What Our Clients Say
In 2014 we approached Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. to assist us with obtaining permits to enter Myanmar overland from India in a private vehicle with 20 passengers – something that had never been done before! The company was extremely helpful and managed to obtain all our permits, provide guides and arrange all our accommodation as per our budget and itinerary. I was amazed at how professionally it was all handled so we are extremely thankful and will be using Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. every year from now on to visit this amazing country. Thank you very much to everyone at the company, especially Hom, who went out of her way to ensure we had a safe and pleasant journey. I would highly recommend Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. to anyone who wants to visit Myanmar.
Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours (then the trade name Tai star travel) has arranged 3 expeditions for me in the Myanmar Himalayas. In 2009 to the Phungan Razi mountain, and in 2011 and 2012 to the Madoi mountain area.
In 2009 Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours also arranged 5 days sightseeing in connection with the trek.
The Phungan Razi trek is an easy one, but the MaDoi trek is long and difficult, and require a good deal of logistics. All expeditions included everything from and to Yangon: flight tickets, permissions, hotel etc.
The services provided by Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours was on time and the staff were of high quality, and very knowledgeable. Thus my treks were successful even under very difficult conditions. I can therefore strongly recommend Tai Star Travel, – you will be safe with them!
We would like to thank you very much for the wonderful trip we had! I arrived back in Germany yesterday with good memories.
Our guide, Ei, was not only doing an excellent Job, but also very passionate to share a lot of insights to locals, culture and the country. We really enjoyed the time with her. Please wish her all the best!
Sipping noodles and watching football in a tea shop with locals at the train tracks because of a stopped train is an experience no itinerary can ever provide.
The main highlight, the Banmauk Monastery and the Rock with the Pagodas was absolutely stunning. Seeing it and being there made every effort worth it. Also, the monks there were extremely welcoming.
We had a stupendous stay at the lodge and then doing our rafting. Our raft leader Deepak was most courteous and fantastically helpful and engaging and the food prepared by his boys was fantastic and we generally had a great time. They also took us out when we returned to a concert run by some blind Lisu guitarists – a real treat to be the only westerners there and such great music. Our other trek with our guide was good and we really enjoyed seeing the villages especially Bansak village as they had not seen Westerners before.
After meeting in 2012 by coincidence the manager of Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. Ltd, formerly known as Tai Star Travels on the Mergui Archipelogo, we have asked Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. to assist us in two projects visiting Myanmar in 2014 and 2015. Our first trip brought us from Mae Sot in Thailand over the Dawna mountain range to Hpa An and Mawlamyne, later via Kyaitko back to Rangoon. All the trip including the permits was perfectly organized by Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. so we could enjoy a trip of a lifetime in this beautiful country. Especially when your time is limited, you enjoy the good organization and can concentrate on the great sights and warm and friendly people. During our second trip I travelled by train and bus from Europe straight to the northern border town of Mu Se in Myanmar. Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co did arrange our border crossing as well as the rest of trip, which had led us to Lashio, Hsipaw, Mandalay, Bagan and Ngapali. Again, it was great to enjoy this magnificent country having all the travel aspects perfectly organised. I would highly recommend Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. to anyone who wants to visit Myanmar – you will be in best hands enjoying a very personal service.
Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours Co. Ltd helped us to arrange a three week tour of Myanmar in May 2013. They were extremely helpful in suggesting how to arrange our itinerary and how best to make use of our time there. In some places we hired vehicles and drivers and sometimes guides. We had plenty of time to explore ourselves and mix in activities, as we wanted on top of agreed tours. We were very last minute in booking this tour and Myanmar City Star were superb at making hotel bookings and arranging all the other logistics even delivering plane tickets to our hotels as necessary. We would not have been able to put together such a trip ourselves. The highlights were Bagan, Mandalay and visiting the war cemetery in Thanbuyzyat.
“We were surfing the internet for one day tour in ancient cities of Mandalay, there were only a few agents that offer a tour covering 3 ancient cities. Myanmar City Star Travel offered us the best in terms of price and package. We also appreciated the prompt and detailed explanation in every corespondent despite the fact that we will book only a day tour. The tour was well organized and we were so lucky to get a complimentary traditional horse cart ride in Ava (Inwa). Our guide Mr. Zay was trying his best to fit every well-known tourist attractions to our itinerary to make sure we will not miss a thing. Plus, we did not expect to have a Toyota crown for our transportation. Thank you for all your excellent arrangements on our trip. We would definitely recommend your company to our family and friends.”
Thank you again for everything.
I found Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours to be quick to respond to my enquiry and they made all efforts to accommodate all the special requests and wishes that I had for my tour. I entered Myanmar on the Indo/Myanmar border at Tamu and they arranged for the necessary permit for this border crossing and their guide and car were waiting for me after I had crossed the border. The tour guide and driver provided by Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours were very helpful and patient. The vehicle was in excellent condition for those rough roads and we had a very nice tour of the northern area of Chin State and then drove to Monywa and Shwe Bo and Mandalay. I can wholeheartedly recommend Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours.
I came across Myanmar City Star Agency via the blogs of the National Geographic Expedition to Hkakabo Razi. I had for some time been looking for an agent to bring a small group up to an unexplored area in the national park but was not convinced by the final offers I had received. On short notice I then contacted Myanmar City Star Agency and found the responses and dealing with my request from the start positive, responsive and professional. The manager was consistently straight forward in her responses, did not promise things that could not be delivered while competently advising on different options. During the tour, the organization of the logistics was to our expectations. The staff they had hired were great, service oriented and friendly and we enjoyed their company over the three weeks of the trip. To be added, that food and cooking was excellent; which one really enjoys on longer tours. We also appreciated that we had a guide from the area who could speak the local languages as well as very decent English. It was part of our final agreement that climbing will our responsibility only, and I happily recommend the agency for arranging of trekking tours in the Kachin Mountains.
(The article on this trip “Little Tibet in Myanmar” was published in the Myanmar Times online, Friday 26 February 2016.)
It had been a long held ambition to run our first commercial ‘Moto’ in Myanmar and having met Hom to discuss logistics and practicalities, we were able to successfully run the inaugural ‘Burma Moto’ in November 2017 – and what a splendid trip it was. With our local lead rider Tun Tun, support 4×4 with accompanying mechanic and spares, we undertook a 10 day, 900 mile circular ride, starting out of Mandalay, before heading up the tributaries of the Irrawaddy and into the Chin hills and the spectacular mountain scenery along the way. Throughout our route we stayed in superb accommodation and gained a wonderful insight into the peoples and culture of this remote region, with riding that was both challenging and enjoyable in every sense. Myanmar City Star Travel & Tours were superb in all departments – honest, professional, efficient and a pleasure to work with. We will certainly be running more adventures in Myanmar with them in the future.
NOTE: A 12 day trip with 10 days riding (6 – 7 hours of daily riding) on 200 cc dual sport bikes covering 900 miles on a mix of on and off road riding along bustling roads, sand tracks, gravel and post monsoon trails. Services include 200 cc dual sport bikes, fuel, support vehicle, English speaking lead rider tour guide, fuel, toll, temporary driver licence for Myanmar and full board accommodation.
We wanted to thank you for organising our wonderful trip. Everything went very well and all the guides were very kind helpful and knowledgeable. We really loved Inle lake and the Novotel accomodation was excellent.
We hope to return another time
We loved the people
Jenny and Paul
NOTE: A 19 night 20 day bespoke private tour to Yangon, Bagan & Environs, Chin Hill, Mandalay & Environs, Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach.
Dear Myanmar City Star Travel team who has outfitted our trip to Myanmar in February 2019,
Thank you very, very much and let me just say it again.
When you travel not as a tourist but as a photo traveler, as a group of professionals, the outcome of your trip is the photos you’ve managed to make. Or – did not manage. Our aim was not to “visit”, “see”, “experience” and “try something new”. For a professional team, which carries about 100 kg of equipment only, the result is the collection of images taken. And there are so many things to consider: location, timing, lights, weather… In short, you guys have done an outstanding job helping us to prepare for this trip.
When it just emerged as an idea – to travel to Myanmar to make photos of long-necked women and people with tatooed faces, we did not know anything. Where to go? Who to trust in Myanmar? Will any of these people be ready to cooperate and pose for our photos? What are the names of these tribes, actually??? Will it not just end as an epic fail if we come and nothing is prepared for our team and we will need to arrange everything on site? So many questions and hesitations.
I’ve negotiated with a few companies and only Myanmar City Star was really listening to our demands. What put you apart from the beginning: you did not try to sell your typical products, you were helping me to create a new one – exactly matching our goals.
During past 10 years, I have set a good number of very challenging, very demanding expeditions to a very remote corners of the world, so I definitely have this experience to say: you guys have set up a new standard. I have never before been given that detailed information on a daily schedule. We knew exactly how many people of the specific tribes have given their kind consent to work with us, we knew exactly what to expect, where and how we’re going to work to achieve the result we needed.
It was amazing and absolutely flawless journey and we obtained absolutely unique photographs.
Bravo, Myanmar City Star. I shall not hesitate to recommend your highly professional team to anyone travelling to Myanmar.
Irina Khatakterova (Wild Animals Safari Ltd, Moscow, Russia)
NOTE: A team of 5 professional photographers from Wild Animal Safari Ltd took on an assignment to capture images of long neck Padaung women in Panpet Villages near Loikaw in Kayah States and the tatooed faced ladies of Mon Chin and Makann Chin tribes in remote villages between Kanpetlet and Mindat in Chin State, requiring a minimum average of 20 different individual on each photo session day.