Burma Tour Agency Offers Spiritual Travel Experience


Burma Tour Agency Offers Spiritual Travel Experience

Sunday, October 07, 2012

A Rangoon based travel agency is offering a different kind of tourist experience by offering a meditation retreat tour to Burma to promote peace, love, and Buddhism, Kaowao has learned.

Pagleh Meditation Centre, Ye, Mon State (Photo Kaowao)

“Our Meditation Tour is a not-for-profit venture to promote tourism and provide an exclusive view into the spiritual side of our people,” said Nai. Mrok Sorn, Tour Manager of Visakha Travels & Tours Company.

“Our country is known for its hospitality, diverse cultures, and spiritual values. So we want to show that we are a peaceful people—that the people of Myanmar (Burma) value love and peace over war,” he added. “We are very excited to offer this once-in-a-lifetime experience to those who want to learn about Buddhism. Meditation tourists are charged only for the transport to Mon State where the meditation centers are located—everything else is free: food and accommodations.”

Pagleh Meditation Centre, Ye, Mon State (Photo Kaowao)

Mi. Yin Non, General Manager of Visakha Travels said her tour company has set up the itineraries with local meditation centers near Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, and Paung Township, Mon State, where some foreigners have previously stayed with the local Buddhist community.

“We have talked with the centers. In the past, foreigners were granted meditation visas and today we will follow the same immigration rules.”

The Visakha Travels & Tours Company Ltd. (www.visakha.co) aims to offer unexplored tourist destinations around Burma by providing local and international tours, air tickets, hotel reservations, visa applications and car rentals.

Meanwhile, the Burmese government hopes to open its doors to the world by promoting the country as a popular tourist destination with plans to revive its tourism policy. Burma is often cast in a negative light due to its human rights record, but the slowing of the world economy coupled with the country’s transition to democracy has investors gearing up to build Burma’s tourism industry.

The government, international investors and media have partnered to shine a bright light on the pariah country while businesses from the Asia-Pacific region race to invest and establish business opportunities. The Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is arranging seminars and workshops to organize stakeholders to develop tourism in the country.

During a UN World Tourism Day event, Vice President of Myanmar Sai Mauk Kham said that the interests, protection, and welfare of the visitors who come to promote tourism in his country will be respected and supported.

For those who are interested in seeing the beauty of Myanmar's natural resources, learning its ancient history, and experiencing the hospitality of Myanmar's people, please send an email to vsktour@gmail.com.


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