Colonial Yangon occupied our first morning before visiting the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda during a golden sunset followed by a Burmese dinner with French wine, in the company of alumni from Prospect Burma, our chosen charity to support on this tour. On to Mandalay to board our smart new boat for the Irrawaddy cruise. Everyone settled into the luxurious cabins whilst I sorted out details for our forthcoming visits. Due to the river channel being unexpectedly blocked,
I was creating a completely new itinerary so I was keen to work on this with the team; discussions ranged from candle-lit dinners in forts to cocktails on sandbanks and golf courses! As the river and days slid by, our experiences became more and more varied: we visited remote tribal villages, had rousing school singsongs and a quiet lunch with monks whilst transport ranged from bullock carts to balloons! Lectures from Robert & Pam Gordon enlightened and entertained us with their knowledge and stories of Burma, both the official and the rather less official anecdotes of life as British Ambassador in the ’90s. It was a sensational time, a superb group of charming, patient and humorous people resulting in possibly my most successful tour ever.As a result I shall repeat the itinerary, also working with Cazenove+loyd, as well as offer a different river cruise, both on the same boat in 2015. See Future Tours.
… wonderful trip and the last minute changes worked out seamlessly. We know that this must have involved an enormous about of extra work but the result was a triumph – definitely one of our best ever holidays. David L