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About UsMission Statement

It is the mission of Sampan Travel to be the leading boutique tour operator in Myanmar, providing enriching and panoptic journeys. By curating responsible tours, we aim to play our part in not only sustaining Myanmar as a desirable place to visit, but also in helping it become a more prosperous place to live.

Who we are and What we do

Sampan Travel is a boutique tour operator offering bespoke journeys throughout Myanmar. Sampan Travel’s entire team, including its three directors (two British and one Burmese national) are based in Myanmar on the ground in Yangon. Acting as a local travel agent, tour operator and a Destination Management Company (DMC), Sampan Travel is uniquely positioned to curate memorable holidays interwoven with differentiated travel experiences, that only a company with deep local knowledge can. Sampan Travel is a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM).

Sampan Travel recognises that its ability to successfully tailor itineraries that are both intimate and full-bodied, requires the fusing of a deep understanding of both client and Myanmar itself. Furthermore, a seamless delivery of the itinerary, necessitates not only comprehensive planning but also a meticulous selection of partners on the ground and the ability to infuse those partners with our company spirit and high standards.

From the creation of the itinerary to the end of the holiday, our clients will have one point of contact at Sampan Travel who will look after all their needs and meet them at the beginning and end of their journey. Differing from the majority of the other luxury travel companies operating in Myanmar, due to its small and committed team Sampan Travel is able to offer a personal and flexible service from the initial enquiry to the conclusion of the holiday.

OurJourneys

Sampan Travel offers luxury journeys to the primary locations of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake, as well as more adventurous trips, in and around the mountains of Chin State, to see the caves of Hpa-An and Kayah, to the 'lost city' of Mrauk U in Rakhine State, and to the Mergui Archipelago in the south. All the itineraries we create strive to be as sustainable as possible, protecting and supporting the environment, local communities, and the cultural heritage. 

Sampan Travel can curate holidays that offer purely a general flavour of the country, as well as panoptic journeys with depth, breadth and intrigue for those visitors searching for something more immersive. The latter can include staying in ethnic villages, catching fish using cone-shaped nets on Inle Lake, and learning how to make fiery pepper sausages in Loikaw. Due to our in-depth local knowledge we can offer a smorgasbord of activities to cater for all tastes, including facilitating access to the best cruises, meditation retreats, hot air balloon experiences and much more.

Our journeys are rich and multi-faceted, delving into the history and customs of the country as well as exploring how Myanmar is today and where its burgeoning optimism may take it tomorrow.

Sampan Travel sees itself as the first green boutique tour operator in Myanmar. We practices responsible travel at all times, acutely conscious of the environmental, economical and social impacts of aggressive tourism. We believe strongly in playing our small part in making Myanmar not only a better place to visit, but also a better place to live. We have recently achieved the Travelife Partner award for sustainability in tourism and are now working towards Gold Certification which recognises excellence in sustainable tourism. You can read our Sustainability Policy here.

How it Works

Sampan Travel offers itineraries ranging from fully-guided and indulgent holidays to hands-off, stripped-back trips. Guided by us, clients are able to choose for themselves where to stay and what to do at each destination.

You can browse our selection of Journeys and message us, outlining what you are looking for and we can begin crafting your own Tailor-made Journey today. If you are yet to be won over by Myanmar’s charms we recommend spending some time exploring the country through our destination pages and the articles in the Sampan Magazine, one of the most comprehensive resources on the country offered by any Myanmar travel agency.

Please feel free to contact us to inquire about a journey, a particular destination or anything related to the service we offer. You can fill out the form below or find our contact details here.

Testimonials

We came across Sampan Travel last year whilst in Yangon. Having arrived independently, we suddenly realised how time consuming and complicated booking our own internal travel may be.

Sampan Travel were wonderful; they totally understood that we wanted - to experience Myanmar away from the crowds. They arranged internal flights, a trip to Inle Lake, our river trip in Rakhine State, and informative and local guides - all of which worked like clockwork.

We couldn’t recommend them more highly. It was an unforgettable trip….

Julia Delamain, UK

 

Our trip was superbly organised and went amazingly smoothly thanks to the fantastic management and my driver who went out of his way to make every visit a memorable occasion. He took the bother to accompany me up the Golden Rock and see me safely to my hotel, and veered off the itinerary to take me to some very picturesque sites. He also recommended some excellent places to eat; some very quirky and some traditional but all very interesting and offering a good selection of dishes. 

The hotels were well chosen and offered good service and on Golden Rock, the added bonus of the best view at sunrise!

I would totally recommend Sampan Travel.

Elisabeth McLean, UK

 

I spent 2 weeks in Myanmar all fantastically arranged by Sampan Travel. I didn’t have to think about a thing! All the hotels, travel, tour guides and days-out were tailored to the experience I was looking for.

I didn’t feel like I was just following all other tourists plus I was able to have time to explore on my own accord. It’s a beautiful country and the people are some of the nicest and friendliest I’ve ever met!

I highly recommend exploring Myanmar with Sampan Travel who will look after you throughout your unique adventure!

Alex Dale-Staples, UK