Panhwar which is operated by APT Travelmarvel and for this journey we opted for one of the two Princess Suites (202)...

 

 

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...which was amazing with its panoramic views. 

 

There were just 68 passengers on board looked after by 41 crew, all but one being Burmese. The friendliest crew we have ever sailed with.

 

The Captain even shared his 'tea leaf salad' with Solent Richard...

 

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Due to the length of the river and the number of days on the cruise we had plenty of time between stops, there were 16 in all,  to leisurely cruise along the Irrawaddy and take in the life on what is Burma's lifeblood...

 

Seen here the confluence between the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers...

 

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I had three favourite stops. Mandalay, Yangon and the most amazing Buddhist archeological site at Bagan.

 

Here I took the only APT optional tour, an early morning 'Sunrise' Balloon flight...

 

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that answers my question from the other thread, looks like an amazing trip what was the highlight for you??

Having visited Yangon myself I loved the place & the people and my 3 days didnt seem long enough

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Fantastic pictures!! Really pleased I read this thread...I'm going with APT on the Bordeaux river cruise July - really looking forward to it...would love to do this river cruise though.  My Grandad fought in the Burma war and he's always telling me stories of the road to Mandalay, I hope to visit the place he loved one day.

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that answers my question from the other thread, looks like an amazing trip what was the highlight for you??

Having visited Yangon myself I loved the place & the people and my 3 days didnt seem long enough

 

Good morning Chef.

 

I know what you mean.

 

Yangon, aka Rangoon, is one of those amazing places in the Far East that simply fascinate me.

 

The Burmese have such an interesting philosophy on life and that, coupled with it's colonial background, probably placed it at the top of my list.

 

And so many religions tolerated and practiced quite openly...

 

Buddhist

 

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Hindu

 

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Christian

 

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and Islam

 

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And all within half an hours walking distance in Yangon.

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What wonderful photos. I am very interest in this cruise but my husband is not too keen on flying now but once he sees your photos he might change his mind.

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Looks like you had a fab trip Richard! Would love to be able to visit Myanmar one day in the future. The views and photos from your Sunrise Balloon flight look amazing.

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Fantastic pictures!! Really pleased I read this thread...I'm going with APT on the Bordeaux river cruise July - really looking forward to it...would love to do this river cruise though.  My Grandad fought in the Burma war and he's always telling me stories of the road to Mandalay, I hope to visit the place he loved one day.

 

Good morning Honey.

 

Well done your Grandad.

 

We had some free time on our first day in Yangon so my wife and I took a taxi ride 21 miles outside the city to the British War cemetery at Taukkyan

 

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The cemetery contains some 6,374 war graves, 867 of them unidentified.

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You cant but be mesmerised by the Shwedagon Pagoda, it is really a breathtaking site, and the huge precious stone at the top of the main building can even be seen through a long camera lense or binoculars. I had to admire the workers out there in the heat of the day either climbing the bamboo scaffolding(that would certainly fail health & safety over here) or concreting in bare feet.

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What a trip!! how was the tea salad looks...different laugh.png

 

If I was honest I'd say 'not really to my taste'. 

 

However, it is a firm favourite with the Myanmar people and though described as 'pickled' the process does involve some 'fermentation'.

 

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The Cruise Director assured me it was the Captain's favourite.

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Have to agree the tea leaf salad looks rather different, not sure if I would be inclined to taste, but good on you for giving it a try Richard.

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Another cemetery looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. They do a fantastic job all over the world.

 

Yes. With my military background I always make a point of paying my respects when there is a Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery within travel distance...

 

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The fallen paid a high price for our freedom and we should continue to remember them.

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