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One of the greatest attractions of Myanmar (formerly Burma) is its people; their charm, gentleness and hospitality. And it is a great pleasure for us to introduce you not only to this extraordinary country, but to its people.

We are committed to supporting local communities and projects to help bring work and investment to Myanmar.


Boat Brothers

The two brothers

The Sanctuary Ananda is being built at a local Myanmar shipyard by two Burmese brothers, U Soe Naing and Myo Aung, and is based out of Mandalay bringing new local jobs at our private dock in Ava.

Brochure Story

the man behind the watercolours

When trying to find the perfect way to reflect Myanmar's arts and traditions we met Maung Thiha, a renowned watercolourist who has been capturing the magic of his city, Bagan, from his quiet roadside gallery for over 43 years. Maung Thiha does not speak English and our marketing director does not speak Burmese, but through the patience and imagination of our guide Zaw Lynn, we are proud to present his illustrations around our website.


myanmar's children

Sanctuary Retreats will aid local employment and training. We're already involved in helping local children. This is a cause close to the heart of Goldene, one of our leading Burmese guides, who looks after children orphaned from the Nargis cyclone and is now funding their secondary education.