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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!

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11 of 13 people found this review helpful
Great trip to Switzerland
We enjoyed the trip. As far as moving around to different seats on the bus, most people didn't think that should have been a big deal.
By  Ted  from  Champlin, Minnesota
Traveled to  Switzerland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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17 of 25 people found this review helpful
Retirement Celebration - Royal Carribean Cruise
This was our first trip to Italy and it gave us comfort working with a travel agent and agency just in case there were any issues. She provided valuable information as we were making our plans.
By  Dan & Kathy  from  Forest Lake, MN
Traveled to  Mediterranean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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11 of 14 people found this review helpful
Had a great time
LaVonne did an excellent job setting up our trip. We had no problems and would highly recommend her to friends.
By  Ruth  from  Hudson, WI
Traveled to  Hawaii Island ~ Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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23 of 39 people found this review helpful
Special trip for our Anniversary.
Always there for our questions, pleasant and knowledgeable to work with.
By  Shari  from  Stillwater, Mn.
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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22 of 37 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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