Myanmar 10 day small group tour

“A ten day, small group tour starting in Mandalay and ending in yangon, staying in hotels along the way. Really enjoyed all the boat trips on this itinerary.”

Highlights

Mandalay | Monywa | Bagan | Kalaw | Inle Lake | Yangon

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2018: 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug
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Responsible tourism: Myanmar 10 day small group tour

Environment

This program is crafted in a way that is environmentally, culturally and socially responsible. As we know, “Flying” is one of the fastest growing sources of CO2, we include only one essential air travel in this program. Travel by land and water transport instead of flights, passengers can taste more deeply to natural beauties, scenery, villages, ways of life, local culture and also have more chance to interact with local people whilst maintaining and/or improving the environment.
We design this tour to ensure every traveler has authentic interactions with local people, businesses, transportation, and food and drink. All our tours and activities are run by local experts, who are trained on initiatives of Sustainability Management and Responsible Travel practices. We also educate local community and raise awareness about the environmental issues and responsible behavior.
We distribute useful information sheet to our passengers which provides tips to travelers on best practices while traveling (codes of conduct / guidelines for sensitive excursions or activities). And well inform to our clients about sustainable offers such as sustainable accommodations and excursions, activities etc..
Here below are some points of this small group focus on environmental sustainability and improvement :
- Less air travel program for environmental sustainability.
- River journey up the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to the riverside village of Mingun, enjoying the picturesque scenery of this river and the lifestyles of the local people who live and work on these waters. Unlike Amarapura, Mingun was not a royal capital yet has many interesting sites to see. The entry fee we pay in this area is used for maintaining the area and environment.
- In Monywa, cross the Chindwin River by ferry and proceed to Po Win Taung by local open-air jeep. This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in Southeast Asia. We make donations and co-operations with local authorities for sustainability of sandstone caves, mural paintings and the area.
- In Bagan area, visit a rural, locally-owned toddy-palm climber’s hut to see how to tap toddy wine from the fronds, toddy factory and road-side shop. Buying products here supports the local economy and preserves the local environment.
- Cooking class in Inle Lake, conducted by local people of the area, uses locally-sourced products, sustaining the environment and contributing to the local economy.
- Yangon Heritage Walk highlights the historical importance of the colonial-era heritage buildings and the need for their preservation.

Community

Our guides inform travelers about the best places to consume from local sources during the visit. We introduce our passengers to local artists, productive projects and social cooperatives, promoting fair trade. All of the projects that are included in our tours and trips find another fundraising source in responsible tourism. Moreover, our passengers are invited to make additional donations and purchases to the social projects we visit, as a way of showing gratefulness for receiving us and in order to contribute to their mission and sustainability.
Furthermore, our trips contribute to diversify the local economies, to give employment to local communities as well as motivations for younger people.
Here below are some highlights of this small group focus on community and community development:
- Visiting Mahagandayon Monastery in Mandalay, and offering a monk is contributing to local education and the monastery.
- Visiting local workshops in Mandalay, Bagan and Inle lake are where your contribution will directly help the local economy.
- Boat trip in Mingun, Inle Lake and Pakokku to Bagan are conducted by local people. Enjoying this activities is contributing for development of local community directly.
- Enjoying local tea and snack in Bagan and Cooking class with lunch in Inle Lake effect mainly benefit to local community whilst clients can learn more deeply to local ways of live without negative impact.
- Hla Day Gift shop is Yangon provide a sustainable market place, business and design training to support the livelihoods of local producers, many of whom are struggling to overcome disability, exclusion and poverty. It is a non-profit social enterprise and work together with Myanmar artisans, disadvantaged groups and small local businesses to design, develop and sell quality handmade products with a contemporary twist.

As a company, we mainly support orphanages at present. We work with our local suppliers closely, encouraging them to implement to our Code of Conduct. We trust in these local suppliers do their utmost to respect and achieve the standards we set out. We have a responsibility towards society to be a good corporate citizen, from a sustainable supply chain to ethical human rights.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


This country is simply gorgeous... You feel suspended between legend and reality! The locals are special people, always ready to welcome you with a smile. It's still a country unknown to the big tourism, but I hope more and  more people will decide to discover this amazing country.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I would suggest to be ready to discover a new and simple way to live. A lot of legends mixed with a smiling reality.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I have been at lunch in a beautiful house on stilts and the couple of owners have been so lovely! The lunch was delicious, so I am happy I could benefit them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


10 days Myanmar tour with Asian tour has been an amazing experience! My guides were really careful to help me and show me everything this beautiful land offers.

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