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Tuesday, 27th October 2015

How to add a spot of luxury to your Burma itinerary

For many people travelling to Burma is about going back in time and experiencing a part of Southeast Asia that has remained unchanged for decades. This does not mean you can’t inject a little luxury into your visit, however, so here are some suggestions to make an incredible trip even more unforgettable.

Hot air ballooning over Bagan

Exploring the thousands of temples in Bagan is at the top of many people’s lists when it comes to Burma, but just imagine seeing them from the air. Nothing compares to the peace and tranquility of floating above such a historic site and the best hot air balloon trips are perfectly timed. This means setting off before dawn in order to see the sun rise behind the Buddhist stupas or being in the air as it sets in the evening. Either way, there is no better way to experience Bagan.

Cruising the Irrawaddy River

Burma’s main waterway, the Irrawaddy, provides the perfect alternative to being transported overland. Floating along on a paddle steamer similar to those that plied their trade in this part of the world during the days of the Raj is like stepping back in time. An entirely different perspective of everyday life can be seen along the banks of the river and a more relaxed atmosphere takes over all those onboard. Enjoy teak and brass finishes on this beautifully crafted boats as they transport you from Mandalay to Bagan or to the north of the country.

Yachting in the Myeik Archipelago

Many of the islands of the Myeik Archipelago are uninhabited, making them dream destinations to visit, but chartering a yacht and going where your whims take you makes a trip to this part of Burma all the more special. The turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea lap white sand on the shore and diving straight off the boat for a swim is a temptation hard to resist. Disembarking from a luxurious yacht back onto dry land can be difficult afterwards.

Staying in colonial splendour

Many of Burma’s old colonial buildings have been turned into hotels or guest houses, making spending the night among history more than possible. The highlight has to be the former governor’s house in Yangon, which was constructed in the 1920s. A number of palaces also act as accommodation, so there are plenty of wonderful options across the country.

Indulging at a spa

Being a mainly Buddhist society, spirituality pervades much of Burma and the need to totally relax is important when on holiday. Include meditation, yoga and some spa treatments into your stay. Seek out a hotel or resort that offers such treats and let all of your stresses drift away.