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Jan 10th, 2012, 02:37 PM
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Burma tour company

Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced tour company for a trip to Burma. I can't plan this on my own! Thanks
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Jan 10th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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When you ask about a tour company, are you asking for a group tour or are you asking for an agent to book hotels, transport, etc and give you suggestions?

If you are looking for an agent to book independent travel for you, I'd highly recommend Santa Maria, who helped us book both of our trips.

If you are looking for a group tour, I don't have a suggestion. Relatively few tour companies go to Burma, and Burma is not set up well for group travel given the limited infrastructure. I'd encourage you to go independently. Burma is perhaps the safest place I've ever traveled to. And going independently gives you more chances to interact with the locals, while group tours can be very insulating.
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Jan 10th, 2012, 06:34 PM
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I second Santa Maria which organized our trip. Burma is wonderful and very safe. You will meet many wonderful people. We even met some Europeans who were driving around on their own.

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Jan 11th, 2012, 05:14 AM
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Santa Maria organised our trip in November for a reasonable price indeed. We had a car, a driver and a guide.
We certainly would use Santa Maria again.
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Jan 11th, 2012, 07:37 AM
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This thread is turning into a lovefest for Santa Maria!

There are lots of reputable agents in Yangon. But please do use a local agent. While there are international companies that will make travel arrangements in Burma, like Exotimissio, using companies like those will mean much less of your money goes to the locals and more money goes to the generals.
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Jan 12th, 2012, 12:53 PM
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Another respected local company we used is Goldenrock Travel. However, I would imagine that most of the local ones have very similar fees.
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Jan 12th, 2012, 02:19 PM
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What is Santa Maria's web address ? Thanks !
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Jan 12th, 2012, 03:37 PM
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Hi annergizer –

For a small group tour, I can recommend Peregrine’s Burma Unveiled. (peregrineadventures.com) Their itinerary hit the major sights of Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan & Inle Lake. I visited in October 2010 – just before the elections.

Like so many have stated you can easily arrange you own trip.

I chose the small group tour because I wanted to take a break from solo travel and really wanted to visit Burma. This worked out perfectly for me. In the end, I visited a few more sights than I would have on my own, stayed at 3* hotels that I wouldn’t have considered and enjoyed the company of 5 new friends. (group size was 6)

(To balance out the vacation, I planned stops on the way to/from Yangon in Seoul, Bangkok & Tokyo to satisfy my need for independent travel.)

Hope this is helpful & that you decide to visit the wonderful people of Myanmar.
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Jan 17th, 2012, 11:34 AM
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thank you everyone for your replies. I am now trying to trim down all the places that I want to see in the time frame that I need to have. BTW: I have contacted Santa Maria
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Jan 17th, 2012, 12:22 PM
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Great! Let us know if we can help with questions about your itinerary.
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