7 Resorts and Adventures in Myanmar
● Awei Pila: Barefoot luxury on a virgin island
The Mergui Archipelago lies off the far south coast of Myanmar. It’s comprised of hundreds of islands that have coral reefs and beaches. The Mergui is home to the seafaring indigenous Moken people. It’s a heaven for birds, notably the plain-pouched hornbill, as well as marine life like dugongs and turtles.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Designate
While the biodiversity is largely unknown, the intact vegetation on such an array of islands, with associated marine habitats and spectacular geomorphology, is likely to be of high global biodiversity significance. The biodiversity values of this set of forested continental islands, and the limited protection afforded such coastal islands elsewhere in the region, indicates that they are likely to be of global priority and form a potentially important trans-boundary World Heritage inscription.
The Nomadic Moken Seafarers
The Austronesian people of the Mergui Archipelago, living a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle heavily based on the sea. Their knowledge of the sea enables them to live off its fauna and flora by using simple tools such as nets and spears to forage for food. What is not consumed is dried on top of their boats, then used as barter for other necessities at local markets. During the monsoon season, they relocate to dry-land into temporary huts and use this time to build additional boats. Normally they live in small hand-crafted wooden boats which serve not just as transportation, but also as kitchen, bedroom, and living area. Aside from ancestor worship, the Moken have no religion.
The Legend of Pila Island
A great mythological flood broke the islands into 800 mostly uninhabited, limestone and granite islands. Pila Island is one of the islands created from this legend. Pila is southwest of Great Swinton Islands and Pulo Pankyup and west of Rocky Islet. Pila Island has an elevation of 29 meters. Destinations nearby to Pila Island include Rocky Islet and Pulo Set.
● Burma Boating: Cruising, diving, wining n’ dining – across one of the world’s last untouched paradises
Burma Boating was founded in 2013 by a group of passionate sailors who were spellbound when they first sailed into Myanmar’s waters. They discovered pristine islands, beautiful beaches, welcoming people and decided to share these wonders.
Over the years, Burma Boating has expanded and more boats have joined our fleet to navigate in the amazing Mergui Archipelago.
Early 2018, Memories Group, the first Myanmar tourism company to be listed on the Singapore Exchange took over Burma Boating to expand its presence in the Thanintharyi Region.
Since then, Burma Boating & Memories Group dynamic teams are working together to provide & improve the best services and relations with our customers, partners and local populations.
● Awei Metta: Elegant Yangon hotel; Grand Opening Dec. 15
Yangon, at one time called Rangoon, was founded by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small settlement called Dagon when he conquered Lower Myanmar in 1755. The city is home to institutions such as the National Museum and Bogyoke Museum displaying the country’s historical events but it’s best to discover Yangon by being on the streets mixing with the people. Throughout the metropolis, numerous food stalls, historical sites, art galleries, souvenirs and markets are yours to explore. Many places still retain some of the charm of a bygone era and there are many ways to become acquainted with the city. The Resort is set amidst a world class 18-hole Gary Player designed golf course in Pun Hlaing Estate, Haling Tharyar Township, Yangon.
● Keinnara Hpa-an Lodge: Ethnic Karen culture in a tropical wonderland
The inspiration for the Hpa-An Lodge emerged during a dinner in Yangon among a group of Burmese and foreign friends who have been living and working in Myanmar for many years. They thought that while the southern states were open for tourism, the region lacked anything in the way of high quality accommodation. With the goal of attracting visitors away from the established tourist circuit to an exciting new destination, they set about realising their dream.
A French carpenter and local designers were hired to build a cluster of wooden cottages at the foot of Mount Zwekabin, a spectacular limestone outcrop which rises from emerald rice paddies. The 18 individual cottages are built from pyinkado, a hardwood similar to teak that is abundant in the region.
Hpa-An Lodge, Karen State’s first boutique property, is run by an experienced European General Manager, Florian Guerithault, and supports the local community by employing 60 people from nearby villages who have been trained to the highest hospitality standards.
● Keinnara Loikaw Lodge: Chic boutique resort in remote Kayah State
Kayah State, also known as Ngwe Taung Pyay, is located in the south Shan State and the west of Thailand. Loikaw, the capital of Kayah State, is just one hour flight from Yangon. Keinnara Loikaw is conveniently located less than 10 minutes driving distance from Loikaw Airport. Relax, revive and discover Kayah State. Experience a range of cultural and natural attractions including natural caves, waterfalls, beautiful sceneries, and meet the famous Padaung women, long-necked women wear brass coils around their neck.
● Hotel Suggati: Riverside location in Mawlamyaing, Mon State
Hotel Suggati in Mawlamyaing is a 3-star city hotel located facing Thanlwin River. It is the perfect base to explore the city. Whether visiting for business or pleasure , relax in 3-star comfort, with our 72 guest rooms, free WIFI and 4 meeting rooms. Unwind with our gym, and get a drink at our Coffee Bar. Visitors can also experience typical Myanmar cuisine without venturing too far.
● Balloons Over Inle/ Balloon Safaris/ Balloons Over Bagan: Reaching new heights in Myanmar
It was a chance meeting in July 1997 in Yangon which brought Brett Melzer and Khin Omar Win together. Born in Yangon and raised in the UK, Omar with a degree in Development Studies and Geography at the University of Wales, had returned to her homeland to follow her passion in travel and development. Brett, an Australian citizen, had graduated from the London School of Economics and had just arrived in Myanmar to seek opportunities in tourism. During the infancy of Myanmar’s tourism industry, they established together the first commercial hot air balloon operation in South East Asia – Balloons over Bagan. Over the past 17 years Balloons over Bagan has grown from a single small balloon operation with 8 crew, to a 12 balloon operation employing over 100 local staff and 16 foreign pilots and technicians.
Since 26 December 2017, Memories Group Limited own and manage the “Balloons Over Bagan” and “Balloons Over Inle” hot air balloon businesses.
In many ways, Myanmar is the last frontier in Southeast Asian tourism, and Memories are blazing a trail into the luxury market.