Visit Burma 12 Nights 13 Days trip - January 2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

My wife and I have just returned from a fortnight in Myanmar superbly organised by Tamarind Travel. We had considered the option of using a UK based tour company, but took the 'plunge' and after a little research on the web identified Tamarind Travel. We ended up chosing Tamarind Travel first because of its clear Website which described in detail suitable itineraries for a 1st time visitor to Myanmar. Second, because the manager Cho Cho very promptly replied to all my email queries about our proposed itinerary and rapidly came up with a personalised schedule to meet our requirements.

On arrival in Myanmar, as has been described by previous travellers, Cho Cho was present at the airport to greet us and explain our itinerary for the next fortnight - a most pleasant personal touch. She had organised local Professional guides at all of our destinations - all of whom were excellent and very knowledgeable - Myanmar has a post graduate Professional tour guides training school in Yangon and tour guides are appropriated matched up based on the native language of their guests; we witnessed fluent French, Italian and German being spoken by local guides.

Internal organisation of transport by Tamarind Travel was immaculate, we were taken around in very comfortable air conditioned cars with local drivers familiar with the local 'rules of the road' peculiar to the big cities!

Our guides all adapted to us, for example responding to our requests to have mid day meals in 'non tourist' restaurants/ cafes - all of which were excellent and gave us additional insight into real Myanmar life. The guides were also all flexible around Cho Cho's published itinerary to suit our individual needs as the tour evolved and happily accommodated any requests.

In summary, Tamarind Travel is an example of how a foreigners' tour of Myanmar should be organised - we therefore give Cho Cho's company our 100% endorsement and wish her and her colleagues well for the future!

David JELLINEK.
Consultant Neurosurgeon
UK