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Wai Lin Tun

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

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Golden Rock - Hpa-An - Mawlamyaing - 5 Days

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South of Myanmar

Best of Southern Myanmar - 7 Days

If the idea of combining stunning mountains and white sandy beaches into one trip sounds good to you, then this is your trip. The narrow southern region of Myanmar is a fascinating, largely uncharted place that combines farming villages, colonial history, and pristine islands.

Ngapali beach

Ngapali Beach - 5-Day Getaway

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Magnificent Myanmar - 8 Days

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Pindaya caves Myanmar

Myanmar Adventure Tour - 15 Days

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Recent trip reviews for Wai Lin

Cultural and beach trip of myanmar, Myanmar - Jan 1 - Jan 16, 2018

Traveler: Mary F. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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

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 safe we felt at all times given the recent unrest in the Northern area of Rakhine, which is well away from all tourist hot spots such as Bagan, Lake Inle, Ngapali Beach (divine), Mandalay and Yangon ... do not hesitate to visit Myanmar as it is an extremely scenic, culturally fascinating and safe country to visit, the Myanmar people utterly delightful! And incredible value for money as a holiday destination!

Do not hesitate to use Myanmar Dairies as your travel agent, you could not ask for better!

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much Mary for your review on our service.

In every moments from planning until the end of the trip, you are so understanding and considerate all the time. I am already grateful to hear that you have enjoyed your Myanmar trip. It was so unfortunate that you missed Mandalay and Inle side of Myanmar. But I am sure you had good times in Ngapali over the skip. Please do come back to us again for Mandalay and Inle lake.
I am looking forward to welcome you again in the near future!
Warmest regards,
Wai Lin

My own myanmar experience, Myanmar - Dec 26 - Jan 9, 2018

Traveler: lilia s. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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.

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Lilia for your great feedback!

Planning the trip together with you was so grateful. You are so understanding for the whole time and leave all on me which help me to put up the itinerary even more better.
Thank you again for all the trust you have on me and I would very much love to welcome you in the near future if Myanmar comes in consideration again.

All the best from Yangon!
Wai Lin

Yangon and bagan, Myanmar - Dec 25 - Dec 31, 2017

Traveler: William W. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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.

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi William,

With knowing you have tight schedule, I would like to thank you for your time to share your travel experiences with us. It's so great to hear that you are satisfied with our service and Myanmar trip went so smoothly. Thank you again for your compliment on our professionalism. It is our pleasure that we had had a chance to serve you at our best service.

I really wish we could meet and I could welcome you again in the near future.

Best regards,
Wai Lin

Burma family trip 2017, Myanmar - Dec 20 - Dec 30, 2017

Traveler: Alyshah A. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

I submitted a review of my experience that was provided to me by Myanmar Diaries via Kim Kim

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alyshah,

Thank you so much for taking your time to review our service. I have well received your feedback form. I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed hot air ballooning, elephant sanctuary, e-biking and the boat ride along the Inle lake. I am sorry to hear that Sule Shangrila hotel room is a bit tight for 3 of you. I will pass your hotel unsatisfactory facts back to Sule Shangrila and make sure this won't happen again. I, myself will be more mindful to have spacious rooms in the future too.

Please come and visit us again. Hope to welcome you soon.

Best regards,
Wai Lin

Highlights of myanmar - 10 day tour, Myanmar - Dec 19 - Dec 27, 2017

Traveler: April H. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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

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 temples, but also to some of her favorites, which was so personal and wonderful. In Mandalay, Tim told us not only about the temples, but also about life in Myanmar and how things are changing or not changing. We really were interested to hear about the life and culture of Myanmar beyond the general Buddhism of the temples history. In Inle, our guide Koko was still waiting for us after our night bus got stuck in traffic - he waited from 3:30am when we arrived at 9:30 am! He took us to the Pindaya caves and to Inle Lake. When tummy sickness changed the end of our trip, our local planner, Wai Lin, was very helpful and able to arrange for Jin to pick us up again at the airport, instead of the night bus as planned. Jin even took us out for another visit in Yangon before going back to our departure at the international airport. Overall the trip was very well planned, the accommodations were excellent, and the local guides in each place were superb!

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi April,

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. It was even wonderful while planning your trip as you understand all the consequences and I am grateful to hear that all 3 of you have so much enjoyed hot air ballooning experiences too. It is my pleasure to assist you with my best service before, throughout and after the trip.

Please do come again when you have time, this time I will let you explore another side of Myanmar.
Have a wonderful happy new year ahead!
I hope to welcome you again in the near future.

Best regards,
Wai Lin

Flights and hotels, Myanmar - Nov 11 - Nov 22, 2017

Traveler: marian j. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

Everything went so well. Driver there at appointed time everytime, hotels were very good.

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Marian,

Thank you so much for your feedback on your trip. I am happy to hear that the trip went well. Hope to welcome to you again to Myanmar soon.

Best wishes,
Wai Lin

Photography highlights, Myanmar - Nov 14 - Nov 23, 2017

Traveler: Aniell E. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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

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 ternary, photographic highlights of Myanmar was my brief. When I arrived at Yangon airport my transfer was waiting and from that point on everything went 100% as planned. I was presented with a welcome pack that contained details, airfares and other items. I have no complaints about hotel choice of course some better than others but I am an easy man to please. Each day was pre-planned with a guide and driver or mostly just a driver. I was blown away, everybody was so nice and friendly, morning starts always on time, and daily explorations that took me to all sorts of intensely interesting places. Not lost, Myanmar is a photographers dream. So the short answer is I will be coming back!

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Aniell,

Thank you so much for your generous review. I am so excited to hear that you really did enjoy every moment of your trip here in Myanmar through our services. I will for sure pass your kind words to my team and I am sure they will be thrilled to hear your wonderful feedback. If you are coming back next time to Myanmar, please do let me know and I’d be always here at Kimkim to show you the best remaining parts of my country.

Hope to see you soon in Myanmar again!

All the best from Yangon,
Wai Lin

Asean2017, Myanmar - Nov 5 - Nov 15, 2017

Traveler: john C. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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

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. Least impressive hotel. Unable to compare with other offerings. But very acceptable.
Inle Lake: guide Thanh. Highlight. Guide was engaged, efficient, helpful, experienced. Hotel Pristine Lotus beautiful, well built & designed and located. Great having 3 days there. Photographer's paradise.
All cars and drivers well chosen - always felt safe and comfortable and were well supplied with water bottles and wipes.
All connections and pickups went smoothly and although I was anxious at first only having very basic information from Kimkim/ Myanmar Diaries about these, there was never a problem.

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi John,

Thank you so much for your feedback on our service. I am happy to hear that your trip went well.
I will try better to have more engagement and deliver clearer information about the travel next time. I hope to welcome you in the near future when Myanmar comes across again too.

All the best from Yangon!

Warm regards,
Wai Lin

Myanmar trip, Myanmar - Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2017

Traveler: bede m. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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.

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bede,

Huge thanks for your very positive feedback on your trip. I'm very glad that you've enjoyed your trip so much and enjoyed the country a lot.

Hope to welcome you again in the future.

All the best from Yangon,
Wai Lin

Myanmar’s 'big four' destinations, Myanmar - Aug 6 - Aug 11, 2017

Traveler: Rand M. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

We LOVED this trip, the communications from Wai Lin throughout the planning process and through the details was VERY helpful, the hotels exceeded our expectations, the mix of pagodas along with Cooking Class, Elephants, Electric Bikes, lunch on the boat, etc and all of the guides (particularly Lin Lin in Yangon) made the trip the best ever! We are very pleased, thank you!!!

Wai Lin was awesome, he helped put together the right mix of activities, great locales, and was extremely responsive to even our last minute questions, was exactly what we needed!

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rand, huge thanks for your nice feedback on your trip. Great to hear that all of you enjoyed the trip so much. I will surely pass your comments to my team and your guides as well.
Hope to welcome to you all again to Myanmar soon.
Wai Lin

Myanmar 2017, Myanmar - Jun 23 - Jul 7, 2017

Traveler: Amanda H. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for taking the time to provide us your impressions on our services before and during your trip here in Myanmar.

I'm very glad that you did enjoy your time being in the country and I hope to welcome you and your family to Myanmar again in the future.
All the best from Yangon
Wai Lin

Cycling in shan state - 5 days, Myanmar - May 30 - Jun 7, 2017

Traveler: sue r. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

We should have had less time in Yangon and maybe cycled to Nagano as well

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sue,

Thank you for your feedback, I hope you had a very enjoyable stay in beautiful Myanmar. Well noted that you wished to had a shorter stay in Yangon, I will pass your comment to our team.
I would be happy to welcome you again in the future in Myanmar.
Best Regards,
Wai Lin.

2017 trip, Myanmar - Apr 16 - Apr 27, 2017

Traveler: jo p. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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
jo perillo

Wai Lin changed itinerary to meet our needs

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jo & Deb,

I'm very glad to hear that you had a great time visiting our beautiful land. I will pass your kind words to our team that you fully experienced the real Myanmar during your trip.

I wish to welcome you again in the future to Myanmar.

Best Regards,
Wai Lin

Liz's trip, Myanmar - Mar 16 - Apr 4, 2017

Traveler: Liz S. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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.

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Liz, many thanks for your kind words and I've very glad to hear that you did have amazing moments while being in our country.
I do look forward to welcoming you again to Myanmar in the future.
Warm regards,
Wai Lin

Myanmar 25th anniversary trip, Myanmar - Feb 21 - Mar 3, 2017

Traveler: Cathy A. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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.

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cathy, thank a lot for the review and the feedback on your recent trip to Myanmar through our services.

It's sad to hear that the accommodation in Pindaya didn't meet your expectation. However, due to the number of extremely limited accommodation options in this small town, Pindaya Inle Inn hotel was the best option available for your stay there. I will of course pass your comments to our team and the hotel as well so that we could improve the services better in the future.

We look forward to welcoming you again to our country in the future.
Best Regards,
Wai Lin

Trip to burma, Myanmar - Feb 1 - Feb 9, 2017

Traveler: Martha P. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

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

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, but not worth it.

Wai Lin was most responsive in trip planning, and got back to me right away when I got into "trouble" in Yangon. Most impressive.

Wai Lin Tun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Martha, many thanks for your kind words and the feedback on your trip to Myanmar. I'm very glad that you did enjoy the time being in the country.

I will pass your comments and feedback to our team and guides who accompanied you all the way throughout the trip so that we can maintain and improve our services where necessary.

We look forward to seeing you again when you plan to visit our country next time!

Warm regards,
Wai Lin