The road to Mandalay: Post-Cruise journey to Shan State

ABOARD KINDAT PANDAW-Early on a cool, rainy morning, the first such weather of our trip, we downed a cold buffet breakfast and bade last minute “good-byes” before our guide arrived to transport us to Mandalay Airport. An hour’s drive from the “jetty” we boarded a plane for Heho, the airport that serves Inle Lake and other destinations in southern Shan State. We mentioned in our first post having arranged for pre-and post-cruise visits, beginning in Yangon before …

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The Road to Mandalay: Embarking Kindat Pandaw in Bagan – 3

ABOARD KINDAT PANDAW – Our one-hour flight from Yangon with Yadanarpon Airlines even included breakfast, something we appreciated in view of our early departure. That makes it a cut above most U.S. domestic carriers in terms of service. Given our 7 A.M. arrival in Bagan, it wasn’t surprising that our cabin aboard Kindat Pandaw wasn’t yet ready. Consequently, our driver and guide gave us a tour of the local market, located in Nyaungu, the town adjacent to …

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