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Those travellers who want to get off the beaten track, those who have already witnessed the wonder of Shwedagon Pagoda and sunset at Bagan, those who want to visit places where only a smattering of foreigners go each year … those travellers we urge to come with Sampan.
… And together we will travel further up, and further in!
“This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now… Come further up, come further in!”
Myanmar is so large and diverse that the unusual holiday destinations featured in this section span from the frosty peaks of the Myanmar mountains in Chin State to the wild islands of the Mergui Archipelago; from the swooping jungle valleys of Nagaland to the rust-bucket port of Myeik.
These destinations exhibit the diversity of the country and in doing so allow for a greater, more circumspect engagement with Myanmar as a whole. Sampan can take you to unravel the tales behind the tradition, the causes behind the culture, and the history (at times bloody and brutal) behind the seemingly untarnished landscape.
To speak plainly: Sampan Travel offers the most exceptional off the beaten track holidays in Myanmar.
Many of these destinations have only recently been opened up for foreigners to visit and therefore are very much off the beaten track. This allows for exciting journeys and the chance to interact with towns, villages and communities unspoiled and unblunted by mass tourism.
Promotion of these destinations should also come with a caveat …
When travelling to and from these destinations the roads may be bumpier, the food less familiar, and the likelihood of power cuts that much greater.
But do not balk! Sampan and our partners will ensure that your trip is as comfortable as possible, and we feel sure that any jolts and discomfort will be worth the excitement in experiencing these far-flung corners of the country.
Besides your itinerary and travel essentials, when traipsing to these destinations you will require a ready smile, an open mind, and a willingness to be surprised around every corner. Unseen Myanmar awaits … hidden lagoons, tranquil coastline, secluded mountain paths, and the quiet intimacies of a village at twilight.
Come with Sampan, and together we can travel further up and further in!
Trains, motorbikes and viaducts, waterfalls, plunge-pools, and frontier trekking ..
To Kachin and Myanmar’s largest lake. Kayaking, gibbons, a grim mythology of dragons.
Travel up to Southern Chin State and scale Mount Victoria: tattoos, thick coffee, and nose-flutes.