Are you up for a road trip? A long weekend is coming up (Fri 31 July to Mon 3 August) and road trips are easygoing and fun, there are no Covid-19 checkpoints (unless entering areas such as Nay Pyi Taw), Google maps ensure you won’t get lost and you can stop for a picture whenever you want.

Rent a car for the weekend and drive yourself. Yoma Car share offer various types of cars and rental is including insurance and fuel: https://www.yomacarshare.com/

Borrow your boss’ car (or use the company car) and go out on your own – just make sure you book your hotel in advance as we have seen during the last long weekend that hotels easily get fully booked. Khiri Travel has launched new self-drive programs that include a suggested routing, a room booked a boutique hotel, and in every town a half-day excursion with a local guide. Have a look at their Newsletter (https://mailchi.mp/05254ab7f156/active-holidays-2918202?fbclid=IwAR2sANdib9u3cvyEfya2jcrQH_NjrcA15dyXQhQRxc4sRsqcoz4XTbbikXY)

Be pampered and rent and car & driver (and maybe even an English speaking guide) to travel around the country. Any travel agency in Yangon should be able to help you with this. Check if rates include unlimited km, accommodation & meals for driver & guide, etc)

Go on 2 wheels and rent a motorcycle for a guided tour with the specialist at http://myanmarmotorbikes.com/ – they have a couple of group tours planned from Yangon.

Have fun and be safe!

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Edwin Briels
Edwin Briels is MD of Exploration Travel Myanmar (formerly Khiri), Grasshopper Adventures Myanmar and Lalay Lodge and has been working over 15 years in travel in Myanmar and will share his experiences travelling in Myanmar in a monthly column.  Exploration Travel 5/9 Bogalay Zay street - 01 375 577 exploration.travel – [email protected] 

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