Our visit to Burma and Laos was a great success. Pleasant memories of the trip remain fresh and vivid—the luxury and surprise of Afternoon Tea at the Strand Hotel; the joyful spirit of the people at the Shwedagon; the peacefulness, relaxation, and enthusiastic service of the Pandaw voyage; sunset and horse cart ride amidst the stupas of Pagan; and the incredible and unique Inle Lake. For many of us, Burma was especially delightful—thanks to our super guide Daniel. To others, the cruise down the Mekong in Laos was most memorable: hours and hours of lovely, uninterrupted greenery and forest—not to mention the wonderful teakwood bungalows at Luangsay Lodge. A highlight for me was the very moving ceremony of the Baci, graced upon us so gently and kindly by the warm village folks around Pakbeng.
Excerpts from the Welcome Home Letter written by Expedition Leader Gary Wintz for our March 2008 Burma & Laos program.