Khiri Travel has created a new tour component which brings travellers into contact with some of the key eyewitnesses to Myanmar’s turbulent history – including Burmese royalty, artists and activists.
Through the Personal Stories and Encounters – Meet the Leading Minds of Myanmar programme, tourists can meet Soe Win, a descendent of the last King Thipaw of Myanmar, to learn about the fate of Burmese royalty.
Another encounter that tourists can have is with art gallery owner, Aung Soe Min, who will give insights into the country’s reawakened art scene. Academic Aphwar Nyein will reminisce the days when Myanmar had some of the best universities and highest literacy rates in South-east Asia; while Dewi Thant will describe the environmental challenges confronting the country now that the ‘Burmese Road to Socialism’ has been abandoned in favour of Western-style economic development.
The programme, which can be purchased as an add-on to any of Khiri Travel Myanmar’s tours, also offers encounters with a lethwei boxer, a puppet master, an author, a food connoisseur, a former political prisoner, a tattoo artist, and various craftsmen and women.
Edwin Briels, managing director of Khiri Travel Myanmar, said: “These meetings with remarkable people add a rewarding new element to tourists’ understanding of Myanmar, past and present.”
Most of the encounters take place in Yangon, with some in Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake. In all, Khiri Travel Myanmar can facilitate meetings with around 20 experts throughout the country.
For more information, visit www.khiri.com.