Off to Yangon we go

24th September 2018 Destinations

Where to sleep, eat and drink in Myanmar’s largest city

Dearest Turtles,
This week we asked you to vote for the city you would like to see featured in our next newsletter: Athens or Yangon? Two mythical places with very little in common except maybe a deeply-rooted spirituality based in ancient history… It was a very close result, but the largest city of the Golden Land has won for now!
So to Yangon we go, following three of our super-users on an otherworldly experience, visiting holy golden pagodas, sleeping in colonial mansions, and sipping cocktails at sunset on the Kandawgyi Lake…

Why visit Yangon?

“Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, offers a lot to see, especially the Shwedagon Paya. Myanmar is probably the most devout Buddhist nation on the planet and such a fascinating country to visit.”
by @Céline_

– Pick your hotel –

Cosy up at the Savoy Hotel Yangon


“Upscale colonial hotel offering 2 restaurants & a sports bar, plus gardens with an outdoor pool. One of the finest hotels in Yangon.”


Go colonial style at the Belmond Governo's Residence


“A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s that is ideally located in the elegant Embassy Quarter. Belmond Governor’s Residence conjures up a bygone era while offering every modern pleasure.”


Stay with the cool kids at Hotel G Yangon


“Trendiest hotel in the centre of Yangon. Super cool rooms, comfy beds, designer bathrooms and delicious breakfast! The bar is buzzing in the evenings and it has a modern newly built gym. Absolutely perfect” 


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 – Tour the pagodas with @Céline_ –

Shwedagon Pagoda


“Covered with 27m tons of gold leaves and decorated with thousands of diamonds and gems, the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites. It is believed to enshirne 8 hair of the last Buddha. Best to visit at dawn to enjoy the colour of the pagoda and walk around barefoot on the warm tiles.”


Sule Pagoda


“2,000-year-old golden Buddhist temple where a Sacred hair relic is enshrined.”


Ngar Htat Gyi Pagoda


“Beautiful 14 meter high sitting Buddha with gold and precious stones. Gorgeous carved wood work.”


– Treat yourself to local delicacies with @Ines2B and @Toti –

Brunch at Rachel's - Kandawgyi Palace Hotel


“Rachel’s on the terrace of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, has a stunning view of the lake. One of the best places to get brunch and it has 30 USD dollars worth of alcohol included.”


Coffee break at Paribawga


“Uh-mazing coffee and tea place. Sadly, no milk alternatives, but the coffee was excellent and the place is really cool.”

Go local at Burma Bistro


“Another great find in Yangon! Good food and good value, lovely space outside overlooking the city. Worth trying the traditional tea-leaf salad.”

Cosiness and deliciousness at Gekko


“In the old post office you’ll find this cosy Japanese restaurant. Delicious food and cocktails. A little pricey.”

– Enjoy the view, and a drink or two –

Atlas Rooftop Bar & Lounge


“Outside of the rainy season come to this gorgeous rooftop bar to enjoy their amazing view! They even have Jazz nights on Wednesdays.”

Skybar at The Penthouse Restaurant

“Come here for great cocktails, but most importantly the view.”
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