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Visit Burma 11Nights 12 Days - November 2014

Thursday, 04 December 2014

After visiting Burma last year and experiencing firsthand the wonderful organization of Tamarind Travel and the warmth of the Burmese people we felt we had to put a tour together for our Probus Club in Australia.

We were met at the Yangon International airport by Miss Cho Cho Lwin, the principal of Tamarind Travel and a member of her staff. Nothing is a problem for Cho Cho and her staff. Even with many changes by our group she just made the necessary changes and everything went perfectly. She always kept in touch and answered our question promptly.

Tamarind Travel organzised everything, Guides, Transport, Transfers, Accommodation, Internal flights and assisted with the itinerary.

Visas are now very easy to apply for. Tourists can apply on line and pay with a credit card.

We had our meals included this time (It's easier with a group). The restaurants were chosen by Tamarind and we had a wonderful varity of cuisine ranging from Italian, Western, Thai, Burmese and in Mandalay were even taken to a restaurant where the locals have their lunch. (A very interest experience). Every meal was delicious and in the cleanest of restaurants. People with special dietary needs were catered for.

Our accommodation was perfect for the group, always very clean, and with the usual very friendly and curious staff.

Two of our guides were the same as 2013 and it was a delight to renew our friendships with them. All the guides were friendly, curious, and very informative. Burma does a wonderful job of training tour guides.

The hot air balloon ride in Bagan was the highlight of the tour for most of the group. Something they will never forget.

We cannot speak highly enough of Burma as a travel destination if you are looking for a destination which is different and will continue to surprise. Book through Tamarind Travel for a hassle free tour.

We are now planning where next in Burma.

Gary and Maureen Greening
Port Macquarie
Australia




Visit Burma 11Nights 12 Days - November 2014

Saturday, 22 November, 2014

Many thanks to Cho Cho at Tamarind Travel in Myanmar for organizing a very interesting and informative tour of that Country. We particularly appreciated meeting so many locals and experiencing first hand the Culture and Customs of the Country as well as its wonderful food and scenery.

Regards,
Mr. Warren Riedel & Mrs. Elaine Riedel
Port Macquarie
Australia




Returning visit Burma 6 Nights 7 Days - January 2014

Thursday, 13 February, 2014

Dear Cho Cho

Suzanne and I wanted to write you and express our gratitude for the wonderful time you showed us last month in Yangon. We can't wait to return to Burma next year. It will be our third year in a row visiting Burma and enjoying the wonderful services of Tamarind Travel. We have traveled all over the world and your organization is top notch. Whether it's smart articulate guides, amazing drivers or just the attention to detail in personalizing each trip we've taken, Tamarind travel and you, Cho Cho, have been fantastic. Can't wait to work with you on planning our trip to Burma next February.

Best,
Jeff and Suzanne Buhai
Los Angeles, California
USA
February 2014


Best of Burma 9 Nights 10 Days - October/ November 2013

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

We booked a 10-day tour through Tamarind Tours on the internet. The company was completely unknown to us at the time of booking.

Tamarind Tours are an extremely efficient and professionally run company who left nothing to chance. Their pre tour information was excellent, they answered all our questions promptly and kept in touch through the booking process.

I have dealt with many inbound operators over the years and can honestly say Tamarind Tours are the best I have come across.

We had 4 local guides in 4 different locations.

Their English was of a very high standard, they were very courteous and happy to assist us where ever possible. (One even gave us some very welcome photography lessons) They were flexible and happy to alter the itinerary if requested. They were all punctual and arrived before the appointed time.

My only criticism which is minor was, not being a morning person, our guide in Yangon talked non stop on our way to the airport at 6am in the morning and perhaps concentrated too much on Buddhism when some history and points of interest in the city would have been welcome.

We found all our drivers extremely careful and even in the heaviest traffic we felt very safe at all times.

Vehicles were new and roomy, the drivers kept them in showroom condition at all times.

We stayed in a mix of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels. Rooms were very clean, all facilities worked, the staff were very friendly and nothing was a problem for them. They were very keen to help and assist us and did not look for tips.

Two of the hotels were set in beautiful gardens, which were very well maintained.

My only criticism of the accommodation is the hotel in Bagan had forgotten to light the burners under the hot breakfast one morning resulting in the food being cold.

Breakfast was included at the hotels and depending on the star rating served an appropriate breakfast. Lunch and dinner were not included in the tour package.

For lunch we were taken to restaurants by the guides, which were inexpensive, the standard of both service and food was excellent. We found a wide variety of cuisine on the menus.

For our evening meals we ate in the hotels on most occasions (except Yangon) and again found the meals inexpensive, the standard of service and the quality of food extremely high.

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Myanmar. The criticisms I have are very minor. Would we go again? Most definitely yes.

Maureen and Gary

Australia


Best of Burma 9 Nights 10 Days - October/ November 2012

Monday, 22 April 2013

Myanmar is a truly magnificent country still emerging from the cocoon of its past. After deciding to visit this alluring land, our next best decision was to enlist the services of Jewel (Cho Cho) Cholwin of Tamarind Travel. Cho Cho came highly recommended by friends who had travelled with her company a couple of years prior to our visit. We were absolutely delighted with every aspect of our tour. Rarely does one find a tour operator with such high levels of service and commitment as Cho Cho. She worked tirelessly to tailor a fabulous itinerary that incorporated all our wishes and preferences. To this she added some lovely surprises along the way. Indeed Tamarind's hallmark is the personal touch that Cho Cho gives to all her guests. Tamarind Travel comes with our highest recommendations. Myanmar and Cho Cho will always hold a special place in our hearts - Thank you for wonderful memories.

John and Julie Romanin

Mr. John Romanin and Mrs. Julie Romanin, Gold Coast Queensland, Australia


Visiting Burma 10 Nights 11 Days - March 2013

Tuesday, 09 April - 2013

Our trip to Burma was wonderful; a beautiful and interesting country with a spectacular variety of sights and experiences including interacting with a peaceful and warm population. The fact you are reading this means you are already interested in going to Burma so you have seen how amazing it looks -and indeed you will not disappoint, but using Cho Cho and Tamarind Travel was also one of the reasons our trip was so memorable. Tamarind offers a tailor-made feel to their trips and no detail is ignored, the level of attention Cho Cho pays to ensuring your trip is a success is incredible and her hospitality was exceptional. We felt like we had made a friend not only in Cho Cho but also with Burma and we will definitely be returning to see both in the not too distant future.

Gemma and Peter

Mr. Peter Merrett and Dr. Gemma Buckland Merrett, UK


Visiting Myanmar 8 Nights 9 Days - March 2012

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

I cannot say enough good things about Tamarind Travel and its owner, Jewel Cholwin (Cho Cho). I returned to Myanmar in March 2012, after having lived there as a child. Cho Cho went the extra mile in making sure my husband’s and my trip was absolutely perfect. Each hotel and guide in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake was carefully chosen and memorable. Cho Cho is very careful about the details that make the difference between ‘ordinary’ and ‘unforgettable.’ Cho Cho also took extra steps, such as locating places and people I had known many years before, to make sure our trip would be perfect. Cho Cho was responsive to our emails and careful with handling all financial transfers. I recommend Tamarind Travel to anyone visiting Myanmar.

Mrs. Gretta Spendlove and Mr. David Spendlove - Salt Lake City, USA


Visiting Myanmar 14 Nights 15 Days - January 2012

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Compulsive traveller: confession
An attempt to share unforgettable experience (for free).

We (a man of 76 in (relatively) good shape and two attractive women of 70 and 71; only one is mine) having travelled, enjoyed and temporarily shared lives with people of over hundred countries, being slightly tired with nervous and shouting drivers, fed-up with sour and cheating faces and chilly manners of "advancing countries" and high criminality and drugs and drunks everywhere, bans of all kinds and types (incl photos), we have decided to see and visit and enjoy "something special". Thus we started seeking "a perfect country": neither racial nor religious clashes and frictions, safe roads and streets, days and nights. Friendly manners of the nation. Optimistic mindset.(I´ll give you a smile, give me one of yours.) Without neither worries, nor threat or falsy promises. No danger in eye contact. No photographing ban anywhere: streets and even religious places. Centuries lasting culture and architecture and history in its development presented not only in museums.

We had succeeded in this challenging and almost crazy search. A shock?! That is what we felt.

The very purpose of my lines is to seduce you and make you confirm/deny my/our unforgettable experience and (in the best case) our travel principles. (Not tour description in details.)

We prefer travelling on an individual bases (not in groups served by domestic/local "foxing" tour agencies). It requires: a safe/reliable air co. and a very professional local tour guide. Very honest, adequate in pricing, realiable and accurate in organisation, professional in guidance etc. It is difficult to say what is harder. Air co. is less withinn Europe than a number of travel agencies in "our perfect country": exceeding 500.

I am both proud and happy to say: our tough choice proved to be right: Tamarind Travel and Tour Co. A leading role and significance of a company director is generally recognized in modern management, let alone in Europe and the US. The success and failure of a company starts with his/her job efficiency. This is to explicitly state our most sincere admiration and thanks to Ms. Cho Cho Lwin (37): bright eyes, Hollywood model look (irrelevant), but most caring, accurate and responsive, mails answering within hours. (Her job performance far exceeds that of a standard man). Her guides are universities graduated (best: Mr. Si Tu), life experienced, patient, friendly and most tolerant youngsters, one could imagine.

There is no intention to describe what we had seen, visited, enjoyed, learned and admired. (See Magnificent Tour description in their WWW sites). But what I do feel it is necessary to say: despite quite a complicated programme there had not been any minor misunderstanding, let alone a failure in tour programming and preparation. And the tour: 16 days, 11 flights (home to home) met our dreamy expectations incl. the major one: we fulfilled our goals, we saw/and learned incredible things and places and we also enjoy much being back in our own beds at home. (You may take it for "a physical health state test".)

Many thanks Ms. Cho Cho for your care, accuracy and being. When leaving your country we all felt you had done most for the country image. We felt in love with you both.

We wish you best luck.

Best regards: Dr.Milan Ruzicka, Prague, Czech Republic
January 2012

P.S. Sorry for having forgotten to name our perfect country: Myanmar (former Burma).

Dr.Milan Ruzicka, Prague Czech Republic


Visiting Myanmar 7 Nights 8 Days - January 2012

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012

Myanmar  “ The land of smiles!

Dear Cho Cho,

We are just back home to Belgium from a stunning trip to Myanmar. While editing our pictures back home I noticed in my book shelves a Lonely Planet for Myanmar which I already bought some 6-7 years ago. It took us quite some time since then to finally go and we are very happy that we went now to experience the beautiful land of smiles.

While preparing for the trip I got in touch with Tamarind Travel, a local travel agency run by the very charming and customer-focused owner Mrs. Cho Cho. We jointly designed the trip based on itineraries and experiences Cho Cho has and based on our requirements combining Yangon with Bagan, Mandallay and Inle Lake. The whole trip was perfectly organized and over-fulfilled all our expectations. The hotels chosen were very nice, clean and small enough to feel almost at home. The four drivers and guides we had at the various points of our travel had been very helpful, attentive, friendly and informative. It was also an unique opportunity to get a closer view on the daily lives of some 60 million Myanmese while spending time with our guides and encountering various locals during our trip.

When coming back home and to work I was asked what makes Myanmar so special �€“ the beautiful smiles of their people, the friendliness and humbleness of its inhabitants, the vast choice and difference in scenery, the richness in culture & history, the very well conserved religious sites, and last not least Tamarind Travel . Cho Cho and her staff made this trip very special to us! We had the pleasure to meet Cho Cho on our last day for lunch which we all enjoyed very much!

 We will be back !!

Rainer & Cynthia

Mr. Rainer Neuman & Mrs. Cynthia Wee - Beligium


Visiting Myanmar 4 Nights 5 Days - April  - May 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dear Cho Cho,

Ming-galaba!! 

It�€™s been 2 weeks since I returned from, what I can safely say, �€œthe best vacation I�€™ve ever had in my entire life�€� in Myanmar.

I have travelled to many hot spots in South East Asia�€™s (SEA) including Thailand, Indonesia & Vietnam. Myanmar wins hands-down for me. The country�€™s natural beauty is unspoiled and archeological sites are unrivalled.

Her people are the best jewel. All the Myanmar people I encountered are hard-working, honest, humble, nonviolent and very pleasant. All are eager to please their guests.  Having also travelled to many parts of the world (ie Hawaii, Europe, North America), I dare say Myanmar people�€™s hospitality is world class and definitely one of the best!!

Of course, all these positive experiences could not have been possible, if I have not found you and Tamarind Travel. Thank you very much for taking care of my needs so immediately and making my impromptu journey as a first time single lady traveler so customized and memorable. I especially enjoyed the short time we spent together as 2 single ladies about town shopping for jewels on a public holiday (ie. May 1, 2011 when all the markets and museums were closed).

Lastly, I would like to wish you my very best and Tamarind Travel every success. You are definitely a strong and intelligent lady, who despite all the limitations imposed by your government, have been able to make Tamarind Travel a world class travel agency (especially in terms of service turnaround time).

I would very gladly and confidently recommend you and Tamarind Travel to all my friends and anyone who wish to embark on a visit to Myanmar anytime!

Warm Hugs and Love,

Pek

Ms. Seow Pek Chin - Malaysian in Kuala Lumpur


Visiting Myanmar 6 Nights 7 Days - April 2011

Dear Cho Cho,

Here are a couple of photographs from our wonderful memories of Myanmar. All five of us enjoyed every moment of our stay in Myanmar and will surely come back in the near future. Thanks to the extremely professional services provided by you and Tamarind Travels, this vacation was one that we will all cherish forever. From the speedy clearances at immigrations on our arrival at Yangon, handling of our personal baggage at airports, variety of cuisines on offer during every meal, accommodation at great hotels with superb views from the rooms, comfortable land transportation and knowledgeable, amiable and fluent English speaking guides - we have been very impressed by the personal and bespoke services offered by Tamarind travels. The flexibility shown by members of  your company to accommodate our last minute requests is very highly commendable. All in all, we had a great trip and recommend your services to any discerning traveller.

Thanks for everything.

Have a great day.

Ronjoy and Deepa Bairagi Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

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Visiting Myanmar 10 Nights 11 Days - December 2010 to January 2011

Dear Cho Cho,

We just managed to find time to download the photographs and we were all thinking of what a great time we had in Myanmar. We have travelled with our young kids to so many countries, but this particular trip was the perfect combination of comfort and interesting experiences. Myanmar has the just the right mix of great scenery, good hotels despite being very non touristy, history, culture, awesome food, and some really really nice people!

We are specially fortunate to have toured the country through your agency �€“ you offered at exceptional service at the outset, and delivered even more than promised. Your handpicked guides were all very good, and your personal touch is impeccable. Thank you for all the little extras you provided us during our journey, I was so impressed by how quickly you and your guides reacted to our comments and changed plans to accommodate our needs. Anusha and Akhil still remember the time you spent playing with them.

Hope we can stay in touch, and do visit us when you are in Singapore next.

Mr. Anthony Thomas & Mrs. Krishna Venugopal, Miss. Anusha Thomas, Master Akhil Thomas - Indian, American in Singapore
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Visiting Myanmar 9 Nights 10 Days - December 2010

Dear Cho Cho,

Now that Steve and I are back from our wonderful vacation in Burma     ( Myanmar ), we would like to thank you for our unforgettable trip.
I want to congratulate you for the honest and fulfilling manner in which you do business. From the inception that we discovered Tamarind Travel and Tours, you have not only communicated with us religiously, but everything which you said and promised come to life as you said it would. The only difference was that many of your promises had been minimized by you and turned out to be even better then your indications.

The hotels which you selected were great and the three meals a day which you had prepared for us were as good as in any country that I have ever visited ( and I have traveled the world ). The trip down the Irrawady River on the boat which you arranged, was excellent. The Captain and the crew paid great attention to the running of the ship and to each of it's guests. The cabins were well appointed and completely comfortable. The only problem with the food on the boat was that there was too much of it.

The flights within the country on Air Bagan were conducted in a highly professional manner and with experienced crews. As an ex- airline owner and pilot for some 60 years, I am not easily, but was very impressed. Each of the guides and drivers which we traveled with spoke English and knew their areas well.

All in all, the trip was truly SUPERIOR and the price was extremely reasonable.

Mr. Edwin Marger, Georgia, USA
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Visiting Myanmar 7 Nights 8 Days - July 2010

We greatly appreciate Tamarind Travel for arranging a fantastic 8-day tour in Myanmar in July 2010. We visited Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake in a well-organized itinerary which has covered most of our interests. Cho Cho is a wonderful lady who is very accommodating to our requests. She is very patient in working out an itinerary with us to ensure that the best arrangements are made within our budget and interests. She is willing to go out of her way to ensure that we are happy with the arrangements. She is also exceptionally fast on emails, which makes us think that we are important clients! We used stationed guides in each location. All the guides were professional and are very helpful to make sure that we were well taken care of. In particular, Melvin, our guide in Yangon, and San, our guide in Bagan, were very knowledgeable and informative, and they made our stay especially educational and enjoyable. We are genuinely happy with Tamarind Travel's service and would not hesitate to recommend the company to our family and friends.

We would also like to make a special recommendation for Aquarius Inn in NyaungShwe. The hotel owner and staff were fantastic hosts. They gave us maps, served us tea and snacks at all times, and delicious breakfasts and also traditional medicine when we had stomach problems! The hotel was one highlight of our trip!

Out of all the tour arrangements, we would just like to make a comment on the hotel in Bagan (YarKinnThar Hotel). There was no back-up generator in the hotel and we had not been warned. There was frequent power failure during our stay in Bagan, and often during our siesta in the afternoon when it was very hot. There was no air conditioning in the room due to the power cut, and have therefore made the stay quite uncomfortable.

In addition, you have mentioned to us your company policy that the guide was to refrain from having meals together with clients. However, in Inle Lake, our guide sat together with us during our meals. We did not have to pay for her meal, and we saw other guides doing the same at other tables, so we did not raise the issue. We did not mind her eating with us as it seems to be the normal for all the guides, but we thought we would just like to let you know.

Mr. Lee & Ms. Yu, Hong Kong


Visiting Myanmar 7 Nights 8 Days - May 2010

We were in the process of deciding which southeast Asian country to visit when a few people suggested Myanmar to us. As it was going to be our first time and we didn't know much about the country, we decided to take a tour agent to help us make the most of our trip and decided on Tamarind Travel because I felt the website to be very professional - and it was defintely a great choice.

Myanmar is such a beautiful country with amazing landscapes, history and culture. We have visited most all countries in SE Asia, but now Myanmar is our favourite. It is untouched, unspoilt - just stunning. I'm very happy we decided to take Tamarind Travel to help us with our itinerary as you really need to take a plane and visit at least 3-4 places within the country.

Cho Cho, the manager, was extremely helpful and efficient and created for us a delightful itinerary. Any sudden changes we wanted made was done without hesitation. All the hotels chosen for us either met or exceeded our expectations. The tour guides were very knowledgable and passionate about their country which made the trip a whole lot more enjoyable.

I anyone looking for a holiday in the SE Asia to seriously consider Myanmar. It is unspoilt with stunning scenery, you can feel as tho you were stepping back in time, lots of beautiful temples and things to see.

We wanted that with a mix of luxury which we got in some amazing hotels with great service too. We highly recommend the Govenors Residence when in Yangon - beautiful little colonial hotel with excellent restaurant.

We had a wonderful time in Myanmar.

Mr. A Piriz and Ms. V Hill - Spanish and British in Hong Kong
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Visiting Myanmar 7 Nights 8 Days - April 2010

Dear Cho Cho,

We have just returned from a wonderful 8 days in Myanmar. We were charmed from beginning to end with the friendliness of our welcome and the sights we experienced.

The trip was very well organised by Tamarind Travel to which we were first attracted by their excellent website. The responses to all our enquiries were by return and always very pleasantly dealt with. The provision of guides, cars and drivers was flawlessly organised and carried out. Based on the very good background information on the web site we were able to personalise the tour to our particular tastes and schedule, always efficiently assisted by the Tamarind Managing Director Ms Cho Cho Lwin.

The fact that we arranged, adjusted and started our visit within 10 days from initiation of the idea speaks volumes for the responsiveness and efficiency of Tamarind Travel and Cho Cho in particular. We have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending Tamarind Travel to take care of any tour in Myanmar and have already passed on our glowing reports on Myanmar and Tamarind Travel to our own friends and colleagues.

With kindest regards and thanks once more,

Mr. G M Burton & Mrs. C Burton - British in Hanoi, Vietnam
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Visiting Myanmar 7 Nights 8 Days - April 2010

My Great Adventure

My trip to Myanmar is one that had been a long held dream. Thoughts of Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell sitting on the veranda in Mandalay sipping gin and tonic as they watched time pass transported me to another era and a wish to travel the road to Mandalay.

    By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea,
    There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;
    For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
    "Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!"

A good flight was important as we were travelling overnight so we choose to travel with Malaysian Airlines and flew from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur to Yangon. Travelling business class helped.

Our arrival in Myanmar was at Yangon (formally Rangoon) International airport. The airport was a sign of things to come. It was modern, air-conditioned and clean and the people were very friendly.

Moving quickly through immigration we were met by Tamarind Travel (Cho Cho Lwin), who greeted us warmly and quickly facilitated customs and the arrival of our luggage. We were then whisked off to our hotel for a quick freshen up then lunch and the start of our great adventure.

The itinerary included Mount Popa, Bagan, Mandalay and the Inle Lake area. We travelled by plane, car, boat, canoe and bullock cart. We were continually amazed at what we saw. The age and history of the area in Bagan was fascinating especially when sitting up in the tower at the Aureum Palace hotel surveying the thousands of stupors.

Mandalay lived up to expectations, the highlight being the boat ride to Mingun and then the bullock cart ride to the Mingun bell.

The quietness of the Inle Lake area was a stark contrast to the business of down town Mandalay or Yangon, but there was still a lot to see and do. There were the jumping monkeys, the markets and the other hotels around the lake.

Our wonderful guide Sithu looked after all the arrangement including the early morning wake up calls. All arrangements worked smoothly and just seemed to flow like the Irrawaddy River.

The initial contact with Cho Cho and the booking of the tour all went very smoothly and Cho Cho was able to answer all questions promptly and made some very good suggestions about our itinerary.

I can highly recommend Tamarind Travel to anyone wishing to travel through Myanamar as I know that you will see some fantastic sights and everything will run smoothly.

Mrs. M Hanwell-Short �€“ Australian in Strathfield, Sydney, Australia
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Visiting Myanmar 7 Nights 8 Days - April 2010

Our seamless sightseeing tour of Myanmar was arranged by the talented Tamarind Travel team, ably and delightfully led by Mrs Jewel Cholwin(Cho Cho). Every email from start to finish was fastidiously furnished with detailed information on our visa requirements, destinations, itinerary, hotel reservations, dietary requirements, travel tips and internal flights. Cho Cho's thoughtful contingency plans for international flight connections were warmly welcomed, especially by one of our party who had to fly to a business meeting in a different destination to the rest of our party.

The choice of hotels, restaurants and transport were tailored to our needs as air conditioning was a priority in the April heat. We were able to appreciate the highlights of the political, economic, environmental, social and technological fabric of the warm folk of Myanmar in a relaxed and engaging way. The cultural insights of the Water Festival slowly emerged along our journey as with each stop we saw construction of audience seating on main city streets taking shape. The tour guide provided a first hand glimpse of traditional Myanmar culture regaling us with stories of his exciting experiences during Water Festivals in his own youth. His professional and expert guiding experience over many years was evident as he maneuvered us through crowds and maximized our sightseeing time in each location from the best possible vantage points. We were offered flexibility in our down town walking tours, hopping on and off ferries to observe local customs and ways of life. He personally transported us on motor cycles at Inle Lake to make our tour more comfortable and even collected our shopping from the tailor at the markets on our return to Yangon after a week of touring. We have travelled extensively in Asia and have never seen such patience and courtesy as this.

Cho Cho's every attention to detail was above and beyond the call of duty in her personal overseeing of our airport arrival and departure, daily checks on our needs, and the thoughtful seating and furniture arrangements at the candle light dinner on the lawn at the Governor's Residence on our last night in Yangon. This certainly made our Myanmar holiday a memorable one for us. We added a few Australian adventure pixels to the Myanmar picture but the true animation of the vacation scene was masterfully orchestrated by Tamarind Travel.

Mr. J L Pilch & Mrs. J M Pilch - Australian in Strathfield, Sydney, Australia
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Visiting Myanmar 8 Nights 9 Days - March 2010

Dear Cho Cho,

What an amazing tour we had with Tamarind Travel. I must commend you on the organisation. Every query before we booked, and arrived, was answered promptly and always the same day. Our tour was everything that we wished. Our hotels were excellent, the food package superb and the itinerary provided us a good overview of Myanmar today. We very much appreciated meeting you on arrival at the airport, and your time with us as we left Myanmar. Your friendliness and helpfulness will remain with us. We have visited 78 countries and this tour would have been one of the best we've had in regards to organisation and lack of hassles.

The tour itself was very interesting. The three guides we had did an excellent job. They were knowledgeable and keen for us to have a memorable tour. Stopping to take photos was never a problem, best places to take photos was suggested and going out of the way was not a problem. We did make a few changes as there are only so many temples and stupas one can take. The guides were always sympathetic to our needs and at no time were we made to feel a nuisance. Having said that, our changes to the itinerary were very minor. We have done much travelling throughout Asia and the world and are very experienced in cultures and mores, so there was no need to visit silversmiths etc when we have seen the same techniques in all the other Asian countries and South America. Instead, we used the time to visit places and shops that appealed to us. Guides are not allowed to take commissions and this was confirmed by you, and we appreciated their help in finding suitable shops, items and at a good price.

It is impossible to speed in Myanmar (50kph is breathtakingly fast at times) so we always felt safe in our car with our driver and guide. Despite the slow speed we didn't feel as if we were dawdling, and the scenery was never boring.

Its people that make a place. The Myanmar people were friendly, quick with a smile and showed great tolerance for we tourists. At all times we felt safe. The visit to Mandalay, Bagan & Inle Lake showed just how diverse this country is; each location providing so much history, culture and fabulous photo opportunities.

Thank you again for your friendship, help and for providing us with a great tour.

Cheers,

Mr. R O'Keefe & Mrs. J O'Keefe - Australian in Gold Coast, Australia
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Visiting Myanmar 11 Nights 12 Days - February 2010

I am John Ang, a Yoga Instructor and Asian Art Consultant from Taipei, Taiwan. I booked my tour with Tamarind Travel from February 22nd to March 5th, 2010.

As I have never been to Myanmar I was willing to look at it with an open heart and to trust the tour agency, Tamarind Travel.

Thanks God I was in good hands.

My host Cho Cho Lwin, was there with her guide and quickly cleared me through Customs (with a Visa on Arrival), and took me immediately on my tour of Yangon.

I think that Tamarind Travel is a very experienced travel company. I felt that from the very beginning they grasped what I desired on this trip.

One of the best moments of my trip was sipping Myanmar milk tea on the roadside of little India, in Yangon. Everything was so basic and simple, styrofoam boxes for our tea tables and folded cardboard for our chairs. It was so unpretentious and the tea was sumptuous. The most amazing aspect was the contrast of the simple surroundings against the people around me, who were dealing from their pockets little paper packages of precious gemstones.

Though the itinerary was prearranged before my trip and I had agreed to everything. I found that the guides that Tamarind selected were not only very relaxed about my sudden wish to change the itinerary and were even very accommodating about trying to include anything new that was not in my itinerary. For example when I arrived at Mandalay I found I was no longer interested in visiting the silver workshops but instead was keener to go to the pottery village. My personal guide immediately arranged this and it was done so smoothly that I thought it had initially been part of my itinerary.

Other aspects of my travel was also made convenient as the guides know exactly where to take us to change money for great rates and the drivers were all also very pleasant.

Altogether I had three guides and all three were very knowledgeable not only about the history of Myanmar and all its historic buildings and sites, but also about where are the good places to eat. In Mandalay the guide did not even ask me what I would like to eat he just brought me straight to a vegetarian restaurant because he knew I was vegetarian.

One aspect I think the guides can pay more attention to is shopping. Many of the common items like longyis or ladies silk blouses or modern lacquer ware should be part and parcel of every guides vocabulary. Especially regarding the price and the percentage that we can bargain. This will definitely help the unwary tourist who over bargains or who don't have any concept about bargaining.or what the market price should be.

However, one very good aspect about Tamarind's guides is that they do not take any commissions from any of the shops or restaurants that they bring you too. This Jewel Cho Cho Lwin had confirmed with me, as she believes it is part and parcel of a guide�€™s job.

Also I found that even though I had been very annoying asking the guides to stop every other minute to take pictures, none of them complained. In fact they tolerated my ignorance as I took many pictures from the wrong positions. It was after I took the photos that they asked me if I was interested in taking a better view from another angle that they as guides were familiar with. Their patience was much appreciated since many tourists like me always think that we know better.

Though my areas of interest with regards to Burmese culture, mostly ancient sculptures, miniature lacquers, textiles and ceramics, are very specific and not often what the guides are familiar with, I found they took keen interest in what I wanted to learn more about. They also tried to find out more by telephoning other guides and asking them to help.

On the whole I am very pleased with the services of Tamarind Travel. As a tourist I had many worries like my over-weight luggage, getting a proper vegetarian lunch before my departure and clearing customs. But all these details were very well handled by Tamarind Travel as the allowed me to use their office for repacking my luggage and accompanied me all the way into the customs clearance counter to see that I make it through.

I would highly recommend Tamarind Travel to anyone who wants to have a smooth and enjoyable trip to Myanmar.

Mr. John Kwang Ming Ang - Chinese American in Taiwan
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Visiting Myanmar 6 Nights 7 Days - December 2009

Ms. Cho Cho,

Zhe Zu Tim Bah Re and very thankful for the recent trip that we selected Tamarind to be our tour agent. Your services and assignment of the tour guide to us Mr. Seetu is beyond what words can describe. He has the patient and put our needs above himself and the services to the visitors like us ( Group of 16 person ) has never expected. It would be nice if you can arrange in future visit for Seetu to be staying together with the group at the same hotel so that we can enjoy the night together as a group.

Just want to say it slow and better still be felt in your heart that I meant to thank you very very much the utmost bottom of my heart ..........

Zhe Zhu Tim Ba Re Cho Cho ( Chin Chin ) and Seetu. If there is any chance to recommend Myanmar tour for choice, It will definitely be Tamarind .., Uu la La..

I recommend traveling to Myanmar.

Mr. V K C W �€“ Singaporean in Singapore
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Visiting Myanmar 6 Nights 7 Days - December 2009

Dear Miss Cho Cho,

Thank you for your kind arrangements that makes our tour trips to Myanmar a sweet and memorial one to remember and we really enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and also with the help of Mr Situ who is a very good, knowledgeable and friendly tour guide.

Much appreciated and thank you once again.

Love

Ms. P M �€“ Singaporean in Singapore


Visiting Myanmar 6 Nights 7 Days - December 2009

Dear Miss Cho Cho,

We had a wonderful time in Myanmar from 20 Dec �€“ 26 Dec 2009, and would like to sincerely thank you for the well planned itinerary catering to our group�€™s needs to every detail (especially our dietary needs).

Indeed, this is our first ever memorable experience with the superb standard and personalized service of Tamarind Travel, and am indeed touched by the simple gestures- making time (despite your busy schedule) to ensuring smooth and safe departure for our group right to the airport.

We were also impressed with the knowledge of our tour guide (Mr Situ) and his patience with us, showing us the many breathtaking views eg the beautiful Pindaya town, Inle Lake etc �€� which we may never see otherwise.

Tamarind Travel, has greatly changed our perception of Myanmar and allowed us to explore the world and ourselves further. After being seeing most of the scenic views and panoramic landscapes of Myanmar, we finally left with a deep impression of Myanmar. We hope to look forward to another adventuring trip with Tamarind again in the future and of course will definitely share this experience with our friends and loved ones who have missed out on this trip and encourage them to discover Myanmar all over again.

Once Again, we would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Cho Cho, Mr. Situ and the rest of the stuff for creating such memorable moments for us. More importantly, we would like to thank you for making special arrangements to allow us to share our joy with the needy children In Myanmar.

Thanks to Aunty Yen and Uncle Paul too for taking the pain to co-ordinate and get our visas done.

Last of all, we wish you and your staff a Happy and Prosperous Year Ahead!

Best Regards

Mr. R S Y L, Ms. C G L, Miss S H L E & Miss S H Y E - Singaporean in Singapore
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Visiting Myanmar 13 Nights 14 Days - December 2009

Hi Cho Cho

We arrived back in Singapore with fond memories of our 2-weeks Magnificent Myanmar Holiday (9 - 22 December 2009). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are very impressed with the professionalism and excellent services of Tamarind tour guides, and especially yourself. Your standard of personal services and attentive details to your clients are very commendable. All the accommodation and arranged meals are excellent, no complaint.

Each of the destinations that we visited has its own unique characters. We enjoyed the evening visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, sunset view from Shwesandaw Pagoda in Bagan, evening walk along the U Bein Bridge in Mandalay, appreciating the unique lifestyles around Inle Lake, and leisure relaxation in Ngapali Beach.

We hope to return to Myanmar for another holiday in the near future, and will definitely encourage our relatives and friends to visit your beautiful country and to engage the services of Tamarind Travel.

Best Wishes & Regards,

Mr. L S B & Mrs. T G H R - Singaporean in Singapore
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Visiting Myanmar 4 Nights 5 Days - September 2009

I visited to Myanmar from 19th September until 23th September this time. For entry to Myanmar for my visits, I ask to Tamarind Travel always.

Myanmar is a fantastic country, there are famous sightseeing spots, shopping and eating. So I have a new discovery of visiting to this country!

To go to Myanmar are smooth and easy.

I recommend traveling to Myanmar.

Ms. T N - Japanese in Japan



Visiting Myanmar 15 Nights 16 Days - August to September 2009

Hello Cho,

We are very pleasant with your service, it was really cool!

There is something that we will always remember and will never forget..... Kyaing Tong! It was much more wonderful than we had thought! The nicest people, most beautiful landscape, not so many tourists..... If I had to come back again, I would spend some days there, going through rice fields to reach the minority villages! It is my best remember!

These two little boys reflect the really feeling that the tourist takes from people: everything is possible with a smile.

Thank you very much!

Ms. A C V & Mr. J G G �€“ Spanish in Spain, Ms. M B S - Spanish in Spain
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Visiting Myanmar 1 Night 2 Days - April 2009

To all visitors,

My name is Anders Korswing from Sweden doing aid work in several countries. This means I have to travel a lot and I visit many countries. My first visit to Myanmar was planned with the help of Tamarind Travel service. Having used several agencies I must say that Tamarind was a very pleasant company. Very friendly and most importantly, very professional. All travel arrangements worked out beautifully and most appreciated was for me the VISA on arrival. Traveling a lot seldom gives me the time go to Embassies and therefore this service was most appreciated. The pleasant approach and easiness to communicate I also found helpful and reassuring.

I would not hesitate to visit Myanmar again especially with the help of Tamarind Travel Service

Mr. Anders Korswing - Swedish in Swedin


Visiting Myanmar 8 Nights 9 Days - April 2009

Thanks ever so much for organising a wonderfull holiday to Myanmar.
Every detail was taken care of;
The hotels were excellent - really clean, the staff very friendly and helpful. The location was great for me as a lone traveller, just a few minutes' walk from the centre, which was just perfect. The tour guides and drivers were very friendly and profesional.

Myanmar is stunning, just stunning. No hesitation in recommending Tamarind to friends and family and will do so if anyone I know is planning to visit the region!

Best Wishes to Tamarind!

Ms. C R - Chilean in Singapore Click here to view pictures   


Visiting Myanmar 12 Nights 13 Days - December 2008

I have just returned from a spectacular and relaxing visit to Myanmar via Tamarind Travel. A Tamarind staff member was there to meet and greet me upon my arrival at immigrations-it was nice to have this support at the Yangon International Airport.

Because there is not a Myanmar embassy in the country I reside in, I required a visa on arrival. This went very smoothly and I encountered no problems at all-Tamarind Staff facilitated all of this for me.

I spent 9 nights at the Amata Resort in Ngapali Beach for the Christmas Holiday. The accommodations were perfect as was the wonderful and beautiful Ngapali Beach. Ngapali is a quick 50-minute flight from Yangon and the Burmese from the Rakhine State which is one of the 14 different states in Myanmar.

The highlights of my trip included a snorkeling and fresh seafood grilled lunch excursion to a secluded beach. This was an excellent way to spend the day and also included fresh coconut juice! My favorite highlight was being able to experience the cultural highlight of the nearby fishing village called Jade Thoe. Upon my arrival to Jade Thoe, I was fortunate to observe the local staff offloading the evening priors catch on the beach where the fish (or nga) was being spread out over gigantic tarps to be dried in the sun to make a local favorite dish called nga chauk.

Tamarind arranged all of my reservations etc. and provided outstanding support during my time in Burma. I would like to thank Tamarind Travel for their efforts and support during this unforgettable stay in Myanmar!

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Visiting Myanmar 12 Nights 13 Days - December 2008

I am at a loss for words to describe Tamarind Travel and their excellent service. I enjoyed my Magnificent Myanmar Tour more than I asked for or even anticipated.

I knew very little about Myanmar prior to my trip, and after a 14-day stay Tamarind�€™s hand-selected tour guides provided me with a clear understanding about this lovely country. They were professional at all times, and did everything that I would expect from a guide for a visitor to their lovely country. This was especially the case in Bagan where there were no unnecessary delays while waiting for one of the most breathtaking times of the day-the sunset. And it was nice to have some personal time at the end of the day so that I could enjoy the ambiance of this historic region.

I learned that air travel can be difficult to arrange domestically in Burma due to seat availability and Tamarind ensured I was always on the first flight to the next destination.

The hotel accommodations were outstanding, and my favorite was the Amazing Nyaung Shwe in the Shan State.

Truly I have a lot of admiration for Tamarind and their staff and words cannot express the handling by their staff.

 Thank you Tamarind for making my stay in lovely Myanmar a memorable one!

Mr. K T H - Singaporean in Singapore Click here to view pictures    


Visiting Myanmar 5 Nights 6 Days - November 2008

We would like to thank Tamarind for the wonderful experience we had in your lovely country. We were looking forward to a good holiday, but Tamarind made it exceptional. It was hassle-free 100%-good choices of restaurants and hotels especially Myanmar Treasure Resort at Inle Lake and Bagan. I would like to make a special mention about your guides-very professional and top-class both in knowledge and attitude. Thank you Tamarind! Indeed a complete experience!

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Visiting Myanmar 8 Nights 9 Days - September 2007

Hello Cho, mingalar bar!

We had a great time in Myanmar, your organization was perfect!

Thank you very much for this wonderful trip, from the beginning, when we met you at the airport we knew that "we were in good hands", very happy to choose Tamarind!

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Burmese Women

Traditionally Burmese women wear a wrap-around nether garment called Htamein and a jacket. One unique feature of Burmese women is wearing Thanakhar – a pasty make-up obtained by grinding the bark of the Thanakhar plant with water on a circular slab of stone. It is the secret of Burmese women’s smooth and youth skin.
Our tradition, Burmese women show deference to their husbands, regarding them as “gods of the front part of the house”. The implication may be that they look upon themselves as “goddesses of the rear part” The conventional saying is men are bread-winners and women are home-makers. The roles are reversed sometimes and nowadays when woman take parts the position of a rice-winning wife!
Most Burmese women are religious. Their day starts with offering alms-food, water, flowers, lights and incense to the Buddha Image at their home alter.

The five traditional duties of a Burmese women are to do household chores, to keep away things securely, to be faithful to her husband, to share what she can with her husbands’s relations and her own and to work hard. You may like to know what are her husband’s. Here it is – to be free from disregard towards her, to place his earnings to manage for family living, to abstain from having affairs with other women, to be kind and loving to her. It can be regarded like an old fashioned though, it offers us a mutual respect, support morally each other, enjoy rights and freedoms equally. The ethics is a heritage from our great grandparents.


   
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