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Avalon Waterways Myanmar River Cruise
My husband and I have just completed the 14 day Irrawaddy River cruise with Avalon Waterways. We travelled upstream from Yangon to Bhamo. We didn't know much about mysterious Myanmar, previously known as Burma, before we left and found it to be a beautiful, charming country. The cruise is very well organized and the boat is fabulous. Sailing up the Irrawaddy in this wonderful river boat is truly magical. Each day a tour is organized and the crew and cruise director are both attentive and helpful, going out of their way to meet everyone's needs and requirements. We've learnt so much about this amazing, unspoiled country and its warm and welcoming people.
Just can't wait for our next Avalon River Cruise.
Date of Posting: 12 January 2017
Posted By: janelle328
Avalon Cruise the Irrawaddy Downstream
My wife & I did this trip in September, down stream & including Inle Lake. I rate this trip with Avalon as 15 out of 10. A truly excellent, well organised, most enjoyable throughout food excellent. The crew, guide were extremely friendly, knowledgeable & more than helpful to any needs that was required.
All the shore excursions went above & beyond the expected.
If you take this trip take along some school equipment soccer balls, books, pencils anything you would use in a school, they are gratefully appreciated by the schools we visited.
Even the weather was great.
It is very difficult to find a negative maybe to many Temples, Pagodas however they were very beautiful & memorable, this was only a minor negative.
I am in my 70's & found no problem on the shore excursions, they laid on transport if the walks were a bit difficult.
Again a truly magnificent trip from start to unfortunately the finish.
Date of Posting: 29 December 2016
Posted By: Bob U
It has now been almost a month since we returned from our visit to Myanmar. I have many lovely and interesting memories of the trip. My favorite part of the trip was the time on the Paukan.
I wanted to write to you to let you know how much I appreciated the kindness and friendliness of your crew. They were always cheerful and helpful. They were a wonderful help to me getting on and off the ship, up the river bank, and even helping me take off and put on my shoes!
But most especially, I want to thank you. You are an amazing ship manager. Your creativity in helping us celebrate Christmas away from home, including having Christmas dinner on the upstairs lounge, and your inspirational leadership of the crew in helping them learn Christmas songs to sing to us was really impressive.
But mostly I want to thank you for helping care for my husband Harold Beebout when he was sick on the last day. I will never forget your kindness, compassion, and concern. You are the best!
- Mrs.Frances Mary Lemat & Mr.Harold Beebout (USA)
21 - 28 DEC 2015 / Bagan-Monywa-Mandalay by RV Paukan 2012
Date of Posting: 10 February 2016
Posted By: Mrs.Frances Mary Lemat
The staff could not have done anything better.Every staff person could not have been any more friendly & helpful. One can tell they love their work.They made this vacation very special. I HAVE NEVER HAD A SHIP AS FRIENDLY AS THIS SHIP!!! I will miss their friendly greetings "MIN-GA-LAR-BAR".....
Ms.Margaret Peggy Farmer - USA
09-16 NOV2015/ Bagan-Monywa-Mandalay(7 nights)
Date of Posting: 05 February 2016
Posted By: Ms. Margaret Peggy Farmer
Paukan cruise on the Ayeyarwady: a delight
On our Myanmar exploration our agent booked us a 2-night cruise with Paukan, starting from Mandalay and finishing at Bagan. The boat (Paukan 2007) was a classic riverboat, beautifully appointed, with a comfortable cabin (and bed) and ensuite facilities. Our cruise had three stops to explore - at Mingon, Sagaing and Yangabo (a pottery village - fascinating). The ship's service manager and guide was well-informed. Food on board was outstanding, and the evening entertainment (classical dancing and 101 uses for a longyyi) were most interesting. Altogether a lovely and relaxing experience. However we were not sure how we might fare on a longer cruise - three days was fine, but more might be a little claustrophobic, and to be honest the river scenery is not that exciting (though there is plenty of interesting activity to watch for - commercial boats, fishing, wildlife). But if you are planning a tour of Myanmar you should certainly consider this trip, not least as it's the nicest way to get between Mandalay and Bagan.
Date of Posting: 29 January 2016
Posted By: andrewnb
Rye, United Kingdom
We thank the whole crew for it's outstanding hospitality, its excellent service,its friendliness and great patient with us.We have been very satisfied with ship,the food,the organization of trips and the cabins!!! :)
The German group in rooms # 1,11,12
- Stephan & Katrin, Juergen & Ute, Herbert & Angela
(26 Nov-06 Dec 14,The golden Myanmar 10 nights)
Date of Posting: 26 March 2015
Posted By: Stephan & Katrin ,Juergen & Ute,Herbert &a
The Paukan was our favourite part of our trip! So far it offers a totally relaxing way to see the country in comfort,without being over-luxurious.We couldn't have asked for more!!! :)
Jo Elliott & Alex Shaw
6-7 NOV 2014/ Mandalay - Bagan 1 night
Date of Posting: 25 March 2015
Posted By: Jo Elliott & Alex Shaw
All the staff in Paukan2012 !! Couldn't have been better :) Thanks you for making me feel like a part of a family. This week was the highlight of the entire my trip!! I loved RV Pk2012. EXCELLENT!
Ms. Karen Ragan @ cabin#304 Royal Capital 7 nights (29 Dec - 05 Jan 2015)
Date of Posting: 16 March 2015
Posted By: Karen Ragan
To the wonderful ship crew!!
Thank you so much for making my trip so special.. :) You have a beautiful country & I hope it keeps getting better for you. I hope to be back.
Ms. Tricia Rice
Date of Posting: 16 March 2015
Posted By: Tricia Rice
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