October 11, 2017 Prome, Myanmar/Yangon, Myanmar

Irrawaddy Explorer

We disembarked our river boat at Prome at 7:30am and headed for the Chatrium Hotel in the heart of Yangon for the next three nights. The weather was gray and rainy along the way and the trip took us about eight hours to complete. The road from Prome to Yangon is a narrow two lane road with one lane in each direction with many motor bikes, trucks and busses competing for space on the road. We stopped at three roadside restaurants to use the facilities and pick up some drinks for lunch. The ship had packed us a box lunch with baguettes of ham and cheese, bananas, apples and cake for the bus ride.

The hotel is located next to a beautiful park and a lake they call the royal lake. The hotel is built in the colonial style and has 303 rooms decorated with local fabrics, furniture and tapestries. It looks very nice but our room was a smoking room so it had an odor of cigarettes that was less than pleasant.

We had dinner with several other guests:  Fred and Sharon, Collene and Gail, Mary and Allyn in the Bangkok Kitchen restaurant across the street from our hotel.  Food and prices were good.