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Cliff Steinhauer

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Myanmar Ambassador Program Specialist

Mya Thein Tan Pagoda, Myanmar
Mya Thein Tan Pagoda, Myanmar

In September 2019, I was fortunate enough to be invited on a Familiarization (FAM) trip to Myanmar (Burma). I was completely blown away by the natural beauty, culture, people and incredible temples and pagodas offered across Myanmar.

During the 9 night, 10-day journey, we explored Yangon, the old capitol, Bagan, the ancient city of 4,400 temples, Mandalay, the old kingdom's capitol, and Inle Lake, where 80,000 people live in houses built in the middle of a huge freshwater lake.

Our group of 36 travelers from 11 countries started as friends and finished as family. Traveling with an escorted group was incredibly easy. Just show up and you're whisked along, having every detail planned and taken care of. We also had expert, local guides travel with us in each region who had all of the knowledge of the area and the sites we visited.

In Yangon, we toured the Colonial historic downtown, visited the Shwedagon Pagoda (which is over 2,400 years old), enjoyed traditional Burmese cuisine and learned a lot about Myanmar’s rich, complex history.

Next, we flew on a short 45 minute flight to Bagan, an archaeological zone with limited development home to over 4,400 ancient temples and pagodas. Our guide, Nyi Nyi, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. We saw centuries old sandstone paintings in the Buddhist temples, watched the sun set over a pre-historic horizon, took a cruise on the Irawaddy River, and visited a lacquerware workshop where we learned the process of creating beautiful products from all natural sources.

After the mesmerizing experiences in Bagan, we wondered how it could get better. Our next stop was Mandalay, the subject of poems and memoirs from the colonial days of Burma. In Mandalay, there is an ancient walled city in the center, housing the former King’s palace which today houses a military garrison. We visited Kuthodaw Pagoda, the largest book in the world due to it’s 744 enshrined stone tablets reading the 3 Buddhist holy texts. We rode delivery trucks up to the summit of Mandalay hill for an incredible sunset, and we visited the town of Mingun, home to the 50 ton Mingun Bell and Mya Thein Tan Pagoda (pictured), which resembles a giant white wedding cake.

Once again, mesmerized by the amazing culture and experiences, we departed to Inle Lake. A welcome drop in temperature at 3,200 feet above sea level, Inle Lake is home to 80 villages all built ON the water. The homes are either on stilts or tiny islets which were all built by hand by the Shan people of the area. Every boat, house, fishing net, piece of clothing and food is grown, produced and made by hand from the lake. To say it was a wanderlust experience is an understatement. We visited a weaving shop where handmade items are crafted from silk and lotus reed (a product found nowhere else in the world). We also visited a nunnery, a silversmith and a wood working shop where they build the famous long skinny boats which can cross the shallow waters of the lake.

Upon our return to Yangon before the flight home, the new family of 36 sang songs from our hometown and graciously thanked our hosts from Myanmar Shalom Travels. They crafted a 5-star experience none of us will ever forget and the magic of Myanmar lives on through our photos and stories. My heart will always have a piece of Myanmar and I hope some day to return to this incredible place.

If I've captured your imagination, let me plan your next trip to Asia and incorporate (or exclusively explore) Myanmar. I touched on the 4 most popular destinations in the country, but we only scratched the surface. Myanmar has over 1,000 km of beaches and hundreds of islands offshore. Situated between Thailand and Sri Lanka, the tropical beaches are untouched and pristine. The famous Golden Rock in Northern Myanmar is close to one of the last White Elephant populations in the world. Myanmar has tons to offer, whether you like 5-star luxury or backpacking, there’s something for everyone. Reach out today and you’ll hear the passion in my voice for this incredible destination.

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Myanmar Ambassador Specialist Program

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Rating: 4.9 9 Reviews

Family trip to Belize

Reviewed By Heidi S. - Briar, WA | Traveled to Belize ~ Central America
Our family decided that this is our year to focus on travel before our teenagers leave home. We are so pleased we’ve found Cliff! Over the last few months, he’s helped us with complex trips to Belize and Puerto Rico and also provided input for a short trip to Arizona and another to Florida theme parks. Cliff is prompt and thorough in his work. Even more importantly to us, Cliff is enthusiastic! We are excited to plan more travels through Cliff in the coming year.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cliff Steinhauer responded:
Thank you for your business, Heidi! I'm looking forward to hearing about your upcoming trip to Puerto Rico!! -Cliff
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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Bucket List Trip to EUROPE

Reviewed By Timbo - Clermont, FL | Traveled to England ~ Europe
Cliff is the most dedicated, hard working and conscientious Travel Agent I have ever worked with. His attention to detail is exceptional and his creativity in creating exceptional experiences for each destination on our itinerary was outstanding. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to plan their "bucket list trip of a LIFETIME!"
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cliff Steinhauer responded:
Thanks for the opportunity to plan your adventure! You guys really got around! I really enjoyed hearing about your time in London, Paris, Venice, Tuscany, Rome AND Sorrento!
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Princess~ Alaskan cruise

Reviewed By Pam and Jey - Snohomish, Washington | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
My husband and I worked very closely with Cliff Steinhauer while planning our cruise through the Inside Passage, with stood in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria.
Cliff was very thorough and quick to respond to questions and e-mails. He reviewed numerous cruises until all of our criteria was met, He sent reminders when cruise timelines occurred.
We also had friends traveling with us and he booked , scheduled and coordinated travel plans for everyone. All travelers were very pleased with Cliff’s professionalism, follow through, and attention to detail.
My husband and I are currently working on our next cruise to Australia with Cliff. We know our cruise plans will be exemplary. We have total confidence in Cliff’s knowledge and expertise.
We highly recommend Cliff Steinhauer to anyone that is planning a cruise vacation. He will help make your planning be as enjoyable as your cruise!
Pam and Jey
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cliff Steinhauer responded:
Thank you very much for the kind words, Pam! I look forward to helping you plan your next trip, and you are an absolute pleasure to work with!!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Amazing Alaska

Reviewed By Penny - Seattle, WA | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Cliff was easy to work with, and always answered any f/u questions quickly. This was our first cruise so we had a lot of questions!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cliff Steinhauer responded:
Thank you Penny! I really enjoyed working with you and I hope we get to plan another trip for you soon.
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well planned thirty day adventure

Reviewed By Michael - LYNNWOOD | Traveled to Australia & New Zealand
Did quite well with getting us on a last minute 17 night cruise from Honolulu to Sydney Australia with air bookings getting us to Sterling SA for a week stay with family.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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One of our best trips. Easy, and well organized.

Reviewed By Dave - Atlantic Beach | Traveled to Iceland ~ Europe
Did a fabulous job handling the many details involved with our trip
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cliff Steinhauer responded:
Thank you for booking with us Dave! It was fun planning your Oceania Cruise to Iceland, and I'm glad everything worked out great!
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We had an amazing trip, unforgettable!

Reviewed By Susan - Orlando FL | Traveled to England France Italy
Cliff understood what we wanted and executed our trip to Europe perfectly. He made sure every aspect of our trip was covered, from our airline tickets, hotels and tours.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cliff Steinhauer responded:
Thank you for trusting me to plan your vacation! I'm glad everything worked out and I hope you are inspired to take many more trips to new destinations!
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Amazing Agent!

Reviewed By Paul - Bellevue, WA | Traveled to Spain ~ Europe
Cliff provides outstanding service and he responds very quickly! He goes out of his way to make you feel like a valued client.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Cliff Steinhauer responded:
Thank you Paul! I look forward to hearing about your next upcoming trip to Paris, Valencia and Rome!
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Alaska Cruise

Reviewed By topsy - Mexico Baja | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Always prompt in answering my questions
Has a good sense of humour, which I personally feel is nice.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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