PARTNERS > CHARLES BABAULT AND NEE NEE MYINT
In the early 1990s, fresh out of university in Australia, Charlie traveled to Southeast Asia. He spent a memorable first year with a small forest survey company in the former French colony of Laos, before traveling to Yangon. Here Charlie found himself in a city of once magnificent colonial buildings, now crumbling in decay with great trees growing from their roofs. And, just to make things even better, it was capital to a country still rooted in a bygone era. Rural Burma was bullock carts and pony-traps, fields of sesame and small traditional villages inhabited by a deeply Buddhist people.
Charlie traveled widely and in time, his tourist business began to grow. In the late 90s he moved to Bangkok to run a region-wide inbound tour operation. A life of near unbridled freedom turned into the exact opposite and it’s a wonder he stuck it out to the early 2000s!
Since that fateful exit from the concrete jungle, Charlie has led upmarket trips into remote corners of South East Asia and guided a fair few safaris into his childhood stomping grounds in Eastern and Southern Africa. As he goes he shares his passion for animals, wild flowers and the cultures of remote untouched peoples with his guests. Now based in Rangoon, Charlie and Nee Nee (often ably assisted by their six year old daughter Amara) split their time, designing and guiding African safaris during the Northern Hemisphere summer and Southeast Asia special expeditions during the winter.
Nee Nee draws on 20 years experience as a guide. She was raised deep in Yangon’s China Town not far from Yangon’s bustling harbour front. Nee Nee holds a BA in International Relations from Yangon University, and has worked in law offices and the tourism industry in Myanmar and Singapore. With her background, Nee Nee has led guests on enchanted journeys across highland lakes, to remote hill tribe villages, into inland deserts adorned with pagodas and monasteries, and on traditional riverboats plying the Irrawaddy River. She is devoutly Buddhist, with an extraordinary knowledge of the remarkable history of her country and the Dhamma (Buddha’s Teachings). Trilingual, Nee Nee is known for her quiet disposition, well adjusted sense of humour and excellent organizational skills. She spends most of her spare time working with orphanages and running a charity that supports remote schools and adult education.