Let’s change the way you travel!

At True Vacations, we are passionate about Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and the stunning rivers that flow through them. They are the “life blood” of these beautiful country’s… We also love and are passionate about Laos, Bhutan, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Indonesia. Having lived and worked in Asia for over 30 years Mark Nicholls, Managing Director of True Vacations, and his team not only love this part of the world but they know it intimately.

We can promise you a travel and cruise adventure that will not only be different from “the normal” but will also exceed your expectations! The team will ensure your travel is safe, exciting and a huge learning experience while making your travel dreams come true… This is our personal promise to you!

Experiences of a lifetime

All cruises allow you to connect with all kinds of fascinating cultures. Their love and enthusiasm for life will touch your hearts.

All local guides, crew members and the people you meet will lead you into a deeper appreciation and understanding of these ancient lands.

Our people

Our ships have high crew to passenger ratios. All hotel staff and the Cruise Director speak English for your convenience and their levels of service are like no other.

Spa staff are fully trained and experienced in both traditional and westernised spa treatments.


We’re here to take you there.
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True Vacations // Mark Nicholls // +64 210 708 956
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Two years ago we booked our first river cruise we had seen advertised in a local newspaper.  This was the Avalon Myanmar Cruise, sailing in February 2018.  Previously our overseas holidays were usually based on bus tours or rental car, but this Myanmar cruise has definitely changed our minds.

Upon stepping off the plane at Yangon we were met by our guide Dorothy who took us to our very nice Hotel in Sule where we stayed for 2 nights, then flew to Bagan with Dorothy & other ‘shipmates’ to be met by Mark Nicholls, our Tour Director, then travelled by coach to our beautiful home for the next 10 days.

We wish to say that Mark was exceptional in his knowledge of the country we were in, and making the voyage the best holiday we have ever had.  He, Dorothy & all the crew bent over backwards to make us all feel special. Mark’s attention to detail was evident. Every day was full of interesting places to see and people to meet. Some evenings we had entertainment, also talks and dvd’s on Myanmar life.  We loved our holiday and would go back again but there is a big wide world out there to visit. 

We have no hesitation in recommending Mark and his company True Vacations to anyone wishing to book a cruise – it is the best way to travel.  You’ll be treated like royalty.

We wish Mark all the best for his new endeavour.

Annie & Peter Deakin

In my observation there are Tourists, Travellers and True Travellers. True travelers are those people who are one step ahead of everyone else, who welcomes adventure to places not yet discovered by the masses. If you are that type of person or have clients that are those type of people then you need to send them to Mark Nicholls and True Vacations to experience the beauty of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). 

For me, it was the most magical trip of my life! The people are lovely! The landscape (full of Pagodas) are stunning and having Mark introduce us to the people and culture, made this trip fascinating! The ship was gorgeous. The staterooms are large with all amenities of luxury. Safety was (and is) not an issue. Not only did I feel safe as a single female traveler, I felt empowered to explore the upper Irrawaddy river – truly parts unknown! The key was the overall organization, Kudos to all!

Nancy Paredes,
Proudly a TRUE traveller  

Nancy Paredes

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