A bit about me
I work in the escorted tours department where we cover all areas throughout the world. However, the most recent country I added to my portfolio was Myanmar.
I grew up in Hong Kong and have travelled a lot of Southeast Asia and Australia when I was younger. I did a ski season on my gap year and travelled to Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. At university I travelled to Sri Lanka and then went back again just before joining Ultimate. In the past few years I have been sailing in Panama and Croatia, went on a cruise down the Hoogli in India, visited Syria, Morocco, Mexico, Indonesia including Bali and the Gili Islands, Singapore, Hong Kong and most recently Myanmar.
My favourite place
Myanmar is so unspoilt by tourism and has a wonderful sense of the old Orient. There are extraordinary sights, including Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, the leg-rowing fisherman on Inle Lake, the ancient stupas and pagodas in Bagan, and the friendliest of people.
My favourite hotel
Inle Princess Hotel at Inle Lake – wonderful tranquil and peaceful setting – set on an idyllic part of the lake. Efficient and friendly staff. Fantastic food! The rooms are huge and many of the bathrooms have a bath which is made from a wooden boat with a huge overhead shower and a second outdoor shower in your own little garden.
My most memorable experience
Climbing to the top of an ancient temple in Bagan in Burma at sunrise and admiring the spectacular view of the ancient stupas and pagodas with the hot air balloons rising up overhead
My top tips
- Go to Burma between October – April when it’s not too hot and before the monsoon season
- Don’t miss a hot air balloon ride over Bagan at sunrise
- Don’t forget your flip flops / sandles when visiting the temples!
- Don’t miss the Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, arguably the most famous religious structure in the country
- Enjoy high tea at The Stand Hotel, Yangon, a relic of the same colonial era legacy as the Oriental in Bangkok and Raffles in Singapore. Opened in 1901 by the famed Sarkies brothers, the hotel hosted the likes of Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell
- Enjoy cutting through the morning mist on a boat at Inle Lake and be sure to hit the five-day market
- Bring plenty of new US dollars with you