Myanmar is not an ordinary country. And it would be a waste of time to see Myanmar the ordinary way. For the last ten years, I have been creating and leading trips through this beautiful country that I call home. I know that the 'sites' are amazing- and I would never want a visitor to miss the chance to gaze in awe at Shwedagon Pagoda or capture the sunset over Bagan. But I also want to make sure each visitor gets into the local culture by experiencing Myanmar with all five senses.
Eating, cycling, and trekking are the best way to do this in my opinion! Our company, Myanmar Pure, was founded with this in mind. Leave your guide books behind and let us plan the perfect adventure for you.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Myanmar is where I call home and I have been fortunate to travel throughout the country. We specialize in the area around Mandalay and north but have experience from north to south, east to west. We specialise in getting you in to the heart of the country and feel that adventure is the best way to do this. In the true sense of the word, this is cycling and trekking but we also think adventure is found in personal encounters, local food tastings and slowing down and soaking up the rhythms of Myanmar."
How did you get involved in travel?
"In retrospect, it shouldn't be surprising that I ended up working in travel. My great aunt was obsessed with travel- saving every penny she made to go off on random adventures- and I was captivated by her stories. After my first big trip, an independent adventure through Southeast Asia, I returned to the US in search of work. The job market was not great and on a whim I applied for a tour leading gig in Vietnam. I signed an 18-month contract. And then another. And another. Over a dozen years later I am still in Asia and still working in tourism. And I don't regret a single moment of it. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"There are too many that I can't chose just one. But it is the personal connections that really mean the most. You can take photos of amazing sites and colourful sunrises and enjoy them over and over again. You can replicate the taste of amazing food and capture the smells of incense burning in an ancient temple. But you cannot match the feeling that comes with connecting with a person. Even though there may be a language barrier, I feel I have made friends all over the world by sharing smiles, laughs and even tears. Travel reminds you that at the end of the day, we are all the same no matter where we are from."
Featured trips & expertise
Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore Myanmar. If you have less time, you can still have a great experience but it requires careful planning. At a minimum, five days is enough to give you a taste of the country’s history and culture by visiting two of Myanmar’s “Big Four” destinations.
For first-time visitors to Myanmar looking to discover the country through its people and history, this trip plan is the perfect fit. In 8 days you will experience three very diverse destinations that reflect Myanmar's complex and colorful past as well as its rich culture.
This 8-day itinerary provides a local perspective on the main highlights of Myanmar — Yangon, Bagan, and Inle Lake. You'll dine with a local family, visit lively markets and places of pilgrimage, and enjoy the company of knowledgeable local guides who will share their stories and insights.
Experience the remarkable culture of Myanmar on a 10-day journey through the 'Golden Land'. From Mandalay to Bagan and on to Yangon, each day you'll connect with the country's friendly people and rich traditions. This tour focuses on unique experiences that go beyond the classic sightseeing holiday.
Discover the best of Myanmar at a relaxed pace on this two-week itinerary. You'll start and end in Yangon, stopping along the way to wander through the ancient temples of Bagan, explore the former royal capital of Mandalay, and gaze upon the spectacular waters of Inle Lake. We've also included a few local neighborhoods and hidden corners not featured in most ordinary Myanmar journeys.
Discover the eastern part of Myanmar, with its numerous breathtaking historical sites and gorgeous nature. Wander through magical Buddhist monuments at Indein and Pindaya, visit Inle Lake, and explore untouched places by boat. You'll enjoy the stunning nature while getting a taste of local life among the villages and markets of Myanmar.
Recent trip reviews for Anne
Magnificent myanmar - 8 days, Myanmar - Mar 30 - Apr 8, 2018
Very professional experience that meet expectations. I would recommend both kimkim and Anne.
Trip, Myanmar - Mar 24 - Apr 2, 2018
Anne and the rest of the guides/drivers were great. I could not say more about Anne and the response time, care of client etc... This was a once in a lifetime trip and I was happy that Anne was the one that could plan it for me.
Myanmar trip, Myanmar - Jan 29 - Feb 13, 2018
We had an incredible Myanmar trip that Anne Cruickshanks from Myanmar Pure helped put together. Anne was amazing in creating an itinerary filled with activities that were tailored to our interests, intentions and yet gently pushed us beyond what we normally do on our own trips.
She truly listened and talked to us prior to the trip to better understand us as travellers and proposed itineraries that suited our needs. Anne is responsive, intuitive and knows Myanmar beyond the beautiful... read more
Sabbatical, Myanmar - Jan 21 - Feb 2, 2018
As experienced travellers this was the first time we had 'outsourced' our travel planning and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome. Anne took the time to fully understand our ambitious wishlist and returned with a suggested itinerary that whilst action-packed never felt overwhelming or rushed.
Each of our local guides managed to strike the right balance between being extremely attentive whilst also letting us explore at our own leisure. As well as visiting flagship attractions... read more
Thai burma, Myanmar - Feb 9 - Feb 16, 2018
One of the best trips of my life! Tour was nicely set up, and Anne make changes where necessary when my flight screwed up my arrival. The Bagan tour guide was very good, and the accommodations at the hotel were superb. And the cooking class was very informative and tasty. Flights and airport transfers went without a hitch. I highly recommend the tour, and KimKim tour company.
Myanmar cultural trip , Myanmar - Jan 25 - Feb 1, 2018
The entire trip from the moment we touched down in Yangon until we left a week later was fantastic . The drivers and tour guides we had, Tin in Yangon, Naing at Inle and Arkar in Bagan, could not have been any better honestly with knowledge, professionalism but also made new friends with these folks as well . We even had the pleasure of meeting Anne who put the trip together . The hotels , balloon ride , internal flights all went smoothly . The only part that wasn’t enjoyable was the day we had to return.
Highlights of mandalay and bagan - 5 days, Myanmar - Dec 30 - Jan 6, 2018
We loved the trip to a Myanmar, especially our guides in Bagan (Ankar) and Ny Ny in Inle Lake. We loved doing the little canoe trip with Ny Ny in his village and tea with his family. Of course, Bagan was amazing.
Myanmar from above: best hot air balloon flights, Myanmar - Jan 2 - Jan 6, 2018
This was a great trip, from the start of the planning to the flight home! Anne responded daily to all my questions/concerns and this made the trip planning so smooth and easy. Our guides, Lu Wine and Zawturn we incredible! They were very friendly and the trip felt more like visiting a friend who was showing us around, as opposed to hiring a guide.
We got to really feel the local scene in Mandalay! We went to local markets, spoke with Budist monks and nuns. It was great!
We learned so much... read more
Adventure and culture, Myanmar - Dec 17 - Dec 23, 2017
We are a family who travels a lot – for work, adventure, and play. We travel together and individually from places as diverse as Afghanistan and Ethiopia. So we are capable of organising stuff ourselves. Sometimes though life is too busy, and coordinating the views and opinions of 4 sets of people living in different places is just too daunting.
We knew we wanted to travel around Burma. I knew we needed someone to organise and advise. I can’t remember how I came across kimkim and their... read more
Myanmar adventure tour - 15 days, Myanmar - Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2017
This was an amazing trip. Everything in detailed arranged. So many different experiences. Guides were excellent.
The highlight of our holiday was Bagan, on the ebike. So beautiful.
Myanmar’s 'big four' destinations, Myanmar - Dec 10 - Dec 13, 2017
The trip to Myanmar was exceptional.Not knowing what to expect,we were met at the airport by Sai our guide who immediately made us feel relaxed and comfortable.He spoke perfect English and was extremely knowledgeable about all facets of his country both past and present.He took us to areas where we never would of been able to find without him and presented views of all different kinds of people from all walks of life which made the trip very fascinating.The Shwedagon Pagoda is immense and... read more
Highlights of mandalay and bagan - 5 days, Myanmar - Dec 7 - Dec 11, 2017
What an amazing experience! My local specialist Anne was incredibly considerate, intuitive and very detail oriented. She helped me plan the trip to Mandalay and Bagan down to the last detail including guided and unguided portions per my request (for the latter she offered several suggestions on things I could do based on my interest level). She tailored my days to balance my interest in seeing a lot with my desire to do it all within a certain budget. She was very patient in back and forth... read more
Myanmar adventure, Myanmar - Nov 18 - Dec 2, 2017
We loved our Myanmar trip and are grateful to have a resource like Kimkim to help direct us to the type of tour company we want to deal with.
Anne at Myanmar Pure Travel worked with us to create an itinerary that worked really well for us, and she gave some great input and suggestions along the way.
The whole trip ran very smoothly, everything was well organised, the guides were awesome. We had different guides for different parts of the trip and all of them were really experienced and... read more
Myanmar adventure, Myanmar - Oct 28 - Nov 11, 2017
From the initial inquiry to Kimkim - which was answered in less than half an hour - to the final moments of our stay in Myanmar, our experience was over-the-top excellent. I have traveled extensively, doing most of the planning myself, so it was with a few qualms that I turned the planning over to Anne. I needn't have worried - every aspect of the experience was even better than I could have planned myself and far exceeded my expectations. Anne really listened to what we wanted and... read more
A week in myanmar, Myanmar - Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2017
To me culture includes many things not just religion. I would have loved to have finished the day with a beer watching a game of caneball. (or any other unusual/different sport.)
Bagan by road, Myanmar - Sep 24 - Sep 27, 2017
I'm very thankful with the service you guys provided to us. You made me feel more relaxed during my stay in Myanmar.
Myanmar in one week, Myanmar - Jun 26 - Jul 3, 2017
Everything on my trip was planned so thoroughly and the whole trip went very smoothly. I was very impressed that the hotel staff and tour guides knew our itineraries as well -- when the bus from Mandalay to Bagan wasn't at Mama Guesthouse at 7:30am, I asked the man at the front desk to call the bus company, only to find out that he already called for me! Little gestures like this made me and my mom feel very well taken care of and safe.
Anne was wonderful to work with -- very responsive and... read more