Impact Myanmar itinerary showcases:
- Innovative new community enterprises and wildlife conservation projects.
- Champions inspiring small businesses run by locals.
- An eco-lodge stay on unexplored Samkar Lake which sources all food locally and supports development in the village.
- ‘Go Local’ in Yangon in the company of one of Selective Asia’s Burmese friends.
Selective Asia – which was earlier this month named top tour operator by readers of Wanderlust magazine – has added a second Impact itinerary to its portfolio of holidays across 18 destinations.
Created by the destination teams, the aim of these trips is to showcase a country’s innovative new community enterprises and wildlife conservation projects as well as championing inspiring small businesses run by local people.
Highlights of a 14-day trip that takes in Mandalay, Bagan, Sale (another town from the Bagan-era), Kalaw, Inle Lake and Yangon include:
- A day spent with an NGO with which Selective Asia has partnered to create a unique experience joining fisherman on the Irrawaddy River to raise awareness of the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.
- A visit to the sacred pilgrimage site of Mount Popa (home to traditional spirits) followed by tea with a local family in a nearby village.
- In the town of Chauk (a world away from tourist sites), stay in a family-run property and visit one of the most vibrant and authentic local markets in Myanmar.
- Travel through the Shan Hills to the Green Hill Valley Elephant camp (a project offering a retirement camp for elephants that once worked in the logging industry; strictly no riding!)
- Explore small villages such as Phayartaung and meet communities of fishermen, weavers and traditional jewellery makers while staying in an eco-lodge located on unexplored Samkar Lake and which sources all food locally and supports development in the village.
- Go Local in Yangon in the company of one of Selective Asia’s Burmese friends, stopping for street food, having a drink and seeing a side of the city known only to locals.
Myanmar specialist Anna Hipworth says: “Our Impact holidays have been devised by specialists who truly know the destinations for which they create holidays. The aim is to introduce travellers to facets and aspects of a country overlooked on other trips and which, at their heart, are designed to support and promote terrific social, economic and environmental projects.”
The 14-day Impact Myanmar costs from £2685 per person based on two people travelling. It is offered on a fully tailor-made basis and the price excludes international flights. The itinerary joins another Selective Asia Impact holiday in Cambodia.
February 24, 2020
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