I was born in Basel. Swiss Cheese...Swiss Chocolate...Swiss Miss, that's me.
Throughout my school years I traveled with friends and chaperones throughout most of Europe. But even among a bus full of students I was somehow always able to create my very own world of adventure travel; alone and surrounded by all things foreign - French, Italian, English.
My mother was a patient
woman and always answered my never ending questions of
faraway lands. We had a small globe of the world in my
father's library and I can still recall spinning it
around and around while closing my eyes and then stopping
it with my forefinger - looking carefully at the place
which my finger had covered. I always used this method to
determine my next 'destination'. Before each bedtime my
mother would ask: "Where are we going tonight?"
But even in 2014, after name changes, the life and landscape look about the same. It's an amazingly green Asian capital city. Wide boulevards of manicured trees and flora, with a full view of blue sky and cotton puff clouds which are still, even more amazingly, unobstructed by high-rise towers and buildings. They're on the way but still the panorama is clear. This is a country with colourful contrasts between the people and their surroundings.
We are a very specialized company. We offer very tailored itineraries for each group. We don't have a printed catalog (a la the Chinese restaurant take-away menu style - choose one from column "A" and two from column "B"). I personally design each program to fit your group's needs of interest and financial pocket. We supply photographs of all hotel rooms and facilities. If there is a request we cannot fulfill WE WILL TELL YOU IN ADVANCE!
Oh! And before
I forget! We now offer tours to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia, Bhutan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, North Korea and last not least
To Charles Ross of INTERNATIONAL GALLERY TOURS in the U.S., whose pioneering spirit has inspired many of us in the travel industry. I have had the rare privilege to be his ground operator here in Myanmar. As a result of his vision and imagination I learned and helped to create one-of-a-kind extraordinary programs in an extremely challenging environment.
To Bill Alborough of TEFS in the U.K., with whom I arranged the most exiting steam locomotive tours throughout Myanmar! After our January 2000 finale, TEFS officially closed. Bill "remained keen to move on, to somewhere warmer and near to the sea" and Myanmar Travel moves on, to always finding challenging programs!
To the tour operators world wide for cooperating with us, thus giving us support in promoting this wonderful country.
To my office staff - without their support Myanmar Travel Ltd. would not be what it is now. Their patience in dealing with an extremely fussy European, their willingness to learn a field of business which was until a couple of years ago closed to the private sector, will always be in my mind.
I do know that Myanmar has not the best reputation among Western journalists - but there are always two sides of the coin and the most advisable thing will be, come and see for yourself!
Often asked to comment on Myanmar's human rights record I have to admit that what I am seeing and experiencing here causes less personal concern to me than China (Tien An Men Square 1989 & subsequently), North Korea, Indonesia (East Timor & Irian Jaya), the Philippines ("Smoky Mountain", NPLA), Vietnam (Communism), India (Caste system), Pakistan (Religion), Cuba (US sanctions), Northern Ireland and, and, and...
Surely, there are many arguments to be made for the opposite viewpoint. I have made my choice, but leave it to each individual to choose his own path.
© 1999 Myriam Grest Thein