Myanmar, also known as Burma, is poised for major changes in its economic and political life. A tourist boom is on the way with record number of arrivals In Myammar already being posted. With increasing numbers of tourists to Burma one can expect changes for the good and bad. As change is on the way we are organizing this comprehensive trip to this very photogenic country to see the country as it is now.
The Republic of the Union Myanmar, formerly the Union of Burma is a country that captures the imagination of many travelers. Our first trip was in 1983 and most recent in 2012. We look forward to introducing travelers to this Golden Land of Burma, to Burmese friends, to lowland and upland peoples as well as the incredible Burmese landscapes.
In the 1940's Burma had one of the best education systems in Asia. Burma had an emerging economy and was a major exporter of high quality rice. Today, Myanmar is a country of huge unrealized potential and a high degree of poverty. Regardless, the people of Myanmar show tremendous grace under pressure which as travelers we experience in everyday interactions and in beautiful artistic and religious expression. Myanmar has a strong tradition of Theravada Buddhism, including highly respected meditation masters. The Buddhist monasteries and stupas are extraordinary places to visit.
To provide the best possible experience we partner with a small Burmese travel company who understands our desire to both see and experience the highlights Myanmar is famous for as well as for opportunities for getting off the beaten track to meet locals and observe the Burmese way of life. We are accompanied by English speaking guides at all times.
The Burma tour organizers and leaders are Steve Wilke and Sermsri Sarnnoy. Steve has lived and worked in Thailand for the past 28 years, Sermsri is a native of Thailand. Together we have traveled extensively in SE Asia with repeated visits to all our tour destinations. Our most recent tour to Burma was in 2012. To see traveler reviews of a recent trip to Myanmar visit our Blog Lanna Happenings accessed on our web site www.lannathaivilla.com
A note on our approach: Our tours takes us to beautiful, often diverse physical environments and to cultures from which we have much to learn. Our approach emphasizes person to person contact, achieved through scheduled visits to markets, schools, friend's homes, festivals, performances, monasteries and other spiritual places and through finding spontaneous opportunities to observe/join in as we travel along. We work with small respected in-country travel companies and employ excellent bilingual local guides and resource people many of whom are friends of many years. Also, we leave something behind through contributions for local projects that we discuss and agree on as we go. A minimum of $40 from each traveler's fee is reserved for this purpose. We seek to create a relaxed travel group, and purposely seek participants who support each others experience.
We are pleased to be collaborating on additional trips organized and led by our friends, Roger and Nancy Harmon. Over the past nine years Roger and Nancy have organized and led over twenty trips, and they remain passionate about introducing small groups of 8 - 10 travelers to places, people, and ways of being they find special. To check out their tours visit www.worldviews2000.com.
Should you be interested in exploring northern Thailand we would like to suggest you consider a stay at our home stay Lanna Thai Villa, located in Chiang Rai province. Our web site www.lannathaivilla.com and Blog Lanna Happeningsprovide details and photographs of our tranquil and well appointed Villa
located in Sermsri's ancestral village.
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