Ivory Brings A Touch of Shan To Khiri Travel Myanmar
Every month, we put the Spotlight On one of the key players that make it happen for your privileged clients. This month we spoke with Nang Shwe Yee Htet (Ivory), Sales & Reservation Executive, Khiri Travel Myanmar. Ivory has her roots in Shan State and belongs to this region’s second largest ethnic group of Pa’O
Can you please introduce yourself?
My name is Nang Shwe Yee Htet, but my nickname is Ivory. I come from Taunggyi in southern Shan State (near to Inle Lake). My hobbies are reading (all kind of books and magazines) and traveling both in Myanmar and abroad. One day I want to go to Zurich in Switzerland because I love the mountains. I am studying as a commercial assistant at CVT (Centre for Vocational Training) from Switzerland and I am in my final year. I study one day a week and work at Khiri Myanmar on the other days. Previously I studied English at Taunggyi University.
Can you educate us on the Shan State?
Taunggyi is at 4,716 feet (1,437m) above sea level and it is the capital of Shan State. This state is close to northern Thailand and borders China to the north. There is a large group of Pa’O people that live in the Shan State. Most people run their own small business like cigar factory, weaving and growing vegetables to sell at market.
How do we recognize the Pa’O people
The Pa’O traditional dress is very easy to recognize by the dark indigo colored shirts and trousers (longgyi) and bright colored headwear (orange, yellow). Women have a dragon-shaped orange towel and men have a towel in a shape representing zawgyi (alchemist), a mythical figure in Burmese history.
How long have you lived in Yangon for?
I moved to Yangon two years ago when I started to study at CVT. Immediately after that I started to work with Khiri. I live with my aunt’s family in Yangon and with my sister who is also working with Khiri.
What is your job with Khiri and what do you like about it?
I started from the opening of the Khiri office in Myanmar as a trainee for different departments, so I worked at operations, finance and sales and reservations. As I like sales and reservations the most I have been full time in this department for a year already.
What do you think is the best, undiscovered destination in Myanmar?
Between my hometown and the temple side of Kakku you can see how Pa’O people live, their lifestyles, the different architecture of their houses, even different kitchens used in their unique food preparations. If you are lucky you can join one of the festivals. I used to work as a local guide in this area to show tourists around.
Is there anything else you would like agents or tourists to know about your country?
I like Bagan the most. Everybody should go there at least once in their lives. More often is fine as well as it is always impressive to see the Bagan landscape with all its different temples.