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Rediscovering the road to Mandalay: Cruising the Irrawaddy River

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    A handful of the several thousand stupas in Bagan.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    The author’s stateroom aboard the RV Kalaw Pandaw.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    A taxi pulled by Brahman bulls in Mingun.

  • JULIE L. KESSLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    The world’s longest teak bridge at 1,300 yards, in Amarapura, Burma’s penultimate royal capital.

Myanmar’s complicated present amid magnificent temples, life-sustaining rivers and 135 distinct ethnic groups make traveling in this Buddhist-majority country unforgettable. Read more

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