Not many buildings in Yangon can boast simultaneous views of the Yangon River, the Shwedagon Pagoda and everything in between — with one turn of the head — but the Atlas Rooftop Bar & Lounge can.
When we walked in among the tall green plants and white leather sofas of the bar, the light jazz music gave an air of tropical sophistication.
In the short space of the last couple of years the Yangon hostel scene has transformed from a collection of overpriced, unclean shacks to a flourishing scene of funky, fresh and inexpensive places to stay with all conveniences the worldly backpacker needs. My Magical Myanmar is proud to give you this review, so you can check out the best of the rest.
Scott Hostel Info Box:
Rooms: 3, 4, 5 and 6-bed dorms
Price range: $ 13 to$ 18 per
night Location: 31st Street
(upper block), Yangon
Since it opened in 1901, the atmosphere in The Strand remains special to this day. Stepping in from bustling Strand Road one is greeted by a cool airiness and the gentle tinkling of a traditional Myanmar harp.
In 2016 the hotel closed for renovation for six months and reopened in mid-November last year. The structure of the hotel and historical design remain unchanged while the interior finishes have been given a funky, modern twist.
Nothing quite says ‘meat feast’ like a giant neon bull’s head atop a restaurant inspired by America’s Wild West.
And sure enough, the bull’s head sets the tone for the décor: chunky wood and retro posters. By 7pm the atmosphere was convivial as Myanmar’s bright young things trickled in. The live music, though a nice touch,was too loud for such a small space at dinner time -- we could hardly hear each other speak.
If first impressions are anything to go by, the Hilton Ngapali Resort and Spa leaves a strong one.
On stepping up to the entrance, guests are immediately struck by the view --a long, tall hallway guides the eyedown the lobby and out to an infinity pool which seamlessly converges with the ocean beyond and the endless blue sky above it.
The hotel’s architecture is respectful of Ngapali’s low-key skyline. Buildings stand at no more than two storeys and are submerged in palm fronds and fruit trees,leaving the view of the shoreline unobstructed.
Rau Rămis supposed to be a Saigongreasy spoon -- only without the grease.
Tucked away just east of downtown in Pazundaung Township, Rau Rămis marked with nothing but a small, orange neon sign below grubby apartment buildings, conjuring images of some smoky den serving platters of cheap beer.
But inside it’s quite the opposite. The walls are hand-painted, and the wicker furniture anddim-lighting lends a chilled out ambience that reminds one of a warm night on the Pacific. The place isn’t a hole-in-the wall so much as an oasis.
The newly opened Hotel Dawei in southern Myanmar is a 122-room property looking to offer a slice of luxury.
Situated on the outskirt of the serene Dawei town, the hotel blends classic colonial architecture with modern design.
The wait is over! Officially saying goodbye to the six-month long rain, the winter has arrived. It is the peak season of Yangon where the fun of the city will undoubtedly double. What could be a better way to enjoy Yangon’s winter breeze than from a focal point of a blossoming sky-rise building in the city?
Let us guide you through the best chill spots in town this winter.
Located in the hot, ancient city of Bagan, 600km north of Yangon, the Bagan Lodge Hotel is a place to relax, refresh and reflect amid lush green plains and centuries of history.
The first thing you feel as you step into the hotel is how close you feel to nature; it’s like an oasis, with birds, trees, flowers, and an outdoor pool that offers specular views of the surrounding area.
Bagan is a 42 square kilometre site containing more than 2,200 temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins. Some date back to the 9th and 12th centuries.