We picked this trip, since Myanmar was an entirely new and exotic destination. The Shangri La hotel in Bangkok was beautiful. We flew to Mandalay for a short tour and where we boarded the boat. The accommodations are very simple, but practical. It was the same flat bottom style on the Irrawaddy as the Vietnam/Cambodia trip on the Mekong. The food was fresh and delicious - we liked the many local dishes on board. Everything is casual and open seating.
Every day we stopped at different villages, with something to see or learn at each one. We saw so many Buddhas and beautiful Temples and Pagodas, with monks and monasteries everywhere. We learned about the history of the country. The education resources are very limited. Politics were bad, but recently things seem to have improved a bit. We had lectures, a movie, various talks, guest monks and craft persons on board.
People in the villages were often poor, but seemed very friendly and got by OK.
We were on all kinds of fun transportation.
Our guide, Dorothy, was wonderful and so full of interesting information. She taught us all, much about her country and often surprised us with a song, a small gift, or a funny story. When we returned from dusty walks, the crew on our boat collected our shoes and sandals we wore and returned them cleaned off to our doorsteps! Nice!
We ended Myranmar in Yangon for a couple of nights and then flew back to Bangkok.
The only negative was that nearly all 50 of the guests ended with respiratory infections- coughing mostly. Perhaps from so much dust, close quarters, and sharing of serving utensils on board.
We were not warned until we were on the ship about the minimal emergency health resources on the trip. Luckily no one had an emergency.
Also, minimal wifi available along the river, except in hotel stops.
There are 3 main levels on board- access by steep stairs only. Top level is shaded.
Very clean and practical. Good bed and shower. Air conditioning worked well. Enough storage. Screens at the doors.