Cruise Myan­mar in luxury

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - PHIL HOFFMANN TRAVEL -

GET to know the mys­te­ri­ous South-East Asian king­dom of Myan­mar (for­merly Burma) on a luxury river cruise hol­i­day.

Phil Hoff­mann Travel prin­ci­pal Phil Hoff­mann says if you are search­ing for an adventure that you’ll re­mem­ber for­ever, this is the ideal ve­hi­cle.

“Imag­ine the de­lights that await you on a luxury river cruise through once for­bid­den land,’’ he says.

Cruiseco Ex­plorer is a cus­tom-built luxury river boat op­er­at­ing in Myan­mar on the wa­ters of the Aye­yarwady (also known as the Ir­rawaddy), Up­per Ir­rawaddy and Chind­win Rivers.

It was only launched last Novem­ber and is the sec­ond, cus­tom-built ship that Cruiseco has launched in the last two years.

The de­sign of the ship draws on ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the cruise in­dus­try and Mr Hoff­mann says it en­sures guests ex­pe­ri­ence this beau­ti­ful part of the world in com­fort and style, while still en­joy­ing an au­then­tic en­counter of the unique cul­tures and tra­di­tions.

The tra­di­tion­ally-de­signed ship ac­com­mo­dates 56 guests in spa­cious and lux­u­ri­ous cab­ins.

The sun deck, lounge, bar and restau­rant can com­fort­ably cater for all pas­sen­gers on­board at any time with the restau­rant lo­cated on the main deck.

The lat­ter’s menu will fea­ture a fu­sion of tra­di­tional Burmese and West­ern cui­sine.

“Your days will be spent en­joy­ing myr­iad river­side high­lights while evenings will fea­ture tan­ta­lis­ing cui­sine, en­chant­ing, lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment and ser­vice from the ever at­ten­tive staff,’’ Mr Hoff­mann says.

Later, you can retreat to your pri­vate haven.

Cruiseco Ex­plorer is about more than trav­el­ling in luxury, he said. It proudly em­ploys from the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and this fea­ture is crit­i­cal to de­liv­er­ing pas­sen­gers an au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The lo­cal crew on board Cruiseco Ex­plorer is ex­tremely knowl­edge­able on cul­ture, his­tory, tra­di­tions and cui­sine and they en­joy shar­ing their knowl­edge with guests,’’ Mr Hoff­mann says.

Cruiseco has set the bench­mark with this luxury river cruise ex­pe­ri­ence, he says.

There are a choice of Myan­mar cruise packages, in­clud­ing an 11-night pack­age (seven-night cruise) priced from $4999 a per­son (twin share) in Septem­ber and from $5999 a per­son for a 17-night pack­age cruis­ing three rivers (14 nights cruis­ing) in April (2015) with var­ied pric­ing on sim­i­lar cruise packages in other months.

Packages in­cludes re­turn, econ­omy air fares, pre- and post-cruise ac­com­mo­da­tion, cruise aboard Cruiseco Ex­plorer with port charges and on­board gra­tu­ities, pre- and post-cruise ho­tel stays and all trans­fers for the se­lected itin­er­ary. To take ad­van­tage of the early­bird of­fer, con­tact Phil Hoff­mann Travel on 1300 889 953,

AWE-INSPIRING: Soak up the ex­otic sights of the once for­bid­den land of Myan­mar on a cus­tom-built Cruiseco Ex­plorer.

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