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The Myanmar Times - - Wedding 2016 -

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

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