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Jack Burma

After various roles and many years in the travel industry, I founded my own travel company, Green Season Travel.

My approach is learning through working. Using the experiences from my own travels around Myanmar, I created our own unique travel products and packages. Whenever I have free time, I go on trips and explore. I also guide tours on occasion and gain from travelers' feedback and my experiences in the field.

Jack @ Mr. Zaw Min Oo is certified Travelife Sustainability Manager since 2015. His travel company, Green Season Travel is the winner of 2017 Product and Package Innovation Competition (PPIC) and 2019 Myanmar Responsible Travel Award with Best Responsible Community Involvement in Tourism.

MYANMAR BEST RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARD 2019: 
https://www.myanmore.com/2019/12/responsible-tourism-awards-held-for-3rd-time/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_2pb_zl8qM&t=11s

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialize in cultural, nature, adventure and wildlife tours all around Myanmar. Our tours are action-packed, and you have the opportunity to experience locals' way of life, eat authentic foods, stay in local homes, and doing outdoor activities.

Some of my favorite places are Fantastic Hpa-An, where you can see limestone hills, caves, and visit hidden Kayin villages. Yangon is fascinatingly exotic, Mandalay is the royal capital city. Bagan is a rich archaeological site with over 4,000 temples. Inle Lake is beautiful, and Kalaw and Northern Shan State are perfect spots for trekking. Ngapali Beach is world-class. Many more to tell!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I love traveling. I'm passionate about discovering new places on my own, I love to see locals and different tribes and learn their culture and traditions, and I especially love trying local foods.

Loving to create innovative, creative, authentic and inclusive travel products that I believe can create extra jobs for the people of Myanmar, at the same time, we can take our visitors to mainstream tourist destinations as well as to off the beaten tracks and unexplored and hidden treasure places to experience Myanmar. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I will never forget my visit to Chin Mountain Adventure. I was able to drive a 4-wheel car and stayed the night in a bungalow 8,000 feet above sea level. We drove further up to base camp (at 9,000 feet!) and continued by motorbike up to Mt. Victoria (10,300 feet). I spent the trip trekking up and over hills to Chin Villages, where Mythons (cows) kept creeping up to our camp before running away again. I'll never forget this awesome experience!"

Jack is part of the following groups: Myanmar Travel Agents
The plains of Bagan
The Best of Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake- 5 Days

From serene temples to bustling markets, city sightseeing to beautiful landscapes, this five-day trip showcases the diversity of Myanmar. Start in intriguing Yangon, travel to temple-filled Bagan, then touch down in tranquil Inle Lake.

Biking cross the U Bein Bridge
Explore Myanmar by Bike - 10 Days

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.

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most scared Buddhist pagoda
Explore Buddhism in Myanmar - 15 Days

This packed itinerary checks off Myanmar's top Buddhist sites. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda and busy markets in Yangon, explore monasteries in Mon State, and tour the world-famous Bagan archaeological site. Finish your trip in Mandalay to see the splendid former capital Inwa, the world's longest teakwood bridge on Inle Lake, and the 17th-century Indein pagodas.

Sulamani Temple, Bagan
The Culture & Heritage of Myanmar - 12 Days

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!

Temple visitors
Luxury & Adventure in Myanmar - 9 Days

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.

The pagodas of Bagan
Highlights of Myanmar - 12 Days

Experience vibrant Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, on this 12-day tour of the highlights. From the buzzing and colorful city streets of Yangon to the magnificent Inle Lake, this trip offers something for everyone. Find hidden treasures in the bustling markets, relax in the countryside of Kalaw and the Shan Hills, and explore culture and religion as you tour ancient pagodas and temples.

Recent trip reviews for Jack

Aseeb

Jack was exceptional! · Myanmar - Jan 3 - Jan 14, 2020

Traveler: Aseeb A. - Local specialist: Jack Burma

Jack was exceptional. From the planning stages to the end of the trip, Jack was always willing to accommodate my numerous requests to customise the trip.

In addition to the standard plans, Jack helped me to plan the whole trip to meet my specific requirements. Even when some of the guides were not up to the expectations, Jack was quick to get involved and sort things out for me.

I would definitely recommend Jack for anyone visiting Myanmar!

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Jack Burma, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Aseeb for this excellent feedback. Always happy to do a great job and this feedback is truly encouraging for us to serve our customers better.

Hoping to see you again in Myanmar.

All the best,
Jack

Balagopal

A magical experience · Myanmar - Dec 21 - Dec 29, 2019

Traveler: Balagopal G. - Local specialist: Jack Burma

I have great pleasure in giving this 5 star review to Jack and his team that were introduced to us through Kimkim. My wife, our daughter and I just completed a 9 day journey through Mynamar that was organized by Jack and his colleagues. First, I appreciated the close attention he paid to make sure that all our suggestions were meticulously follow up at the planning stage. Typically every suggestion I sent him at the end of the day was acted upon and I would have a confirmation and reply... read more

I have great pleasure in giving this 5 star review to Jack and his team that were introduced to us through Kimkim. My wife, our daughter and I just completed a 9 day journey through Mynamar that was organized by Jack and his colleagues. First, I appreciated the close attention he paid to make sure that all our suggestions were meticulously follow up at the planning stage. Typically every suggestion I sent him at the end of the day was acted upon and I would have a confirmation and reply by the next morning. Jack's guides were exceptional people and had benefited from careful mentoring and coaching. They were caring and helpful beyond the call of duty in most cases.
This trip to Myanmar was an eye opener to all three of us. The experience, richness and variety that the country has to offer is unique. We found the streets and shop fronts in the areas we visited neat and tidy. The hospitality offered at the hotels we stayed in warm and memorable In the prevailing atmosphere of tension and conflict prevailing in many parts of the world we found the places we visited - Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake offered a contrast in the meditative tranquility particularly in the places of Buddhist worship that dot the countryside.
We have provided more detailed feed back and a few suggestions to Jack. We look forward to being back sometime and seeing Jack and his team doing well with their passion and commitment to excellence.

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Jack Burma, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Balagopal,

It's such an amazing feedback for me and my deepest thanks from the bottom of my heart. Very pleased to hear from you such a marvelous feedback and this truly encouraging to me to do more and more good jobs for our guests. This is the great success for everyone in my team and to my mother country, Myanmar.

We hope to see you again in Myanmar.

Happy New Year 2020 to you and your family!

Best wishes,
Jack Burma; the key to open Myanmar's doors

Bruce

12 Days in Myanmar · Myanmar - Nov 28 - Dec 9, 2019

Traveler: Bruce M. - Local specialist: Jack Burma

Just returned from a 12 day trip to Myanmar. Our host/guide(s) Jack et al were great. We were met at all of our destinations by a guide and driver. Accommodation was very comfortable, several with lots of character/history. Highlights were:

1) Boat Trip from Mandalay to Bagan on a small river boat that had 7 cabins. We really enjoyed ourselves. It was very relaxing and we got to see lots of activity along the river with a few stops for land tours here and there.
2) Bagan. We spent two... read more

Just returned from a 12 day trip to Myanmar. Our host/guide(s) Jack et al were great. We were met at all of our destinations by a guide and driver. Accommodation was very comfortable, several with lots of character/history. Highlights were:

1) Boat Trip from Mandalay to Bagan on a small river boat that had 7 cabins. We really enjoyed ourselves. It was very relaxing and we got to see lots of activity along the river with a few stops for land tours here and there.
2) Bagan. We spent two days in Bagan. The first day was with a guide who showed us some of the more notable pagodas and also took us on a tour of a local farm village which we enjoyed. The second day we were on electric scooters and had lots of fun exploring around the place.
3) We flew from Mandalay to Heho and then got driven to Kalaw which is a small town in the foothills (elevation around 5000 feet). We stayed in a hotel that was at one time an English school. From here we rode bicycles for three days through the hills and ended up at Inle Lake. We had good quality Bianchi hybrids and the local driving population were very respectful to bike riders.
4) Inle Lake is very cool and where we encountered the most tourists. We enjoyed visiting the Inle Horse Club (where you can ride horses if you like) as well as the Red Mountain Estate Winery. These two venues are very close together and the winery is very well done. We also went around the lake in a long boat for a day which was a lot of fun.
There are a few cautionary notes for travelers to Myanmar. We took US $ which are readily accepted everywhere. However, at the airport money exchanges, if the bills were not in mint condition, they would not accept them. This includes any writing on the bill or the slightest tear. Secondly, our credit card company cancelled our card when we initially tried to pay for our trip. A lengthy discussion ensued between me and the credit card company but they indicated that there was a computer algorithm which was responsible for the cancellation and it could not be over ridden. Fortunately KimKim offered us an alternative payment through a wire transfer.

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Jack Burma, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Bruce for visiting our beautiful Myanmar and we're very glad to hear you had a great stay in Myanmar during your visit.

We're always happy to do a great job for every visitor who choose Myanmar as holidays destination.

We hope to see you again in the future in Myanmar.

Best,
Jack