Visiting Myanmar 7 Nights 8 Days - July 2010

We greatly appreciate Tamarind Travel for arranging a fantastic 8-day tour in Myanmar in July 2010. We visited Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake in a well-organized itinerary which has covered most of our interests. Cho Cho is a wonderful lady who is very accommodating to our requests. She is very patient in working out an itinerary with us to ensure that the best arrangements are made within our budget and interests. She is willing to go out of her way to ensure that we are happy with the arrangements. She is also exceptionally fast on emails, which makes us think that we are important clients! We used stationed guides in each location. All the guides were professional and are very helpful to make sure that we were well taken care of. In particular, Melvin, our guide in Yangon, and San, our guide in Bagan, were very knowledgeable and informative, and they made our stay especially educational and enjoyable. We are genuinely happy with Tamarind Travel's service and would not hesitate to recommend the company to our family and friends.

We would also like to make a special recommendation for Aquarius Inn in NyaungShwe. The hotel owner and staff were fantastic hosts. They gave us maps, served us tea and snacks at all times, and delicious breakfasts and also traditional medicine when we had stomach problems! The hotel was one highlight of our trip!

Out of all the tour arrangements, we would just like to make a comment on the hotel in Bagan (YarKinnThar Hotel). There was no back-up generator in the hotel and we had not been warned. There was frequent power failure during our stay in Bagan, and often during our siesta in the afternoon when it was very hot. There was no air conditioning in the room due to the power cut, and have therefore made the stay quite uncomfortable.

In addition, you have mentioned to us your company policy that the guide was to refrain from having meals together with clients. However, in Inle Lake, our guide sat together with us during our meals. We did not have to pay for her meal, and we saw other guides doing the same at other tables, so we did not raise the issue. We did not mind her eating with us as it seems to be the normal for all the guides, but we thought we would just like to let you know.

Mr. Lee & Ms. Yu, Hong Kong