Should you be selling trips to Myanmar in 2023? Here are our thoughts

Myanmar in 2023 - To Go or Not To Go?

Khiri Travel believes travel is a force for good. Khiri Travel has had offices and staff in Myanmar since 2011. Khiri has retained its staff there throughout the Covid tourism shutdown and despite the military coup of February 2021.

We recognise the undesirable humanitarian and political situation in Myanmar. However, we believe Khiri Travel can and should be able to organize trips into Myanmar, as it will help bring at least a small degree of income and hope to local people. Arranging any trip to Myanmar does not imply tacit approval of the Myanmar ruling regime.

In December 2022 Khiri Travel will therefore once again start to organize trips into Myanmar, while setting the following criteria:

  1. Physical safety of guests and staff are paramount. We recognise this may entail, for example, avoiding certain urban areas or places up country. We envisage only taking trips to the main tourism attractions, such as Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay.
  2. Khiri’s guests are fully aware of the latest travel advisories issued by their own governments
  3. Adequate travel insurance for guests is in place

As always, Khiri pledges only to run trips that, to the greatest extent possible, help local small and medium sized businesses in Myanmar.

According to BDEX, in October 2022, the average monthly salary in Myanmar for companies with fewer than 15 employees is US$117. Poverty is decimating family life, educational attainment and health. Life was difficult for millions of people in Myanmar before Covid and the coup. It is doubly so now. Therefore anything we can do to help, should be seen in a positive light.

Khiri Travel stands with Myanmar people in their quest for peace, prosperity and well being.

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