Explore, the UK-based adventure tour operator, has announced plans to resume trips to Myanmar following a 16-year absence. The company is now offering a two-week tour starting in November 2011, with 12 departure dates scheduled over a six-month period. A further three-week tour and family trip will be featured in Explore’s new brochure, to be released in the autumn.
Explore said that its return to the country has been endorsed by the Burma Campaign UK, and that the company will not be using government-owned hotels, flights or other services. The two-week tour holiday takes in Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay and Bagan.
Ashley Toft, Managing Director of Explore, commented; “With the confirmed relaxation of the boycott, we look forward to offering interesting and competitively priced tours in this fascinating country. Rich in colonial history, it is almost as if Burma has been left in a time-warp. Largely untouched by tourism, it currently offers just 9,000 hotel beds.”
He continued, “In a recent interview for the BBC’s Reith Lectures, Aung San Suu Kyi encouraged (tourism) institutions to help the people of Burma, whilst conserving its environment. As one of the first UK operators to return to the country, we want to make sure that we act appropriately and responsibly for the benefit of the Burmese people and our customers.”
Explore follows other UK tour operators, including Cox & Kings and Mountain Kingdoms, in relaunching tours to Myanmar.