This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Burma tailor made vacation, highlights
The carbon emissions created in Myanmar by your vacation are all offset in Southeast Asia through our partnership with a local environmental charity. These offsets are paid for out of our company profits so that you can travel with a green conscience and at no extra cost to you.
Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!
To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. Our work also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.
Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.
Myanmar is a destination where its tourist industry is still in its infancy. It is essential that best practice and fair wages create a strong bond between tourism and the tangible benefits it brings to the local community. Our fair trade ethos ensures that you have the best guides who recieve great training, wages and who are in no way reliant on tipping.
We specially prepare personal trip notes before you depart to ensure you are aware and able to be conscientious and respectful in a different culture.
In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their childrenís education in pursuit of this opportunity.
Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Southeast Asia and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travelers.
Reviews of Burma tailor made vacation, highlights
You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 31 Jan 2017 by Clare Harding
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
We loved Bagan. It was such a contrast to the chaotic traffic in Yangon and the place we stayed was beautiful, on the river with lovely gardens. The stupas were wonderful and the horse and cart way of seeing them were fun too. The other highlight was U Bein's bridge in Mandalay. It sounded crowded and hackneyed, but in fact was magical. All those black sticklike figures crossing the bridge against the sunset were amazing. The contrast between the countryside and housing in Mandalay, which was poor and mostly built of bits and pieces, and that in the Shan state was very marked. Shan state is well off and many people could afford small concrete homes.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Make sure you know what accommodation you have. Look it up on booking.com. Ours was very mixed.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
It only benefitted the country in the sense that the tourist industry provides jobs.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
A very good vacation among delightful people. A little hard to be too enthusiastic as I am still suffering badly from food poisoning got from our last accommodation on lake Heho and a parasitic infection.
Read the operator's response here:
We always offer the very best accommodation available for a clientís budget, and all of our recommendations are for properties which have been visited personally by one of our teams. The majority of our accommodations are locally owned boutique properties, especially in a destination such as Asia. On all itineraries we provide a direct link to the hotel accommodation so that clients can do their own research.
Although most tourism benefits Myanmar through providing jobs we believe that a vacation made through us has a much larger impact on the country. All our guides are paid well above the minimum wages for guides, meaning that although appreciated, tips are not expected. We can also organise visits to various local projects and create itineraries which visit smaller and poorer areas that donít benefit as much from tourism. We are continually looking to see how we can add responsible travel initiatives and this is a key part of our partnerships with suppliers, local agents and hotels.