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Pure is not your ordinary travel company. But then again, Myanmar is not your ordinary country.

So who are we? Pure is a team of passionate, fun-loving individuals wanting to share our country with you. Let us be your ambassador, your friend, your travel buddy. Let us connect you with the people, culture, and places that make Myanmar so special. Let us take you beyond ordinary.

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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.

Kalaw, Shan State
Local Highlights of Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary provides a local perspective on the main highlights of Myanmar — Yangon, Bagan, and Inle Lake. You'll dine with a local family, visit lively markets and places of pilgrimage, and enjoy the company of knowledgeable local guides who will share their stories and insights.

Young novice monks
Magical Myanmar Cultural Tour - 10 Days

Experience the remarkable culture of Myanmar on a 10-day journey through the 'Golden Land'. From Mandalay to Bagan and on to Yangon, each day you'll connect with the country's friendly people and rich traditions. This tour focuses on unique experiences that go beyond the classic sightseeing holiday.

Young Buddhist nuns preparing offerings
Essential Myanmar - 2 Weeks

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.

Indein
Eastern Myanmar: Off-the-Beaten-Path in 7 Days

Discover the eastern part of Myanmar, with its numerous breathtaking historical sites and gorgeous nature. Wander through magical Buddhist monuments at Indein and Pindaya, visit Inle Lake, and explore untouched places by boat. You'll enjoy the stunning nature while getting a taste of local life among the villages and markets of Myanmar.

Recent Trip Reviews for Myanmar Pure

8 days myanmar highlights, Myanmar - Apr 30 - May 9, 2019

Traveler: Vasudevan K. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Anne is an exceptionally good tour organiser and we are so very happy to have chosen her (via KimKim) for our 10-day Myanmar tour. Anne was away in Turkey when we were in Myanmar but she kept monitoring our tour progress (through the guides), stayed in touch with us and NEVER took more than a few minutes to respond to our needs whenever we raised any issues. The tour itinerary she put together for us was also great and it covered everything we wanted to see and more.

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Anne is an exceptionally good tour organiser and we are so very happy to have chosen her (via KimKim) for our 10-day Myanmar tour. Anne was away in Turkey when we were in Myanmar but she kept monitoring our tour progress (through the guides), stayed in touch with us and NEVER took more than a few minutes to respond to our needs whenever we raised any issues. The tour itinerary she put together for us was also great and it covered everything we wanted to see and more.

Of course no trip would be enjoyable unless the tour guides are good. All our guides (Yangon: Maung Maung, Bagan: Thinzar, Mandalay: Nay and Inle Lake: Naing) were very knowledgeable, passionate about their country and went out of their way to make sure we all had a great time. It was a pleasure to have such fantastic tour guides.

We highly recommend Anne/KimKim to anyone wishing to have an amazing Myanmar experience and exposure to a very pious Buddhist society.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Madhu,
Thanks for your kind feedback! Glad the trip itinerary fit your personal travel style and that you enjoyed the company of Maung Maung, Nay, Thinzar and Naing- it makes me smile to know you appreciated their passion and knowledge! Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet while you were in Myanmar but hopefully our paths will cross when I visit Australia in the near future.
Best regards,
Anne

Myanmar, Myanmar - Apr 18 - Apr 28, 2019

Traveler: DANE W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

WE had a fantastic experience using Kimkim again this trip. We were linked with Anne and here tour guides really did their best to make our trip perfect. We really did not need to worry about anything and every day we had something interesting to do. The selection of accommodation was really comfortable even in the remote town's and we really felt like we were having thw 'boutique' and personalised trip we wanted. I am really happy we did it this way and let Anne organise everything because... read more

WE had a fantastic experience using Kimkim again this trip. We were linked with Anne and here tour guides really did their best to make our trip perfect. We really did not need to worry about anything and every day we had something interesting to do. The selection of accommodation was really comfortable even in the remote town's and we really felt like we were having thw 'boutique' and personalised trip we wanted. I am really happy we did it this way and let Anne organise everything because we would have never been able to have so many local experiences and have been so well looked after if we'd tried to organise everything ourselves. The highlights were Bagan and Inle Lake, it was boiling hot during the time of year we visited but when we got to more altitude the weather was more pleasant. I definitely will be using Kimkim again, twice now I have had great holidays and such memorable experiences through using these guys.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dane,
Delighted we made your second experience with KimKim a memorable one! We always try to take the hassle out of the holiday - so I'm glad you felt you didn't have to worry and could enjoy the different experiences along the way, despite the soaring temperatures!
We'll look forward to helping you plan your next kimkim journey soon!
Best,
Anne

Magnificent myanmar - 8 days, Myanmar - Apr 20 - Apr 29, 2019

Traveler: REbecca R. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our trip to Myanmar has been just excellent. From the start until the end the communication with Anne was great, as she organised in a very short time a trip which allowed us to see as much as possible of Myanmar in the limited amount of time that we had. Our guides were all knowledgeable and we felt always safe with our drivers, and we were able to experience local highlights which allowed us to get to know Myanmar and the people of Myanmar better (cooking class, eating lunch in the homes of local families ). All in all we were very happy with our trip and would definitely recommend Anne!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Rebecca! It was a pleasure to plan this trip- and especially fun as you two were up for anything! I'm glad you felt safe with our drivers and enjoyed all of the local experiences with our guides. Hope you can come back for a longer visit in the near future!

Exploring myanmar in 12 days!, Myanmar - Feb 21 - Mar 5, 2019

Traveler: Terri M. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Everything about our trip to Myanmar was fantastic! The guides were personable and knowledgable. We asked TONS of questions and they always had the answer! Ann was amazing. She quickly made our last minute changes when we added another person to our hotel and a tour. We are so pleased with the whole process, flights, drivers, guides, hotels and tours, that we are already planning our next trip!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Terri, thanks for taking the time to write this lovely review and share your feedback. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed exploring Myanmar with our guides- its a special country and they loved sharing their hometowns with you and your family. Looking forward to helping you with your future SE Asia travels! All the best,
Anne

Buddhist highlights of burma, Myanmar - Mar 18 - Mar 25, 2019

Traveler: Don W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Don't know where to begin - Everything was great!

Anne made planning the trip an easy and interesting experience. We changed our format, timing and group numbers several times and she worked with us to ensure the trip went off without incident. She had excellent recommendations on where to go (we customized the format).

Tin, our River guide, was amazing. Comprehensive knowledge of Myanmar, the areas we traveled and of Buddhism; excellent English, friendly but non-intrusive, and... read more

Don't know where to begin - Everything was great!

Anne made planning the trip an easy and interesting experience. We changed our format, timing and group numbers several times and she worked with us to ensure the trip went off without incident. She had excellent recommendations on where to go (we customized the format).

Tin, our River guide, was amazing. Comprehensive knowledge of Myanmar, the areas we traveled and of Buddhism; excellent English, friendly but non-intrusive, and flexible. He was always ready to work with us to make sure the group's varying needs were met. Far superior to any guide we have experienced so far.

The boat was exactly what we needed. Our cabin was roomy and bed was comfortable. The HVAC wasn't able to keep our cabin cool but others said they were very comfortable. Food was very good. Boat staff was excellent- pleasant, attentive and professional.

Trip up the Chindwin to Buddhist caves and monuments was most memorable. The "beach BBQ" the last night on the river was very special too. I had several comments from friends of "Trip of a Lifetime" and these people travel almost constantly.

I also appreciate the extra effort given by Anne and the Staff. For example, I left my phone on a Singapore Air Flight. Anne arranged for the phone to be picked up at Yangon airport and delivered to me during a stop on the Irrawaddy!

Kim-kim provided a great experience from design to conclusion.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Don, thanks for this kind review and feedback.

I am so glad your group of worldly travelers enjoyed their time in Myanmar! Your input during the planning process was incredibly helpful as well- it helped me to design the best route and pair you up with the right guide. I'll be sure to pass along your warm words to Tin and the boat crew and we hope that one day you will come back for another river journey along the Irrawaddy or Chindwin Rivers!

Best regards from Mandalay,

Anne

First trip to myanmar, Myanmar - Mar 17 - Mar 26, 2019

Traveler: Zulfikar J. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

All guides were amazing. We enjoyed the entire trip. Special thanks to Anne for taking care of all the details.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Zul,

Thanks for the kind review- great to hear you enjoyed your trip and time with our guides! It was a pleasure planning the details of your trip and hosting you during your travels in Myanmar.

Best,

Anne

Naresh

Highlights of myanmar - 10 day tour, Myanmar - Feb 12 - Feb 22, 2019

Traveler: Naresh C. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Thanks Anne for re-scheduling according to our needs - especially in light of the flight problems.

All went according to plan. All guides and drivers were helpful. We will be visiting Myanmar again with Kimkim.

Naresh and Nila

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Naresh & Nila- thanks for your review and happy to hear you enjoyed your time in Myanmar! Changes unexpectedly do happen with flights, so I am glad we were able to make some last minute changes to accommodate your international delay. We look forward to helping you plan your next visit here to the Golden Land!

Yangon & bagan, Myanmar - Mar 2 - Mar 6, 2019

Traveler: My Chau T. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

From planning to the actual trip, we couldn’t be happier with our trip to Myanmar. Anne was a super guide, very prompt and accommodating during the planning process. The trip went smoothly, everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed and just love Myanmar. Our local guides, Sai in Yangon and Zaw in Bagan were great, we quickly became friends in a very short period of time. We will gladly refer our friends to Anne in the future!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the kind words, My Chau! It was fun planning this trip with you and will share your feedback with Sai and Zaw. Myanmar is a special place so I hope we have the chance to welcome you and your friends back to see a bit more (and hopefully fit in a balloon flight next time!)

Highlights and culture, Myanmar - Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2019

Traveler: Sue J. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our recent trip to Myanmar was excellent from start to finish! Anne’s pre-planning was spot on and her quick responses and suggestions for any changes along the way made everything so easy and completely worry free.
We only had a short time to take in as many experiences and sites as possible without feeling rushed - and we succeeded.
Each of our local guides were wonderful - knowledgeable, accommodating and so generous and passionate about their part of the world.
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Our recent trip to Myanmar was excellent from start to finish! Anne’s pre-planning was spot on and her quick responses and suggestions for any changes along the way made everything so easy and completely worry free.
We only had a short time to take in as many experiences and sites as possible without feeling rushed - and we succeeded.
Each of our local guides were wonderful - knowledgeable, accommodating and so generous and passionate about their part of the world.
Niang in Inle Lake, was a gem, thank you so much for everything and lunch at your uncle’s house was very special - we had a great time.
Thinzar in Bagan was just lovely, and took such good care of us on those motor bikes! By far the most beautiful sunset I have seen.
And Su in Yangon was a true delight - her wonderful energy and stories made it so enjoyable and fun! We would have loved to spend more time exploring Yangon.
Drivers were terrific too.
We’ve done a fair bit of traveling (with and without guides) and must say that this whole experience was ace!
We highly recommend Anne and the local team. (just don’t tell anyone else 😉)
Myanmar is a wonderful country with so much to offer - the people, culture, food and sites - we’ll definitely return.
Cezu tin ba deh, everyone!
Sue and Susan

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sue and Susan,

Thanks for your feedback about your short but sweet holiday in Myanmar! We are glad you enjoyed your time with our guides and discovering the best of the local food and culture. I'll share this with Naing, Thinzar and Su as well as our drivers- we all look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Cezu ba,

Anne

Monique

Myanmar family holiday - 12 days, Myanmar - Feb 19 - Mar 1, 2019

Traveler: Monique R. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our trip to Myanmar was absolutely amazing in large part because of Anne’s outstanding skills in getting this trip together for us so it would be perfect! All the hotels were great and most of All all our guides were so knowledgeable and kind. We felt pampered and cared for and felt safe and happy the whole time!
We would definitely recommend this trip and most of all
Recommend Anne . She was outstanding!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for your kind words, Monique & Chili! It was fun designing your holiday and I'm glad it worked out to be the perfect fit. Our guides are proud to have shared their hometowns with you and to help you create wonderful memories of Myanmar. We wish you many more great travel adventures to come!

Action cycling, Myanmar - Feb 22 - Mar 4, 2019

Traveler: William T. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Anne was very responsive to our requests in the planning process. The choice of our guide Akar was excellent. Good listener and adjusted plan on the fly. My wife was sick for the first 2 days and he was very attentive. His choice of meal stops was great and were the nutritious snacks along the way.
Hotels were as requested, porches, quiet and off the beaten path. The driver chosen was skilled and cautious-we felt safe in the van.
We will use Kimkim again for future adventure travel.
Regards,
William Thomas

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar! We are glad you enjoyed your cycling trip through Myanmar- going by two wheels is certainly a great way to see the country! Arkar enjoyed riding with you and sharing his knowledge of Myanmar, the food, its people and its backroads with you. Hope to see you on another cycling adventure again soon!
Je zu tin ba deh!

lisaandmal

Myanmar with the locals (and a touch of luxury), Myanmar - Jan 20 - Feb 5, 2019

Traveler: lisaandmal .. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our recent 17 day tour in Myanmar was superb. Anne, our 4 guides and 4 drivers made us feel like royalty. We have never had the luxury of a private tour for 2 before and we have now been well and truly spoilt. The local people of Myanmar, the sights, the food - quite the experience. Thank you for having us.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lisa & Malcolm, thanks for your review. We loved sharing the beauty of Myanmar with you both and glad we were able to offer the right mix of luxury and local experiences for your holiday! Wishing you many more great travels in the years to come and perhaps will see you back in Myanmar again one day!

Myanmar private your, Myanmar - Feb 4 - Feb 11, 2019

Traveler: Andrew H. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

I booked a trip to Myanmar with Anne and it was one of the best trips I've ever had going solo. My itinerary was specifically tailored to my wants and needs. I spent 7 days in Myanmar, visiting Yangon, Lake Inle and Bagan with a mixture of sight-seeing and learning the history of Myanmar, eating delicious food and spending time with local families.

Anne (the trip planner) has been a god-send, super experienced and knowledgeable about Myanmar, but also most importantly very accommodating... read more

I booked a trip to Myanmar with Anne and it was one of the best trips I've ever had going solo. My itinerary was specifically tailored to my wants and needs. I spent 7 days in Myanmar, visiting Yangon, Lake Inle and Bagan with a mixture of sight-seeing and learning the history of Myanmar, eating delicious food and spending time with local families.

Anne (the trip planner) has been a god-send, super experienced and knowledgeable about Myanmar, but also most importantly very accommodating and lightning quick with any questions I might have. Throughout the entire trip, we would be in touch constantly over Whatsapp. Anne would always send a message here and there to know if everything was okay.

The whole process was seamless, from my initial chat to my first steps outside of Yangon airport everything was taken care of.

The guides in each different were so down-to-earth, so knowledgeable but I think most importantly, absolutely passionate and devoted to their job but also to their country, which makes for a riveting holiday experience. Nothing was rushed with the daily itinerary according to my energy levels! I had Hnin-Hnin in Yangon, Thet Wai in Inle and Zaw Htun in Bagan.

Hotels were up to standard, (a bit big for me as I was travelling solo) and also located centrally to most things, like markets, convenience stores and local historical sites.

Transportation was also great, the drivers were all very courteous and professional. But try and use alternative methods of transport if you can; bike, scooter or walking is best to see and experience the real life of the Burmese people.

Lastly, Myanmar is really opening up to the world, and although it is a bit far from the rest of the world, it is a must for people who love travelling through Asia. The country has some of the most magical scenery I've ever seen. Taking a boat across Lake Inle , and although I never got the chance to do it, taking a hot-air balloon ride over Bagan are two must-dos. And lastly, Myanmar is extremely safe place. The people are super friendly! Never on my trip did I ever feel like I was in danger.

If you are like me, been to Vietnam, Thailand or Cambodia, then make sure you use Anne and book a trip to Myanmar! It's been a life-changing trip!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Andrew- thanks for taking the time to share such a detailed review with us. I'm delighted that the trip, hotels and services were a perfect fit. And thanks for your praise of our guides- I agree that their passion truly makes the experience extraordinary! Hope to welcome you back again one day soon!

Local highlights of yangon, bagan and inle lake - 8 days, Myanmar - Feb 5 - Feb 11, 2019

Traveler: Eleanor Y. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

I've always loved the planning process for my holidays but while researching on Myanmar on a tight timeline, I felt increasingly unsure as I navigated through inconsistent and outdated details from Tripadvisor forums. For once, I wanted to just sit back and not worry about planning and timings etc. And than I came across KimKim.
I had sent Anne a query on a weekend and heard back from her in under an hour with recommendations based on my needs. The itinerary was so thoughtful that I didn't... read more

I've always loved the planning process for my holidays but while researching on Myanmar on a tight timeline, I felt increasingly unsure as I navigated through inconsistent and outdated details from Tripadvisor forums. For once, I wanted to just sit back and not worry about planning and timings etc. And than I came across KimKim.
I had sent Anne a query on a weekend and heard back from her in under an hour with recommendations based on my needs. The itinerary was so thoughtful that I didn't even think to make any changes. And with that, two weeks later I was packed and ready to visit Yangon and the lesser known southern towns of Mawlamyine/Hpa-An.
I was guided by the knowledgeable Nwel in Yangon. What an incredibly smart and articulate guide - no history question fazed her, and I am determined to come back and explore more of Myanmar with her. And then we moved to Mawlamyine and Hpa-An for the next 3 nights with the kind and sincere Akm. To anyone who is curious about Hpa-An... my advise to you is - go! I was blown away by the scenic - many a times I felt like I was in Jurrasic world (no kidding), and curious to why such a beautiful and idyllic town does not see as much visitors as a place like Bagan. When you go, you must stay at Hpa-An Lodge. We were incredibly sad to leave the place and are determined to bring more of our friends back.
And lastly, we want to give a shoutout to our kind, earnest and affable driver Thaw. He was with us the entire 7 days and we greatly enjoyed his presence that it almost felt like we made a new friend.
If you're thinking of going to Myanmar, go. And go with Anne from Kimkim/Myanmar Pure - you will have the trip of a lifetime.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks, Eleanor, for sharing your feedback on your visit to Myanmar! I am glad we were able to put together such a memorable trip for you at the last minute- your photos truly capture the beauty and serenity of Hpa An! On behalf of Nwel, AKM and Thaw, thanks for visiting and we hope to welcome you back again to Myanmar soon!

Myanmar adventure tour - 15 days, Myanmar - Dec 29 - Jan 16, 2019

Traveler: Gregory R. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Anne was fantastic for start to finish. Easy to communicate with, understood our requirements ..... and delivered. All the guides without exception were great, as were the drivers and the sub guides in the various specialised areas.

Myanmar is a brilliant destination. People are suffering in the tourism industry due, seemingly unjustly to the misinterpretation of “ the troubles “ in the Rokine State by the international media. It is unfortunate that the fall out from this means less tourists, less jobs & less income.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the review, I will share your kind words with our team! So great to see these beautiful photos and read your impressions of Myanmar- we hope more guests will look beyond the headlines and come visit to support the local economy. All the best!

Best of myanmar- 3 weeks, Myanmar - Dec 27 - Jan 17, 2019

Traveler: Michelle R. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Myanmar, what an amazing desitination! Such a diverse country and the people are so very gracious.
Tourism is just starting to take off there, so go sooner rather than later!
Our trip organiser Anne put together an amazing trip for us and included everything we asked for plus more! We went to all the main areas....Yangon, Mandaly, Bagan, Inle and a few not so frequented spots. Our accommodation in Inle was at the very tranquil south end and was our very favourite memory, we went to a... read more

Myanmar, what an amazing desitination! Such a diverse country and the people are so very gracious.
Tourism is just starting to take off there, so go sooner rather than later!
Our trip organiser Anne put together an amazing trip for us and included everything we asked for plus more! We went to all the main areas....Yangon, Mandaly, Bagan, Inle and a few not so frequented spots. Our accommodation in Inle was at the very tranquil south end and was our very favourite memory, we went to a community based elephant project in Kalaw, a cooking school in Bagan where some of the money goes back to the community, we went to Loikaw and visited some of the local tribes and lastly spent time chilling on beautiful Ngapali beach!
Nothing was ever too much trouble for Anne, she was incredibly accommodating....she even delivered imodium to us when we were struck down with Burma Belly.
Our trip didn't miss a beat...it just ran so incredibly smoothly and the guides were all amazing and so very knowledgeable, they taught us so much and added to the overall experience of our trip.
I can't recommend Anne enough, she's on the ground in Myanmar and knows her topic incredibly well, which was apparent in her recommendations she made to us. Plus she kept in touch with us during our travels in Myanmar...how may travel agents do that!!!!
If you're considering Myanmar don't hesistate!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar, Thanks so much for feedback and glad you had such a memorable journey -the pictures are fabulous, too! I'm delighted to hear you loved the local experiences and lesser-known destinations- it was fun to create this trip and I know our guides had fun along the way. Hope you have many more great adventures to come in 2019!

Vicky

Highlights of myanmar - 10 day tour, Myanmar - Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2019

Traveler: Vicky Z. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Anne is great and super efficient, helped me to finalize the 12-day trip schedule quickly just one week before the trip, by adapting to my budget and major interests as much as she could. The trip was very well organized covering all the places I wanted to visit and also lots of interaction with the locals. All the tour guides and drivers are professional and very friendly. Myanmar is an amazing country with very unique history, culture and local customs, people are genuine and extremely... read more

Anne is great and super efficient, helped me to finalize the 12-day trip schedule quickly just one week before the trip, by adapting to my budget and major interests as much as she could. The trip was very well organized covering all the places I wanted to visit and also lots of interaction with the locals. All the tour guides and drivers are professional and very friendly. Myanmar is an amazing country with very unique history, culture and local customs, people are genuine and extremely friendly. Food is also great, make sure you try the tea leaf salad, the best salad I’ve ever had! Bagan itself and the hot air balloon flight was the highlight of the whole trip, maybe one day I will go back again!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Vicky! Thanks for sharing your feedback with us and your recommendations for future travelers- Myanmar is a magical place and we loved sharing it with you. So glad that we could put together the last minute trip for you and hope that you will come back again soon!

Myanmar’s 'big four' destinations, Myanmar - Dec 30 - Jan 2, 2019

Traveler: Thao T. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Anne was incredible! She’s prompt, responsive and professional. I want Anne to plan every one of our trip if possible! Thank you Anne for a wonderful trip!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Thao and Brad- thanks for spending your new year holidays in Myanmar! Glad you had a wonderful time and that I could help make the planning process a smooth one. Please do let us know if you plan to return again!

Photo tour, Myanmar - Dec 6 - Dec 16, 2018

Traveler: Tack S. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

The guides provided were all excellent and they know their job well. Starting in Yangon we're greeted by Cherry Kyaw who attended to our need in details and with always a smile. In Mandalay, after a delay of our flights from Yangon, we're greeted by Lu Wine who immediately took us to a lovely dinner. We arranged for an early morning start for a sunrise at Mandalay Hills. No problems there. After the morning sunrise shoot, went back to the hotel breakfast after which we continue for the... read more

The guides provided were all excellent and they know their job well. Starting in Yangon we're greeted by Cherry Kyaw who attended to our need in details and with always a smile. In Mandalay, after a delay of our flights from Yangon, we're greeted by Lu Wine who immediately took us to a lovely dinner. We arranged for an early morning start for a sunrise at Mandalay Hills. No problems there. After the morning sunrise shoot, went back to the hotel breakfast after which we continue for the day's itinerary. Finishing the day for sunset at U Bien bridge. The next day was also an early start for morning sunrise at U Bien Bridge again after that the day continues. In the afternoon drove all the way to Bagan and was met the next day by our Bagan guide, Soe Kar Ar who took care of us for the next two days. Went on to Inle Lake through the Shan Mountains road, wonderful scenic drive. Our guide for this sector, Thet Wai was just as wonderful. All in all we had a wonderful 10 nights 11 days trip. Will always recommend Anne if you want a trip well organised and enjoyable.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Tack for sharing your feedback and all of these amazing photos! We are delighted that you enjoyed your photo-focused tour through Myanmar and spending time with our local guides. We would love to welcome you and your friends back again! All the best and wishing you many great adventures to come in 2019!

Peter

Birthday away, Myanmar - Dec 4 - Dec 12, 2018

Traveler: Peter J. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Superb organisation, all my thoughts, hopes and desires were accommodated .. and improved on.
The style and direction of my birthday away was fitted in beautifully. As I suggested my preferences,
Ideas and thoughts were suggested to improve my enjoyment of the visit.

Each day required different transport, food, accommodation, in the manner I chose to travel, and I was not disappointed . Everything dovetailed together and gave me a special time away.

A pleasure to have a breakfast with Anne on my final day. Wonderful send off. Loved Burma.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Peter- we are glad you enjoyed your (re)visit to beautiful Myanmar! Your trip request was quite different from most, so I'm pleased that we were able to put together the perfect combination in the end. It was a delight sharing a beer on your birthday and a farewell bowl of mohinga- hope our paths cross again soon!

Lexi

Spiritual and physical exploration, Myanmar - Nov 20 - Nov 29, 2018

Traveler: Lexi C. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

This review will inevitably be too short to capture the brilliance and splendor of Myanmar -- both its people and its places. My guides: Minthu, Thinzar, and Wai were all fantastic. Anne, owner of Myanmar Pure and all-around amazing human, used my input to handcraft a one of a kind spiritual and physical journey that had me interacting with locals, cooking meals, watching handmade crafts be made, and involved planes, trains, automobiles, e-bikes (think vespa), and boats. I met local fortune... read more

This review will inevitably be too short to capture the brilliance and splendor of Myanmar -- both its people and its places. My guides: Minthu, Thinzar, and Wai were all fantastic. Anne, owner of Myanmar Pure and all-around amazing human, used my input to handcraft a one of a kind spiritual and physical journey that had me interacting with locals, cooking meals, watching handmade crafts be made, and involved planes, trains, automobiles, e-bikes (think vespa), and boats. I met local fortune tellers and got a traditional tattoo. I took in the wonders of Old Bagan and the radiance of Inn Lay lake. I meditated for 20 minutes in a small crawlspace within the Pindaya Cave. Overall, this will forever be my favorite trip, partially because it is the trip of a lifetime, but partially because my guides and the local people made it so effortlessly special. THANK YOU.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Lexi, thanks for the lovely feedback- it speaks volumes about the wonderful people and hospitality in Myanmar! Glad we were able to fit in so many unique experiences for you and hope the memories stay with you and bring a smile to your face. Minthu, Thinzar and Wai are waiting for you to come back again so hope it is not too far in the distant future!

Lisa

Kimkim's cycling myanmar trip, Myanmar - Nov 14 - Nov 23, 2018

Traveler: Lisa M. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Myanmar was AMAZING. The care and quality of the planning made all the difference. Anne went far far beyond my expectations in building a trip that reflected all that excited me (in this case cycling, culture, food, the people, the reasons why, ...). I have had countless great travel experiences, and working with Pure Myanmar was one of the top. Each day was unique; transitions were seamless; lots of little extras (I'm not a big beer fan & she handed me a bottle of rum ... I wanted consistent... read more

Myanmar was AMAZING. The care and quality of the planning made all the difference. Anne went far far beyond my expectations in building a trip that reflected all that excited me (in this case cycling, culture, food, the people, the reasons why, ...). I have had countless great travel experiences, and working with Pure Myanmar was one of the top. Each day was unique; transitions were seamless; lots of little extras (I'm not a big beer fan & she handed me a bottle of rum ... I wanted consistent wifi and a hot spot appeared ... my companion bailed & she created a killer solo experience). Oh, and the guides - Anne has nurtured solid relationships with the best local guides. Really, I just can't say enough good things!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks, Lisa, for the great feedback and positive words about Myanmar! Arkar and Thet Wai enjoyed cycling with you and introducing you to the culture and some of the more unusual local food. We do our best to take care of the little things - and being well 'hydrated' is important on a cycling trip :) Hope we can welcome you and your friends on a group foodie/cycling journey next year!

Emilia

Three weeks in myanmar, Myanmar - Nov 4 - Nov 23, 2018

Traveler: Emilia L. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Everything about this trip was superb, from the moment I first got in touch with Anne. She was an excellent planner who understood exactly what I was looking for. On the ground, the guides, drivers, accommodations and arranged food were excellent. I was all around impressed. I had an emergency and Anne was on hand via WhatsApp immediately, which was a great help and relief. I highly recommend Anne and a trip to Myanmar.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Emilia, thanks so much for your kind words! Your spirit of adventure and discovery made it so much fun to plan the journey and our team enjoyed sharing their home towns with you. Thanks for visiting Myanmar, sharing your experiences with your friends back home and we hope you come back again soon!

Adventure culture & relaxation, Myanmar - Sep 25 - Oct 14, 2018

Traveler: Rachael W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our trip to Myanmar was truely amazing. We had hoped to achieve meeting the locals & becoming part of the culture in a real way & this is what happened for us. Myanmar is a beautiful country & the people are warm & welcoming. They gave us such insight into their lives plus showed an interest in us as people also. We were very grateful for the hotels Anne had chosen for us & staff couldnt do enough to make sure we were happy. We were able to go into the villages & non-touristy areas &... read more

Our trip to Myanmar was truely amazing. We had hoped to achieve meeting the locals & becoming part of the culture in a real way & this is what happened for us. Myanmar is a beautiful country & the people are warm & welcoming. They gave us such insight into their lives plus showed an interest in us as people also. We were very grateful for the hotels Anne had chosen for us & staff couldnt do enough to make sure we were happy. We were able to go into the villages & non-touristy areas & found it was refreshing not to be harassed by market vendors. Our guides along the way were exceptional. They interacted well with us & were full of great information plus their English made communication easy. Our cooking class was fantastic firstly visiting the local markets to buy ingredients then cooking in our cook’s home We especially loved riding around Kalaw on electric bikes, visiting villagers in their homes on our Treks & being transported around Inle Lake in the long boat. We had lunch with a family known to our guide in the floating village. . There was always time to stop along the way. Most evenings were free as we requested. We were very grateful to Anne who professionally organised everything. . She was totally approachable giving attention to detail from beginning to end. Anne was always willing to listen & adjust the schedule to suit our needs.
We were able to relax & recharge. Our trip was magical. A perfect way to experience a bit more off the beaten track , less touristy exciting plus time to relax & take in all Myanmar has to offer.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar! Thanks for sharing your Myanmar experiences and photos- you paint a beautiful picture of the country and your experiences here. It was such fun planning a flexible journey that matched with your adventurous spirits! I will pass your kind words on to our guides and team. All the best!

How many days should you spend in myanmar?, Myanmar - Sep 29 - Oct 13, 2018

Traveler: Ros W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our three guides and three drivers in the areas of Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Bagan, Popa, Salay, Pindaya, Dalaw and Loikaw were all excellent. There was nothing we could fault them on. They gave us an insight into the lives and culture in each area we visited. They warmed to our Australian sense of humour and made our trip a lot of fun. All the various Hotels that we stayed in all staff couldn't do enough to please us. Our guides on the Pindaya Trek and Loikaw Village Trek interacted well... read more

Our three guides and three drivers in the areas of Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Bagan, Popa, Salay, Pindaya, Dalaw and Loikaw were all excellent. There was nothing we could fault them on. They gave us an insight into the lives and culture in each area we visited. They warmed to our Australian sense of humour and made our trip a lot of fun. All the various Hotels that we stayed in all staff couldn't do enough to please us. Our guides on the Pindaya Trek and Loikaw Village Trek interacted well and we had a wonderful time. Anne Cruickshanks who tailored our trip to suite our interests was nothing but professional in her communication skills and there was nothing we would have changed. We felt we could relax and enjoy ourselves and re charge on our annual holiday and felt safe wherever we went.
We were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the Myanmar people.
Happy Travellers
Ros & Geoff Wilson
South Australians

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ros & Geoff,

We loved hosting you in Myanmar - it was great fun planning the journey and sharing different local experiences with you two. All of our guides send you a big 'hello' and we genuinely thank you for visiting Myanmar!

Cheers,

Anne & the Myanmar Pure team

Myanmar highlights, Myanmar - Sep 25 - Sep 30, 2018

Traveler: kerry b. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Anne was great! My initial request was vague but Anne pulled together the perfect itinerary.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Kerry,

Thanks for leaving a review and sharing the great photos! We are glad we could create the perfect trip plan and hope we will see you here again soon to explore more of Myanmar!

All the best,
Anne, Cherry, Naing and the Myanmar Pure team!

Brief trip to myanmar from bankik, Myanmar - Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

Traveler: Cynthia C. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our 2 main guides Akkar and Nye Nye were amazing: professional, funny, accommodating. And they truly made our experiences so perfect. We found Myanmar magical. Loved going by e-bike through the pagodas. Akkar got us a romantic horse and carriage ride through the pagodas the first night and had recommended the restaurant Moon which was delicious. Nye nye was a total joy to be with. We particularly loved going to his village on Inle Lake, eating lunch at his family’s house and getting a tour of the village by dug our canoe with he and his Mum. Loved it all

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Minglarbar! Thanks Cynthia for taking the time to share your feedback here- it is always great to read about our guests' favorite parts of the trip and to know that you enjoyed traveling with our team! We hope you can come back again soon- Nye Nye's mom is already asking when you will return for more fish and canoe rides!

Myanmar, Myanmar - Jul 17 - Jul 29, 2018

Traveler: Gienke O. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

We had a wonderful trip. Myanmar is beautiful country, the people are so friendly! The first contact with Anne was very promising and after a few e-mails we got a very good proposal in which Anne really proposed what we like to do. We love having close contact with the local people and we had! Lunches at family homes, a trekking around Pindaya, the Inle Lake, Kalaw and much more. The train rides between Kalaw and Inle lake was a great experience. In Bagan we explored the beautiful area with E... read more

We had a wonderful trip. Myanmar is beautiful country, the people are so friendly! The first contact with Anne was very promising and after a few e-mails we got a very good proposal in which Anne really proposed what we like to do. We love having close contact with the local people and we had! Lunches at family homes, a trekking around Pindaya, the Inle Lake, Kalaw and much more. The train rides between Kalaw and Inle lake was a great experience. In Bagan we explored the beautiful area with E bikes which was great.
Our guides made the difference! Nee, Aka, Wee and Chris told us a lot about their daily live and about the history of Myanmar. They made it possible to interact with the local people.
the hotels were good, not the big chain hotels but the real Myanmar experience. Especially Kalaw Heritage; a lovely hotel, great service, beautiful rooms.

If you want to experience Myanmar a bit more of the beaten track, not the standard tour operating thing which you see everywhere, go for Anne. What we also really appreciated was the idea that the money we spend ended up well, local family businesses.

Anne: thank you so much for the beautiful journey! We loved every minute.

Thomas, Gienke, Martijn and Friso

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for your feedback- on behalf of our team, we are glad you enjoyed your stay here and loved Myanmar as much as we do! It really makes us happy to welcome guests like your family who want to spend time immersed in the local culture, so it was a lot of fun for us to put together your holiday.

We hope you enjoyed your onward travels and that one day we can welcome you back to Myanmar again!

Myanmar & thailand tour - 15 days, Myanmar - Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2018

Traveler: Rodney S. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

What a great trip! Loved Myanmar. The first time I visited was as a backpacker in my mid 20s in 1986. That as a remarkable time to visit what was then Burma but I certainly travelled rough.
This time I requested higher end accommodation for my wife and I. Anne excelled with her selection. For instance, the Sanctum Inn and Bagan Lodge were modern suites in 5 Star accommodation. But we loved every choice she made for us, plus she saved us some money by recommending we stay at the Savoy in... read more

What a great trip! Loved Myanmar. The first time I visited was as a backpacker in my mid 20s in 1986. That as a remarkable time to visit what was then Burma but I certainly travelled rough.
This time I requested higher end accommodation for my wife and I. Anne excelled with her selection. For instance, the Sanctum Inn and Bagan Lodge were modern suites in 5 Star accommodation. But we loved every choice she made for us, plus she saved us some money by recommending we stay at the Savoy in Yangon rather than the Strand.
As well the selected itinerary suited our preferred pace of travel. Every morning we were busy site seeing until after lunch and then most days we were free to swim and lounge around our hotel pool. We are in our late 50s so, for us, this was ideal. However, if we made the request our fantastic guides were only too willing to show us more. So to Nay, Arwar, NeeNee and Cherry, our guides, thank you. So too to the drivers.
We had lots of highlights but I think the pagoda strewn hills surrounding Mandalay, the railway journey to the viaduct, the cooking class in Bagan and the visit to the Elephant Camp near Kalaw will stay in my memory the longest.
Thank you kimkim.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Rod and Jane,

Thanks for the wonderful feedback and delighted to hear you loved Myanmar- it is a special place and your photos really capture the beauty and atmosphere of the country! I will pass on your kind words to our guides and drivers. No matter what I plan, they are the ones who really 'make it happen' and I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with them and their flexibility with your excursions.

Hope you can make it back for a third visit to Myanmar one day soon!

Best,
Anne

myanmar: off-the-beaten-path, Myanmar - May 4 - May 13, 2018

Traveler: alexandria c. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our Trip- Myanmar off the beaten track 10 days.
If we could give this trip a 10 we would. Anne was a fantastic organizer/planner. She understood what we were looking for and put together an itinerary that suited us immensely.
Everything went logistically smooth in terms of timelines, dates, pick ups and bookings. Our guides or drivers were always there greeting us with a big smile wherever the next place be.
In terms of the guides themselves they were all locals from the specific region... read more

Our Trip- Myanmar off the beaten track 10 days.
If we could give this trip a 10 we would. Anne was a fantastic organizer/planner. She understood what we were looking for and put together an itinerary that suited us immensely.
Everything went logistically smooth in terms of timelines, dates, pick ups and bookings. Our guides or drivers were always there greeting us with a big smile wherever the next place be.
In terms of the guides themselves they were all locals from the specific region we were traveling in. They were friendly, warm, caring and very knowledgeable. We genuinely enjoyed their company.
Myanmar was an amazing country to visit. From the landscape, the people and the experience itself. We definitely would love to explore more there again in future.
We would definitely recommend Myanmar, Anne and her team of guides to give you a truly wonderful and real Myanmar experience.
Thank you!
Alex Trey

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alex and Trey,
Thanks for the lovely review! I am so glad we could help make this 'dream trip' a reality- I enjoyed chatting with you before the trip and creating a trip that fit your personal travel style. Thanks for the kind remarks about our guides and drivers, I will be sure to share your praise with them.
Hope you had enjoyable onward travels!
Anne & The Myanmar Pure Team

Magnificent myanmar - 8 days, Myanmar - Mar 30 - Apr 8, 2018

Traveler: egidio c. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Very professional experience that meet expectations. I would recommend both kimkim and Anne.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Egidio and Chinyu, thanks for the kind words! I am glad you enjoyed your time here - our guides really appreciated your enthusiasm for the local culture and their hometowns. If you have the chance to visit again we would love to show your more of Myanmar!

Trip, Myanmar - Mar 24 - Apr 2, 2018

Traveler: christian r. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Anne and the rest of the guides/drivers were great. I could not say more about Anne and the response time, care of client etc... This was a once in a lifetime trip and I was happy that Anne was the one that could plan it for me.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Christian! It was fun planning this trip - you were up for every local experience we could offer! And so glad we could fit in the visit to Green Hill Valley at the last minute. I hope you enjoyed your onward travels in Thailand and that we get a chance to welcome you to Myanmar again soon!

Myanmar trip, Myanmar - Jan 29 - Feb 13, 2018

Traveler: J C. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

We had an incredible Myanmar trip that Anne Cruickshanks from Myanmar Pure helped put together. Anne was amazing in creating an itinerary filled with activities that were tailored to our interests, intentions and yet gently pushed us beyond what we normally do on our own trips.

She truly listened and talked to us prior to the trip to better understand us as travellers and proposed itineraries that suited our needs. Anne is responsive, intuitive and knows Myanmar beyond the beautiful... read more

We had an incredible Myanmar trip that Anne Cruickshanks from Myanmar Pure helped put together. Anne was amazing in creating an itinerary filled with activities that were tailored to our interests, intentions and yet gently pushed us beyond what we normally do on our own trips.

She truly listened and talked to us prior to the trip to better understand us as travellers and proposed itineraries that suited our needs. Anne is responsive, intuitive and knows Myanmar beyond the beautiful pictures and images.

For our 16 days trip, she included the 'essentials' of Myanmar along with the 'personal/intimate' side of the country, that helped us not only see but experience and feel the country. From the religious/spiritual side of Myanmar to the friendly and charming people of the country to the many local food scenes that she and her guides set up for us were just simply amazing, loved the BBQ.

Being independent travellers, we had a fair sense of what we wanted from our trip but Anne and her team over delivered on each of the experiences and made our journey unforgettable. Some of the more memorable and unique experiences include the Buddhist Nunnery (very touching), the cooking lesson and market outing with Ma May (immersive, personal and delicious), the bike tours (a little exhausting but exhilarating), the sunset cruise (great way to end the day), the hikes (incredible views and great way to work up an appetite for the delicious foods of Myanmar). The guides and drivers were all very personable and Ah Korn was a stand out, he made the Bagan temples come to life with his story telling. Impressive.

The whole trip went smoothly without a hitch and Anne was there every step of our journey. I cannot wait for her next curated journey. J & R.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi JC! Thanks for the wonderful, personalized feedback. I'm so glad that KimKim connected us and even happier to know that you enjoyed your Myanmar travels and all of the experiences along the way! I will pass on your kind words to our team and would love to help you plan your next journey!

Sabbatical, Myanmar - Jan 21 - Feb 2, 2018

Traveler: Tom S. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

As experienced travellers this was the first time we had 'outsourced' our travel planning and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome. Anne took the time to fully understand our ambitious wishlist and returned with a suggested itinerary that whilst action-packed never felt overwhelming or rushed.

Each of our local guides managed to strike the right balance between being extremely attentive whilst also letting us explore at our own leisure. As well as visiting flagship attractions... read more

As experienced travellers this was the first time we had 'outsourced' our travel planning and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome. Anne took the time to fully understand our ambitious wishlist and returned with a suggested itinerary that whilst action-packed never felt overwhelming or rushed.

Each of our local guides managed to strike the right balance between being extremely attentive whilst also letting us explore at our own leisure. As well as visiting flagship attractions such as Inle Lake and Bagan, the tour also provided an opportunity to scratch below the surface and visit places off the beaten track such as the fish markets of Yangon and artisan quarter of Mandalay. These combined experiences provided us with some fantastic memories and a genuine desire to return to Myanmar and explore this fantastic country further.

Huge thanks to Anne and our fantastic guides and trek leaders in Myanmar!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Tom & Harriet! Thanks for putting your trust in us to plan your Myanmar holiday-
it was a fun challenge to design and organize the trip! Wonderful to hear you enjoyed the balance of excursions and getting in to the local culture with our guides. We sincerely do hope you will come back and explore more of Myanmar with us- there is so much to see and do and we would love to share it with you. All the best!

Thai burma, Myanmar - Feb 9 - Feb 16, 2018

Traveler: Tim K. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

One of the best trips of my life! Tour was nicely set up, and Anne make changes where necessary when my flight screwed up my arrival. The Bagan tour guide was very good, and the accommodations at the hotel were superb. And the cooking class was very informative and tasty. Flights and airport transfers went without a hitch. I highly recommend the tour, and KimKim tour company.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Tim- thanks for the kind words and beautiful photos! I know you and Robert had a short time on the ground (even shorter with the hitch on the international flight!)- I am glad we could maximize it and provide such memorable experiences. I hope you can come back so that we can show you other parts of beautiful Myanmar!

jay

Myanmar cultural trip , Myanmar - Jan 25 - Feb 1, 2018

Traveler: jay W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

The entire trip from the moment we touched down in Yangon until we left a week later was fantastic . The drivers and tour guides we had, Tin in Yangon, Naing at Inle and Arkar in Bagan, could not have been any better honestly with knowledge, professionalism but also made new friends with these folks as well . We even had the pleasure of meeting Anne who put the trip together . The hotels , balloon ride , internal flights all went smoothly . The only part that wasn’t enjoyable was the day we had to return.
Thank you
Jay

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jay, Anne and Bridget- thanks so much for the feedback! It was so much fun planning your trip and sharing local Myanmar experiences with you. We would love to see you back here soon for another adventure (and another sunset boat cruise!)

Terry

Highlights of mandalay and bagan - 5 days, Myanmar - Dec 30 - Jan 6, 2018

Traveler: Terry B. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

We loved the trip to a Myanmar, especially our guides in Bagan (Ankar) and Ny Ny in Inle Lake. We loved doing the little canoe trip with Ny Ny in his village and tea with his family. Of course, Bagan was amazing.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar Terry and Lori. Wonderful to hear you enjoyed your recent travels in Myanmar, I will share this with our team. The village visit sounds like it was fabulous- it is always fun when our guides decide to 'pop by' their family home! I hope your 2018 is filled with more memorable travels!

Annette

Myanmar from above: best hot air balloon flights, Myanmar - Jan 2 - Jan 6, 2018

Traveler: Annette P. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

This was a great trip, from the start of the planning to the flight home! Anne responded daily to all my questions/concerns and this made the trip planning so smooth and easy. Our guides, Lu Wine and Zawturn we incredible! They were very friendly and the trip felt more like visiting a friend who was showing us around, as opposed to hiring a guide.
We got to really feel the local scene in Mandalay! We went to local markets, spoke with Budist monks and nuns. It was great!
We learned so much... read more

This was a great trip, from the start of the planning to the flight home! Anne responded daily to all my questions/concerns and this made the trip planning so smooth and easy. Our guides, Lu Wine and Zawturn we incredible! They were very friendly and the trip felt more like visiting a friend who was showing us around, as opposed to hiring a guide.
We got to really feel the local scene in Mandalay! We went to local markets, spoke with Budist monks and nuns. It was great!
We learned so much about the temples in Bagan and the religion.

Also, our guides and Anne had backup plans for everything. For instance, we wanted to ride bicycles in Mandalay but it rained so we had a driver pick us up and we went to a monastery where we got to talk to a young monk who told us about Budism and what it’s like to be a monk. This is an experience we would not have had if we didn’t book the tour.
In Bagan, the weather was nice so we got to Bike, but I ran over something sharp and got a flat tire. But our driver followed not too far behind and was quickly able to meet up with us so our trip could continue. Anne and her team really thought of everything!
Also, considering the expertise, thorough planning, and great accommodations, I’m surprised the price is at such a good value!
Our guides an Anne showed us the real culture of Myanmar that most tourists I’m sure miss. If you wanted to be among locals and try local food and see places visited by locals and some tourists, then this is the perfect trip for you! I would happily book again!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Annette & Keith for visiting at the start of the year and sharing your feedback! All of your input in the planning process helped us add in the right local experiences to suit your travel style and you guys really embraced the culture which made the trip even more fun for our team. We would love to welcome you back for a longer stay next time!

Koy

Adventure and culture, Myanmar - Dec 17 - Dec 23, 2017

Traveler: Koy T. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

We are a family who travels a lot – for work, adventure, and play. We travel together and individually from places as diverse as Afghanistan and Ethiopia. So we are capable of organising stuff ourselves. Sometimes though life is too busy, and coordinating the views and opinions of 4 sets of people living in different places is just too daunting.

We knew we wanted to travel around Burma. I knew we needed someone to organise and advise. I can’t remember how I came across kimkim and their... read more

We are a family who travels a lot – for work, adventure, and play. We travel together and individually from places as diverse as Afghanistan and Ethiopia. So we are capable of organising stuff ourselves. Sometimes though life is too busy, and coordinating the views and opinions of 4 sets of people living in different places is just too daunting.

We knew we wanted to travel around Burma. I knew we needed someone to organise and advise. I can’t remember how I came across kimkim and their partner in Burma Myanmar Pure, but as soon as I was put in touch with Anne Cruickshanks at Myanmar Pure, I knew I was having a conversation and not being sold to. How do I know? Well, there are serious ethical issues surrounding the decision to travel to Burma and everyone in the family was uncomfortable. Anne did not shy from the questions we were asking but provided us with perspectives to help us make our own decision.

On the design of our trip and the itinerary we communicated a lot. Anne wanted to make sure she knew exactly what we wanted – what kind of experiences did we want? How active? How adventurous? How much travelling from place to place and to what? We went through a number of itineraries. Anne didn’t mind starting again if we felt it was not quite right. At the last minute Anne accommodated an extra person in our group – it was not trouble whatsoever (or rather it might have been, but Anne did not let on for an instant).

We had seven days and we went to Mandalay, Bagan, and Lake Inle. We had three separate young guides – obliging, positive and informed. They knew just how much to join in and how much to stand back.

Nay cycled us around Mandalay – round back streets, up hills, onto tiny ferries, around markets, into Muslim and Buddhist communities, along rail bridges and gave us a lovely Burmese picnic by the Irrawaddy surrounded by munching cows. In the evening we visited a proper local temple with rituals that were more fairground than religious. Then a really great barbecue shop. Nay was great company.

Thet Wai took over at Heho, meeting us with bikes almost straight off the plane to cycle to Nyaung Shwe. We had a truly lovely snack break in a village with exceptional food. Then we cycled to Nyaung Shwe on Lake Inle (through rice fields – stopping and asking farmers dumb questions). A great lunch.

Everyone travels by boat across Lake Inle, and everyone visits weavers and local crafts shops. It is touristy and it is designed to make you buy, but hell you have to give something back. Wai gave us a really good tour of the floating gardens and of the floating/stilt houses, shouting with joy when we found a pig house sitting over the water, inaccessible to dry land. A suggestion here – some of the houses are beautiful and spectacularly painted. Don’t waste time watching the sunset over the lake, ask to stay in the village on the water and watch the sun go down on the houses (we didn’t but I wished I had). Lake sunsets are boring – you can see them anywhere. We swam from a house in the middle of the lake and watched a couple having their wedding photos taken (people don’t usually swim…).

The undoubted highlight was Wai taking us to have lunch with his family (absolutely incredible food and so welcoming and curious about us), and then to great hilarity giving us a go with leg rowing on two of the family boats). We all had a go and it was brilliant. This is something people don’t do – and it was Anne and Wai that made it possible. I predict it will be the next bog thing at Inle.

The next day we had a gentle walk around the hills and good noodles in a place with a great view. Thet Wai is a legend.

The final stop was Bagan with a new guide called Arkar. He was laid back, patient and very good humoured. A really good guide. We had a day’s fun zooming around the temple complex on electric scooters (all coloured like Power Rangers) and eating in local places. Brilliant. We had final cocktails on our own boat watching the sunset over the Irrawaddy (best boat and best position).

All the hotels were very comfortable and well situated.

So thanks kimkim, Anne, Nay, Thet Wai, and Arkar. You are brilliant. It was an extraordinary holiday – open to what was going on in the wider country, but adding value to people working hard to make a living at a local level.

Koy, Hilary, Doy, Guy and Matt. December 2017

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks, Koy & family, for sharing your experiences in Myanmar! Your descriptions are so vivid, I am sure you will inspire other intrepid travelers to come for a visit. I'm so glad we were able to work together on planning this holiday- it was a memorable one for our team and they loved reading your feedback. All the best to you and your family!

Myanmar adventure tour - 15 days, Myanmar - Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2017

Traveler: Myrthe W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

This was an amazing trip. Everything in detailed arranged. So many different experiences. Guides were excellent.
The highlight of our holiday was Bagan, on the ebike. So beautiful.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks, Myrthe, for your feedback- we are so glad that you and your family enjoyed the experiences we planned in each destination. Bagan is a special place and great to learn that the e-bike ride was a highlight! I will pass on your remarks to our guides as I know they also had a great time sharing their culture and towns with you.
Best wishes for the new year- hope it is filled with more travel adventures!

Myanmar’s 'big four' destinations, Myanmar - Dec 10 - Dec 13, 2017

Traveler: dave d. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

The trip to Myanmar was exceptional.Not knowing what to expect,we were met at the airport by Sai our guide who immediately made us feel relaxed and comfortable.He spoke perfect English and was extremely knowledgeable about all facets of his country both past and present.He took us to areas where we never would of been able to find without him and presented views of all different kinds of people from all walks of life which made the trip very fascinating.The Shwedagon Pagoda is immense and... read more

The trip to Myanmar was exceptional.Not knowing what to expect,we were met at the airport by Sai our guide who immediately made us feel relaxed and comfortable.He spoke perfect English and was extremely knowledgeable about all facets of his country both past and present.He took us to areas where we never would of been able to find without him and presented views of all different kinds of people from all walks of life which made the trip very fascinating.The Shwedagon Pagoda is immense and has a distinct life of its own.The fortune teller was charming and added another dimension to that day.I myself liked the trip across the river and the trishaw ride the best ,seeing the life over there and how it differs from mainstream Yangon.Sai took care of us at every step of the way and the taxi driver was at his beckoned call and stayed with us whenever needed,even the next day to take us to the airport.Anne ,the local travel agent checked in a few times making sure everything was going well.All in all it was a wonderful experience and I would go back in a heartbeat and deal with the same expert travel people. Sincerely,
Dave and Constantine

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Dave and Constantine,

Thanks for taking the time to write such a heartfelt review. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed Yangon and the little extra steps we took to deliver an authentic experience. Really hope you will have the time to return and visit other regions around Myanmar- there is so much to see and do here!

Best regards and hope to see you in 2018,

Anne

Ankur

Highlights of mandalay and bagan - 5 days, Myanmar - Dec 7 - Dec 11, 2017

Traveler: Ankur G. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

What an amazing experience! My local specialist Anne was incredibly considerate, intuitive and very detail oriented. She helped me plan the trip to Mandalay and Bagan down to the last detail including guided and unguided portions per my request (for the latter she offered several suggestions on things I could do based on my interest level). She tailored my days to balance my interest in seeing a lot with my desire to do it all within a certain budget. She was very patient in back and forth... read more

What an amazing experience! My local specialist Anne was incredibly considerate, intuitive and very detail oriented. She helped me plan the trip to Mandalay and Bagan down to the last detail including guided and unguided portions per my request (for the latter she offered several suggestions on things I could do based on my interest level). She tailored my days to balance my interest in seeing a lot with my desire to do it all within a certain budget. She was very patient in back and forth emails, and even intuited from an email that I would not be as comfortable doing an all day motorcycle trip, and suggested a little more expense may be worth the mix of using a motorcycle and car - and she was absolutely right! She stayed on top of everything throughout the trip - I could always reach her, she always confirmed guides/itinerary beforehand, answered all my questions and even took the time to invite me out for drinks!

The guides she picked for both cities were also great! In Mandalay, Wine Wine was very attentive to my safety and comfort, while making sure I didn't miss any key attractions at each stop. We got an earlier than normal start and had some extra time, and he was great at improvising the agenda and coming up with new sights he thought I would enjoy. After I arrived in Bagan, I had the first day to explore on my own and that was lovely - I basically followed a suggested self-guided itinerary Anne had provided - including restaurant suggestions based on my dietary preferences and sunset cruise locations etc. The second day I had the pleasure of touring around with Arkar - he was AMAZING! Very knowledgeable and tailored the tour to my interests - he took me to is local breakfast place after I opted out of the hotel breakfast in lieu of spending more time e-biking around! We also skipped a couple markets as I had seen a few in Mandalay and was more interested and excited by the sight of pagodas! I took several side roads on a whim and he gladly followed me and provided history and insights - of course, he took me to some amazing hidden gems I could have never found on my own or with a big tour group.

Overall, I fell in love with Bagan. You think after two days I'd be tired of pagodas, but I was not. I was giddy at every side road that led into them - just to see myself in a sea of pagodas with different architecture and designs. The local people are incredibly nice and thoughtful - and the food is great! On the day I was self-touring in Bagan, e.g., there were several times I had stopped next to a pagoda and was looking at google maps on my phone, and each time a local stopped to ask me if I needed help!

Thank you for such a memorable trip!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the detailed feedback and review Ankur! We loved hosting you- our communication before the trip really gave me a feel for what you were looking for so it made the planning process a lot easier. We look forward to seeing you again here soon- for more time in Bagan as well as a trip to Inle Lake region!

Jezuh Tin Ba Deh!

jo

Myanmar adventure, Myanmar - Nov 18 - Dec 2, 2017

Traveler: jo b. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

We loved our Myanmar trip and are grateful to have a resource like Kimkim to help direct us to the type of tour company we want to deal with.

Anne at Myanmar Pure Travel worked with us to create an itinerary that worked really well for us, and she gave some great input and suggestions along the way.

The whole trip ran very smoothly, everything was well organised, the guides were awesome. We had different guides for different parts of the trip and all of them were really experienced and... read more

We loved our Myanmar trip and are grateful to have a resource like Kimkim to help direct us to the type of tour company we want to deal with.

Anne at Myanmar Pure Travel worked with us to create an itinerary that worked really well for us, and she gave some great input and suggestions along the way.

The whole trip ran very smoothly, everything was well organised, the guides were awesome. We had different guides for different parts of the trip and all of them were really experienced and professional. They all went out of their way to give us an authentic experience and were extremely flexible.

Inle Lake and Bagan were definite highlights and Anne lifted it to another level by with the accommodation she arranged. We were keen to do a hot air balloon ride and Anne suggested we do this at Inle Lake rather than Bagan - we went with her suggestion and were so pleased. Seeing the floating gardens and life on the canals/lake/gardens from above was amazing and I would recommend other people consider this option too.

Cannot fault any of the trip.

Jo Broadhead & Jens Richter Dec 2017

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Mingalarbar! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Myanmar. We always aim to create a custom plan that fits to each traveler and for you and Jens it was easy- you were up for all of the random adventures and local experiences that we love!
On behalf of all of your guides and the other members of our team, thanks for visiting and we hope to see you again soon!

Myanmar adventure, Myanmar - Oct 28 - Nov 11, 2017

Traveler: Sara P. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

From the initial inquiry to Kimkim - which was answered in less than half an hour - to the final moments of our stay in Myanmar, our experience was over-the-top excellent. I have traveled extensively, doing most of the planning myself, so it was with a few qualms that I turned the planning over to Anne. I needn't have worried - every aspect of the experience was even better than I could have planned myself and far exceeded my expectations. Anne really listened to what we wanted and... read more

From the initial inquiry to Kimkim - which was answered in less than half an hour - to the final moments of our stay in Myanmar, our experience was over-the-top excellent. I have traveled extensively, doing most of the planning myself, so it was with a few qualms that I turned the planning over to Anne. I needn't have worried - every aspect of the experience was even better than I could have planned myself and far exceeded my expectations. Anne really listened to what we wanted and translated it into a brilliant experience - from the things we saw (temples, incredible temples, beautiful countryside, towers of firecrackers) and did (e bike through Bagan, soaring in a balloon over Inle Lake, feeding the retired elephants), we had a great time. The best part though was the people we met - our local guides were knowledgeable and fun and made sure that we got to see the real country and not just tick off a bunch of boxes. Special thanks to Anne for making the whole thing run like clockwork, Nay in Mandalay, Arkar in Bagan, Htun in Kalaw and Inle and Hla in Bagan for making our experience unforgettable. As the kids would say, 11/10 would do again.

I also want to make one comment about the Rohingya situation - it is terrible, for sure, but not reflective of the people and attitudes we encountered in the rest of the country. Myanmar is poor and just starting to figure out how to be a more democratic and progressive country, and they néed your support. Visit, while the place is still unspoiled and you can make a real impact on everyone you encounter.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the feedback Sara! We really had fun planning your trip as you and Kenton have such a great spirit for discovery and cultural interactions. Our guides loved exploring their hometowns and sharing their lives with you - I am glad you enjoyed their company!

And thank you for your note on the Rohingya crisis. We are deeply saddened by it but want guests to come to support the local economy in the smaller communities and continue the cross-cultural exchanges that are so valuable in developing countries.

Jezuh tin ba deh!

Bagan by road, Myanmar - Sep 24 - Sep 27, 2017

Traveler: Carlos A. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

I'm very thankful with the service you guys provided to us. You made me feel more relaxed during my stay in Myanmar.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Carlos for the kind review and for traveling with us! I am glad you felt relaxed on your holiday in Mandalay and Bagan and hope next time you can come back for a longer stay in Myanmar!

Myanmar in one week, Myanmar - Jun 26 - Jul 3, 2017

Traveler: Alison C. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Everything on my trip was planned so thoroughly and the whole trip went very smoothly. I was very impressed that the hotel staff and tour guides knew our itineraries as well -- when the bus from Mandalay to Bagan wasn't at Mama Guesthouse at 7:30am, I asked the man at the front desk to call the bus company, only to find out that he already called for me! Little gestures like this made me and my mom feel very well taken care of and safe.

Anne was wonderful to work with -- very responsive and... read more

Everything on my trip was planned so thoroughly and the whole trip went very smoothly. I was very impressed that the hotel staff and tour guides knew our itineraries as well -- when the bus from Mandalay to Bagan wasn't at Mama Guesthouse at 7:30am, I asked the man at the front desk to call the bus company, only to find out that he already called for me! Little gestures like this made me and my mom feel very well taken care of and safe.

Anne was wonderful to work with -- very responsive and enthusiastic and really wanted us to experience and enjoy Myanmar in a way that most tourists might not be able to. Anne also came to welcome us at our hotel when we first arrived, which was a very sweet and personal touch.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alison, thanks for the feedback! It was fun planning your trip with you and we are so glad that you and your mom had a great time. Our guides and drivers really enjoyed showing you around Myanmar and we hope to see you here again in the future!