Demonstrating a balanced relationship between people and nature, Inle Lake is recognized as part of UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The lake is 22 kms long and 11 kms wide where stilt houses, Buddhist temples, floating garden farms rise above the water and fringed by marshes. It is home to the Intha tribe, known for their one-man boats with a characteristic rowing style, wrapping one leg around their oar. Intha means Children of the Lake and the Intha people are hard-working people, the men are often seen fishing and the women roll cigars and weave. The local villagers living and working in Inle Lake give a glimpse of a serene and simple lifestyle.
Amata Garden Resort in Inle Lake
Why Bagan ?
The Shwesandaw pagoda is one of the taller pagodas in Bagan, an imposing structure visible from far away rising from the plains of Bagan with its height of 328 feet. King Anawrahta built Shwesandaw Pagoda after his conquest of Thaton in 1057. This graceful circular pagoda was constructed at the centre of his newly empowered kingdom. The pagoda was also known as Ganesh or Mahapeine after the elephant-headed Hindu god whose images once stood at the corners of the five successive terraces.
Amata Boutique House, My Bagan Residence
Why Hsipaw ?
Waterfalls in Hsipaw
Hsipaw, is in Shan State on the banks of the Duthawadi River. Among the most awesome sights from a train, is the ride between Mandalay and Hispaw. Hsipaw is home to real Shan village life and some beautiful trekking routes in the surrounding countryside to Palaung Village. Trekking through picturesque crop fields, farmlands, stunning mountain, gentle local folks and impressive waterfalls. The Nam Tok waterfall is a fantastic half day trip from Hsipaw town.
Inwa, the City of Gems was originally founded in 1365 and is located at the junction of the Irrawaddy and Myitnge Rivers on an artificial island. The city was the capital of a newly unified kingdom of Ava for 190 years, serving not only as the seat of power in Upper Burma, but also as the center of a flourishing period of Burmese literature. Although the city is now a rural area, you can still find the remains of pagodas, palace towers, monasteries, and massive city walls that once formed the outline of a seated lion. Inwa is 28 kms away and can be visited from Mandalay. Oriental Ballooning gives you a 360 degree view of not only Mandalay but also of Bagan, Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach.
Pearl Island is located a short distance off the southern end of Ngapali Beach. It is a popular day trip destination that provides excellent opportunities for snorkeling, fishing, swimming and relaxing on scenic island beach. It is easy to access during the daytime due to the boats that travel between the beach and Pearl Island frequently. Pearl Island’s clean, untouched beaches and clear water makes it a favorite location for water sports.
Amata Resort & Spa in Ngapali Beach
Why Danang ?
Cave in Marble Mountain
In Danang is not just about white sand beaches, experience a drive through jungle trails, caves inside mountains, traditional fishing and farming villages, ornate pagodas, and iconic war remnants. Experience chartering towards the Marble Mountains, a group of five marble and limestone mountains via motorbikes or 4WD (4 wheel drive) jeeps, the perfect vehicle for getting around the back roads and unfamiliar jungle sights of the country.
Marvel at Diep Son's beautiful winding path which is half submerged in the crystal waters, and dries completely when water subsides. There are also many hidden coves and caves scattered across the island that are perfect for exploration by the consummate traveller. Diep Son consists of three small separated islets and is home to 97 households who use the island as their home and base for fishing trips. Small wooden boats from the mainland carry people from Tan Dan Village to Diep Son to collect the daily fishing harvest.
Bai Tu Long Bay is described as a secret heaven as it is less known than its sister, Ha Long Bay. Adjacent, smaller and quieter, for many, its untouched beauty surpasses that of Halong Bay. Bai Tu Long means ‘the place where the dragon children descended’.
Rich in biodiversity, the bay is dominated by thousands of limestone karts and islets which rise out of the waters of the bay. Dotted with floating villages, unspoiled beaches,caves and grottoes and tiny coves, Bai Tu Long has an abundant marine ecosystem with colourful coral and fishes.
Very few boats can reach the Cong Dam area, where the most spectacular rock formations in the bay are found. Most of the islands are uninhabited and are home to delightful flora and fauna and pristine white sand beaches with tranquil lagoons.