Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake – these three cities are the most common destinations for international and local tourists alike. While the tranquil nature of Inle Lake and awe-inspiring temples of Bagan are certainly picturesque, there are countless more far-flung wonders to explore in Myanmar.
Now, model and actress, Aye Myat Thu and director Sai-Lone Kyauk are teaming up to reveal just that with the debut of a new travel show, “Expedition Myanmar” in March. Aye Myat Thu will host the show and guide viewers through Myanmar’s lesser known and curious destinations.
“Expedition Myanmar” marks the directorial debut of 32-year-old Sai-Lone Kyauk, who got his start making music videos and short films in his twenties.
“I’ve always been interested in travel. I used to make short videos for fun while travelling,” he said. “There are many places here worth visiting but most [local] people aren’t going to them, as they feel anxious.
“Not many people know the outback of Myanmar. Our group visited these rural territories and want to show viewers how to travel to these places,” he told The Myanmar Times during a press conference at Yangon Gallery.
Before “Expedition Myanmar” there were few travel shows on daytime television apart from the pioneering 2009 show “Lwin Moe on a road trip” starring Myanmar Academy Award winner, Lwin Moe.
“Expedition Myanmar” was first conceived by Sai-Lone Kyaut back in June 2015 when developers from Isuzu Automobile Company, flymya.com and 10 more companies came up with the idea for a new kind of immersive and expansive travel programme filmed in a documentary style and with drone technology.
The travel team proposed over 100 cities to visit and explore, according to Ma Kay Zin, and administrative officer from the Isuzu Company which provided two 2016 Isuzu D-Max model cars for the overland travels.