Cabins on Avalon Myanmar are all identical and gorgeous; they have an elegant Asian feel that is both exotic and comfortable. Artwork consists of wood carvings and prints showing various aspects of the Burmese culture. The jaw-dropping visual centerpiece in each stateroom is the enormous, intricately carved wooden wall-attached headboard, which features silver-toned accents. Cabins are 245 square feet and decorated with lots of dark wood, including patterned wooden inlay ceilings. Punches of brick red and gold accent the rooms, and floors are dark wood.
Each of the 18 cabins includes a stunning 14-foot-wide bank of windows and a sliding-glass door (which opens to a French balcony) that allows unimpeded views of the fascinating Irrawaddy River. Beds face the windows -- an Avalon hallmark -- so you'll never miss the scenery. Because bugs -- particularly mosquitos -- are an issue on the Irrawaddy, there's also a sliding screen door. Open the slider, keep the screen in place, and turn on the ceiling fan to enjoy comfortable temperatures and fresh air during the day.
Cabins include two twin beds that can be pushed together to form a king-sized bed, two night tables (with the only usable drawer space in the room), a vanity/desk with chair, and a small seating area that includes a loveseat and armchair, as well as a table. A large wardrobe will fit virtually any clothing, except maxi dress-length garments, which will pool slightly at the bottom when hung. The closet also includes a bank of cubbies and one drawer, which holds a safe. Our biggest gripe about the cabins is lack of drawer space for holding smaller items.
Mini-fridges are stocked with complimentary beer, soda and water, and the items are replenished each day. (Ask your cabin steward to stock the fridge with the items you prefer.) Each cabin includes a flat-screen TV, though the satellite signal usually is so poor that there's rarely anything on. Outlets are plentiful and accommodate standard American plugs. Cabins also include three USB ports, including two bedside for easy charging. To tell your cabin steward you'd like privacy, simply push the "do not disturb" button, which activates a light outside the door.
Marble-tiled bathrooms are spacious, with large sinks and walk-in showers. A sprayer -- the region's version of a bidet -- is located next to the toilet. Each shower has a rainfall showerhead in addition to an adjustable spray showerhead. It also includes a low-to-the-floor step that can be used to prop up a foot to make leg-shaving easier. L'Occitane bath products -- shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion -- are standard. Hair dryers and robes also are included for use onboard.
It's important to note: While running water in the cabins is fine for bathing, it is not safe to drink or use for brushing your teeth. Avalon provides plenty of bottled water, so you can use that for teeth-brushing. To ensure you don't forget and accidentally use water from the sink for your dental hygiene, drape a washcloth over the faucet to serve as a visual reminder.
Avalon Myanmar doesn't have any cabins for families or those with disabilities.