Myanmar / Burma
Myanmar (or Burma) is one of the most beautiful and untouched countries in Asia. Its amazingly varied countryside ranges from high snowy peaks in the north to rolling hills and colourful fields of Shan state, the fertile plains of the Irrawaddy and stunning white sandy beaches on its coastline. Myanmar is a multi-ethnic country with over 200 different tribes and dialects, but one thing is universal - wherever you travel in this magic country you will be greeted with a smile. This is why we love it as a destination for our small group tours or private holidays.
We fell in love with Burma (or Myanmar) shortly after the country opened up and started encouraging tourists to visit, a move calculated to help toward the eventual transistion to becoming a more open and democratic nation.
We are highly aware of the current challenges of this process and deplore the plights of various ethnic minorities in the country so have thought long and hard about whether to still travel to Myanmar. We have concluded that we will, believing that a boycott will do more harm than good. We set out to always work with privately owned, local, ethical suppliers in a sustainable way and we vet the hotels and partners we use to ensure they meet our criteria. Over the years we have supported the growth of tourism in the country and worked with many wonderful people whose livilihood depends upon visitors. These people have nothing to do with any political unrest or actions and we wish to continue to support them if we can, thus we continue to work in country with those we trust and who benefit from the tourist income. To make sure that you are as safe as can be we adhere to UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice regarding safe travel areas. We also encourage you to study the travel essentials document we send you on booking on how to travel in Myanmar in a manner respectful of local traditions.
Looking back to that first visit it was the people of Myanmar that we truly fell in love with; smiling, friendly, hospitable and excited to show you their beautiful land.
And what a land: the spectacular shining golden pagodas of Schwedagon and Mandalay, majestic Buddha statues, the 2000 temples of Bagan plain, enchanting Inle Lake or the unspoilt Ngapali beach are major highlights on any tour.
However we also like to dig a little deeper by trekking into the hills of Shan State to stay overnight with a family in their home, take trains with the locals, charter a yacht to sail the barely touched Mergui achipelago (maybe meeting a sea gypsy family) and of course get up-close to the action at one of the colourful festivals.
Myanmar is a magical, spritual land where we feel privileged to craft wonderful journeys for our guests. Let us plan your tailor-made tour or holiday and turn it into an experience that will stay with you forever.