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About UsMission Statement

It is the mission of Sampan Travel to be the leading boutique tour operator in Myanmar, offering broad and enriching 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 through Myanmar. Due to our small and committed team Sampan Travel is able to offer a personal and flexible service from the initial enquiry to the moment we bid our guests farewell in Yangon.

We are all based in Myanmar on the ground in Yangon. This keeps us in rhythm with the pulse of the nation and allows us to try out for ourselves any new restaurants, hotels, trekking routes, and other travel experiences that emerge. Furthermore, it allows us to foster relationships with our guides and partners in Myanmar, as well as personally welcome our guests when they arrive in the country.  Living and working in Yangon, we are uniquely positioned to curate memorable holidays interwoven with differentiated travel experiences, that only a company with deep local knowledge can.

Sampan Travel sees itself as the first green boutique tour operator in Myanmar. We practice responsible travel at all times, acutely conscious of the environmental, economical and social impacts of aggressive tourism. We have achieved the Travelife Partner award for sustainability in tourism and expect soon to receive full certification – only the third tour operator in Myanmar to do so. You can read our Sustainability Policy in full here.

Sampan Travel is a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA), and Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM), an arm of the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF).


Sampan Travel can create 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 are infused with our responsible conscience, protecting the environment, supporting local communities, and promoting 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.

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 itineraries and let us know what you are looking for, after which we can begin crafting your own tailor-made journey. 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 our Slow Travel Myanmar Magazine, offering an array of perspectives of the country through the prism of travel.

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

The ensuing Rohingya crisis continues to deter many people from travelling to Myanmar. Without denying the horrors of what has been happening, Sampan Travel continues to encourage people to visit this country, believing that responsible tourism can be a small force for good. Sampan's Managing Director Bertie Lawson has written down in full why he believes that travelling to Myanmar is still the right thing to do.