Bertie Alexander Lawson

Bertie is the Managing Director of Sampan Travel, creating bespoke journeys through Myanmar. He is a driven, experienced and accomplished travel & tourism expert with a proven track record in running an innovative, award-winning business grounded in sustainable practice.

He is a member of the Executive Committee Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association and on the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group in support of the Destination Mekong promoting responsible travel to Southeast Asia. Bertie is a keen commentator on the industry. He has a twice-monthly column in The Myanmar Times and in 2019 his essay on the morality of travel to Myanmar was published on Tea Circle Oxford, the academic blog founded at the University of Oxford.


IHHVTC is part of the Inle Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working to preserve and enhance the culture of Inle Lake and the people who call it home. The Foundation began as just “Heritage House”, a stilt building in the middle of the lake used as a sanctuary for Burmese cats being reintroduced to the country.

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