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What Our Guests

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February 2020

Kevin & Vincent

This was the best holiday we have ever had! The people are so friendly. Sites to see were spectacular and historic. The accommodation was varied in style, but all were terrific in their own way.


We learned so much from our guide, Wai Lin. Myanmar history & the Buddhist way of life. All this made our tour great. Wai Lin was excellent right from the time we started and a firm friendship grew between us all. For the first time, we have said we must return to Myanmar to see and enjoy more. We want to go back and see more in 2022.

Yangon - Mandalay - River Cruise - Bagan - Pindaya - Kalaw - Inle Lake

February 2020

Nick & Alex

I’m so grateful to Myanmar 1st Hand for having us on their inaugural trek to the Naga region. Over 6 incredible days we walked in deep, lush jungles, listened as Gibbons call across wide valleys, been hosted by generous, beautiful people, witnessed the genuine curiosity and wonder of children seeing a glimpse of a different world for the first time and just generally experienced life.


We finished up with the most amazing cycling trip in Bagan. We rode up some killer hills with beautiful scenery to keep us occupied, then chilled at a hotel that was super fancy and got up early to hike up the highest mountain in the region. That’s when the real fun started! 20km of off-road cycling, battling through sand and rocks in the Myanmar ‘outback’. Honestly the best XC trip I’ve ever done!

Yangon - Mandalay - Naga Land - Bagan
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February 2019

Jim & Chris

We explored Myanmar with Myanmar 1st Hand in February 2019. From the moment we started discussing itinerary choices to the very end, every detail was covered by Lisa and Marty. Our itinerary was tailor-made for us with our wish list always in mind. It was a perfect combination of discovery, meeting the people, seeing the sites, hiking and the best accommodation possible.


Our guides were friendly and informative, always ready to tailor our hikes or day outings to suit us. Lisa made sure all our transfers and guides were ready and waiting for us at every stop and arranged some very special experiences. We could not have planned this trip without her expertise and experience. Visiting local villages, staying at a local farm stay in remote Shan State, and staying at a small river lodge on the banks of the Irrawaddy were real highlights. The hot air balloon ride over Bagan was truly unforgettable. Thank you, Myanmar 1st Hand, we came home with memories that will last forever.

Yangon - Kengtung - Mandalay - Yandabo - Bagan - Pindaya

September 2018

Jeff & Bev

We had a comfortable, enjoyable and culturally awakening experience with a wonderful guide and driver. There was nothing left for us to have to plan for ourselves and the trip was totally and appropriately tailored for us.

Pyin Oo Lwin - Hsipaw - Lashio

July 2018

Els & Family

We had a marvelous time in Myanmar. What a wonderful country, culture, art, and people we learned about and met. We want to thank you and all the guides and drivers for making our holiday a unique and unforgettable experience. 


Love Els & Family

Yangon - Mandalay - Bagan

January 2018

Joe & Friends

I thought you folks did a really wonderful job of guiding us through Myanmar.  The bikes were perfect for the terrain, the routes were well thought out and pleasant…. Your heroic efforts to keep things on track in Myanmar were especially noted and appreciated as bridges “disappeared” and roads degraded.  And the accommodations were wonderful throughout!

Yangon - Bagan - Pindaya - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Samkar - Loikaw
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January 2018

Kelly & Laurie

We went on a two week bike trip in Myanmar with 5 of our friends. We used Myanmar 1st Hand for all of our arrangements. They were terrific. The accommodations they selected were excellent; so too were the restaurants they picked. Our bike guide Marty was very good and helpful. We also had a trailing guide and a following bus which was nice in case you were tired or had bike troubles. All in all a wonderful trip and I don’t hesitate to recommend Myanmar 1st Hand.

Yangon - Bagan - Pindaya - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Samkar - Loikaw
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