After a second wonderful trip to Myanmar in March of this year I'm considering returning early next year.
So far I've spent time in Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Mount Popa, Ngapali and also on Macleod Island in the Mergui Archipelago. I've loved every place but would like to try somewhere new as I'm sure there's lots more to discover.
From what I've heard from fellow travellers that I met I'm not sure Mandalay is quite what I'm after so have ruled that out. Travel Mrauk U/Sittwe also still seems unadvisable.
I was wondering if anyone knew of anywhere perhaps in the Chin or Shan states that were worth a visit? Or maybe somewhere further north? Ideally we'd like somewhere a little off the beaten track but with comfortbale mid range accommodation. We enjoy beautiful scenery and wildlife, trekking, local markets, good food but primarily meeting people and seeing the 'real' country. Having a comfortable hotel base with good amenities is however important to us.
Ideally I'd spent a couple of weeks exploring somewhere new and add a week on at the end at a beach destination. I'd imagine Ngapali and Macleod Island are hard to beat as a beach destinations but would welcome any other suggestions.
Any ideas of destiantions to research would be much appreciated.