HOW TO TRAVEL MYANMAR: EXPERT TOURS
For more than 20 years, GeoEx has been traveling in Myanmar, and we look forward to thoughtfully sharing with you the country’s unstinting loveliness, calm and strong people, and gracious culture.
Navigating a Complex Travel Destination
Opening to the world after years in isolation, Myanmar continues to go through great change. We’re not surprised that adventurous travelers are flocking to meet the country’s gracious people and to explore its gilded pagodas, floating gardens, and rich culture. But finding authentic experiences, securing space at quality hotels, and knowing the right people to work with—just a few of the considerations for travel in Myanmar—is tricky. That’s where GeoEx comes in, orchestrating illuminating journeys that scrupulous folks feel good about.
“GeoEx has done it again! This trip to Myanmar was one of the top trips I’ve ever taken. You put together an amazing slice of life in that country. With each part of the trip there was something new—each day it was like opening a box and finding something marvelous inside. Myanmar is the perfect place for Americans to travel; the people were so welcoming, the cuisine was scrumptious, and the accommodations were luxurious, with stellar service everywhere.” –Pat C.
Providing Decades of Experience & Unmatched Expertise
For more than 20 years, GeoEx has been traveling in Myanmar, watching it go from off the radar, to off limits, to on the road to freedom. Our staff returns regularly to keep abreast of the goings on, to uncover fresh ways to see the country, and to nurture our longstanding relationships with in-country colleagues. We carefully vet the hotels and businesses with whom we work to be sure they are up to snuff and run by progressive-minded people. With our knowledge, experience, and local connections, we are able to take you into the heart of the country, providing you with the most meaningful and comfortable experiences.
Our chief Myanmar maven, Tina Liadis, has been organizing travel to Myanmar since the mid-90s. She tells us: “It’s a wild time to be there. New businesses are popping up among thriving age-old customs, and a spirit of freedom buzzes excitedly—and still a little cautiously—around remnants of the old regime.” Then there’s our veteran trip leader Vassi Koutsaftis (named Top Cultural Guide by Outside magazine), whose more than 20 trips to the country and his historical and cultural savvy have built his reputation. His love of Myanmar is contagious.
“The trip was glorious in almost every way, and I feel very privileged to have had your guidance in setting it up and your skill in executing the plans.” –A.S.
Sharing Authentic Insider Experiences
Our destination experts and trip leaders love getting our travelers beyond the surface, opening doors to Myanmar to which most visitors don’t have access. From the streets of colonial Yangon to the minority villages of Kengtung, our adventure travel pros ensure that GeoEx trips in Myanmar reveal authentic insider moments, as well as pay tribute to icons like Bagan’s Plain of Temples. From rare river cruises and visits to little-touristed markets to private cooking lessons and meetings with monks, we arrange engaging experiences that introduce you to everyday life in this fascinating nation.
“Loved our guide Sai. He is passionate and knowledgeable about his country—a real delight. He went out of his way to show us his favorite spots in Putao, even taking us to his friend’s restaurant for New Year’s Eve. He really put 150 percent into his time with us.” –Daryl A.
Lining Up the Trip that is Right for You
We know your interests and travel style vary. You may be looking for an active adventure or a slower-paced cultural expedition. You might want to focus on a specific passion, such as Buddhism or textile weaving, or take in a sampling of all that the country offers. You may enjoy exploring with a small group of like-minded travelers on a carefully crafted Scheduled Trip or prefer to go on a Custom Trip that’s designed just for you and your chosen travel companions (perhaps a trip focused on food!). Whatever your wishes, we’ll make the arrangements. We’re also happy to line up additional time for you in Bangkok, Angkor Wat, Laos, or Singapore, or even weave your trip into your own Grand Tour of Asia. It’s up to you.
“Maw was a very thoughtful, informative, and sophisticated guide. She focused on exposing us to how the people of Myanmar live and the social and cultural aspects of day-to-day life. In amongst that, she patiently explained the finer points of Buddhism. Her passion and compassion for her country and for the people of Myanmar was infectious..” –Judith W.
Safety Net: Be Ready with Back-up
Travel, especially to evolving destinations like Myanmar, demands a strong safety net. GeoEx has constructed one of the most comprehensive risk-management programs in the travel industry. We carefully monitor travel conditions in and surrounding Myanmar, and maintain nearly round-the-clock logistics, air, security, and emergency assistance with trusted colleagues in the field.
“You at GeoEx run a tight ship globally, and I know I am always safe and well looked after under GeoEx’s umbrella..” –Rathna R.