Myanmar Elected: Mr. Kyaw Tin
In preparation of the 2015 Myanmar Elections, every week we speak to a citizen of Myanmar about the impact tourism has (had) on their daily life. In a period of 10 years time Kyaw Tin developed from farmer to English speaking licensed tour guide!
I also learned from tourists. The best way was to practice with them. – I am so proud to explain our religion, history and culture to clients.
My name is Kyaw Tin. I live in Taung Be village near Bagan. My family are farmers. I have a second job to transport tourists for sightseeing. When I was young, my father taught me about how to ride and drive the horse cart. But he couldn’t speak English, so it was difficult to communicate with tourists. I wanted to help my father. I needed to learn English speaking. After three years I can speak good English and I became a horse cart driver and guide.
During that time I also learned from tourists. The best way was to practice with them. I have many recommendations from tourists, so that now I have very good business with good income money for my family. After 10 years, I have a good opportunity to join tour guide training. I have a license and try to be a good guide for my clients.
In Bagan we have over 3000 stupas and temples from the 11th to 13th century. I am so proud to explain our religion, history and culture to clients. We hope tourism in Myanmar increases in future.
Mr. Kyaw Tin
Horse cart driver and guide
Bagan, Mandalay Region
The Myanmar General Election 2015 is scheduled for November 8th 2015 and will form an important landmark for the future of Myanmar and people working in the Burma tourism industry.