In a joint project with Action Aid Myanmar and four villages around Myaing: SuLae Pan, Inn Yaung and two communities in KanGyi Taw. Intrepid worked with the villages to create new tourism experiences for our travellers when we stayed there such as hiking and cycling routes, sourcing local guides and providing a variety of fundamental training around health and safety, food hygiene and child protection. Intrepid also pre-paid the community for several services.
Since the project began in 2016, over 1,800 Intrepid travellers have visited this quiet pocket of Myanmar, contributing over AUD $125,000 to the CBT, along with more than AUD $35,000 from The Intrepid Foundation. They have added over AUD $160,000 to the local economy, with the CBT being so well received, that they extended the experience to two days, instead of one.
This was the first Community Based Tourism (CBT) project to be approved by the Myanmar government, and it has become proof of concept for further CBTs in Myanmar, and a model for other CBTs for Intrepid looking to the future.