Travels and Tours
Customised tours, eco-tours for young people and international
UPDATE IN MARCH/APRIL 2012
March 27, 2012 report
Many Singaporeans have not been to Myanmar in the
past few years. There seems to be a mistaken perception that it is a
dangerous country to visit and that the domestic airlines are not
safe. The travel books like Lonely Planet had advised boycotting of
However, travel in Myanmar is safe for tourists if they don't visit
the border areas or restricted areas. This is because every major
town has "security checkpoints" monitoring the arrival of visitors.
The people are friendly towards tourists.
are not many Singaporean travel agencies promoting Myanmar travel.
Since packaged tours to Thailand, China and Hongkong are advertised
at very low prices, few Singaporeans and backpackers are interested
in Myanmar. However, other tourists from European and China travel
to Myanmar in large numbers nowadays. There is some interest from
Singaporeans in 2012. Customised tours are the main focus. The main
complaint in March and April 2012 is the lack of airline flights
from Singapore, the shortfall of 4- and 5-star hotel accommodation
in Yangon and Bagan and the increase in costs of tourism.
The tourism world has changed for the better for the Myanmar travel
industry. Just 4 years ago in 2008 when I visited Yangon, European
tourists were a rarity, but now they are in large numbers, and one
Myanmar businessman (dealing in pre-owned Japanese car import to
Myanmar) told me last week, that 50% of the visitors taking pictures
at the famous pagoda in Yangon are Caucasians. His car and bus for
hire business is full every day and he is thinking of opening his
own travel business.