Grand Lotus welcomes you to the commercial capital city of Yangon. It is the largest city in Myanmar with a population of 5 million. Its tree lined wide avenues, shady green parks and beautiful lakes give Yangon the reputation of one of the most charming and lively cities in Asia.
May we take you to Mandalay, the last royal capital of the Myanmar Kingdom ? Mandalay is the perfect representation of a Buddhist city with a great number of famous monasteries and their learned monks, a spirit of conservative culture and traditional arts.
The historic ancient city of Bagan, the magical Buddhist kingdom is a must-see in Myanmar. Stretching as far as the eye can see, the breathtaking sight of temples never fails to amaze visitors, even a millennium after they were built.
Mostly covered with sumptuous hills, the Shan State is home to a multitude of Hill Tribes with different traditions and ways of life. The highlight of the Shan State is the incomparable Inle Lake and its proud inhabitants: the Intha.
In the far West of Myanmar, way off the beaten path, lie Rakhine State. Mostly famous for the ancient city of Mrauk U, once the ruler of the Gulf of Bengal and beyond, Rakhine had a glorious past. The archaeological site of Mrauk U is fascinating and quite different from that of Bagan.
Sittwe (formerly known as Akyab) means ‘the place where the war meets’ referring to the place where Burmese royal forces clashed with the Rakhine army. The capital of Rakhine State in West Myanmar, it is the gateway to the archaeological site of Mrauk U. You don’t want to miss the busy fish market !
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) was originally a Shan-Danu village; in 1896 it became a hill station that served as a retreat for European civil servants stationed in Mandalay. Come and enjoy the fresh climate, the colonial buildings and a wonderful botanical garden.
Ngapali Beach is surely one of the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar with unspoiled white sand fringed with coconut groves as far as the eye can see. But there is Chaung Tha and Ngwe Saung, closer to Yangon.
Kyaing Tong (Kengtun) is the capital of Eastern Shan State and known as a treasure trove of traditional architecture with old-style houses and intricately designed wooden balconies so characteristic of Shan architecture. Also home to a number of Hill Tribes who practice animist rituals, a trip here clearly is an anthropological adventure.
This is an adventure for the intrepid. Begin your journey by jeep and car to Kanpetlet, the base camp of Mount Victoria and then hike to the summit. Also, visit the Chin villages where women have different patterns tattooed on their faces. Hurry up though, this tradition is quickly disappearing !
Out there in the Andaman Sea, there is the Myeik Archipelago : hundreds of unspoiled islands, some famous diving spots and home to sea-faring gypsies, the Salon. Off limits to tourists for more than 40 years because of the military installations there, the Mergui, as they are also called, have limited infrastructure but Grand Lotus Tours can arrange fantastic tours aboard beautiful yachts. Be among the firsts to discover this unspoiled archipelago !
Kyaikhtiyo, a.k.a. the Golden Rock, is an icon of Burmese Buddhism. Join the local pilgrims and marvel at the magical golden boulder on top of the mountain. Mawlamyaing, formerly known as Moulmein, once the capital of British Burma and now a sleepy town still has several colonial buildings and numerous mosques.
Way up North of the country, at the Eastern end of the Himalayas, there is a remote and isolated area awaiting the adventurers. Snow-capped mountains, an incredibly rich biodiversity with tons of wild orchids and a mosaic of ethnic groups fill this part of Kachin State and beg to be discovered.