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Linn Linn

Myanmar, a country rich in culture and history, is welcoming you with amazing views and sincere smiles. With more than five years of experience in the tourism sector, I am both passionate and qualified to help you create heartfelt, customized tours that will give the best memories to all of our clients.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize and can offer many types of tours for Myanmar. Since Myanmar has a lot of natural resources and cultural attractions a classic cultural tour could be arranged along with a tailor-made odyssey filled with wonderful photographic opportunities, sustainable practices, off the beaten track visits to different ethnic villages, and Buddhist traditions. Whether alone or in a group, all visitors will be sure to appreciate the natural ways of life here overland or overwater. As I mentioned before, anything that the visitor may dream can be made real."

How did you get involved in travel?

"The hidden and unspoiled beauty of the breath-taking landscapes in this Golden Land of pagoda legends has existed until today enduring through long transitions and eras of quiet peace. For centuries, this has been what the world knew about “Burma” or present-day Myanmar where I was born and raised. I am Linn and I graduated from the University Of Foreign Languages Of Mandalay with a Bachelor of Arts in German Language. Around 2013 I had the opportunity to get into the tourism sector. Now I’ve been serving as a tour operator at one of the leading DMCs in Yangon, Myanmar. As most of my experience with tourism has been through a “tour operator” or “sales executive” perspective, I am confident that I can manage and cater to whatever desire that any traveler might want when visiting here. I can help you by designing various themed trips such as those focusing on sustainability or other customized tours focused on health and wellness. Based on my personal travel knowledge collected through my several years in Myanmar, I’m here ready to serve and share authentic, unique experiences to suit individual clients’ needs and wants. I’m eager to help you create unforgettable memories!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In 2015, I went to a few Pa Oh villages (the Pa Oh are an ethnicity primarily in the hills of the East) where I was conducting an inspection of the Community Based Tourism operations there. It was my most unforgettable trip and I learned a lot about the Pa Oh community, the Pa Oh culture, their ways of life and their daily activities. This area was restricted by the government in previous years so they never got too many tourists there. Recently, the government opened this area up for international visitors and we got a chance to conduct this inspection trip to help them develop tourism packages which would help the Pa Oh community in the long run. We went by several modes of transport such as by car, on foot, and by bike. We participated in trekking excursions through green mountain ranges, made traditional Pa Oh bamboo hats and baskets, and attended a cooking class where we made a traditional Pa Oh lunch while conversing with these friendly locals. We helped them with their farming and gardening in addition to their house chores to then celebrate with a village dinner while watching a traditional Pa Oh dance performance and playing games with the village children. This is the most unique travel experience in my life even though I travelled to a lot of destinations like Kalaw in the remotest lands of Myanmar."

Featured trips & expertise

The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Highlights of Myanmar - 10 Days

This highlights itinerary checks off Myanmar's top historic and natural sites. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda and busy markets in Yangon, explore nature in Shan and Kayah States, and explore the world-famous Bagan archaeological site. Walk across the world's longest teakwood bridge on Inle Lake and tour the revered Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, then end the trip with two days of tropical sunshine and turquoise water in the Myeik Archipelago.

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.

Sunset over ancient pagodas in Bagan
How Many Days Should You Spend in Myanmar?

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.

Recent trip reviews for Linn

megan

Myanmar trip, Myanmar - Jun 24 - Jun 30, 2019

Traveler: megan h. - Local specialist: Linn Linn

Hi there,

I was skeptical of using an impersonal travel service like this, but it worked out fantastic and I guess this is the way of the future. I am a single female traveler and usually go alone. Myanmar was intimidating to me so I hired KimKim to help me out. I will definitely use them again. Everything was set up exactly as they stated. The price was reasonable. They were with me every step of the way. They tailored my six day trip to Myanmar perfectly. The guides on the ground... read more

Hi there,

I was skeptical of using an impersonal travel service like this, but it worked out fantastic and I guess this is the way of the future. I am a single female traveler and usually go alone. Myanmar was intimidating to me so I hired KimKim to help me out. I will definitely use them again. Everything was set up exactly as they stated. The price was reasonable. They were with me every step of the way. They tailored my six day trip to Myanmar perfectly. The guides on the ground were flexible, spoke English, and super helpful.

Most importantly as a single travel, I felt 100 percent safe. I loved Myanmar in large part because of the experience that KimKim set up through the guides. I will use them again (did I say that already?!).

Some small nuanced notes: I chose the least expensive lodging choices. In doing it again, I would work more closely with KimKim on the lodging. One location was very far outside Yangon city center. I liked the place but the location was not ideal. The hotel/guest house set me up with a sim card and Grab so I could get around the city using this service (the Asian version of Uber). It only cost about $2 to drive the 15 minutes into town.

Also, very nuanced, I had a hard time leaving Myanmar. My guide helped me buy some jade rocks in the market. We didn't get a receipt as it was only $20 at a place that was not the kind of establishment with official receipts. However, when departing Myanmar, I was immediately confronted by Customs after the X-ray of my bags. I was accused of exiting the county with "precious" stones without a receipt and they were confiscated. The guide should have known that would have been an issue. If I had a receipt, it probably would have been fine. It could have got dicey. It did not. I lost $20.

I don't consider the rock incident KimKim or the guide's faulty. Myanmar is still emerging tourism. It was ultimately my fault as a tourism 101 will teach you to get receipts.

See you for the next trip KimKim,
Megan

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Linn Linn, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Megan,
Thank you so much for your precious detailed feed back for us. I am very happy to hear that you had a great trip in Myanmar with us. I will pass this good news to my team , of course our local guides as well.
I have well noted all of your detailed remarks and looking forward to welcome you from our beautiful country Myanmar again with Kim Kim.
There are still a lot of places you could enjoy in Myanmar. :)
With my best regards,
Linn Linn

Highlights of myanmar - 10 day tour, Myanmar - Jan 1 - Jan 8, 2019

Traveler: shelly s. - Local specialist: Linn Linn

Mystical Myanmar 🇲🇲
We are so Inlove with this Country
At first we almost didn’t go due to Fake news on television and certain news outlets
Fortunately we found Lin Lin with Kim Kim Travels
We now have returned from our Mystical Journey and are looking forward to a return trip in the future
Thankyou KimKim Travel
I put my total trust in your company and Lin Lin 👍 made all our dreams become reality

First stop Yangon Myanmar 🇲🇲 1 day and night
Absolutely a great place to kick start our... read more

Mystical Myanmar 🇲🇲
We are so Inlove with this Country
At first we almost didn’t go due to Fake news on television and certain news outlets
Fortunately we found Lin Lin with Kim Kim Travels
We now have returned from our Mystical Journey and are looking forward to a return trip in the future
Thankyou KimKim Travel
I put my total trust in your company and Lin Lin 👍 made all our dreams become reality

First stop Yangon Myanmar 🇲🇲 1 day and night
Absolutely a great place to kick start our Journey
The Shwedagon Pagoda a must see
The Bogyoke Market... Everything you could possibly need
Walking around here you will feel safe and find a city growing and bustling
Trains....city parks.... taxis... movie theatres...
Malls.... street vendors and very tasty treats
Local life here is Friendly with big smiles and caring towards foreigners
Mingalabar 😁

Don’t be afraid to fly! The flights are fast affordable and with so much to see and do if your time is short this is the best way to get into and onto your destinations

Lin Lin was such a sweetheart to help me plan our Journey
I’m sure I have left out many things we did.. but feel free to contact her for all your needs LinLin

Off we go from Yangon to Mandalay Airport
3 days and nights
Hotel Yadanarbon 👍perfect
We were met with a Sign with our names our knowledgeable guide and driver cold water and smiles always smiles and warmth
Mr. Joe and driver Mr O ..Big Love
Kyaw Soe Win guide
Driver Mr Aung
Exploring this city was eye opening and all I could say is Wow
Woodmaking crafters and Kalaga Tapestries for generations and generations are still making these by hand and are absolutely amazing
Jade and jewels Market OMG More time haha
Gold leafing workshop such an eye opening day
How the ladies make their sunscreen and protect their skin so Beautiful
Clay Pottery these lady’s Absolutely astounding
Pagodas ...Shrines .... Horse and buggy ride our horses name Honey .... small souvenir stalls ... delicious foods dances....Double bridges....toad mountain ... the worlds biggest book
Golden Monastery Shwenandaw Monastery Royal Palace 19th century
A Daily Prayer at the female monastery Absolutely eye popping and so blessed we are able to witness this wonderful experience .... Respect for everyone is their motto and I am blessed to say I found my inner peace here ... my light is shining brighter . A quick boat ride to Ava ....City Of Immortality...
Sunset at Ubien Bridge ... breathtaking
I conquered my personal fear ... of bridges... I actually walked up high on this beautiful bridge constructed in 1782 the royal Center of attention. The longest teak wood bridge worldwide 1.2 km and we made it safe and sound to the end. What an amazing bridge to conquer
What an unbelievable day of love
We started early and fell asleep happily exhausted But definitely wide eyed and ready for the next day to begin

Off to the airport to be met after a short flight to Bagan 2 days and nights
Amata Boutique Hotel Amazing!!!

Our Guide and Driver we learned so much
Very knowledgeable Guide ... Mr Maw and driver Mr. Awe Awesomeness
your knowledge and love for your country has enlightened us forever...Big Love
I was unsure of the hotel Lin Lin suggested but after talking with her I decided to trust her choice! So happy we did Absolutely Georgeus Resort Pagodas in the parking lot wow the staff cooks cleaners I just can’t say enough
Fields of Pagodas.. Temples history culture ancient times future lessons
Local School girls riding bycyles along side our horse cart our horses name Lovely I learned how to drive lovely up into the Fields of Bagan to the highest point where we enjoyed a sunset
We learned so much ... in Ancient times the brilliant minds of ancestors that saw to the future and how we are so blessed today to be able to take part in this history.....Time is more than a word.
Absolutely Amazing
Horse and buggy rides
Lacquerware I never knew the delicate work that goes into every piece Amazing
Nyaung Oo Market bright colours foods crafts souvenirs wow
Local vegetables Markets the colours smells tastes ...fantastic .... I am a very picky eater .. with that said I enjoyed everything!
Private Boat Ride along the Ayeyarwaddy River.... views of Bagan .... local villages snacks drinks sights sounds smells another wow moment
we banked and watched the sunset ...
wow wow wow
NOTE..... Do not climb on Temples or Pagoda these are sacred you will be fined and can be jailed!!

Next short flight to Inle Lake 1 day and night
Golden Island Cottages Absolutely Amazing
Floating Resort
Met by our Diver Ozawa and our guide Khan Su Haing ... Sue we adore you !You have a special gift
If your travels bring you to us in Canada you are Welcome to stay with us anytime! My prayers include your happiness 😘
Off to an Umbrella workshop owned from past generations of families teaching the skills and passing it forward.... to be able to see a tree and watch as they mash it pound it soak it dry it widdle the wood make the paper string the bamboo oh my Such craftsmanship and pride wow Thank you for sharing your wisdom
One legged fisherman Awesome . floating Resort cultural dance shows ... puppet shows ...silk and lotus making....weaving workshop .... old teak monastery... floating villages floating gardens fresh fruits vegetables.......
lunch at the Intha ladies home built on stilts of 4 sisters ..a piece of my heart is still there with them ... the food they made for us was fantastic and the candy so delicious to see how joyed these ladies are with their lives makes my heart pound.....school children walking home singing ...Happiness is everywhere.... by boating along the lake Seeing everyday life talking with locals my take away is love hard work and an Absolutely stunning village of sharing caring survival and kindness

With every great Journey ours is at a close only to be met by a Surprise! by our lovely guide .... Su. on her time off to bring us More Candy .... such a kind and giving young lady ... Big Love sweetheart and many blessings

My itenery is available ....just contact kim kim travels and ask for Lin Lin
I hope All of you can come to Myanmar to take part, enjoy and to engulf your passions in this Mystical Beautiful Country

Words of advice
Do not climb on the Pagodas, Temples and Shrines !!
these are sacred ... consider these as your churches or mosque... this is against the law ! And also A Terrible Disrespectful thing to do

Money changing.. we took Crisp 100.00 USA bills no folds no markings clear crisp only !!!
They will and did refuse to change anything less quality! As we are Canadians I cannot comment on other countries money
But we learned this is the best way to change our money
Also Bagan Airport had the best exchange rate ...Alhough we changed money at any local money exchangers in all other cities and were happy with the rate
Remember to use what you have before leaving the country as it is not acceptable outside for exchange

Bartering.... yes this is what the people expect But remember to go by an amount that you and the seller can Part happy ...This is their only incomes ... be kind

Tourists! Be respectful to everyone! We all are on a Journey none greater than the next person !
Remember you are representing your home countries. Enjoy yourselves but also respect fellow travelers and local people as well .
Most importantly .... Tourists money is needed here to help the people of Myanmar advance and grow
They are proud people and are learning about us as we are them
My motto Treat people as you want to treated Kindness First

Please do.....Spread the Truth about this Beautiful Country Myanmar and share Kimkim travel as they are Absolutely worth every penny without all these wonderful guides drivers and Sales representatives
Our Journey would not have been as Fantastic and Amazing as it was💝
Blessings and safe travels

Thankyou LinLin 👍❤️

Shelly Smith,

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Linn Linn, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello my dear Shelly,
Can't express with the words how much I'm happy when I read your great review.
Pictures are also great and lovely. I've passed it to my team and they are very happy to read as well.
In the near future, if you or your friend want to travel our country , please don't hesitate to contact me anytime.
Have a lovely day! :)
Linn Linn

Highlights of myanmar - 10 day tour, Myanmar - Dec 24 - Jan 5, 2020

Traveler: Gaylene M. - Local specialist: Linn Linn

We had the most phenomenal trip , a lifetime of memories and experiences over the 10 days. The hotels were all fabulous, the guides informative, knowledgeable and helpful and the choice of destinations and activities were perfect.
Our favorite guides were Aung in Yangon, Jery in Mandalay and Min Min in Inle Lake.
I would highly recommend KimKim to organise the best highlight tour of Myanmar to take account of your special requests, adapt the itinerary to suit your preferences and overall give you a holiday experience of a lifetime.
The balloon flight in Bagan was the highlight!

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Linn Linn, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Gaylene ,

Thanks for sharing your great memories during your trip in Myanmar! We are glad that we could create the perfect trip plan for you and I will pass your lovely messages to my team! There are still so many places left to explore in Myanmar and would love to welcome you again.

All the best,
Linn Linn

Fascinating myanmar, Myanmar - Dec 24 - Dec 29, 2018

Traveler: Ee Lin O. - Local specialist: Linn Linn

The overall trip was very well organised and the guides and drivers were very punctual. The two local guides we had in Yangon, Ms Kyi Kyi Aye and Mr Min Thu Swe in Bagan were very knowledgeable and friendly. They made a big difference to the trip.

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Linn Linn, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ee Lin ,
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am very happy to hear that you are satisfied for the whole trip, thank you for your appreciation especially to our guides and drivers. I will pass your great words to my team , guides and drivers. Your photos are lovely!
Thanks again and wish you happy new year!
Best regards,
Linn Linn

Myanmar’s 'big four' destinations, Myanmar - Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2018

Traveler: Stephen M. - Local specialist: Linn Linn

We had a fantastic time in Myanmar; it's a magical place. Our itinerary: One day, Yangon, two days in Bagan, two days in Mandalay, one day in Heho.

We took four internal flights, and we found the domestic airlines to be excellent. I felt more safe than on some US airlines. All we're prop planes.

The whole tour was great and the guides we're wonderful. They all had different strengths
Our guide in Yangon, Ong, was extremely knowledgeable. We called him as a nickname Google. And his... read more

We had a fantastic time in Myanmar; it's a magical place. Our itinerary: One day, Yangon, two days in Bagan, two days in Mandalay, one day in Heho.

We took four internal flights, and we found the domestic airlines to be excellent. I felt more safe than on some US airlines. All we're prop planes.

The whole tour was great and the guides we're wonderful. They all had different strengths
Our guide in Yangon, Ong, was extremely knowledgeable. We called him as a nickname Google. And his English was fantastic. Our guide and Bagan, Tin, was enthusiastic. He was very much concerned with us understanding Buddhism and the cultural practices surrounding the religion. He was thorough and seemed to really enjoy his job. Our guide in Mandalay, Ben, was more on the personal and caring side. He was quick to assure us when our children were running around not to worry about it that Burmese children do that as well in temples. Our final guide, a young lady in Inle was really sweet. We we're with her only for a short time and we were on the boat all day so there was a little less interaction. She actually gave her shoes to a woman who list hers in a temple. Talk about a good deed; ring the bell in a temple. Very kind. Of course my wife gave her her shoes at the end of the day.

The drivers in each stop we're attentive and careful.

The highlights of the trip both involved water. The sunset river cruise on the Irrawaddy in Bagan was once in a lifetime. We we're really moved by the experience. And the day on Inle Lake was fascinating. We loved every minute.

We experienced only one low point which was U Bein bridge. I saw it as a crowded tourist trap and we were out of there in 15 minutes. There is really no need to go there.

My only recommendation for future tours has to do with the hotels. Hotel Hazel in Mandalay had essentially no Wi-Fi. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things; however, it's nice to post pictures to Facebook at the end of the day so your friends and family can see what you're up to. Additionally the hotels were a little far from the city centers so in the evening we really couldn't stroll anywhere just to relax and taken some more of the cultural experience.

Our agent Linn did a really nice job; often following up with us.

I highly recommend using Kim Kim, especially if you have children, ours 11 and 5. I would use Kim Kim again. Thinking of Bhutan next!

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Linn Linn, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Stephen,
Thank you so much for your fantastic feed back and great photos. We are very glad to hear that the whole tour was great and your appreciation to our local guides. I will share your lovely photos and feedback to all of team members and especially to our guides as well.
Thank you again for recommendation to use Kim Kim and there are still a lot of amazing places which are waiting for you and we would love to welcome you again from beautiful country Myanmar.
With warmest wishes from sunny Yangon,
Linn Linn

Trip to myanmar, Myanmar - Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2018

Traveler: donn d. - Local specialist: Linn Linn

I enjoyed the complete trip, my guides, Thwe Thwe Gmtt, May Han Thu, Kyikyi Aye and Ko Zay were all very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Riding the bike in Yangan visiting the villages and seeing all the markets were very special for me not only as a photographer but to interact with the people. Being able to go to peoples homes and have shared meals was very memorable. Seeing lots of things and never feeling rushed. The Balloons over Bagan was an experience not to be missed.

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Linn Linn, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Donn for your great feedback and I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the complete trip and had cherished memories in our beautiful country. I will also pass your valuable feedback to our team and the guides. It is great to hear that you recommend Balloons over Bagan. There are also Balloons Over Inle and Mandalay which can give you difference experiences. If you have the chance to visit again we would love to show your more of Myanmar!
Best wishes from beautiful Yangon,
Linn Linn