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."
Featured trips & expertise
Explore Myanmar's stunning and diverse landscapes by bike. Start in the bustling Yangon to see busy Bogoyoke Aun San Market and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, then visit the sprawling temples of Bagan. See historical sites in the ancient capital of Mandalay and Amarapura. End your journey with a ride around the famed Inle Lake to explore local culture, meet local Inthar artisans, and enjoy the beauty of Myanmar's lush countryside.
This 12-day trip makes for an excellent introduction to the cultural highlights of Myanmar. You'll tour pagodas and temples, visit cities and tiny villages, and get a real sense of the country's strong ties to Buddhism and of its British colonial past. You'll roam the buzzing streets of Yangon, watch the sunset over the temples of Bagan, take a long-tailed boat tour of Inle Lake, and so much more!
Spend nine days traversing the sights of Myanmar on this itinerary. You'll visit the urban highlights of Mandalay and Yangon, cruise through the heart of the country down the Irrawaddy River, soar above the 3,000 pagodas of Bagan in a hot air balloon at sunrise, and sample handicrafts in village markets as you make your way through your tour.
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.
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.
This 5-day Myanmar introduction showcases the best of the two cities plus ensures you forge a genuine connection with the people and culture. Whether as an introduction to Myanmar or as an add-on to a Yangon stopover, this trip is sure to satisfy the history-loving traveler.