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Journey Along the Rural Roads and Rivers of Myanmar

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Golden pagodas, ancient ruins, creative cuisine, age-old customs and contemporary hospitality – while Myanmar’s unique sights charm visitors, it’s the warmth of the country’s people that will linger in your memory for years to come.

By staying at Secret Retreats’ properties across Myanmar, you can fully appreciate your surroundings knowing you’re supporting local, family-owned businesses that are invested in their communities.

From a palace-like hotel at the edge of the ancient Arakan kingdom to a rural farm stay, these five remarkable properties are ready to welcome you with open arms. Read on to discover the finest Myanmar accommodations and let the Secret Retreats Concierge help to plan your journey.

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Mrauk U Princess Resort – Rakhine State

Sail aboard a teak riverboat up the Kaladan River passing water buffalo, river birds and rice fields to Mrauk U Princess, a gateway to the ancient kingdom of Arakan. In a land seldom explored by any but the most pioneering adventurers, explore 500-year-old temples scattered across the hills, visit the tattooed, fur-clad Chin tribes, and enjoy the lovingly crafted sanctuary of Mrauk U Princess. Intimate in its seclusion, the resort features an onsite spa, a picturesque floating pool atop the lotus pond, and an authentic Rakhine restaurant where Chef Nu Nu Yee turns local catches and ingredients from the resort’s organic garden into delicious seafood dishes for which the area is famed.

Next time you want to explore the road less travelled, book a stay at the Mrauk U Princess, a proud supporter of the Inle Heritage Foundation.

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Inle Heritage Stilt Houses – Shan State

Comprised of just ten bungalows, the intimate Inle Heritage Stilt Houses is a charming hotel at the heart of famed Inle Lake. With an ambience more like a traditional Burmese village community than a staid hotel, the Inle Heritage Stilt Houses is a non-profit organisation that reinvests all profits back into the community through hospitality training programmes, local sustainability initiatives and more. Here you can explore local cuisine by dining at the onsite restaurant or by visiting the hotel’s farm and taking a cooking class. Connect with the local community, explore the mystical lake and enjoy your personal retreat where every evening wondrous sunsets grace your balcony overlook.

Experience the cultural side of travel in Myanmar and book a stay at the Inle Heritage Stilt Houses.

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Inle Lake Princess Resort – Shan State

Hidden on the banks of famed Inle Lake in a peaceful inlet near the Blue Mountains of southern Shan state is Inle Lake Princess Resort. Arriving by boat, a wooden vessel on which your captain paddles with one foot, is the first of many memorable moments you are sure to have during your stay at Inle Lake Princess Resort. By the time you watch the sunset fade to twilight from the comfort of your private bungalow, you will surely understand the magic of Inle Lake. The onsite spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind, and you can easily pass the afternoon either by the pool or bird watching from your deck, but the Inle Princess is also a great jumping off point from which to explore the unique cultural and natural treasures of Inle Lake.

Book a stay at the Inle Lake Princess Resort and discover the magic of Inle Lake.

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Pindaya Farm House – Shan State

The perfect base from which to trek into the Shan Hills, the 5-room Pindaya Farm House blends rustic charm with subtle luxuries and contemporary style. Just a 2-hour drive from Inle and five minutes from the centre of the village, the home is surrounded by its own organic garden and striking mountain views. At the Pindaya Farm House, enjoy local cuisine featuring ingredients grown on the surrounding farm, and try your hand at Shan recipes during a cooking class. In addition to trekking in the nearby hills, you can also explore the ancient limestone Pindaya Cave adored with thousands of Buddhist images, or visit local artisans and shop for traditional handcrafted Shan paper umbrellas.

Embrace the slower pace of country life and book a stay at the Pindaya Farm House.

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Yandabo Home – Mandalay

Situated between Mandalay and Bagan along the Irrawaddy River, this peaceful lodge is located in the traditional pottery village of Yandabo. Get a taste of traditional village life in remote rural Myanmar while enjoying the comforts of spacious, modern guestrooms at Yandabo Home. Book the Yandabo Village Experience for an intimate local tour or simply relax and enjoy the seclusion of the hotel. Take in the sight of buffalos bathing in the distance, and marvel at magnificent sunsets while dining on the open terrace overlooking the river.

Experience rural life along the Irrawaddy and book a stay at Yandabo Home.

For a land so rich in natural and cultural wonders, Myanmar is still not often explored by outsiders. Those who do visit are quickly captured by the charms of its people, and enamoured with the sights and sounds of life in its many quiet corners.

Experience Myanmar more intimately with the guidance of your fine Secrets retreats hosts. For more information, offers and bookings contact the Secret Retreats Concierge at dream@secret-retreats.com.

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