Living abroad and working in tourism only makes your travel bucket list longer every day!
Why did you choose to come to Southeast Asia? Why Easia Travel?
I was looking for a first experience in tourism when I saw an advertisement for an internship for Easia Travel in Myanmar back in 2015. I had never traveled to Asia and I honestly never even considered working or living here, but I couldn’t help but be intrigued by Myanmar. I was looking for a place where I would be challenged personally and professionally and it did not disappoint. Easia Travel is a fast-growing company with a strong reputation in Southeast Asia. The company offers a place to grow and is constantly driving their teams forward. Easia bets on innovation, in-depth knowledge and know-how to answer all trends of the travel industry while making sure quality is met in each single trip.
What is your role at Easia Travel in Myanmar?
As Product Manager at Easia Travel Myanmar since 2016, my main role is to guarantee the quality of the experiences we organize for your travelers and to continually renew our offer with exclusive travel experiences, celebrating all aspects of Myanmar culture. Working in Production also requires in-depth knowledge of the country to be able to support the team in organizing the best trip for their clients. Whatever the profile of the guests and the reason for which they travel, we always look for innovative ideas to add a touch to any tailor-made trip. Production keeps you on your toes and brings you loads of new information on the daily: it is the best role for curious minds!
What are your hobbies? And how do they help you in your position at Easia Travel?
I am a wanderer. Living in Yangon, it is sometimes challenging to escape far for the weekend as public transportation is still a bit hectic. But this doesn’t mean I can’t discover something new every weekend: taking random buses in town to discover unknown neighborhoods or walking purposelessly to discover every corner of a town. I like to take any opportunity I get to go outside and be active. I love food – eating and cooking – and as a Belgian, I am partial to craft beers…unfortunately, Myanmar hasn’t yet developed this market!
Where would you recommend to go, and what to do in 2019/2020 in Myanmar?
The country is changing at a fast pace. It is the perfect time to visit before the main changes get implemented. The simplification of visa procedures for a selection of nationalities, combined with Bagan being awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, will give a fresh boost to tourism in Myanmar.
I would recommend you to go for the unusual! Trust us to explore the destinations outside the main sightseeing areas.
Beach lovers will want to explore the Mergui Archipelago before it gets too popular – it the last uncharted archipelago on Earth! If your travelers are more keen to explore mountainous areas, a journey to Kyaing Tong in the Golden Triangle, at the border with Thailand, will allow them to discover another face of this world among communities living secluded from the outside world.
If your guests are flexible on their traveling dates, I would suggest they come during festival times to experience the unique atmosphere: they can catch a boat race on Inle Lake during the colorful Phaung Daw Oo festival, or take part in the crowded Nat festivals happening all around the country throughout the year.
For innovative ideas for your client’s next trip to Myanmar, please contact our team here for more information on Easia Travel’s range of tours & activities.