Destination Discoveries

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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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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Christmas Day in Phuket, Thailand with a Visit to Tiger Kingdom

January 16, 2015

We spent Christmas Day, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand via a 14-day Asian Holiday cruise on Holland America’s Volendam. Phuket has a dock, but as a busy cruise ship port a visit often means a tendering into Putong Bay from anchor, as our ship did on Christmas day.  The port call was a short one – from 8 […]

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Visiting the World War II Memorial, and Other Sites in Washington, DC

December 8, 2014

Sometimes you plan a visit to coincide with a key event. Sometimes you don’t plan it, but get to experience a special day by random coincidence. Last weekend I was in Washington DC to attend a frequent traveler conference and to spend time with a friend who was also visiting from Alaska. After rainy, grey weather on […]

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