The Path to Yandabo begins at the city of Yangon, through restless markets and busy streets, where the fusion of historical and contemporary architecture is a compelling backdrop to its urban life.
The journey continues to Mandalay with a boat ride into the spiritual heartland of Upper Burma for its numerous gillded stupas and white-washed monasteries. In Yandabo Village—only accessible by motorbike or boat—we learn about its inhabitants’ well-known talent for pottery.
Visit a market in Pakokku before taking a boat down the Irrawaddy River to Bagan. Journey through the pagoda-studded landscape that surrounds this ancient city; a jeep ride will take you to the awe-inspiring temples and a climb up to the top of some will reward you with incredible views of the surrounding lands. If the season fits, take in the sights from 600 metres above ground in a hot air balloon.
At the stilted villages along Inle Lake, you can take a boat ride to the floating gardens and savour a traditional lunch in the home of an Intha family.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Built in 1901 and restored in 2016, The Strand remains true to its architectural past; charming chandeliers, ceiling fans and period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs, remain alongside advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies. Dedicated, English-speaking butlers attend to guests’ needs round the clock, providing tailored assistance.
Just fifteen minutes from the city is the charming Ripar Mandalar Resort, nested in tropical gardens and serene surroundings. We step away from the bustle of Mandalay and into a haven. With amenities like two big outdoor swimming pools, the property is fantastic for families, offering enough space for everyone to splash, sunbathe or just sit back and enjoy the peaceful ambiance. The hotel has 38 beautiful rooms and suites, and is known for its exceptional work and craftsmanship with teakwood.
Overlooking the shores of the Ayarwaddy River, Yandabo Home gently nestles its 12 rooms among the local houses of the charming Yandabo village; where its habitants live in harmony with nature and are well known in the country for their great skill in pottery making.
Just on the edge of the archeological wonderland that is Bagan, is a beautiful lodge with a safari feel and kind service. Bagan Lodge is your gateway to the striking temples and magnificent pagods the region is famous for. Rooms are modern with traditional elements of Burmese architecture. You can also enjoy the beautiful swimming pools on warmer days, and allow yourself to be immersed in the very tranquil settings.
Spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of Inle Lake in Nyaung Shwe township, this boutique hotel features 27 secluded lakeside villas, and is the ideal choice for those seeking a unique experience away from crowds.