Join a land and boat based journey through Myanmar in a trip created to educate and inspire, while also contributing to critical conservation and considering the newly arrived globalization that is quickly changing this land, its people and wildlife.
A patchwork tapestry is an apt metaphor for Myanmar given its incredibly diverse cultures, biodiversity and physical landscapes. The trip is particularly focused on an immersion experience in the world of the Asian elephant-both wild and captive - utilizing teak river boats, planes, public river cruisers, dugout teak longtail boats, elephants themselves and our own two feet.
The country is at a critical juncture as Myanmar grapples with internal issues that have come to the surface as the country seeks to join the modern world. The Rohyinga refugee crisis, choosing between conservation and rapid development, the process of transitioning to a truly democratic government are all issues of immense complexity facing Myanmar today.
In-country partners Aung Myo Chit and Jon Miceler, two dedicated world-class conservationists, are tackling complex conservation issues in this land of temples and tribes to shift the traditional travel paradigm by building the tourism product and accommodation around the conservation project. Embark on this pioneering 15-day land and boat expedition, walking deep into forests with former timber elephants in the remnant teak forests of upper Burma, cruising on a teak boat while seeking out the rare Irrawaddy dolphin and ending with a hands-on conservation project radio collaring elephant in the Ayerwaddy River Delta. While this is a wildlife focused trip, no trip to Burma/Myanmar is complete without immersion in some of the many different cultures that exist here. Our journey is brimming with opportunities to learn about the art, anthropology and general history of this ancient land.
A portion of the trip fees for this one of kind experience will be donated to a Burmese NGO focused on radio collaring elephants to protect them. This is a low-volume, high- impact conservation journey, working with communities, conservationists and scientists in remote locations.
THE JOURNEY1-15 NOVEMBER 2020
Experience remote, rural Myanmar in the company of elephants which is entirely free of the captive, staged atmosphere of the elephant camps in other parts of Asia. Your participation will protect Myanmar elephants.