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COMPANY PROFILE Expeditions Myanmar (EM) is a destination management company. EM is whollyowned by senior managers, not linked with any Myanmar government agency and not beholden to anyone else s pricing
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COMPANY PROFILE Expeditions Myanmar (EM) is a destination management company. EM is whollyowned by senior managers, not linked with any Myanmar government agency and not beholden to anyone else s pricing policies or profit expectations. EM has longestablished friendly relationships with hotels, domestic airlines, and with other suppliers. Expeditions Myanmar Ltd. is registered under Myanmar law as an approved in-bound tourism operator. Our international perspective is shaped by experience and education of our senior managers. Our performance is driven by enthusiasm and dedication of our staff; the twin pillars on which EM business is based on. VISION To be apart of successful Myanmar travel industry that promotes our country s culture and hospitality in a sustainable and responsible way. PHILOSOPHY EM is built on the philosophy of always giving the client the best possible personalized service. OUR STAFF / OUR GREATEST ASSET Mrs Nan Win(Managing Director / Founder) A graduate from the University of Mandalay, her start in the travel industry began with the Ministry of Tourism, with whom she worked for over 6 years, before moving abroad to attend education institutions and continue her work experience. She lived in Australia and England, obtaining certification in Tourism Management from schools in both Sydney and London and during this time she also took the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe. On her return to Myanmar, Nan Win held senior positions with multiple leading Destination Management Companies over the next seven years. She has experience in a variety of roles ranging from Station Manager in Shan State to Reservations Manager in Yangon. Drawing on the extensive resources and contacts cultivated over the years, she wanted to offer her vision of what exceptional travel in Myanmar could be and so in 2008 Nan Win started Expeditions Myanmar, based in Yangon. Mr Pascal Khoo Thwe (Sustainability and Environmental Consultant) Pascal Khoo Thwe graduated in English literature from Cambridge and pursued careers in finance., in journalism and in catering, devoting himself helping his people through various sustainability and environmental causes. He assists Expeditions Myanmar in guide training, in vetting the environmental practices of the company s suppliers and in reviewing the sustainability and environmental impact of the company s programmes. OUR STAFF / OUR GREATEST ASSET Mr Khin Soe (Operation Manager) Khin Soe used to work for Tourist Burma. He has over thirty years of working experience both in government and in the private sector, he has unrivalled contacts throughout the hotel and transport sectors in Myanmar. Mrs Nwe Nwe Htay (Sales & Reservation Manager) She is a true specialist in her field. In fifteen years in travel, all with leading destination management companies, she has always concentrated on work. Today, she leads a team in our reservations department, and stays on top of all the detailed work involved. Ms Myat Thida Kyaw(Reservation Assistant) Her role on the team is support of reservations and her ultra sweet personality is her strongest weapon in dealing with hotels!! Thida has a personal passion for travel and is always happy to travel anywhere and everywhere. Mr Khun Yan Naung Soe(Operation Assistant) Originally from Mandalay, Naung Naung moves to Yangon to support our operations at our head office. He holds a degree in Physics from the University of Mandalay. Full of energy and eager to assist, we can always count on him to be ready to lend a helping hand. Mr Kyaw Soe Moe (Office Manager) He graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Yangon Technological University. He is responsible for the IT systems in the Expeditions office and for its website and communications, he assists with the invoicing and accounting functions, and he is the general go to guy in the office if ever a problem of any kind crops up. Ms Yadanar Zin Oo (Assistant Sales & Reservation Manager) She graduated from the Yangon Institute of Economics, Yadanar has also undergone several tourism-training programs, as well as, IT courses during her time overseas. She has extensive industry experience, on both the local and international arena, and is full of energy supporting our sales and reservations department. Ms Su Su Hlaing(Reservation Assistant) Su Su graduated from East of Yangon University with a degree in Physics. She made a change of career coming from the pharmaceutical industry but is now convinced she is made for tourism. Su Su is an absolute master at punching out the quotations and can work on excel sheets with her eyes closed! Ms Ni Ni Lin Kyaw(Apprentice) Ni Ni is student from Central Vocational Training School. PRODUCTS CULTURAL & CLASSIC TOURS - Explore the heritage, highlights and most famous sites LUXURY - The best Myanmar has to offer. Expeditions has many special treats to impress ETHNIC ENCOUNTERS - Meet the tribes and learn about their beliefs and traditions ADVENTURES - Travel off the beaten path & interact & learn of local life COUPLES & HONEYMOONERS Nurture your relationship, enjoy romantic moments and pampering MYANMAR FESTIVALS - Participate in local celebrations BEACH BREAKS - Pristine white & golden sand beaches, warm and clear waters of Bay of Bengal CRUISES & SAILING Cruise the classic Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers and explore Mergui islands on adventure cruise SPECIAL INTEREST Nature discovery: Botany, flora & fauna. Orchids, birds, dolphins and other animals spotting. Photography: Special tours custom built to photographers. Rail journeys: Myanmar has extensive railway network constructed by the British. One of the most memorable stretches is crossing the famous Gokteik Viaduct spanning 300m deep gorge. Arts & crafts: Visit galleries, and workshops meet the craftsmen and artists and learn how traditional arts and crafts are produced. Golf: Pun Hlaing Golf designed by Gary Player offer best facilities in the country. There are many other golf courses built by the British. Local experts: Guest talkers available on request for special groups. Meet with local artist, journalist, historian, researcher or doctor for interesting conversations CORPORATE MICE OUR FLEET DOMESTIC AIRLINES IN MYANMAR Expeditions Myanmar uses only privately owned airlines. There are 8 privately owned domestic airlines for the time being. Air Bagan, Yangon Airways, MannYadanarpon Airline, Myanmar National Airline, Golden Myanmar Airline, Apex Airline, Asian Wings and Air KBZ. Air Bagan has largest fleet with 2 x F100 jets. All other aircrafts used in Myanmar domestic traffic are ATR-72 and ATR-42 propeller planes. Myanmar has extensive network of airfields built by the British. Yangon OUR PREFERRED HOTELS The Governor s Residence The Strand Hotel The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Savory Hotel Sule Shangri-la Sedona Chatrium Hotel Park Royal Hotel Novotel Hotel Mandalay Red Canal Rupar Mandalar Mandalay Hill Resort Sedona Hotel Shwe Pyi Tar Hotel Ayeyarwaddy Riverview Hotel Bagan Aureum Bagan Palace Hotel Bagan Thande Hotel Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort Tharabar Gate Hotel Bagan Lodge Treasure Resort Bagan Inle Lake Inle Resort Inle Princess Resort Inle Lake View Spa & Resort Viewpoint Resort Pristine Lotus Aureum Inle Resort Ngapali Beach Aureum Palace Resort Bay View Resort Sandoway Resort Amata Resort Amara Ocean Resort Amazing Ngapali Resort HOT AIR BALLOON ADVENTURES Balloon Over Bagan Golden Eagle Balloon Oriental Balloon Imagine Rising into the sky with the morning sun, Myanmar unfolds before you. Drifting with gentle winds and flying low over villages, there is a bird s eye view of local life to take in. Then, climbing higher, the breath-taking views of the regional landscape extends ahead. Experienced and knowledgeable pilots open up a new horizon of tales and discoveries for you to enjoy. Sunrises over the golden land, a land that as Rudyard Kipling put it is...quiet unlike any other land you know. And you get the chance to experience Myanmar in a way no other mode of transportation can offer. MYANMAR RIVER CRUISES RV Pandaw RV Paukan Road to Mandalay Strand Cruise Sanctuary Ananda Cruise Anawrahta Cruise CSR AT EXPEDITIONS MYANMAR We strive to support the triple bottom line s economic, social, and environmental responsibilities of business Responsible Travel. Understanding the need to give back At Expeditions Myanmar we believe in the power of travel and tourism to connect people and through that connec2on we know comes the power to improve people s lives for both the passing visitors and the local community members. Ac2va2ng that posi2ve power is a key part of responsible travel. For Expedi2ons Myanmar it means both crea2ng unique and rewarding travel experiences for our clients and also giving back to the people and places that helped to make your Myanmar travel experience meaningful. As part of our new focus on responsible travel we will be undertaking different projects and ini2a2ves that can help us to give back on behalf of our company and our clients. Our first ini2a2ve star2ng this year sees a dona2on from every confirmed booking with Expedi2ons Myanmar go to a selected local organiza2on that is working to help their communi2es. Currently our Responsible Travel Dona2ons go to a local orphanage in the city of Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State located in the northeastern part of the country. This orphanage cares for around 300 children, ranging in age from new-born to 12 years old, and relies heavily on daily dona2ons to provide meals and schooling for the children. Many of the children are Pa-O ethnic minority, who form a visible part of the popula2on in Shan State. The orphanage was built by two sisters, Daw Gyi & Daw Nge, who are English teachers, therefore, the orphanage is referred to by locals as the Daw Gyi & Daw Nge School. Expedi2ons Myanmar first learned of the good work of the school through some of our local team members, originally from Taunggyi, who have had a chance to visit with the orphanage children and see first hand the opportuni2es to help improve their lives. There even a lifle help can go a long way. All dona2ons received from Expedi2ons are accompanied by a formal wrifen receipt from the orphanage and is available to clients upon request. POPULAR MYANMAR FESTIVALS balloons up to the sky. Thadingyut Festival Oct 18: 14 th Waxing day of Thidingyut, Throughout The Country 3-day festival ending October 20 th To mark the day Lord Buddha came down from heaven after spending three months of the Buddhist lent there. Buddha's return from heaven is welcomed throughout the country with colorful illumination offerings to the deities. People also enjoy displays and hoist pagoda precincts. Ananda Temple Festival Fullmoon day of Pyatho(Jan 26), Ananda Temple, Bagan 8-day festival ending Jan 28 th Most interesting date: 26th January On full moon day of Pyatho, Alms-bowls filled with crops are offered to monks who all wait in a long line. Pilgrimage and holiday outings on country bullock carts can be seen. In front of the pagoda there is a fairground with market stalls and restaurants. Water Festival (Thingyan) Apr 13: 3 rd Waxing day of Tagu, Throughout The Country 4-day festival ending April 16 th The festival is held on the eve of Myanmar New Year to cleanse the evil deeds of the previous year with water. Young people go out to enjoy playing with water and going to music concerts and elders take shelter in monasteries and Phaung Daw U Pagoda Festival Inle Lake, Shan State 18 day Festival ending October 22 nd Most interesting date: 22nd Oct Four Buddha statues are ceremoniously transported clockwise around Inle lake on the royal barge, one legrowed boat races are held throughout the event. Taunggyi Balloon Festival Taunggyi, Shan State. 5-day festival ending November 17 th Most interesting dates: 16th and 17th Nov Homemade hot air balloons with bamboo frames and made of Shan paper are launched to the sky day and night. In the evening there are fireworks, markets and fairgrounds with all kinds entertainment catered to local taste. The Rolling Stones of Myanmar rock scene, the Iron Cross concerts are not to be missed. Shwezigon Festival Bagan. 5-day festival ending November 17 th Most interesting dates: 17th Nov Candles and fireworks are carried in procession before offering to the pagoda on the Full Moon Day (15th Waxing day)of Tazaungmon. Alms bowls are offered to monks, as they do at Ananda festival on full moon day. In front of the pagoda there is a fairground with market stalls and restaurants. MYANMAR TRAVEL INFORMATION Country facts Country name: Union of Myanmar President: U Htin Kyaw State Counsellor: Daw Aung San Su Kyi Population: 54 million Capital: Naypyitaw 1mil. Cities: Yangon 5.21 million Area: sq km ( sq miles) Highest point: Mt Hkakaborazi 5881m Languages: Burmese, English and ethnic languages Religions: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4%, Muslim 4%, animist 1%, other 2% Ethnic groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese3%, Indian2%, Mon 2%, Other5% Time: UTC +6.5 Country code: +95 Currency: Myanmar Kyat FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) When to Go? The best time to visit Myanmar is from November to March when temperatures are relatively low (average degrees centigrade) and when there is practically no rain. Note that in December and January the temperature can drop to near freezing at night in the highlands of the Kalaw, Pindaya, Taunggyi and Inle Lake area. In April and May which is the hottest season the temperature often tops 40 degrees centigrade in Yangon, and in Mandalay and Bagan it can get even hotter. The monsoon starts between mid-may and mid-june bringing frequent rains particularly in the southern as well as western region of Myanmar which last until September. Passport and Visa All travellers to Myanmar require a valid passport with minimum 6 months remaining and a Myanmar visa. There are two ways to obtain a Myanmar Visa. Myanmar Visa Key information for Myanmar tourist visa Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter Myanmar. 14-day visa-free travel is permitted for Philippines, Laos and Vietnam passport holders. Tourist visas are valid for 28 days, which can be extended by a further 14 days at a cost of $3 per day (plus a one-off $3 administration fee). It is important to be ready with the correct change at your departure point. (Bear in mind that if you overstay, you might encounter some difficulties booking travel and/or hotels in your overstay period, as not all service staff are aware of the overstay allowance.) Due to the sensitive political situation, entry and exit via land borders is restricted in some border regions. Do not apply for your visa too early: the period for visa validity (i.e. your Myanmar entry date) may range from one to three months. Do not apply for your visa too late: embassies and consulates can take two weeks or more to process your application, but this changes from country to country. If you are from a country that does not have a Myanmar embassy or consulate, it will take longer still. You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your departure from Myanmar. A single entry tourist visa will typically cost around $30. Depending on which country you are applying from, the application procedures may vary, but it is usually a simple process. If you are not getting your Myanmar visa in your own country, one of the most likely places might be Bangkok, where the process is straightforward. The visa section at the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok is open from 9am to midday for applications. You will need two passport photos and a photocopy of the photo/personal details page of your passport; for same day completion you will also need to show your plane ticket to Myanmar. Visa pick up is between 3.30pm and 4.30pm. The embassy visa section is a few minutes walk from to Surasak station on the BTS Skytrain (Silom line). E-visas E-visas can now be applied online at Citizens of 100 countries are currently eligible for Myanmar e-visas. E-visas are currently only valid for entry at Myanmar s three main international airports: Yangon, Mandalay and Napyidaw, Formalities on Arrival All items of jewellery, cameras and foreign currency in excess of US$ 2,000 must be declared upon arrival. No Myanmar currency may be imported or exported. Duty free allowance is 200 cigarettes and one litre of wine or spirits. Officially it is not permitted to bring mobile phones into the country: however, this regulation has not been enforced for many years. Expeditions Myanmar representative will meet travellers on arrival after immigration and customs control points have been passed, and will display an 'Expeditions Myanmar' sign for easy recognition. Health Requirements No vaccinations are officially required for a visit to Myanmar. Travellers should check with their doctor or a travel immunization clinic regarding the advisability of inoculation against typhoid, hepatitis, tetanus and Japanese encephalitis as well as Malaria Prophylaxis. It is wise to use an insect repellant against mosquitoes, especially in forested areas. The sun can be remarkably hot, and a hat and high-factor block cream are advisable. Take along any prescription medication with sufficient supplies. Myanmar hospitals are not considered to be of international standard, however there are two private medical emergency clinics in Yangon with rather good facilities. Domestic Flights The 8 domestic airlines operating in Myanmar are Myanmar Airways, Air Mandalay, Air Bagan, Yangon Airways, Asia Wings and Air Kamboza, MannYadanapon, Golden Myanmar Airline, Apex Airline and Myanmar National airline. Expeditions Myanmar uses only the last 4 of these, which are all private-sector operated and up to international service and safety standards. Flights are however frequently delayed, with explanation for the delay rarely being provided, and travellers should be prepared for unscheduled waits at domestic airports. Frequent flights are operated to major tourist destinations countrywide with ATR-72, ATR-42 and Fokker 100 aircraft. Baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to 20kg. Excess luggage can be left in Yangon hotels for collection on return. Transportation Expeditions Myanmar provides air-conditioned cars and coaches where available for all tours. Public train, ferryboat, bus and other transportation services are available throughout the country, however, these services are generally of a lower standard and uncomfortable for some. Boat trips between Mandalay and Bagan are operated by Chinese-built local ferries or on more comfortable tourist boats. The river journey takes usually around 8 hours (depending on the river conditions it might take longer). Lodging There are no official hotel categories in Myanmar. Hotel categories are rated by Expeditions Myanmar according to general international hotel criteria. Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay offer a wide choice of accommodation including boutique hotels and international five star properties. In other regions travellers should not expect top deluxe properties, though increasingly there is charming and traditional oriental style accommodation available. In some regions accommodation can be simple and basic. Restricted Areas Myanmar is a vast country and it is generally one of the safest countries in the world to travel. Insurgency problems near the Indian and Thai borders are in areas far off the beaten track and will not affect a traveller s journey through Myanmar in any way. While Myanmar has opened most areas of the country to foreign visitors, there are still a few areas for which government permission is required. In such cases Expeditions Myanmar will endeavor to gain permission where possible. Local Time GMT + 6:30 hours. Currency The use of foreign bank and credit cards in Myanmar at point of sale is currently limited, although Visa and Mastercard ready ATMs are increasingly widespread
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