HINK of it, imagine the future. The planning, all that dashing around and arrangements to get things perfect, the big day, the family and friends, the laughter, the wishes, the cheers, the applause … you’re married. Now, what would be the perfect place to spend many blissful moments together before you dive back into the hustle and bustle of life?
Yes, it’s your honeymoon, and here are some of the most idyllic spots in Myanmar where you can spend time with the love of your life… to relax, be refreshed and simply be with one another.
Just a couple of hours’ drive away from Yangon, Ngwe Saung beach is one of the best locations for honeymooners. Newlyweds would certainly enjoy the clear waters and white sandy beach, and at a surprisingly reasonable price too. It’s a perfect spot for couples who do not wish to roam about but would rather stay within budget and closer to home.
“There are special packages for honeymooners. For a three-day and two-night trip to Ngwe Saung, it’s just US$250 per person. It includes romantic dinners, round-trip bus tickets and hotel accommodation. People are also now going to the Kyetmauk Island in the Myeik Archipelago,” said Aye Sandar, director of Mother Irrawaddy travel and tour agency.
Ngapali is listed as one of the, if not the, best beaches in Southeast Asia and no wonder then that it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Myanmar. Those who can afford it would pick Ngapali because of its clear waters and beautiful sandy beach. The best months to travel there would be between October and April. Most local couples choose Ngapali for their honeymoon.
“Chaungtha, Ngwe Saung and Ngapali are the three most popular destinations for going on a honeymoon in Myanmar. Our Tango travel agency arranges particular packages for newlyweds who want to go to Ngapali. A package tour includes hotel charges, round-trip air tickets, shuttle bus service from airport to hotel [for pick-up and drop off], romantic room service and dinner. The price is K350,000 per person,” said Khaung Khaung, director of Tango Travel Company. Newlyweds who want to enjoy some adventure might want to go to Nat Ma Taung National Park, also known as Khaw-nu-soum, in Chin State. Your long trek would take you through beautiful countryside and you could even visit nearby villages. In addition, it would be a chance to learn more about the different cultural traditions of indigenous people.
“This long trek is perfect for those keen on climbing hills, but not recommended for those who prefer rest and relaxation. Notwithstanding that, we see an increase in recently married couples among our customers who take our tour package to Nat Ma Taung. The best time for travelling to this hill location is between November and April, during which you can enjoy scenes of various kinds of flowers that you won’t see in lowland regions. A five-day, four-night trip costs only K200,000 per person,” said Khaung Khaung.
Located in northern Shan State’s Nyaungshwe township, Inle is a unique location for newlyweds who want to enjoy something different. Vegetation growing on floating islands, clear blue water that enables you to see the bottom of the lake, and flocks of seagulls are some of the sights that draw visitors, not to mention the lifestyle there. As almost all of the hotels there are built on the lake’s expanse of water, Inle offers a special gift in the form of a romantic dinner on water.
“Inle has beautiful views. In February, you can take fabulous pictures along a road leading to Sagaing as it would be filled with blooming lotus flowers. There is Aye Thar Yar vineyard where visitors can enjoy lunch among the grapevines. Prices may vary according to the type of hotel you choose,” said Hla Darli Khin, director of 7 Days Travel Company. Translation by Zar Zar Soe