I am proud to call Myanmar home. I was born and raised in Yangon, the former capital city, and started my career in tourism after graduating from University. I love designing unique holidays for travelers and sharing the wonderful traditions and cultures of Myanmar with the world.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Our specialty is customization. Each of our Myanmar holidays is tailored to suit the traveler’s individual needs. Some guests are keen to study Buddhist religion, others prefer an active journey in remote areas while others seek a mix of heritage, adventure and relaxation. But one consistent factor in all our tours is an immersion into the traditions and cultures that make Myanmar so special. With our network of friends throughout the country we are able to arrange experiences that truly connect our travelers to the Myanmar people."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I developed a keen interest in travel when I was a kid. I remember a family trip to Mandalay. Although these days it is easy to take an express bus or plane to Mandalay, at the time the journey took a full day. It was then I fell in love with the experience of traveling. So after graduating university in 2012 I applied to work at a travel company and was lucky to get a job just as Myanmar’s tourism industry began to grow."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"My family took an epic road trip around the country when I was 12. We traveled to Bagan, Inle, Mandalay and Taunggyi then finished the trip on the coast at Ngwe Saung Beach. We spent days in the van, bouncing over pot-holed roads and occasionally breaking down in the middle of nowhere. We kept ourselves entertained by singing songs and telling stories, but mostly I remember looking out the window at the passing scenery. We crossed from lush mountains to the dry zone, through big bustling cities and tiny hilltribe villages. I gained a greater appreciation for the act of traveling- not just seeing the sites, but the journey itself- and for Myanmar’s incredible diversity."
Featured trips & expertise
This journey through Indochina will walk you into the ancient Khmer city of Angkor, take you on a trip to the authentic floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, and let you explore the world-famous Halong Bay. You will start your journey in historical Siem Reap in Cambodia and continue to Vietnam, where you will explore the Imperial City in Hue, the famous 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, and Ho Chi Minh City—the largest city in Vietnam.
This 19-day tour of Myanmar and Thailand has been especially designed for families with children aged six and above, as there's a delightful combination of activity and down time, natural and cultural sights. Create happy memories cruising on Inle Lake, touring the sparkling pagodas of Myanmar, island hopping and relaxing on beaches in Thailand, and much more. All family members, young and old, will find many experiences to enjoy on this unforgettable tour of some of Southeast Asia's highlights.
Myanmar and Thailand are two of the most exciting Southeast Asian destinations. This 11-day tour includes a variety of highlights from both countries, including the cultural riches of Myanmar, and the beautiful tropical beaches of Thailand. Explore the ancient temples of Bagan, be amazed by the glittering gold Shwedagon Temple in Yangon, and cruise around Inle Lake. Then, spend several days relaxing on beaches and island hopping around Krabi.
This remarkable leisure journey will walk you through time, exposing you to history, culture, and heaven on earth beaches. You will visit famous temples and shrines, shop food and souvenirs aboard a boat, and experience one of the world's famous cities—Bangkok. Every day will bring something different, making it the ideal experience for anyone who enjoys variation, tranquility, and exploration.
This 12-day excursion starts surrounded by the forest in Myanmar and ends in the mountains of Thailand. In Myanmar, you'll learn about local craft and storytelling at the Tanintharyi Museum on local craft, then visit villages and plantations making rubber, betel nut, and dried fish. You'll explore the Mergui Archipelago, eventually making your way to the Ranong pier in Thailand. While in Thailand, you'll visit the Seaside Retreat Elephant Camp and the Similan Islands.
On this odyssey in Vietnam, you'll discover historic cities, scenic caves, and delicious local flavors. In Hanoi, you'll visit the first university in Vietnam and the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. Then it's a boat tour of massive caves followed by a tour of the Imperial Citadel of Huế. Throughout the trip, you'll sample the deep flavors of authentic Vietnamese food and drink.
Recent trip reviews for Wai Lin
See the highlights · Myanmar - Jan 6 - Jan 13, 2018
Had an absolutely fantastic 8 days in Myanmar with Kim Kim. From the very first email conversation with my consultant Wai Lin it was an absolute pleasure. He was incredibly patient and knowledgeable and built us an unbelievable trip! Everything ran to an absolute t! We chose the route Mandalay-Bagan-Inle Lake-Yangon route. The tour guides provided were absolutely top class and gave us such a great insight into the history of Myanmar. The transport was comfortable and very punctual.
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Myanmar culture focus · Myanmar - Jan 12 - Jan 26, 2018
Everything went smoothly from start to finish. We were met at Yangon airport and transferred to our accommodation.
This was of a very acceptable standard.
Our trip to Bago was easy (an excellent driver) and our guide was knowledgable and informative.
The accommodation in Bago (Shwe Pyi Resort) did have some minor problems (power failures, termites? eating the bamboo bedheads, and the distance to breakfast). But I recognise that there were not a lot of alternatives. I was happy there but my... read more
Second try · Myanmar - Feb 15 - Feb 28, 2018
I was set up with a very good schedule. Got to see some of what others do not get to see. This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for me and it was important to get as many of the importantant sites seen before heading home. Kimkim did that.
Guides were fairly proficient in English. They may not have pronounced all the words correctly but I knew what they were saying. And all of them were very helpful. They tried to answer all my questions, provided extra services like gem and jewellry shopping, and were able to explain some of the quirkiness that is Myanmar.
Myanmar is a must see.
Best Trekking & Biking Trails in Myanmar · Myanmar - Jan 3 - Jan 27, 2018
We had a wonderful month in Myanmar being looked after by a range of guides who were all fabulous. Great knowledge, love of the country and fun to spend time with. Everything went smoothly in line with the plan and any changes we requested were dealt with very quickly. We loved our trekking at both hsipaw and kalaw. Swimming at waterfall and sleeping at monetary were terrific experiences. hot air ballooning over bagan, Inle Lake was a delightful and different location, the meal we ate at our... read more
Cultural and beach trip of Myanmar · Myanmar - Jan 1 - Jan 16, 2018
Myanmar Diaries represented by Wai Lin, our local kimkim specialist for our Myanmar Trip, was exemplary .... Wai Lin was highly professional, helpful, accommodating and informative, we could not have asked for better. All our guides were most respectful with very good English speaking skills and knowledge of their areas, likewise our drivers skilful and very safe, the cars in excellent condition.
Our 16-day Trip was absolutely amazing ... we were very pleasantly surprised at how totally... read more
my own Myanmar experience · Myanmar - Dec 26 - Jan 9, 2018
I just came back from Myanmar and it was amazing!
Kimkim paired me up with Wai Lin, I couldn't have asked for a better person to help me plan my trip he was responsive, helpful and he definitely made my experience in Myanmar truly enjoyable.
Yangon and Bagan · Myanmar - Dec 25 - Dec 31, 2017
Both our guide in Yangoon and Bagan were very well prepared and considerate. In particular our guide in Bagan was a delight to work with and we are glad to have met her. All members of the guide staff were professional and pleasant to work with.
Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is amazing, as one can read in many reviews. Perhaps the most memorable place we visited was the street market in Bagan.
Highlights of Myanmar - 10 Day Tour · Myanmar - Dec 19 - Dec 27, 2017
We really enjoyed our trip to Myanmar. Our guide in Yangon, Jin, met us at the airport and was so courteous, informational, and helpful. We especially appreciated his help when we went to get on our night bus, he stayed until we were at the right bus and all checked in ready to go. In Bagan, our guide Wint picked us up right at the bus stop. She had arranged for us to be able to check into our hotel early for a shower and breakfast, SO NICE. She was very friendly and took us to the main... read more
flights and hotels · Myanmar - Nov 11 - Nov 22, 2017
Everything went so well. Driver there at appointed time everytime, hotels were very good.
Photography highlights · Myanmar - Nov 14 - Nov 23, 2017
I do congratulate the company, Wai Lin, the guides and the drivers on a super experience. I was initially apprehensive booking a random company on-line, but no worries. It was a fantastic adventure from start to finish. KimKim appear to be be a world wide travel booking agency based in the US, and Myanmar diaries are one of the local Myanmar travel agencies. No sooner had I made my first inquiry Wai Lin was there. He understood my requirements and came back promptly with a personalized i... read more
ASEAN2017 · Myanmar - Nov 5 - Nov 15, 2017
Yangon: guide Pyae. Excellent. Engaged, knowledgable, friendly, mature. Provided very interesting rickshaw rides through markets, and even better in poorer village across river in Dala. Hotel Sule and location excellent
Bagan: guide Zie. Very good. We think selection of monuments possibly could have been better. Excellent hotel Aureum Palace.
Mandalay: guide "Ken". Excellent, enthusiastic, knowledgeable. Hotel Eastern Palace had some interesting design features but was clean and efficient.... read more
Myanmar trip · Myanmar - Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2017
Had a great trip to Myanmar, guides were friendly and informative and the travel plan was exactly what I wanted
Wai went out of his way to help me. Last minute he arranged for some changes. He also noticed I had made a mistake with my flights and alerted to me to the fact in enough time to fix.
Myanmar 2017 · Myanmar - Jun 23 - Jul 7, 2017
Was really impressed how nothing was too much trouble. Communication was excellent
Rate Wai Lin very highly. Extremely helpful and flexible. Any questions or changes were no trouble
2017 trip · Myanmar - Apr 16 - Apr 27, 2017
Hi Alex and wai Lin. We are currently in Inle lake winding up our trip. We want to thank you for the most amazing experiences. All guides and drivers have been overwhelmingly fabulous with their knowledge and ability to accommodate our requests when we have deviated from plan. This trip has exceeded our expectations. We would not hesitate in recommending your services. Jo and Deb
Wai Lin changed itinerary to meet our needs
Liz's trip · Myanmar - Mar 16 - Apr 4, 2017
I had the most fantastic trip! I saw everything I wanted to see and lots that I didn't know I wanted to see. Everything went smoothly. Hotels and guides and drivers were all great. Travel arrangements all worked well with no delays. Very pleased with all aspects of my trip.
Wai Lin was great with organising my trip. Always very prompt with replies and planned a trip that suited me perfectly.
Myanmar 25th anniversary trip · Myanmar - Feb 21 - Mar 3, 2017
Actually, very good except for day in Pandaya which we found disappointing at best. The drive was too long for relatively little to see or do. Additionally the Pindaya Inle Inn was terribly shoddy. The bed and pillows were so hard we ached the following day. The room was dark and not vey clean, and the wooden floor uneven posing a trip hazard. This is not a 4 star room...a 2 in our view.
The time lag with responses was a bit trying at times, but overall very good.
Trip to Burma · Myanmar - Feb 1 - Feb 9, 2017
It was (almost) perfect. The guides were knowledgeable -- MauMau in Mandalay was especially warm and made me feel like a good friend, not a paying customer. The drivers were on time; the hand-offs went smoothly EXCEPT for my arrival in Yangon. That, however, has already been discussed/remedied in country. I could never recommend the overnight bus from Bagan to Yangon. The bus "shimmied" constantly in addition to driving the potholes. Most uncomfortable. I realize it was inexpensive,... read more