|Asterism Travels & Tours - Myanmar
|Testimonials from our friends (old clients) who visited Myanmar with us
Testimonials09 March 2013
Dear Shein Brothers and U Zaw Win Cho,
We have just returned to Bangkok and wanted to thank you for a truly wonderful trip to Chin State. Everything went better than we could have imagined.
We were especially impressed by our guide, U Kyi Soe San, who was not only very informative and efficient, but a great travelling companion. We learned a great deal from him, not just about Chin State but about life in Burma in general. Our driver was also excellent -- an a rare species in Asia: very safe on the road. We recommend both of them without any reservations to anyone coming to the Bagan area or Chin State.
This is our second trip with you and it won’t be the last. We are definitely still eager to go to Putao.
Very best for now!
Denis and Sarah
[02 to 08 March 2013 trip to southern Chin state from Bagan]
25 Feb 2012
We are back home now and we want to thank you very much for organising such a wonderful trip. It was for us, although widely traveled, an unique experience in Myanmar. We met so many kind and friendly people, all our guides were delightful, and we were amazed by the quality of most hotels. We enjoyed the trekking very much and the village stays were very nice. The whole organisation of our 26 days tour was fantastic, everything worked like a clockwork. Thank you so much for putting a lot of thought and work into it.
We are thinking already about another visit to Myanmar, perhaps more off the beaten track. Please use our mail for your web site. Again thanks a lot and we wish you all the best for the future
Gabi and Roger Tayler, UK
[Went to Yangon, Bagan, Mt Popa, Kyaing Tong, Kalaw to Inle lake walk, Inle lake, Kyaikhtiyo, Mrauk U, Sittwe and Ngapali beach from 7th Jan to 2nd Feb 2012]
10 Feb 2012
We booked a trip to myanmar from Jan 13 to Jan 29. We enjoyed the trip very much the more so as all bookings, transfers, hotel reservations etc. went smoothly and there were no problems at all. We got all the help and advice we needed and so the trip was great as we could enjoy the attractions and highlights of this fascinating country with their lovable people. The travel management was perfect - reliable and very recommendable! Thank you!
[Went to Yangon, Bagan, Inle lake, Ngwe saung beach]
30 Jan 2012
Dear Mr. Shein Linn Oo,
Now we are back in cold Germany. We had a wonderful time in Myanmar, the only mistake is, that it was too short. I would like to thank you for the unbelievable perfect organization you did for us. I hope you and your country will be fine in the future.
Thank you again
[From 14 to 29 Jan 2012 she and friends went to Yangon, Bagan, Inle lake and Ngwe Saung beach]
27 Jan 2011
Dear Mr. Shein Linn Oo,
Bruce, my husband and I want to thank you for organizing our recent trip to Myanmar.
We were extremely happy with the trip and all of the hotels you booked for us. We had excellent guides. I would like to make special mention of Mr. Zo Win Cho in Bagan and Mr. Tu Tu in Inle Lake. Both were very enthusiastic , well informed and very professional. It was great to meet with your brother again, both upon our arrival in Yangon on Jan. 8th and again upon our return from Inle Lake on Jan. 16th. We were sorry we did not get to meet you this trip. We would certainly continue to recommend your travel services to others and look forward to contacting you again for any future trips to South East Asia.
Jennifer and Bruce McPherson.
[They together with two friends, all from Canada, went to travel in Myanmar/Burma in Jan 2011]
19 Jan 2010
We are now at the Bangkok airport.
I just wanted to thank you again for making possible another wonderful trip to Myanmar.
The itinerary, hotels, transportantion were again prefectly arranged.
We want to thank you (and our guide, Mg Mg Myint) for anticipating our desires and needs. As usual, plans were able to be modified as we went along to enhance our trip.
We wanted to learn more of the life of people in Myanmar and the trip certainly accomplished that superbly.
It's hard to know waht we liked best as it was all so interesting - Yangon with the trip across the river, different markets, etc.; Sittwe & Mrauk U - very different; Bagan again, including Salay & the Chauk market; and or course the more varied beach at Ngwe Saung. Having very few (if any) other foreign tourists at places we visited makes for a special trip.
Again, thank you again so much. We look forward to our third trip to Myanmar in the future.
Lesley & Steve
P.S. Please feel free to use us as referneces.
(2 repeating guests from the US to Myanmar/Burma from 02 to 19 Jan 2010: Yangon, Twantee; Sittwe & Mrauk U in northern Rakhine state; Ngwe Saung beach, Mandalay, Bagan)
07 April 2007
Dear Mr Shein
We hope that this email finds you fit, healthy and prosperous. We have had a busy time since our return from Myanmar and I apologise for the delay in writing to you. We have had many photos to develop as a wonderful record of our time in your lovely country. Our trip to the Chin State was an adventure and truly memorable. Zaw and Thet Pan were everything that we could hope for and they both ensured that we had a terrific trip. Thet Pan was much more than a driver and continued to add interesting things and experiences to our itinerary as we went along. December January 2007/2008 we plan to visit Kengtung, Putao and Nagaland. We are keen to know if this is something that you would be able to organise for us? With Nagaland we would be looking at being there somewhere around the 15th of January for the festival. We love Myanmar as a destination for its people, culture and experiences. Every year we think we will not come back, but look at other destinations, but somehow we find more to see and do in your lovely country.
Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you
Robbie and Paul Quinn
(Two repeat clients from New Zealand: 22 Dec 2006 to 13 Jan 2007 - Kalaw, Kyaing Tong, Bagan, Mt. Victoria national park, Yangon)
18 Feb 2007
Dear Mr. Shein,
Now that things have calmed down around here I want to thank you for the fantastic trip you arranged for my daughter and her friend. It was a tight schedule but you did it! Feel free to use me as a recommendation. You are a class act and I will surely send people your way if I get the chance.
Peace and Prosperity in the New Year,
(Her daughter and her friend to Myanmar: Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle lake from 05 to 11 Jan 2007)
17 Feb 2007
Dear Mr. Shein,
I'm sorry this is coming so late. Jenn and I have only recently arrived home from our Asian travels and are slowly settling back into life in Canada. You had asked us to give you some feed back on the trip you planned for us, so here it is.
We only have great things to say about it. Jenn and I still look back at that trip and are amazed at how much we saw. You planned our trip down to every last detail. The guides, all three, were incredibly knowledgeable, generous, kind and had great command of the English language. San-San, the guide that we were with in Inle lake was very good at changing the plan based on what we wanted to do. There was one day where we were schceduled to go see a Pagoda but she knew that we liked to get off the main trail so instead she took us to the house of a friend of hers where we got to have tea and talk with her, her kids and grandparents. It was an absolutely incredible and real experience. The guides were very helpful in teaching us about their culture but were also very flexible and let us plan and modify our days.
It was also really nice not having any extra costs on the trip. Based on your advice, we came with the right amount of money and managed not to have any extra currency left over. You were also incredibly helpful from the initial planning stages and throughout the week we were there. When we realized that we missed our flight out we were very nervous but thanks to you it was taken care of quickly and we were able to relax and enjoy our final day in Myanmar. The amount of time spent in each town was also planned out very well. Just as we felt we'd seen enough it was time to move on.
The trip was fantastic and I'd honestly do it again in a second. You've been a great help and did a great job at planning our trip.
Your country is full of stunning scenery and truly beautiful people. Thank you for giving us an experience we won't soon forget.
All the best,
UK and Canada
(9 Days in Myanmar: Yangon - Bagan - Pindaya - Kalaw - Inle lake - Yangon from 04 to 12 Nov 2006)
18 February 2006
We would like to thank you very much for a lovely journey we had for the second time with your help to Myanmar. Once again we can confirm that you've done your best to arrange our trip, and we both will preserve a very pleasant memory about it.
I am looking forward to further cooperating with you, KSS Wise and Asterism.
(Two repeat clients and friends from Russia: 28 Jan to 11 Feb 2006 - Bangkok - Yangon - Bagan - Kalaw - Inle lake - Mandalay - Ngapali beach)
06 February 2006
We'd like to thank you very much for a wonderful trip - this was despite our health problems which came about from food we ate in Hanoi before arriving in Myanmar.
Everything you did - arrangements, the changes, our guide was just great - couldn't have been better. Your help when we needed to modify the trip and your Kalaw suggestion were perfect. Your arrangements made the trip much easier.
I know our guide (Mg Mg Myint) was worried that he wasn't doing enough - but the problem was our carelessness in choosing places to eat in Vietnam. He was supurb!!! Helpful, knowledgeable, smart and caring. Please let him know how much we appreciate all his efforts.
We hope to return to see more of Myanmar - including Kyaing Tong and the elephant camps - perhaps also a beach for a brief rest at the end of a trip as well. We would very much hope he would available on any future trip.
Please feel free to use us as a reference for any potential clients. We'd like to return the "favor" of your being so helpful on this recent trip.
Lesley Isenstein & Steve Laveson
Portland, OR - USA
(16 Jan to 01 Feb 2006: Bangkok - Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle lake)
05 December 2005
Dear Misters Shein,
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to send you this email but I returned to Amman with a case of giardia which I'm only now recovering from.
Thank you for organizing a wonderful trip for us to Myanmar. The hotels were excellent, air transfers went smoothly, flights were on time except on our last day from Heho to Yangon and that was due to fog and our warm and friendly guides especially Mr. Zaw Win Cho in Bagan and Mrs. Daw Khin Saw Mu (Evelyn) in Inle Lake. Arriving in Bagan by ferry on the Ayeyarwaddy River in late afternoon and then watching the sunset over Bagan was pure magic for many of us. Full moon celebration at Shwezegon Pagoda the next day was another highlight. Our air balloon flight over Bagan was a first class operation. When we didn't think it could get any better we were met with sunsets at Inle Lake and the wonderful company of Ms. Evelyn.
I do have two suggestions that would enhance the fine tour we were on. The first one is on the ferry from Mandalay to Bagan. We noticed there were 2 sets of 4 seats each in the front of the dining area that you could reserve it would have been wonderful to have had these seats instead of the enclosed area below deck. The second suggestion is to allow at least 2 hours check-in time for International flight departing Yangon. Mr. Shein in Yangon and our guide Sandra were not allowed into the departure area to assist us in obtaining our boarding passes. The scene we found was one of chaos. We did notice there were a few expeditors helping their tour groups and it would've been nice to have had this assistance. These two details I've added would only make a wonderful trip even better.
I would not hesitate to recommend Asterism Tours to my friends. I hope some day to have the opportunity to return to Myanmar with my family. Myanmar is a country of extraordinary people and beauty.
(Six ladies from the USA, Sri Lanka and Canada to Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle and back to Yangon from 11 to 20 November 2005)
12 March 2005
This is a thank-you letter to tell you how professional and informative your tour company was for us. We really appreciated the careful manner with which you have chosen your guides. We found our accommodation superb and the program that you arranged for us was excellent. Thank you for your very careful attention to detail and your correspondence with us. We had a wonderful trip.We would not hesitate to recommend your services to other travellers.
Neil and Heather Mckay
(Siem Reap in Cambodia - Yangon, Bagan and Inle lake from 28 February to 09 March 2005)
25 Feb 2005
Dear Mr Shein,
My husband and I want to thank you for putting together an unforgettable 8-days trip itinerary for us in Myanmar. We didn't expect to get such a great personalised service from you!
The hotels are superb, with great views, clean comfortable rooms and lots of character. We liked especially Thiripyitsaya Sakura in Bagan, beautiful!
All transportations and internal flights arrangements couldn't have been any better. Our guides and drivers are very good, friendly and knowledgable, took really good care of us even to the smallest details. Thanks to Momo in Yangon who smiled all the time; and especially to Mr Tin Shein in Bagan who was excellent - gave us lots of insights and detailed information or backgrounds and history of the temples, surronding areas and the way of life of the local people and in the monasteries. Mr Tin also took us to the best places to enjoy the amazing sunsets in Bagan, away from other tourists! During the trip we became more like friends. It was really great.
Myanmar trully is one of the most beautiful country we've ever visited. The people are friendly and creative. Workmanship of handicrafts, such as the lacquerware, are amazing!
Thank you so much again, we will highly recommend your company to our friends, and will definitely use your services again when we return to your beautiful country - next time we'll take our family and make sure have more cash to shop for the lacquerware! We felt like we've received so much more than what already a good value package - great personalised service and new friends. Warm regards to Mr U Shein in Yangon, Momo, Mr Tin Shein and Tone the driver in Bagan.
JOEL & ALANA HOGARTH
(Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan. From 5 to 12 February 2005)
19 Dec 2004
My wife and I want to thank you for your help in organizing our trip to SouthEast Asia this November. Everyhting was great and went smoothly, we really enjoyed the places that we visited (especially Myanmar- this was our favorite). Thank you for helping us. We would not hesiate to recommend you to our friends,
Alex and Natalya Noy
They visited Thailand (Bangkok, Krabi), Angkor Wat in Cambodia; and Yangon and Bagan in Myanmar - from 12 to 25 Nov 2004.
14 Nov 2004
I received more then full value for the price and I appreciate all that your outstanding guides did for me. I intend to help you get more business after I return to the US and after I catch up on my work.
Thank You---You are an outstanding travel agent.
Richard A. Wildermuth
(Chiang Mai - Yangon - Mandalay - Bagan - Yangon - Bangkok, from 07 to 13 Nov 2004)
25 August 2004
Thank you so much for organizing our trip to Myanmar. Both William and I enjoyed it very much. We enjoyed our trip especially in Inle Lake. Our tour guide Swe is very creative and filled in our two free days with adventures. We took a boat to Sankar village. We also enjoyed Ann's Restaurant much better than Nampan village restaurant. Ann also has a hotel which has a lot of charms. Perhaps you may wish to contact her for your business relations.
(From China and France, visited Myanmar from 15 to 22 August 2004)
26 April 2004
We had a beautiful trip in Myamnar . Everything was fine . We had nice guides good hotels and thank you for the organization. A specially felicitations for Palay the mandalay's guide a very nice girl.
Herve Colin, Lorraine Colin and Capucine Colin
(Visited Myanmar from 08 to 19 April 2004)
28 Feb 2004
Dear Mister Shein
Our trip was fabulous.I congratulate you very sincerely for the organisation of our stay wich was absolutely perfect. I will see mr Colin and his wife to night. Their programm seems to be correct.
Thanks once more
Best regards for you and mister"00"
Mr Dominique LE QUERE and Mrs Monique LE QUERE
(07 to 21 February 2004 to Myanmar)
10 Feb 2004
Thank you for a marvellous tour
Now that we are back in the midst of Canada's winter, I want to thank your company for arranging a marvellous tour of Myanmar for my group. The 10 days went without a single problem, and all guides, hotels and flight arrangements were excellent. The highlight was the trip into Chin State and the climb to Mt. Victoria summit. This was an exclusive view of an area of Myanmar that has been lightly touched by tourism, and our interactions with the local villagers produced lifelong memories. The Kampalet guesthouses, although basic, were clean and all the staff gave 110% to ensure we felt like special guests of honor(which we were, since the three of us were the only tourists there that week).
Special commendations to Mr. Zaw and his nephew Zani, our guides in Bagan and Chin State, for their attention to detail and general kindness. If you have other potential customers who would like a reference from a satisfied client, please feel free to have them contact me. Once again, my thanks to you and your brother for putting together this custom program for us. We plan to someday return to Myanmar to tour other parts of the country, and will definitely contact you to arrange our itinerary.
First Vice President
CIBC Wood Gundy
27 Dec 2003
Dear Shein Lin
We want you to know that our stay at the Silver Beach Resort on Ngapali Beach was absolutely wonderful. Everything worked well, the flights were great and we enjoyed our stay tremendously. Many thanks to you and your brother for making the arrangements. We shall recommend you to our friends.
With our best wishes for a successful and healthy New Year
Heinz and Inge Jaeger
26 December 2003
Thank you very much for your services and for your help in arranging our trip to Myanmar. This turned out to be a wonderful trip - and the country is really one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I am sure our trip was successful also due to your and your brother's assistance.
Once again, thank you and see you next time in Myanmar.
24 Nov 2003
As we promised here is our feedback about the trip you organized for us from Oct 25 to Nov 4.
First of all we would like to thank you for your professionalism throughout the trip. We really enjoyed Myanmar and all the highlignts we were advised to see. The timing and all material issues were perfect.
The hotels you booked were fine choice, and especially the Bagan Thande, Mandalay Swan for their swimming pools and the Paradise Inle resort was a really amazing experience.
We'd like also to recommand highly all our guides :
May Pearl Nyunt (Mandalay). The timing she made was very good in order to let us see the places at the right moments were the other tourists were elsewhere. that was perfect.
Zaw Win Cho (Bagan). He knows everything about Bagan and it's a pleasure to speak with him about its history.
Daw Khin Saw Mu (Lake Inle). Perfect English-speaking guide, and we enjoyed the fish restaurant she advised us.
And of course Khunn Cho Swe Yee who speaks a perfect french and with whom we've had a very nice evening. We told her she's invited in France at home if she gets the opportunity to travel to Paris.
Of course we're going to advise your agency to everyone planning to travel to Myanmar, and we'll advise Myanmar as an land of extreme beauty and hospitality.
Let us wish you good luck for you and the best possible business for your travel agency.
Louis & Sophie SCHMIDTLIN in behalf of the group (POTTIER / SCHMIDTLIN)
03 November 2003
Dear Mr Shein,
Just a short note to thank you for the very enjoyable trip I had in Amazing Myanmar!
The logistics, hotels, guides, minivans were all as we had hoped for. The weather was great as well. I met your brother with pleasure in Yangon. So, thank you very much for having worked well and hard to make this all possible.
I will not hesitate to recommend your services to other friends, should the opportunity rise.
With Best Regards,
France (living in Bangkok)
03 Oct 2003
Dear Mr. Shein,
We had a great time both in Cambodia and Myanmar, thank you all for the arrangements you made for us. My sister is planning to go to the same destinations in November, she will contact you next week for all the bookings and arrangements.
20 July 2003
Stephen F. Warm
I want you to know how much my wife and I enjoyed our travels in Myanmar. The great success of our tour was due to the extremely high-level of attention that you personally devoted to our needs from our very first contact with you in January to our final departure from the Yangon airport.
The tour guides were knowledgeable, professional and delightful to be with. The itinerary was superb with the wonderful treasures at Indein a real highlight of the tour. As you know, my wife and I traveled in Myanmar eight years ago. Our trip with KSSW surpassed that travel. We will certainly give you and KSSW the highest recommendation if you should like to use us for a reference
Stephen F. Warm
07 April 2003
Dear Mr. Shein,
Just wanted to let you know that everything on our trip to Myanmar went well and that we had a wonderful time. All flights went according to schedule and we were met everywhere as arranged. The guides were knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. The sites we saw were both interesting and beautiful. Thank you for your help and service.
We will happily recommend you to friends and colleagues. The only minor complaint we had was that the hotel at Inle Lake gave us a very poor exchange rate for Kyat:US$ - only 600, versus 850 to 1000 in Yangon or 750 outside Yangon. Again, thanks for your help and excellent service.
Roger, Cisca and Sam Bye
15 March 2003
Hi! We just wanted to thank you for all the arrangements you made for us in Myanmar. We certainly enjoyed our stay there, and we found the Burmese very hospitable. The transport arrangements were good as well, and the drivers in both Yangon and Bagan were very nice. But of course, your "guidance" was very important, and we appreciate it! Rest assured that if our friends go to Myanmar, we will refer them to you both.
Joyce and Francisco Dizon
09 Jan 2003
Happy New Year!
We are back in Tokyo. We met your brother in Yangon and had a wonderful time. Thanks for all your help. If some of our friends want to visit your country we will advise them to contact you.
Mr. Mario Antolinez
25 Nov 2002
I have the pleasure of informing you that both Sophia Robineault and myself thoroughly enjoyed our travels in Myanmar thanks to the support and services received through KSSW Travel Service. Feedback on the exact details/experiences of our travels were provided to Mr. U Shein Lin Oo upon our return to Yangon.
Royal Netherlands Embassy,
04 January 2002
This is just to inform you that I have appreciated very much my trip to myanmar; everything was well prepared, the tour guides were good professionals and indeed I enjoyed my journey over there. definitely I will recommend your company to my friends wishing to visit myanmar in the future. All the best and thanks for your commitment to this issue.
03 Dec 2001
Dear Mr. Shein,
I would like to thank you very much for all the arrangements. I have been very impressed how professional and efficient everything was. Both with arranging visas, land services and of course everything in Myanmar. We were upgraded at the hotel and received very good service. One day tour we made to Pagoda was very nice. Please send our most sincere thanks to your colleagues in Yangon. Thank you once again and hope to send you clients also in the future.