This charming river vessel is built in colonial style, elegantly designed with the ambience of a bygone era and furnished with local hardwoods, quality furniture and typical artwork. The atmosphere onboard is informal and friendly, promising you a comfortable exploration of a magical area of the world. The RV Thurgau Exotic II was built in 2011 and accommodates just 28 passengers in 15 cabins.
Accommodation onboard both vessels offers spacious and luxuriously appointed cabins more akin to a colonial boutique hotel then a river vessel. Cabins are spread over two decks and open out on to the promenade providing fantastic views of the passing landscapes. The single cabins are equipped with a glass sliding door and the twin cabins have open-able windows and a glass sliding door. The cabins on the Upper deck are all double and the Grand suites are situated at the front of the vessels and feature open plan spacious living areas. They also feature a private balcony for undisturbed privacy. The suites feature an open plan area which extends the whole width of the ship. All cabins have individual air-conditioning and en suite facilities, a minisafe, wardrobe, writing desk, hair dryer, bathrobe and slippers.
The sun deck is equipped with comfortable reclining chairs and seats, as well as a self service tea and coffee counter and a bar from where you can watch the world go by, passing amazing and ever changing landscapes. The single seating restaurant affords panoramic views and is fashioned in wooden furnishings and traditional artwork. The covered observation area is open to the river breeze so you can take in stunning landscapes away from the daytime sun. There is also a library onboard with a small selection of English books. There is a small boutique on board with a collection of locally made handicrafts, souvenirs, post cards, stamps as well as a limited selection of toiletries.
The dining room is spacious and seats all passengers in a single open seating arrangement. Breakfast is served buffet style, whereas lunch and dinner are table service and offer a fusion of Asian and western cuisine. Vegetarian dishes are always available and there is a fresh salad bar arranged at lunch time. Complimentary tea and coffee are available from 6am on the sun deck and throughout the day. Mineral water (local) is provided in all cabins daily. Additional bottles are available on request. Drinking water is provided at all meals. Other drinks such as soft drinks, beer, wine and alcoholic drinks are not included in your cruise price but available as an addition.
The atmosphere onboard is informal and whether you are relaxing on the Sun deck taking in your surroundings, engaging with the tour manager regarding the culture and nature of this fascinating region or perhaps enjoying a delicious meal in the onboard restaurant, you will be surrounded by friendly staff and like-minded travellers throughout your journey. It is the personal touches that make a cruise aboard one of these vessels so memorable, such as staff waiting with a welcome drink and cold towel after every excursion, water always being available no matter what time of day and there are often extra ‘surprises’ on excursions – perhaps a special cocktail is served on a boat trip, a barbecue is served ashore or a local dance group entertain you. Throughout your cruise, staff are friendly and willing to help with any request. They often put on cooking demonstrations or other cultural presentations to add to your understanding of this fascinating country.
For your Comfort, Safety and Security
The dedicated crew are onboard to ensure you have an enjoyable, comfortable and safe exploration of the Irrawaddy and Chindwin River and are on hand to offer assistance throughout your journey. There are no elevators or chair lifts aboard and most shore excursions involve some walking and some excursions are walking tours only. Because of the varying nature of the riverbank, the method of getting ashore may differ from time to time and on occasions access may be difficult. Staff will ensure the gangways are safe and that the crew and team are on hand to assist you.
“We are all inexplicably attracted to some destinations and I have always had a fascination with the Golden Land; a fascination that I was fortunate enough to realise earlier this year on our maiden voyage along the Irrawaddy aboard the MS Thurgau Exotic II. After the political struggle that the country has endured in its recent history we seemed to be in the right place at the right time; a place where the warmth and welcoming nature of its people ranked high up among their assets and a time that we found rapidly changing. The cruise allowed us to absorb their culture, nature, and often intriguing way of life. This was a true voyage of discovery on the charming comfort of the MS Thurgau Exotic II and in the caring hands of her Team”
Cesar Perez, Tour Manager