Cruises

Exploring Yangon, Myanmar on Our Own via a Shore Ex Transfer

January 22, 2015

On the recent 14-Day Asian Holiday cruise on Holland America Line’s ms Volendam, we spent three days in Myanmar, with our ship docked at the Thilawa Port, about 20 miles outside of Yangon. For our last day in Myanmar, we decided to join the “Transfer to Yangon” shore excursion at the last minute. The shore ex folks hand-wrote us […]

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Traditional Myanmar Dance and Dinner at La Planteur from the Port of Thilawa, Myanmar

January 21, 2015

We recently returned from a 14-Day Asian Holiday cruise  on Holland America Line’s ms Volendam. One of the highlights of the itinerary was a 3-day stay in Myanmar, with the ship docked at the Port of Thilawa about 20 miles outside of Yangon. On our first day in port we booked two shore excursions through Holland […]

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Getting an Introduction to Yangon via a Shore Excursion from Thilawa, Myanmar (Burma)

January 20, 2015

Last month we sailed on a 14-Day Asian Holiday cruise from Singapore on Holland America Line’s ms Volendam. One of the highlights of the cruise itinerary was a 3-day port call in Myanmar.  The ship was docked in the Port of Thilawa, an industrial port with no traveler facilities or shops. Depending on traffic, the […]

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Sailing into Thilawa, Myanmar (Burma); Port City for Yangon

January 19, 2015

Myanmar (pronounced MEE’-an-mar) is a country in Southeast Asia that shares borders with China, India, Laos, Bangladesh and Thailand. It was formerly known as Burma, and Yangon was the country’s former capital.  After three Anglo-Burmese Wars in the 19th century, the British conquered Burma and the country became a British colony until 1948. Initially, Burma was as […]

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