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Myanmar & Thailand: Exploring Nature & Spirit

An Exclusive Foray into Natural Realms Just Opening Up to Ecotourism
Renowned in the annals of global adventurers a century ago yet little known to modern-day vagabonds, Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – is opening its doors after long being inaccessible to travelers. Experience what has until now remained in isolation, from Buddhist cultural treasures and traditional rural villages to unspoiled tropical landscapes and fascinating wildlife. We're sure you'll concur with Rudyard Kipling, who wrote, "This is Burma, and it is unlike any land you know about." That was in 1898 – and it's still true today. Our unusual itinerary includes not only the golden temples of Yangon and Bagan, but national parks and natural highlights that few visitors see, including a remote slice of Thailand that is one of Southeast Asia's richest wildlife enclaves. 

Trip Highlights

  • From our remote ecolodge perched on volcanic slopes, look for rare wild langurs – leaf monkeys – in Popa Mountain National Park
  • Snorkel over coral reefs in the far-flung Mergui Archipelago, where we'll also search for Burmese macaques, one of the world's only tool-using primates
  • Discover Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park, where prolific wildlife inhabits the world's oldest rain forest amid spectacular karst mountains

A Different Way to See Myanmar & Thailand
Myanmar – known to many as the former Burma – has steadily been greeting more travelers in recent years as the once-forbidden nation continues to open its doors to tourism. Most Myanmar tours focus on the country's rich history and cultural heritage, and we certainly include that – but as a nature travel company, we take a different angle on Myanmar, offering you a unique experience of this rising Southeast Asia destination. Learn more about what makes our take on Myanmar – and a slice of Thailand – so distinctive: 

  1. A Rare Chance to Discover Myanmar's Natural Side
    No other company we know of offers a trip that includes the captivating natural history of Myanmar, including rarely visited national parks and wildlife reserves. We make sure you see the highlights of Burmese culture, too, like Yangon's glittering Shwedagon Pagoda and the romantic temple spires of Bagan...but our unique itinerary also features unusual nature destinations like Popa Mountain National Park, home to rare leaf monkeys, and the Mergui Archipelago, where Burmese macaques, one of the world's few tool-using primates, live and breed. 
  2. A Small Group Ensures Intimate Discoveries
    We travel with a maximum of 10 guests per departure. Our small numbers mean that our experience of nature and wildlife is quieter, with little impact...and our connections with local people are more genuine and meaningful.
  3. Visit the Mergui Archipelago via Private Luxury Yacht
    The private yacht we charter allows us to access one of the most untouched tropical island groups on the planet. With more than 770 uninhabited islands abounding with wildlife – and very few visitors – we can literally choose between hundreds of deserted white-sand beaches to land on and explore. Enjoy a rare chance to learn about the unique marine and land environments that have made the Mergui Archipelago a priority conservation area for the Myanmar government.
  4. View Tool-Using Macaques Up Close
    The Burmese macaques of the Mergui Archipelago and Laem Son, Thailand are one of only three primate species on Earth to have developed a culture of stone tool use. And Nat Hab is one of very few travel operators that can take you here to observe them. This is not a typical feature on any standard Myanmar itinerary!
  5. A Thai National Park Enhances Your Wildlife Experience
    We transit the marine border into southern Thailand to include the magnificent scenery and rich wildlife enclave of Khao Sok National Park, another element you won't find on a typical trip to Myanmar. The park’s vertical limestone mountains are draped in the world's oldest virgin rain forest and littered with caves, deep valleys and jade-green lakes. We stay on Cheow Lan Lake, one of the best wildlife-viewing regions in mainland Southeast Asia.
  6. Unique Luxury Accommodations Add Comfort & Character
    Myanmar is a developing nation and relatively new tourism destination, and as such, quality accommodations can be limited. But we have carefully selected a collection of outstanding properties that offer not only modern amenities, service and comfort, but distinctive local style and atmosphere. From luxury 5-star accommodations in the capital of Yangon to an ecolodge perched high on the side of Popa Mountain and a "floating raft" hotel on Cheow Lan Lake, the places we stay are highlights along with all that we see and experience. 
  7. Travel with an Outstanding Expedition Leader 
    At Nat Hab, we’ve developed a global reputation for the world’s best guides, because we know guides are the key to making a good trip truly great. Our highly trained Expedition Leader oversees your trip from start to finish, while knowledgeable local guides add in-depth understanding of local culture and wildlife. Our Expedition Leaders average 15 years of guiding experience – read Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  8. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures A Superior Adventure
    With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise for yourself!
  9. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. NHA is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, and we're continually aiming for new ways to raise the bar on sustainable practices in the field and at our home office in the U.S.
  10. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF’s Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner – a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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