Secrets’ Out #54 – Where to Stay in Myanmar & Support Local Communities

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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 really the country’s people that will stick in your memory for years to come.

By staying at Secret Retreats’ properties across the country, 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. Click on the buttons below to learn more or contact the Secret Retreats Concierge to help plan your entire journey.
 

 

 
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. Explore the 500-year-old temples scattered across the hills, visit the tattooed, fur-clad Chin tribes, then return to the sanctuary of Mrauk U Princess complete with a spa, pool and authentic Rakhine cuisine.
 

 
Inle Heritage Stilt Houses
Shan State
 

 
 
Home to just six bungalows the intimate Inle Heritage Stilt Houses, is not only a charming hotel at the heart of the lake, but a non-profit organisation that reinvests all profits back into the community through hospitality training programmes, local sustainability initiatives and more. Here you can learn more about traditional cooking methods, connect with the local community, explore the mystical lake and watch the sunset from your own balcony.
 

 
Inle Lake Princess Resort
Shan State
 

 
 
Hidden on the banks of the famous Inle Lake, your stay at Inle Lake Princess Resort will be a memorable affair from the moment you arrive via a small boat where the captain paddles with one foot to watching twilight fall from your private bungalow
 

 
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.
 

 
Yandabo Home
Mandalay
 

 
 
Situated between Mandalay and Bagan along the Irrawaddy River, this peaceful lodge is located in the traditional pottery village of Yandabo featuring spacious modern guestrooms in a remote rural setting for a truly local experience.
 

 
For more information, offers and bookings contact the Secret Retreats Concierge at
 
 
 

 
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