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Avalon Waterways - Myanamar - Part II (Getting Here & Getting It On)

My trip to Myanmar on Avalon Waterways is a bucket list (I hate that term... as I see it as a To Do List without focus on some pre-death desires) item for many people...and it is so far more enriching, eye-opening and exotic than the over-hyped other newly opened country:  Cuba.
I say this not to denigrate Cuba, but to emphasize that you shouldn't necessarily follow the marketing. Cuba is most certainly interesting, but it is also a high profit/low effort destination for travel companies, especially cruise lines, looking to beef up the Caribbean market.  Myanmar is not marketed nearly as much, but the return on your investment in time and money will probably be far greater. (Hey, my blog is called Making Waves for a reason!)
Yangon, Myanmar's Shwedagon PagodaTraveling to Southeast Asia from the United States has been a significant issue for travelers because of the long flying times.  This is my third trip to this region in five months and I cannot stress enough that whatever discomfort you may think you may endure, it can be far less than you think (if at all)...and whatever it is, it is so well worth it.  
So I am going to take a moment to discuss getting here. You know the ONE thing that is keeping many of you from diving into this incredible and vital part of our world.  And, of course, because it is so worth it, you will long remember the incredible time you had and not even think about the flights; especially if you do it right!
Getting to Southeast Asia There are ways to make the journey bearable and the rewards are well worth it...and it starts with using the right airlines and gaining access to the airport lounges.
I have flown to Singapore four times in Premium Economy; twice each on United and Singapore Airlines (both being members of the Star Alliance) as well as in Business Class.  United has a non-stop 16 hour flight to Singapore out of San Francisco and Singapore Airlines has flights out of San Francisco and Los Angeles with a stop in Hong Kong or Seoul, respectively.  
     Lesson I:  Not all premium economy seating is the same.       Lesson II:  Taking a bit longer can be easier on the body and mind.
United's premium economy consists of more legroom. Period.  You get an economy seat, economy meals and basic economy beverages (box wine and beer).  On Singapore Airlines you get much better seating with real footrests, you can order a wide variety of meals in advance and a good variety of spirits, wines and beers at no additional cost, along with much larger tv screens.  For $100 more you get even better footrests and tons of space in front of you.  (It is well worth it.)  
Singapore Airlines Premium Economy seating
I had nobody sitting next to me for the second leg of my flight.
Not a bad setup: Movie and Flight Maps.You just feel better looking forward to drinking champagne and good wines, dining on Lamb Biryani, Nasi lemak w...
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