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AboutSampan Travel

Sampan Travel is a boutique tour operator curating tailor-made journeys in Myanmar. Our itineraries are broad and eclectic; our service personal and flexible. Our ethos is rooted in sustainability and a drive for excellence.

Sampan’s small team is based in Yangon. This means we are able to greet our guests upon arrival and meet face-to-face with those already living here. It also ensures that we are in rhythm with the beat of the country, abreast of developments and able to visit new openings and recommend new experiences.

All our tours are private and every itinerary has been tailored to the desires of our guests. Our pursuit of perfection does not necessitate that itineraries are scheduled to the last iota. But it does mean that the logistics are smooth, hospitality and activities well matched, and time and space is allowed for a tactile engagement with Myanmar.

Sampan Travel is a sustainable company. We are adamant that tourism can be a force for good in a developing country and we are diligent in our drive to help Myanmar become not only a better place to visit, but also a better place to live.

We were the third tour operator in Myanmar to achieve Travelife Certification. Our Sustainability Policy can be read here.

We believe that when coupled with creativity, this commitment to responsible travel – at heart, simply a compassion for the people and places our guests visit – does not detract from a holiday but enriches it.

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).

JourneysSlow Travel Through Myanmar

Sampan Travel curates tailor-made ‘first journeys’ to the Grand Four of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake, as well as more adventurous trips such as kayaking across Indawgyi Lake in the North, scaling the mountains of Chin State, exploring the 'lost city' of Mrauk U, and sailing through the Mergui Archipelago in the South.

We can take you to stay in villages up in the Shan Hills, help you learn how to make the fiery pepper-sausage of Kayah, and go fishing along the coast of Tanintharyi.

All our journeys are infused with a respect for communities and the environment. And they all offer depth, breadth and intrigue.

Our itineraries foster ‘slow travel’. This allows time to appreciate and engage with the people of Myanmar at a measured pace, offering deeper, more colourful and wholesome experiences.

Sampan’s ‘slow travel’ does not try to suspend reality, but offers another perspective of it. It attempts to dissolve some boundaries, ward off apathy, loosen inhibitions and inspire curiosity – without having to forego comfort or self-indulgence.

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.

Come with us, and together we shall travel further up, and further in.

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.