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LaVonne Markus-Stillwater,MN

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Unbelievable Myanmar - SE Asia at it's Best

Elephant camp in Myanmar
Elephant camp in Myanmar

My son and I took an unbelievable trip to Myanmar (former Burma) for a river cruise on Avalon. We started in Yangon (former Rangoon), a large, bustling city.  We took a tour of the city and did some shopping.  The street food was great, you just need to make sure you only eat the cooked foods.  


We then flew to Bagan where we boarded the Avalon Myanmar.  It is a beautiful ship built for the Irrawaddy River, with wooden floors and hand carved wooden accents made from teak and fantastic staff.  In Bagan at sunrise and sunset we went to see the nearly 2000 stupas and pagodas.  As we began sailing, we were able to watch the life along the river.  We stopped daily at a village where we had a tour and visited with the local villagers, and in one village we visited a school.  As part of the trip, we were able to visit an elephant camp.  As the country is no longer harvesting teak trees, which the elephants used to pull out of the forest, they now demonstrate how the elephants worked, and give elephant rides.  Following the opportunity to feed the elephants with bananas that we brought along, the mahouts (the elephant handlers) would take them into the stream and give them their bathes, which they receive twice each day.  The elephants are well looked after with a veterinarian on staff.


It was a great opportunity to meet the Burmese people, and to explore their country.  The Burmese people were extremely friendly and were just as interested with us as we were of them.


I would highly recommend a visit to Myanmar!

My Reviews

14 of 24 people found this review helpful
Best Travel Agent
Very Professional, Easy to work with, close to home that I can stop by with any questions.. Knows what is going on with my travels and keeps us updated with any changes...
When we had to cancel our cruise in 2014 due to a emergency medical situation, she was on top of things, making it easy to make other arrangements which was a very big help...When we rebooked the following year, she was right there making the arrangements for us. We enjoy working with her and will continue to do so.....
By  kobe  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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19 of 34 people found this review helpful
Viking Rhine River Cruise is a "Bucket List" trip.
Lavonne makes everything seamless. Arrangements are quick and easy. We can always contact her quickly and get results, if we have any questions or concerns.
By  Tom  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Rhine Valley ~ Germany ~ Europe
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5 of 7 people found this review helpful
A fabulous trip
LaVonne spent lots of time with me helping me plan our trip. She was very patient and gave good advice when I was confused or unsure of something. I had a small problem with a reservation while in Scotland. I emailed LaVonne, and she took care of it for me. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for an agent.
By  Barbara  from  Stillwater. Mn
Traveled to  Ireland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 11 people found this review helpful
The all inclusive resort exceeded our expectation
LaVonne did a great job finding a great resort in a very short time frame. Everything went super smooth from beginning to end.
By  Lombo  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Isla Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
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10 of 17 people found this review helpful
A carefree trip
LaVonne was a pleasure to work with. When we stopped in at Travel Leaders we kind of knew what we wanted but weren't sure of everything we had to do to get our trip booked. We explained to LaVonne what we wanted and she took over from there. She showed us our options, explaining them all, and made all the necessary bookings. All our flights got us where we needed to go, our land tour went off without a hitch and the cruise was a great way to end our 2 week adventure. We looked at booking our trip online but there were questions we couldn't find answers for. LaVonne had all the answers and even gave us ideas on excursions to take. We walked out of there feeling great knowing our trip was finally booked and everything was in place for a great trip. Thank you Lavonne for a great trip; 2 weeks of fun, adventure and relaxation. We couldn't have had such a great time without your help!
By  mnmrxmas  from  Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
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