Myanmar : Asia’s Hidden Gem for Luxury Travel
Myanmar has long been recognized as one of the most beautiful and resource rich countries in the world. It also borders India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos and China, putting it right in the middle of the Silk Road trading routes. From bars, beaches and cruises, here are some reasons why you should pencil in Myanmar for your next luxury holiday.
The Mergui Archipelago stretches to the south of the country and therein lies over 800 islands within the Andaman sea. With Myanmar having been cut off from the world for so long, tourism hasn’t destroyed any of the country’s beautiful islands unlike their Thai neighbors. This means there are many unblemished spots to explore and trips can range from 5 days to 5 weeks, all at your own pace. You can chill on empty beaches, drink at hand or go race the dolphins. It’s your choice.
Balloons over Bagan
Myanmar is also called the land of pagodas. It is one of the most devoted Buddhists countries in the world. In Bagan, an ancient city and the capital of the old Pagan Kingdom from the 9th – 13th Centuries, there are over 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries. These days however, there are over 2200, which is still a decent amount! Balloons over Bagan is a once in a lifetime experience. The travel tour takes you in a hot air balloon high above the ancient temples and watch in wonderment as the sunrise lights up this ancient land before you.
Yangon—formerly known as Rangoon—is the largest commercial city in the country. Nowhere has the development of the country been more abundant than here. Along with housing the largest pagoda in the world, Yangon has an incredible amount to offer in the nightlife, shopping and dining scene. Similarly, the city has some of the oldest and grandest hotels as well.
Travel in style and luxury river cruises will take you from Bagan to Mandalay. Besides the breathtaking views and outdoor adventures at the stops, whilst on board you will be treated to local and Pan-Asian cuisines, elegant cocktail parties and daily yoga and Tai-chi classes.
The pristine white sands and clear waters of Ngapali has rubber stamped this town in the Bay of Bengal as the premier beach destination in the country. Only 15 minutes drive from the airport, Ngapali is the perfect escape from the busy cities of the newly developing Myanmar.
Myanmar also has the benefit of being at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range. Any outdoor enthusiast would immediately fall in love with this region from its mountain treks to white water rafting. Putao, the largest and northern most town in the area is also bursting with biodiversity with rare species of birds and the famous ‘Black Orchid’ only found in this small part of the world. Whether hiking or elephant riding is your thing, you can do it all here against the heavenly backdrop of towering snow-capped mountains.