Myanmar is for newlyweds who see their honeymoon as a chance for that 'adventure of a lifetime' - to take a trip somewhere that intrigues you, but which might not be a very conventional honeymoon destination! That said, this extraordinary and beautiful country is not unversed in luxury. Some of its impressive hotels and riverboats are new, and some carefully renovated from former times of glory, but they all offer plenty of gleaming romance. The beaches are soft, clean, and barely visited, and you'll find beautiful spa accommodation around Inle Lake. Gleaming temples sprout everywhere you tread, and you'll be welcomed by a friendly people who'll be delighted that you're there, especially when they find out why.
5 justifications for spending your honeymoon in Myanmar
- Bagan - hundreds of picturesque temples dot this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Best seen on a romantic hot air balloon ride
- Riverboats - relax in grand style on a wooden riverboat cruise along the Ayeyarwady or Chindwin rivers
- Genuinely friendly people - it's rare to find people this approachable and pleased to talk with visitors
- Culture - from historic heritage to recent developments, Myanmar's culture is captivating
- Inle Lake - fringed with secluded spa resorts, this peaceful region is perfect for R&R
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Responsible Travel in Burma
We are endlessly inspired by Myanmar, from its awe-inspiring natural and cultural scenery, to its enterprising, resilient people. They've endured considerable troubles over the years, so it's great to see the impressive grassroots initiatives that are now coming through. The time you spend in Myanmar can make an unusually huge impact on local people's lives, so travelling 'the right way' here is particularly crucial. We're excited by the recent growth of legitimately responsible enterprises such as (and to shine a light on just a few of our favourites) the low-impact community-based Arakan Nature Lodge, the thoughtfully beautiful Wa Ale Island Resort, and 9 Generation Force, a community-inclusive guiding project in Kayak State. Despite growing out of challenging times, these projects are leading lights for responsible tourism in Asia, and they have our wholehearted support.
We’re strong believers in travelling as an informed responsible tourist, and in supporting projects that have a genuinely positive impact on their communities and habitats. We are hugely excited about these, and if you do decide to visit Myanmar and want to make a difference, these are the places we’ll encourage you to visit.
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'Those craving a more earthy or real honeymoon experience than that offered by the likes of the Maldives or Malaysia, will love what Burma has to offer. Multi-faceted, Myanmar effortlessly combines culture and light adventure and is no slouch when it comes to great beach resorts either.'
Your Myanmar honeymoon ...
Explore a few of our Myanmar itineraries for inspiration, but rest assured your honeymoon will be tailor-made just for you (two).
In focus: Mergui Archipelago
This 300 mile string of tropical islands off Myanmar's southern coast is much swooned over in the Selective Asia office - especially since one of our Experiences involves sailing there on a rather swish yacht. The voyage is hard to beat - the sunsets seem to get more spectacular every evening, while the sea laps gently against the side of your boat.