Myanmar tailor made vacation

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Myanmar tailor made vacation

Environment

Our tailor made tour takes in environmentally sensitive areas, where we make an effort to minimise the environmental impact of the tour and support heritage, wildlife and sustainability initiatives. These include:

- Nat Ma Taung National Park in mountainous Chin State is an ASEAN Heritage Park and has been judged of Outstanding Universal Value by UNESCO; park entry fees contribute to environmental protection initiatives, and local guides receive sustainable tourism training and are educated in the wide variety of rare fauna and flora in the area, and the need for their preservation.
- The Community-Based Tourism project in Kayah State, which is part of this tour, focuses not only on local culture and development, but also on the environment. There are severe water shortages in the area, and the sponsors of this project are working with local villagers on projects to better preserve the limited resources available.
- After years of insensitive development, The Bagan Archaeological Zone is now being treated with due attention to the careful preservation of the temples, with the guidance of UNESCO. Entry fees and guiding in adherence to responsible tourism best practices help to preserve this ancient environment.
- The largest collection of colonial-era heritage buildings in Southeast Asia can be found in Yangon, where the historical importance of these buildings and the need for their preservation is supported by non-profit organisations such as the Turquoise Mountain and the Yangon Heritage Trust.

Myanmar’s tourism industry is in the early stages of its development, and many who work in tourism are not familiar with sustainable tourism practices; we therefore make it our responsibility to train our staff and suppliers on matters such as recycling, littering and energy saving initiatives. Furthermore, we distribute the official ‘Dos and Don’ts for tourists’ booklet to all our customers, which details how you can visit Myanmar responsibly.

We also engage in country-wide initiatives:

- Contribute money and donations to disaster relief when it is called for, recently donating to flood relief in Chin State.
- Work with guides, suppliers and accommodation providers to reduce environmental impact in areas such as recycling and re-use of towels and bedclothes on a day-to-day basis.

Community

As a locally-owned company employing mostly local staff, we know that responsible tourism is a route to economic development and better education and healthcare for many underprivileged communities in Myanmar.

Our tailor made tour has Myanmar’s diverse communities at its heart, with activities including:

- A trip to Kayah State and a visit to the mountain villages of the Kayan people. Famous for its beautiful scenery and the ‘long-necked’ women who live there, it is a impoverished, post-conflict area where a dedicated Community-Based Tourism project is helping to aid development and cultural understanding.
- See a donor-funded ‘living restoration’ project on your heritage tour of Yangon, where one of the city’s beautiful colonial-era buildings has been restored to its former glory with the active participation of its local inhabitants, and employing and training local workers.
- A visit to Myanmar’s first community skateboarding park, an internationally sponsored project which has created a safe and friendly environment where young people meet, and offering a fantastic opportunity to see what community means in Myanmar’s cities.
- An offering will be made to novice monks at the Mahagandayon Monastery near Mandalay, giving a deeper understanding of this large Buddhist community, and contributing to its upkeep, as well as local schooling.
- At locations around the country from Mandalay to Bagan and Inle Lake to the mountains of Chin State, your tour will take in local markets and the small workshops of silk weavers, silversmiths, and lacquerware artisans, where your contribution will directly help the local economy.

We also regularly donate money and gifts to monastic schools at various locations around Myanmar; a monastery education is often the only kind available in many villages around the country.

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