Buddhist highlights of burma, Myanmar - Mar 18 - Mar 25, 2019

Traveler: Don W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Don't know where to begin - Everything was great!

Anne made planning the trip an easy and interesting experience. We changed our format, timing and group numbers several times and she worked with us to ensure the trip went off without incident. She had excellent recommendations on where to go (we customized the format).

Tin, our River guide, was amazing. Comprehensive knowledge of Myanmar, the areas we traveled and of Buddhism; excellent English, friendly but non-intrusive, and flexible. He was always ready to work with us to make sure the group's varying needs were met. Far superior to any guide we have experienced so far.

The boat was exactly what we needed. Our cabin was roomy and bed was comfortable. The HVAC wasn't able to keep our cabin cool but others said they were very comfortable. Food was very good. Boat staff was excellent- pleasant, attentive and professional.

Trip up the Chindwin to Buddhist caves and monuments was most memorable. The "beach BBQ" the last night on the river was very special too. I had several comments from friends of "Trip of a Lifetime" and these people travel almost constantly.

I also appreciate the extra effort given by Anne and the Staff. For example, I left my phone on a Singapore Air Flight. Anne arranged for the phone to be picked up at Yangon airport and delivered to me during a stop on the Irrawaddy!

Kim-kim provided a great experience from design to conclusion.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Don, thanks for this kind review and feedback.

I am so glad your group of worldly travelers enjoyed their time in Myanmar! Your input during the planning process was incredibly helpful as well- it helped me to design the best route and pair you up with the right guide. I'll be sure to pass along your warm words to Tin and the boat crew and we hope that one day you will come back for another river journey along the Irrawaddy or Chindwin Rivers!

Best regards from Mandalay,

Anne