The Path to Mrauk U & Loikaw 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.
After a short flight to Sittwe we will journey along the Lemro River to Mrauk U to learn about the fishing and farming practices of the Chin villagers. We head back to Sittwe on a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside that offers some breathtaking landscapes.
We make a pit-stop for the night at Yangon once again on our way to Loikaw, this time to see the Shwedagon pagoda at dusk—a magnificient gilded pagoda that becomes rridescent as it reflects the setting sun.
The journey continues on a plane to Loikaw to visit the Kayah villages, acquaint ourselves in their traditions and hear stories of the long-necked women and their legends.
The journey concludes with at Inle Lake. High up above ground in a hot air balloon or down on the ground through the ruins of Indein, Inle has much to see and explore.
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.
Opened in 2008, Mrauk U Princess Resort is located amidst lotus ponds and mangroves on the banks of the Aungdat Creek and is surrounded by paddy fields and the Rakhine Yoma foothills.
A small, family owned boutique hotel overlooking Hteengarhlyar Lake that has twelve beautifully crafted rooms that provide space, light and great comfort. Instead of televisions, the rooms display shelves full of books!
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.