Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Burma are the idyllic white sandy beaches of Ngapali Beach. With pristine sand and crystal clear water, Ngapali offers an un-spoilt and natural coastline which has kept its peaceful and laid back nature whilst maintaining its traditional culture and traditions. Unlike other pristine beaches in South-East Asia, Ngapali beach has not succumbed to mass tourism, so enjoy peaceful and hawker free days whilst having the option to be adventurous and explore the small hills and fishing villages that surround the area. Your adventurous nature will be rewarded with fantastic jungle treks and peaceful lakes. There is no doubt that Nagapli is one of the best kept beaches of Burma; its a true gem.
Area Highlights: Beaches, Snorkelling, Walking, Island Hopping
Area Activities: Sunset Boat Trip, Sea Adventure Day Tour, Scuba Diving
Pindaya is located in the Tuanggyi District of the Shan State, which is famous for its fabulous limestone caves. The Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave pagoda is a cavern filled with hundreds and hundreds of Buddha statues. The caves are not the only reason to travel to Pindaya, the hills that surround Pindaya provide many trekking opportunities led by local guides. Most trekkers head to Yazagyi, an attractive village located in the hilly countryside.
Area Highlights: The Shwe Oo Min Natural Cave
The Chin State is situated in western Burma and offers many sights unknown to most visitors to Burma. The area is sparsely populated with the biggest attraction being Mt Victoria, a 10,000ft mountain amongst a hilly landscape. Local guides are needed here as well as government permission to travel, all of which can be arranged by See Asia Differently. An excellent base for Chin State and Mt Victoria can be found in Mindat, a village adjacent to the Nat Ma Taung National Park. From here you can take a magical trek to the remote villages where you can see the traditional tattooed faces of the locals a well as meeting the facinating old lady that can play the flute through her nose.
Area Highlights: Trekking, Tribal Villages, Home Stay, Mount Victoria
Area Activities: Chin State Trekking
Kyaing Tong (Keng Tung)
Located in Eastern Central Burma, Kyaing Tong offers a vast quantity of sights and memorable sceneries. The rugged terrain contributes to the sense of isolation and adventure and the peaceful streets are filled with unique pagodas. With an abundance of temples, monasteries and markets, Kyaing Tong offers a great location as a base to explore the hills and mountain slopes of the region. Find plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing and trekking amidst the different Shan ethic tribes. The local communities are warm and friendly as well as diverse and expect to see a contrast of cultures and traditions amongst the varied ethnic groups that comprise the area.
Area Highlights: Trekking, Climbing, Tribal Villages
Situated in far east of central Burma, Kalow offers classic Burmese experiences and rural life. From trekking to boating and caving, the rolling hills which surround Kalow will make this trip worthwhile. Kalow is situated near Inle Lake but offers a completely different perspective. Kalow is also the best place for trekking in Burma. Although it is possible, we strongly recommend not to trek in the hills without a guide. A side from the safety aspect, you may miss some fantastic sights amongst the hills such as the glittery stupa of Aung Chan Tha Zedi and Shwe Oo Min Paya, a natural cave with an abundance of Buddha statues.
Area Highlights: Trekking, Caving, Boat Trips
Mrauk U (Myohaung)
Mrauk U is often compared to Bagan and is the second most famous archaeological site in Burma. However a comparison to Bagan would be unfair to Mrauk U is completely unique. This ancient city is home to hundreds of temples, stupas and pagodas distinguishable by their thick bunker style walls. You are likely to have many temples to yourselves with so few tourists here leaving excellent photo opportunities. However, there is much more to Mrauk U than the temples; situated high in the hill tops you can also enjoy gorgeous scenery and mingle will local goat herders and vegetable farmers.
Area Highlights: Walking, Temples, Local Life