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Hsu Hlaing Phyo

Mingalaba! I am Hsu Hlaing from Myanmar. I love traveling within my country, as well as to my neighbors countries, and these experiences made me become a travel consultant for the past 5 years.

My country's history, framed in our religion, offers a preserved culture with 135 distinct ethnic groups so I like to propose a wide range of unique itineraries that combined the local traditions, the possibility of cultural exchange, with soft or hard adventures in nature like cycling, hiking, diving, kayaking, motorcycle trips and border crossing. I am dedicated to responsible & sustainable tourism practices with CBT (Community Based Tourism) activities that will give you a different insight of my country.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I am specialized in cultural and adventure tailor-made programs offering off-the-beaten-track itineraries within the diversity of Myanmar to Cambodia. With the aim of supporting rural & remote villages, I also encourage the travelers to have trekking and adventure experiences in order to have a first hand involvement."

How did you get involved in travel?

"When I was young, I wanted to become a Tour guide so, I chose to specialize in Tourism & Travel Management. Then I realized that being a Travel Specialist offers better opportunities to learn about more destinations as well as to communicate with many travelers from different countries. It is one of the great ways to share the world you know with people who want to experience it. There is nothing quite like the feeling when a traveler comes back from holidays and tells you just how much they loved their trip and how grateful they are that you made it happened."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Traveling gives us a lot of great memories we can always look back on. While it gives us a peek into how the rest of the world lives, it also makes us appreciate more what we have back home.

My most unforgettable experience, until today, was my trip to Mergui Archipelago in Apr 2018 which is located in the far southern Myanmar and is part of Tanintharyi Region. I have heard so much about it I always wanted to go: It is one of the worlds most remote and untouched Archipelago's made up of over 804 Islands, varying in size from very small to hundreds of square kilometers with the gypsies, named Salon, as their only human inhabitants. It is the best diving spot in Myanmar, where you can sail, do snorkeling and kayak. I visited various islands and enjoyed an overnight stay in a tent on the island. It was one of my unforgettable trips and I do recommend to all of you to experience there."

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